Oh, look: another John Kelly. Let’s see if he’s my 3rd great-grandfather.
John Kelly Junior, son of John Kelly and his second wife Susannah Osborn, was born on October 8, 1807, in Greenbrier County, West Virginia. He married Parmelia Downing on September 8, 1842, in Logan County, Ohio.
In the 1850 census, he is with his father and uncles, John, Peter, and Nathaniel Kelly in Logan County. His wife Parmelia and three children, Josiah, Addison, and Darby, are listed along with a schoolteacher Rodolphus Pettit, a laborer Elonzo Hutchison, and a girl Rebecca McNeal, probably a servant.
The 1860 census is difficult to read. According to the index, John and his wife now have six children, all boys. One of them is named John (long sigh). Rebecca McNeal is still with them, so maybe a family member rather than a servant.
All of the Kellys are there in 1870 as well. This time there are eight children, only one daughter. (This is an error in the census: They had six sons and two daughters.) There’s a Nathaniel in the family now. Looks like the oldest, Josiah, got married to a Louisa. They live next door to John’s cousin Mary Kelly Neal.
So far, it seems like John is a potential match. He’s the right age; he didn’t marry Parmelia until he was 35 years old. He could have easily had another wife and family in that time. He was on my list until I read this biography:
John Junior is probably not the daddy, though he could have had a fling. Would he have named two sons John, though?