Kelley Family History & Genealogy

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Kelley Last Name History & Origin

Updated Mar 18, 2020


My father was Charles William Kelley born in 1912. He and his sister were orphans and raised by a Catholic orphanage in Boston Mass. He served 34 years in the military retiring as a Colonel. Charles passed away in 1999 leaving behind a son and two granchildren.

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Early Kelleys

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1762 - Unknown
1764 - Unknown
1767 - 1850
1800 - Feb 22, 1872
1800 - 1848
1800 - 1848
1816 - 1859
1819 - 1897
1824 - 1886
1831 - 1913

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Sample of 20 Kelley Biographies

Dec 30, 1924 - Unknown
Feb 25, 1897 - Feb 15, 1971
Aug 8, 1918 - January 1985
Oct 4, 1914 - Sep 20, 1988
Mar 10, 1908 - December 1983
Jan 21, 1985 - Oct 16, 1994
Jun 21, 1909 - Sep 3, 1990
Aug 26, 1920 - December 1983
Apr 3, 1887 - December 1973
Dec 31, 1891 - June 1968
Apr 11, 1901 - January 1978
Jan 28, 1885 - January 1971
Aug 3, 1892 - December 1972
Sep 2, 1899 - January 1974
Nov 21, 1890 - December 1985
around 1968 - Unknown
around 1950 - Unknown
around 1966 - Unknown
Unknown - Nov 24, 1930
around 1916 - Unknown

Kelley Death Records & Life Expectancy

The average age of a Kelley family member is 71.1 years old according to our database of 56,759 people with the last name Kelley that have a birth and death date listed.

Life Expectancy

71.1 years

Oldest Kelleys

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Apr 20, 1866 - September 1979
113 years
Mar 15, 1888 - Oct 11, 1999
111 years
Sep 30, 1897 - Jun 30, 2005
107 years
Mar 25, 1885 - May 18, 1992
107 years
Sep 25, 1904 - Jan 9, 2011
106 years
Jan 12, 1895 - Mar 11, 2001
106 years
Dec 3, 1889 - Apr 29, 1996
106 years
Jul 16, 1896 - May 5, 2003
106 years
Jun 24, 1885 - Jun 7, 1992
106 years
Apr 24, 1903 - Aug 12, 2007
104 years

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Gretchen Kelley
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Hi my name is Gretchen maza Kelley and I'm 15 years old, im really curious about my last name, kelley because i barely know anything about it. SO can someone help me please?
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Aaron Hawkins
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This is a story told by my late great-uncle, Robert Kelley of Greenwood, Mississippi, that supposedly took place around the turn of last century on the banks of the Yazoo River in the Mississippi Delta. So the story goes: The family (all but my great-grandmother, Sara Emily "Emma" Kelley and the infant baby of the family at that time) was down in the cotton fields chopping cotton (whatever that means). "Emma" prepared the lunch and left the infant asleep in the house to take the lunch down to the rest of the family in the fields. The windows were all left open and there were no screens at that time for the dirt-poor, delta cotton farmers. As she returned to the house, the family heard her screaming and ran to see what was the matter. The baby was gone and there were panther tracks leading up to and away from one of the windows of the house. Fearing for the baby's life, my great-grandfather, Richard J. Kelley, grabbed his rifle and followed the tracks. They led him to the river, whereupon he looked out over its surface and saw the panther swimming across with the baby in its mouth. He dare not shoot the panther in the middle of the river, lest the baby drown before they could get out to it. Knowing that the creature would, of habit, drop its prey to shake the water from its fur, Richard waited for this moment, then put his bullet right between the panther's eyes as it looked back across the river at them. They launched their boat and hurriedly rowed across the river to find the baby unharmed as the panther had grabbed the baby by its swaddling blanket.
I would love to know more about my family, the Kelley’s, but unfortunately, my information of them dead-ends at my great-grandfather, Richard J. Kelley, as his parents died at an early age and he was subsequently raised by an uncle (McDonald, I think, possibly Angus McDonald) who was a professor at Georgia Tech. I can't seem to find any Georgia Tech records that go back beyond 1899. Richard was born June 8,1880 (I don't know where) and died May 27,1918 somewhere near Itta Bena, Swiftown, or Belzoni, Mississippi, and is buried in Belzoni, Mississippi. If you have any information about Richard's parents or his uncle that taught at Georgia Tech in the 1880's or 1890's, please let me know via an email with "Richard Kelley" in the subject line at: [contact link]. Thank you and I hope you enjoyed the "supposedly true" story.

Aaron W. Hawkins
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Feb 12, 2009 · Reply

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