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Misty Bleu Farm - Tuesday, November 11, 2014

As ambiguous as our feelings may be regarding those who voluntarily participate in today's questionable military conflicts, there is one group of Americans (nee British) who unequivocally deserve our thanks.  These were the original fighters protecting our freedoms:

Darby Kelley, signed the Oath of Association Test in Brentwood, N.H. 1776 and swore his allegiance to the patriots.

Samuel Kelley, son of Darby Kelley, served in the rank of Lieutenant under Captain Ephraim Stone in Col. Hercules Mooney's Regiment, Exeter NH.

Samuel Kelley's son, Samuel Kelley, also served.  There is a flag on his grave at the family cemetery for his Revolutionary War service, although I do not have an exact record of it.

Ebeneezer Smith, father-in-law to Samuel Kelley, Lieutenant Colonel, served under Col. Joseph Welch of the Seventh New Hampshire Regiment, signed Oath of Association Test.

......for we stand on the shoulders of giants.

The Genealogy Chronicles: Darby Kelley Redux

Misty Bleu Farm - Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The newly uncovered information I found about Darby Kelley does make a lot of sense.  It was apparently handed down to the writers of "Past and Present of DeKalb County, Illinois, Vol. 2" by a descendant of Nancy Kelley, one of Dudley Kelley's children.  This would have shaved off one generation in the telling, as Dudley and his brother, Daniel were much younger than the children born to Darby with his first wife. 

I find the idea of Darby being adopted by the Huntoon family to be a realistic scenario worthy of additional research.  The Huntoons lost their eldest son, Samuel, in a violent Indian raid in 1710.  Phillip Huntoon, the patriarch of the family, was then taken hostage by those Indians and held for over two years. Darby supposedly arrived in the New World in 1710, so perhaps in return for room and board, he lived with the Huntoon family, who would have been shorthanded after the Indian raid.  They could not even have known whether their patriarch, Phillip, was alive or dead.  An extra set of  male hands on the homestead, even 10 or 11 year old ones, would have been a blessing.

I find this scenario entirely possible and plausible.  Male children routinely were sent away to "sea" as young as 6 or 7 to learn the art of sailing, so Darby being enlisted as a cabin boy at the age of 10 would not have been at all unusual for that time period.  We may even be able to discover the names of possible ships that Darby could have sailed here on.  The possibilities are endless for additional research. 

The Geneaology Chronicles: Different Beginnings For Darby

Misty Bleu Farm - Wednesday, September 17, 2014

I periodically search for names of my ancestors on the internet.  Strangely, many times different information comes up - information that has never appeared the other times I have searched for the same or similar term.

This is exactly what happened last week.  The only solid information regarding our founding Kelley ancestor, Darby Kelley, was in the now-proven-to-be-unreliable "Reminiscences of New Hampton, N.H.".  I have to say that I wasn't skeptical of the Darby Kelley information in it, per se, but neither my mother's cousin, Jackie Farrell, nor a more distant cousin, amateur genealogist extraordinaire Thomas Shank, had much to say about good old Darby; so there was really not much to go on.  Nothing I had found contradicted RONH. 

Thomas Shank states that the Daughters of the American Revolution data has Darby being born circa 1705, but that's pretty much it. There's no other definitive information that has been dug up. 

However, in one of my random searches, I found another genealogy volume, "Past and Present of DeKalb County, Illinois, Volume 2", which strangely enough, mentions Darby Kelley.  Here's how it reads regarding the marriage of a Miss Sarah Dudley Perkins:  Miss Perkins was the daughter of Otho W. Perkins, born in Hebron, Grafton County, New Hampshire on June 10, 1800.  Otho married Nancy Kelley at St. Charles, Illinois in January of 1838. 

Now, here's the good part:  Nancy Kelley was born in New Hampton, Belknap County, New Hampshire on July 13, 1807, and was the daughter of Dudley and Ruth (nee Dow) Kelley.  It does have Dudley's date of birth wrong, which is 1763, so when he had Nancy he would have been about 44.  That could be plausible especially if this was a second or third marriage, as was so common back then due to people dying left and right. 

As you may remember, Dudley was one of two sons born to Darby by his second wife, Sarah Dudley.  Both Dudley and Daniel were far younger than the other Kelley siblings born during the marriage to Sarah Huntoon (our line). The text goes on to further state that Dudley was the son of Darby Kelley, who was a son of Daniel Kelley, and that Darby was born in Waterford, Ireland in 1700 and who, at the age of ten years, ran away to sea becoming a cabin boy on a ship of which his cousin was captain.

