Hannora (Ryan) Kelly (1820 - 1888)

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Hannora (Ryan) Kelly
1820 - 1888
September 4, 1888
Iowa United States
Hannora (Ryan) Kelly was born in 1820 in Ireland. Her maiden name is Ryan and she married into the Kelly family. According to her family tree, Hannora was mother to 1 child. Hannora's partner was John Kelly, and they had a child Bridget Kelly. She died on September 4, 1888 in Iowa at 68 years old.
Updated: October 19, 2020
Hanna (Hanora, Honora, Hannora) Ryan Kelly. Drawing from census records, she was born between August 3rd and August 16th in Ireland. Considering the ages of her children, the census records indicate Hanora must have been born prior to September of 1820. Her death record (extracted from records made by the Works Progress Administration of the late 1930s) states that she was born in 1820: Hanora Kelly, wife of John Kelly, died September 4, 1888 at the age of 68 and was buried at Saint Mary’s Cemetery, located in Section 34 of Bloomington Township, Muscatine County, Iowa. Her maiden name “Hanora” has been confirmed by the marriage record of her daughters Maggie and Julia; however, her name is spelled “Hannora” on her gravestone. Considering her name, date of birth and the close proximity of the place of birth with that of our ancestor James Godfrey Butler – a distance of only 4 ½ miles – it is most likely that our Hanora Ryan was born November 6, 1819 in Clonross, Clonoulty civil parish, South Tipperary, and her parents were therefore Patrick and Mary Ryan.
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Mother to 1 child, she died on September 4, 1888 in Iowa at age 68. Hannora (Ryan) Kelly was born in 1820 in Ireland. According to her family tree, Hannora's partner was John Kelly, and they had a child Bridget Kelly.

1820 - 1888 World Events

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In 1820, in the year that Hannora (Ryan) Kelly was born, on March 4th, Maine became the 23rd state in the United States as the result of the Missouri Compromise. The Missouri Compromise allowed Maine to neither recognize nor permit slavery within the state while allowing the Missouri Territory to recognize and allow slavery.

In 1844, Hannora was 24 years old when on June 6th in London, George Williams set up the first YMCA based on the idea of a healthy "body, mind, and spirit" - what he considered Christian values. Now headquartered in Geneva Switzerland, there are over 57 million worldwide beneficiaries and 125 national associations.

In 1862, Hannora was 42 years old when British citizen Anna Leonowens, a widow, accepted a job in Siam (now Thailand) to teach the children and wives of the King of Siam - he had 39 wives and concubines and 82 children. Taking her son with her and sending her daughter to England for schooling, she taught in Siam for 6 years - until the King died.

In 1877, at the age of 57 years old, Hannora was alive when on March 2nd, the U.S. presidential election of 1876 was ended with the selection of Rutherford B. Hayes as the winner. Samuel J. Tilden had won the popular vote in November 1876 but 20 votes in the electoral college were in dispute. An informal agreement was made in which Hayes agreed to remove federal troops from South Carolina, Florida, and Louisiana, ending Reconstruction in the South. So, on March 4th, Rutherford B. Hayes became the 19th President of the United States.

In 1888, in the year of Hannora (Ryan) Kelly's passing, on August 7th, the body of a prostitute was found in the Whitechapel section of London. Martha Tabram had been stabbed 39 times - a possible but not confirmed victim of Jack the Ripper. On August 31st, the body of Mary Ann Nichols was found - stabbed and mutilated. On September 8th, the body of Annie Chapman was found - throat slit and disemboweled. On September 30th, Elizabeth Stride, also a prostitute in Whitechapel, was found dead from a slit throat. Within an hour, another body was discovered - Catherine Eddowes'. She was far more savagely murdered and it is thought that the Ripper had more time with her. Then, on November 9th, the body of prostitute Mary Jane Kelly was found in a boarding room in Whitechapel. Considered to be the probable fifth, and last, of Jack the Ripper's victims, Kelly's was the most savage of his murders.

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