Kelly-Fea Family History

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Tom Fea



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Leonard Watkins, Dennis & Thomas S. Kelly.
Sons of Elizabeth Fea & Dennis Kelly.

 

Elizabeth Fea and Dennis Kelly

Elizabeth Fea was born June 24, 1841 at Falkirk, Scotland1 and in 1853, at the age of 11, she immigrated to the United States with her parents, Thomas Brown Fea and Ann Liddle Fea, along with six siblings; John, Catherine, Thomas, James, Joseph and Hyrum.2 After first landing in New Orleans, they proceeded to St. Louis, where their father opened a shop as a gunsmith, located beneath the present site of the Gateway Arch.? There he obtained his citizenship on May 4, 1858.? In 1859 Thomas purchased land in Washington County, Missouri and relocated the family to Liberty Township, near Potosi.

Dennis Kelly was born ca. 1838-1840 in Cork, Ireland, son of Stephen Kelly.3, 8?? By 1860, Dennis too had immigrated to the United States and was living in Potosi, Missouri working as a bartender.4?? The value of his real estate was listed as $1000 and most likely represented the house he was building on north Missouri Street, which is now listed as one of Potosi?s historic homes.

By 1863, Dennis and Elizabeth had become very well acquainted and, thus, entered into wedlock on June 24, 1863 (the Washington County marriage entry by S. Smith lists Elizabeth?s surname as Fay, which is the way it is pronounced but not spelled).?

Continuing to expand his mercantile business, Dennis, along with Moses Brooks and John Flynn(?), applied to the Provost Marshall to post a $2000 bond in order to sell controlled substances. On October 28, 1864 they were granted permission to offer quinine, calomel, Peruvian bark, opium and its compounds, patent medicines, wines and liquors, and salt for sale in Potosi.5

April 29, 1885 brought the birth of Dennis and Elizabeth?s first son, Thomas S. Kelly.? Thomas was joined by a brother, Dennis, on February 19, 1867 and finally by another brother, Leonard Watkins Kelly, born February 6, 1869.?All three boys, alone with their parents lived in the house on north Missouri Street.

Little is actually known about Dennis Kelly?s business and few newspapers remain to document that time period in Potosi.? A Fea descendent once said that Dennis?s business burned and that Dennis died in or while fighting the fire.? However, no documentation exists to substantiate this allegation.? What is clear is that by 1870, Dennis is not listed on the Federal Census and Elizabeth is shown as the head of household, with real estate holdings valued at $4000.6 ?[So far, Dennis?s date of death and place of burial remain unknown.? A death record in St. Louis dated March 23, 1869 for a Dennis Kelly was examined and appears to be that of an infant.]

In addition to Elizabeth?s loss of her husband, presumably in 1869, the very next year her father died and her brother Joseph was scalded in a steam boiler explosion (see below).? This accident apparently resulted in a Court action filed by Mr. Josiah Caldwell against Messrs Fea (Thomas Brown Fea Jr. and Joseph Smith Fea, Elizabeth?s brothers) and William Turnbull (Elizabeth?s brother-in-law).? While the case was probably for payment of damages caused by the explosion at Caldwell?s mill, the Feas fought it, losing in County civil court but haing it overturned by the Appellate court.? Mr. Caldwell then brought it before the Missouri Supreme Court in 1873 and in 1874 it once again was found in Mr. Caldwell?s favor.7

In 1876 Elizabeth and her sons relocated to Randolph County, Moberly, Missouri.8 It appears that Elizabeth?s youngest sister, Jessie (Jennie) Fea, born March 28, 1856, also moved to Moberly as on July 17, 1877 she was married there to John Wesley Cass, a brakeman for the St. L., K.C., & N. Ky railroad.9 By 1880, Elizabeth was a successful boarding house proprietress with 15 lodgers, not including her three sons and niece, Marion Turnbull, who also resided at the same address. Marion and Leonard were attending school while Thomas and Dennis were just starting their early careers as bakers and confectioners.10