Darby thus made his way to Portsmouth, New Hampshire.  Once there, he refused to re-cross the ocean and was left by his kinsman in the new world, after which he never saw or heard from any of his people again.  It goes on to say that Darby was "adopted" by the family of Phillip Huntoon, whose daughter he married when he was twenty-eight years old.  That would match up, as it is reported they were, indeed, married in 1728.  That would put Darby's date of birth sometime in the year 1700 and his arrival in the New World sometime in the year 1710.

The Genealogy Chronicles: Samuel Kelley An American Patriot

Misty Bleu Farm - Thursday, December 12, 2013

 

We are the direct descendants of Samuel Kelley (generation 2), Patriot in the American Revolution and founder of New Hampton, N.H.

Samuel Kelley was a son of Darby Kelley.  We do not know Samuel's exact birth date, but church records for Exeter, N.H. state he was baptized on September 10, 1733.  He married his only wife, Elizabeth Bowden, on October 1, 1756 in Brentwood, N.H. 

Samuel's usual occupation was as a "joiner" or what we would consider today to be a carpenter or builder.  He and Elizabeth emigrated from Exeter, N.H. to the veritable wilds of New Hampton, N.H. in 1775.  It is said they arrived in the dead of winter, crossing Pemigewasset Pond (sometimes known as Kelley Pond) when it was frozen over.  By the end of the first year, they had a log cabin.  And after a few more years of hard work and with strong constitutions, they were the owners of most of New Hampton.  Samuel is said to have built the first meeting house in New Hampton, along with many of the Town's other original buildings.

The land Samuel Kelley settled on was from the original land grant from the government, which comprised many acres.  According to "Reminiscences of New Hampton, N.H." by Frank H. Kelley, "tradition tells us the "Old Kelley Farm" contained three ridges of land that were used in the early years for musters.  They also held sham battles on the two outside ridges and met for "battle" on the center ridge.  During this period was the Battle of Bunker Hill, which was thought to have been heard on Kelley Hill, among the virgin forests over 100 miles away."

While the original site of Samuel and Elizabeth's cabin on Kelley Hill is not known, currently there does exist a home on the property, which is now being renovated by the latest owner.  Parts of this structure very well could date to the "old schoolhouse" mentioned as the home of Samuel and Elizabeth's son, Samuel, Jr.

Samuel and Elizabeth had 10 children, some of whom were born in Brentwood, N.H.  Here is the list of  their children according to Thomas Shank:

Elizabeth (known as Betsey) Bowden Kelley (later married a Simpson); Samuel Kelley, Jr.; John Kelley; Nathaniel F. Kelley; William Bowden Kelley; Sarah (Sally) Kelley Smith; David (Daniel) Kelley; Martha (Polly) Kelley Page; and Hannah Kelley (who died at not quite a year old).

My mother's cousin, Jackie Farrell, states in her research that Samuel served in the American Revolution with his son William's future father-in-law, Colonel Ebenezer Smith, Sr.  He served in the rank of Lieutenant and fought at Saratoga with the Green Mountain Boys.  Once I become a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, I will do further research on Samuel's American Revolutionary War service and provide the details as they come forth. He is currently listed in the Patriot Index of the D.A.R.

The Kelley family established a graveyard on the Old Kelley Farm.  Accordingly, Samuel Kelley's grave is the first grave on the left as you enter the cemetery gate.  When we visited last fall, his grave was marked with an American flag.  The photo above is of Samuel's gravestone.  It is difficult to read, as the stone is pitted and worn away.  Samuel Kelley passed away on June 28, 1813.  He would have been about 80 years old.  Upon his death, he left each of his children a farm.

The Genealogy Chronicles: Sarah Huntoon Kelley

Misty Bleu Farm - Friday, September 20, 2013

Sarah Huntoon Kelley was the first wife of Darby Kelley, the progenitor of our clan.  Unfortunately, many of the details of Sarah's existence are lost in the sands of time, as are many of the details of women's lives during this period.  We have no definitive birth record for her, even though there are two volumes written about her family lineage.

