Caleb Kelly was born near Frankfort, Kentucky, June 18th, 1806; moved with his parents to Harrison County, Ind. in 1807; and in 1850 he moved to Fulton County, Ill. In 1830 he was united in marriage to Miss Phebe Barnes, to which union they were given six children, two sons and four daughters, five of whom, with their mother, preceded their father’s death. On February 5th, 1850, Mr. Kelly was married to Mrs. Elizabeth Hunter. Three children were given to this union, two daughters and one son. Of this number, one son, Walter H. Kelly, and one daughter, Mrs. Minnie Schisler, with their mother are left in sorrow at the departure of father and husband. In his younger days, Mr. Kelly was employed on the Ohio and Mississippi rivers, sailing from Louisville to New Orleans, after which for several years he followed blacksmith trade. Later in life he farmed for a number of years, then selling his farm, he moved to Astoria, into the home where he died with the year 1893, about 7:30 New Year’s eve, aged 87 years, six months and thirteen days. Father Kelly was a strong industrious man and a kind neighbor, though not a christian until his last sickness, when he spent much time in prayer and gave repeated evidence of his acceptance with the Savior of men.


Published in the Astoria Argus on 1/4/1894

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