Mother Tamar: The Two John Kelleys, Part 2

First things first: To understand this post you will need to read Part One.

My thought that Tamour Kelley’s odd name might yield search results paid off. There were two exciting hits at

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So this death record says Tamar Kelly died of “rheumatism” on 3 May 1870 in Milan, Ohio. She was 68 years old, widowed, and born in Cincinnati. She resided in Milan and her death was reported by A B Forster.

From this record, I can be pretty sure Tamar will be in Milan in the 1860 and 1870 censuses. If she lived in Milan in 1850 and died there in 1870, chances are she didn’t move away in between. Knowing she was born in Cincinnati in 1802 will probably come in handy later. The line in the “Month” column of the deceased’s age looks like a smudge so I won’t infer that Tamar was born in April. Since all of the records are signed by this Forster person, I assume he’s the town doctor and not a relative of Tamar’s to be researched. How did he know where Tamar was born, though? One of her children must have been there to help the doctor fill out the form. So at least one of her children lived close enough to be present at her death.

I have a habit of reading all of the names on a record and one stuck out to me: Amelia Beardsley. Didn’t Tamar have a daughter named Amelia? *looks back* Yes. Amelia Kelley was 12 in 1850, so in 1870 she would have been 32. That checks out. Could that Amelia be Tamar’s daughter?

Hit Two:

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Okay, the parents’ names match and the town matches. According to the 1850 census, James Kelley was 19 (born in 1831) so he was more than old enough to marry someone in 1856. This is probably Milan John’s brother James.

It’s strange that Tamar’s censuses didn’t show up in my search. She should be in 1860 and 1870. Maybe her name is misspelled. It’s also possible that she remarried and has a different name.

So what’s next?
• Look for Amelia Kelley marrying a Beardsley in Milan area sometime between 1850 and 1870.
• Look for James and Fannie Kelley in 1860 and 1870 censuses.

Sources for this post can be found here.

Here’s a link to Part 3.

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