We know she was married to Darby on January 1st of 1729 in Kingston, NH, and they eventually settled in Exeter, New Hampshire.  She is a descendant of Philip Huntoon (or Hunton as the name was originally spelled).  Near the time of her marriage, she and Darby were bestowed with 50 acres of land from her father.  The transfer of land to sons and daughters upon their marriage was a common occurrence in this time period.  Land holdings represented wealth in Colonial America. 

She and Darby had a total of at least five children, three that we know of:  Edward, Samuel and Hanna, survived.  There were two Kelley children who died on February 8, 1737.  According to Thomas Shank, the church records have no other details on these deaths.  How heartbreaking it must have been to lose two children on the same day.  Even back then, in a time when childhood deaths were commonplace, this must have been a terrible tragedy.

Sarah died in 1761, presumably in Exeter.  Darby re-married soon after that, in the same year on December 2nd.  Perhaps with investigating some of the local church records we can determine where poor Sarah is buried.  Finding more information on Sarah will be an ongoing project.

Sources:  The genealogical research of Jackie Farrell and Thomas Shank, Philip Hunton and his descendants by Daniel T.V. Huntoon.

If you are a Kelley family descendant and would like more genealogical information on the Darby Kelley family lineage, please e-mail me at Kelley.gracious@gmail.com

The Genealogy Chronicles: First Visit to New Hampton

Misty Bleu Farm - Wednesday, September 18, 2013

 

We are tethered to the past yet at the same time pushed forward into the future, a never ending cycle of birth and death.  

I have never spent all that much time in graveyards, nor much time thinking about them.... until this past weekend.  We made a trip to New Hampton, NH - a small town in the center of New Hampshire founded by my ancestors, the Darby Kelley clan.  It is a beautiful area full of mountain vistas and clear lakes.  I can see why my ancestors would have wanted to strike out on their own there.  And strike out they did.  Many of them became prominent and respected members of the community they founded.  They were Revolutionary War heroes, farmers, doctors, lawyers, members of the State Legislature, judges and founders of schools.  They forged well-lived lives for themselves and their progeny.  From this little town, a diaspora of Kelleys burst forth into every state of the Union.

We visited the Kelley family cemetery on Pinnacle Hill Road and the New Hampton Municipal Cemetery in town.  Most of the grave sites were in good order, with only a few of the oldest stones partially unreadable.  The Town of New Hampton has taken very good care of the Kelley cemetery.  It was well mowed and trimmed and there were American flags on the graves of Samuel Kelley and his son, Samuel the 2nd, both Revolutionary War patriots.  The Kelley Family cemetery is on private land, so one must obtain permission to visit from the current owner.  We found him to be very gracious and accommodating of our request to visit the cemetery.  And he was very curious about the cemetery and those interred there, as he had grown up on the property but did not know much about the Kelley family.   We promised to stay in touch with him and send him some information on the people buried on his land.

Another couple of visits would suffice to complete my research, as we missed another Kelley cemetery at the other end of town, and there are a few more graves I would like to find. 

Note:  If you are a Kelley family descendant and are interested in obtaining additional genealogy information about the Darby Kelley clan, pleases e-mail me at Kelley.gracious@gmail.com

The Genealogy Chronicles - An American Dream

Misty Bleu Farm - Wednesday, May 15, 2013

I have discovered many interesting things in just a short period of time as an amateur genealogist.  First off, while childhood was obviously deadly, being a woman was, too.  All that birthing took its toll on our female ancestors.  And most of the details of these female lives have faded away into obscurity - their family names and histories taking a back seat to the accomplishments of their male counterparts.

Not everyone died young, however.  The saga of the Darby Kelley line in America is also replete with amazing tales of long, productive lives.  Our paterfamilias in the New World, Darby Kelley, signed the Association Test in Brentwood, N.H. in 1776, when he was 70 years old!  He was ready, willing and able to fight in the American Revolution as a senior citizen. 

His great-grandson, General Benjamin Franklin Kelley, took a bullet to the chest in the first land battle of the Civil War, and lived to tell about it.  In fact, he lived into his 80's.  And one of the Kelley men's wives lived to the ripe old age of 103!

Secondly, I am amazed at how industrious the Kelley men were and how much they were able to accomplish in such short periods of time.  The America of the late 1700's and early 1800's must have been a place of great opportunity for this to have occurred.  I do not see the America of today being as open to advancement.   We have become a country with very little socio-economic maneuverability.  I am not sure the feats of social mobility and success accomplished by our ancestors can be done today.

Samuel Kelley, an immigrant's son, was able to carve out a homestead for himself and his family in the wilds of New Hampton, N.H., and in just a few short years had built and owned half the town.   Upon his death, he was able to leave a farm to each of his children. Imagine that - all from an immigrant's son.

William Bowdoin Kelley, Samuel's son, went on to found the New Hampton School, a prestigious boarding school in New Hampshire.  Some of William's sons went into the fields of law and medicine, studying at Dartmouth.  Another of William's sons, Benjamin Franklin, became a Major General in the Union Army during the Civil War and was appointed to several prestigious posts after the war.   So much accomplishment in such a short period of time. 

The momentum of my ancestors' success seems to have slowed by the late 1800's.  Strangely, I am encountering less and less information on the later Kelley ancestors than we had for the earlier ones.  Most of our direct decendants seem to have stayed in the Northeast, particularly in the Pennsylvania/Maryland areas.  Accomplishments for the Kelley line seem to be slight after the Civil War.  I will do more research in this area.  Perhaps I am wrong, and of course, there are just so many more names and family lines to keep track of the closer we get to the future. 

But I have a feeling that changing times in America had begun to wear away at the success our earliest ancestors enjoyed. 

Note:  If you are a Kelley family descendant and would like additional genealogical information on the Darby Kelley lineage, please e-mail me at Kelley.gracious@gmail.com

 

The Genealogy Chronicles: General B.F. Kelley, Part 2: The Civil War Years: The Battle of Phillipi

Misty Bleu Farm - Friday, May 03, 2013

 

According to a transcript of a lecture I found online from Paul Burig, presented to the Wheeling Historical Society, Mr. Burig states that General Kelley's military career was "checkered", yet by Mr. Burig's own words and the accounts of others, it appears the General's career was anything but. 

General Kelley was commissioned colonel of the 1st (West) Virginia Infantry, the first Union regiment to be recruited on "southern" soil in May of 1861, after his return from Philadelphia.  This was initially a 90-day commission.  Kelley's military responsibilities during the war mainly focused on the defense of the B&O railroad throughout northwest Maryland and the northern Virginia counties that would later break off and become the state of West Virginia.  The railway was the main supply line for Union troops in the area, so this was a commission of some strategic importance.  His military headquarters were located in Cumberland, Maryland throughout most of the hostilities.  His first orders had him and his forces, along with the 16th Ohio and the 9th Indiana regiments, marching all night through a driving rain to attack rebels at Philippi on the morning of June 3rd, 1861.  Although considered a battle of little consequence in the scheme of things, the Battle of Philippi was the first land engagement of the Civil War.  B.F. was appointed a brigadier general after this engagement in recognition of his service.

B.F. also has the distinction of being the first Union officer to be wounded in a Civil War battle.  He took a bullet to the right breast during the Battle of Philippi, a wound that was roundly considered to be fatal.  Dispatches of condolence began to circulate among Union officers on the assumption B.F. would not survive his wound.  Amazingly, the General recovered fully, although The Wellsboro Agitator, a newspaper in Wellsboro, PA, upon his death in 1891 had this to say about the "Hero of Philippi" in their obituary of him:  he was said to have been "suffering for some time from the effect of an old bullet wound received at Phillipi during the late war."  So, unsurprisingly given the state of medical care at this time, the wound bothered B.F. until his death and may, in fact, have contributed to it some thirty years later.

In addition to engaging the rebels at the Battle of Philippi, B.F. and his troops also participated in the pursuit of General Lee's Army through Northern Virginia after the battle of Gettysburgh in July of 1863.  Two of B.F.'s sons were also involved in fighting for the Union.  His son, William Bodoin Kelley, was a First Lieutenant in the 1st. West Virginia Infantry; and his son, John Goshorn Kelley, was a Lieutenant Colonel in the 7th West Virginia Infantry.

For all of this, perhaps the General was best known for his part in one of the more daring escapades of the Civil War - the kidnapping of him and General Crook by McNeill's Rangers.  Coming in one of the next installments of the Genealogy Chronicles.

Source Material:  The genealogy research of Jackie Farrell, Paul Burig, West Virginia Archives and History.

Note:  If you are a Kelley family descendant and would like additional genealogy information on the Darby Kelley clan, please e-mail me at Kelley.gracious@gmail.com 

 

The Genealogy Chronicles: Ode to Gen. Benjamin Franklin Kelley (1807 - 1891), Part I: The Early Years

Misty Bleu Farm - Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Our son, Owen, took a class trip to Washington, D.C. recently and was fortunate enough to visit Arlington Cemetery.  I knew one of our ancestors was buried there and was laid to rest in an impressive tomb.  I was pretty impressed with Owen in that he actually sought out the tomb on his visit and took some pictures for us. 

It should come as no surprise that General Kelley would have an illustrious, albeit short, career as a military man in the Civil War.  He was the grandson and great-grandson of patriots who fought in the American Revolutionary War and had an early interest in all things military.  To think, he must have heard firsthand accounts of the fight for independence tumble from the mouths of his own relatives. 

He was born to William Bowdoin Kelley (whose mother was part of the family that founded Bowdoin College) and Mary "Polly" Smith on April 10, 1807 at New Hampton, New Hampshire.  He was one of eleven children.  New Hampton, a small town not far from Lake Winnepesaukee, was founded in part by the Kelley family  in the 1700's and many decendants of the Kelley family reside in the area to this day.  

Education was important to the Kelley family.  B.F.'s father, William, had been one of the founders of the New Hampton Academy, where his sisters were educated; while his brothers attended Dartmouth.  One of his brothers entered the field of law, another medicine.   Apparently the young B.F. had dreams of attending West Point and attended Partridge Military Academy (now Norwich University) in preparation for this.  However, B.F.'s father drowned when he was just 16.  This tragedy ended his dream of going to West Point.

No explanation can be found as to why he made his way first to Boston, to work for a cousin, Mr. Simpson (the son of his father's sister, Betsy), a weathly merchant; and then to Virginia (later West Virginia) at the age of 19.  Perhaps he wished to make his own way in the world, away from the influence of his family in New Hampshire.  His father's death must have been very difficult for the Kelley family, and an immediate need to work and make money may have influenced these decisions to move away from New Hampshire.

In West Liberty, Virginia, he worked initially for a local merchant, possibly one of his brothers or possibly a gentleman named Absalom Ridgely, before becoming employed by John Goshorn, who owned a wholesale clothing business in nearby Wheeling.  His second wife, Isabella Goshorn (February 2, 1816 - April 23, 1860), was the daughter of the gentleman he had worked for at this time.  The Goshorn family was quite well-established in the New World by then, having documented ancestors living here as early as 1632.  It is reported that B.F. ultimately became a partner is Goshorn's business, and the firm became known as Goshorn, Kelley & Co.

Wheeling was a center for the slave trade at this time, although there is no evidence that B.F. himself participated in this line of business.  In fact, it would seem highly unlikely that he did; as accounts from my mother's cousin, Jackie, who did the bulk of this geneaology research, suggest that Kelley became an influential figure in persuading some of the northern counties of Virginia to side with the Union, thus ultimately leading to the creation of the state of West Virginia in 1862.  In addition, at least two of B.F.'s sons were active in the Union army and volunteer corps. Strangely enough, his second wife's family were pro-rebel and had owned slaves. 

B.F.'s first wife was Mary King, of Virginia.  Mary died of cholera, and their only child survived just one year.  Mary is buried in the Kelley plot in Wheeling, West Virginia.  Two years later, on February 26, 1835, he married Isabella Goshorn.  They had six children:  John Goshorn; Benjamin Franklin, Jr.; William Bowdoin; Tappan Wright; Mary Jane; and Martha Isabel.  Official accounts have B.F. engaged in the "merchandise business" until at least 1851, when he became a freight agent for the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad in Philadelphia.  He was next recorded in 1860 as living in Franklin House in Philadelphia, a boarding house.  Cousin Jackie's papers state that his wife Isabella had become ill and eventually was confined to a mental institution in Philadelphia.  She died soon after.  Around this time, B.F. had been planning to form a regiment from West Virginia to fight in the Mexican War, but Isabella's illness and subsequent death aparently put an end to that. 

Even though he had an early interest in pursuing a military career, it does not appear Kelley had much formal military experience until his later years.  He apparently dabbled in the local militias in his part of northwest Virginia prior to the Civil War, but his official biography from the Arlington National Cemetery lists no official military duties until 1861, when in May of that year he raised the 1st West Virginia Volunteer Infantry to fight in the Civil War.   

Source material:  The genealogy research papers of Jackie Farrell, The Arlington National Cemetery Official Biography Pages; The Daughters of the American Revolution Genealogical Research System; West Virginia Division of Culture and History.

The Genealogy Chronicles: Begin at the Beginning: Darby Kelley

Misty Bleu Farm - Sunday, March 17, 2013

We are the direct decendants of Darby Kelley in the New World.

According to the findings so far in the Kelley/Kelly Family Worldwide DNA Research Project, the decendants of Darby Kelley are a distinct and prolific branch in the New World of the ancient O'Ceallach families in Ireland, the ones who came from Kelly - from the holly /woods.  Kelley (Kelly) also refers to one who is a "dweller in a grove". 

Darby Kelley was born in 1706 and believed to have died in 1788.  I have yet to discover exact dates for his birth and death, nor have I so far been able to discover the location of his grave, if it were ever marked.  Darby is the progenitor of a distinct branch of the Kelley family in New England.  Tradition states he was a schoolteacher and a quick-witted Irishman.  He came from the Scottish section of Connemara, Ireland.  I have no record of anyone accompanying him on his journey from his homeland, nor of when he actually made the journey.  It appears as if he made the long journey to the New World alone.  In America, he was locally known as a patriot, school master and farmer in New Hampshire.

There were other Kelley/Kelly clans in the general vicinity at this time.  On the Isles of Shoals just off the coast of New Hampshire, there lived a William Kelly, a John Kelly and a Roger Kelly, respectively, who all went on to father numerous children.  There does not seem to be any connection between these Kellys and our ancestor, Darby.  In his account of the Darby Kelley genealogy, Thomas Shank believes Darby may not have directly come from Connemara, but may have been a son or grandson of one of these other Kellys on the Isles of Shoals.  A further search would be indicated here to determine the validity of this theory.

He married Sarah Hunton ( b. 1706 - d. 1761, later generations of the family spell the name as Huntoon) on January 1, 1729.  Thomas Shank states that the couple was married in Kingston, NH.  Their marriage took place on January 1, 1729.  According to the book, 'Philip Hunton and His Descendants", written by Daniel T.V. Huntoon in 1881, Sarah was granted, possibly around the time of her marriage, 50 acres of land in Rockingham County, NH by her father, Philip Huntoon, Sr.  Such a gift would have set the couple up quite nicely at the time, I would imagine. 

A son was born to the couple on August 25, 1733.  His name was Samuel Kelley, and we are his direct descendants.  In all, there were a total of three surviving children of the couple.  Besides Samuel, there was another son, Edward, baptized in 1731; and a daughter, Hannah, who was baptized in 1740.  Church records indicate there were two deaths of Kelley children on February 8, 1737.  We do not know if they were twins or two children of different ages who died on the same day.  He was a member of the Union Church in Brentwood, NH.  These same church records state that he fought in the French and Indian War in 1758 as a stand-in for Abner Bean.  

His first wife died in 1761, and he later married Sarah Dudley on December 2, 1761.  She bore him two sons, Daniel and Dudley.  Church records also state "he lived at Cellar Hole 1/4 or 1/2 mile north of Old Town poor farm on the east side" - a confusing description of the location, at best.  He later deeded his home and 100 acres to his two younger sons, Daniel and Dudley, for 300 pounds. 

Nothing much else is known of Darby's life until he signed the Association Oath in Exeter in 1776, swearing his allegiance as a patriot.  He was 70 years old at the time.  Darby Kelley died, presumably, in Rockingham County, New Hampshire in 1788 at the age of 82.  He lived long enough to see the patriots prevail in the Revolutionary War and see his son Samuel, our ancestor, begin to prosper in the New World. 

Sources:  The genealogy research of Jackie Farrell; The Annals and Genealogies of Meredith, N.H. by Mary Elizabeth Neal Hannaford; Reminiscences of New Hampton, N.H. by Frank Harrison Kelley; University of New Hampshire Library Miscellaneous Revolutionary Documents; The Descendants of Darby Kelley and Sarah Hunton manuscript by Thomas Shank.

Note:  If you are a Kelley family descendant and would like additional genealogy information on the Darby Kelley lineage, please e-mail me at:  Kelley.gracious@gmail.com