Elizabeth appears to have had excellent business acumen.? A cursory examination of Randolph County land records, on file in Huntsville, Missouri shows a number of real estate transactions in the late 1870?s and the 1880?s by Elizabeth Kelley and Elizabeth Kelly.? It is probable that most of the transactions are actually purchases and sales by Elizabeth Fea Kelly.? Three that are clearly Elizabeth?s were properties bought on October 5, 1882, May 17, 1883 and July 16, 1883.? She later sold on July 14, 1883 the property bought October 5, 1882 to John Wesley Cass, her brother-in-law and soon to be engineer with the Wabash Railroad.11

While Elizabeth?s real estate ventures and boarding house apparently provided the capital for the Kelly?s other business forays, she stayed in the background and promoted her sons? involvement in them.? By 1885, Kelly Bros. Confectionery, Ice Cream Parlor and News Dealers was located in Moberly?s Grand Central Hotel, on 220 Reed, with each of the boys listed separately in the City Directory as owners.12 Even Elizabeth?s youngest brother, Nixon Robert Fea born in Potosi, was living in Moberly in 1895, working as a fireman for the railroad and living at 208 South 4th street, approximately two blocks south of Elizabeth?s home on 413 West Rollins.13

While the Kelly?s businesses prospered in Moberly, there had been significant changes occurring with her siblings since she left Potosi.? In 1881 her brother James, who had done well with mining in Arizona, was killed in a locomotive accident in Jefferson County shortly after returning to Missouri and just six months after he had married Nancy Silvers, a childhood sweetheart from Liberty Township.? James had bought into a business in De Soto15and his departure left Nancy pregnant with their only child, a son.? In 1884, Nancy deeded all of James? holdings in his Father?s estate back to the Fea family.? About the same time, Elizabeth?s other brother, Thomas Brown Fea Jr., quit-claimed his share of the estate to his younger brothers, Nixon and William, and then turned to farming in central Missouri.?

The spring of 1887 Elizabeth?s brother, Joseph Smith Fea, left the Midwest with his wife Sarah Hattery Fea and their then two sons (Thomas Wallace Fea and James William Fea, who would be joined by the birth of Joseph Simpson Fea in October 1888), in order to homestead in Washington Territory north of Spokane.? His and Elizabeth?s sister and brother-in-law, Jessie Fea Cass and John Wesley Cass of Moberly, followed Joseph west and the Cass homestead would eventually become the town of Newport, Washington.16 ??It also appears that the Fea children?s adopted brother, John Crabb, homesteaded in Washington about that same time, but closer to the Walla Walla area.? Thus, only Elizabeth?s brother William Fea and family, Elizabeth?s mother, Ann Liddle Fea, and Elizabeth?s sister Catherine and husband, William Grant Turnbull and family (11 children) remained in the Potosi area.?

Unfortunately, Elizabeth?s sister-in-law in Washington Territory, Sarah Hattery Fea and her fourth son, John, both died during childbirth in February1891, leaving Elizabeth?s brother, Joseph, a widower with three small children under the age of seven.? Jessie Fea Cass moved the boys to her homestead and took over raising them, soon joined by Ann Liddle Fea from Missouri.? Ann, now nearly 80, remained out West until approximately1896, when her son-in-law, William Grant Turnbull, Catherine?s husband, died in Washington County, Missouri.? Then, only 10 months later Elizabeth?s brother, William Fea, died in his Liberty Township home from pneumonia at the early age of 39.17?? By 1901 Catherine Fea Turnbull and three of her sons, William F., Chilton B. and Jessie Grant had left the Potosi area and were all living in or near Newport, Washington.18

With all the family passings in Washington County and Washington State, Elizabeth Kelly?s home in Moberly became an anchor in a sea of change.? Besides hosting her mother Ann in between her travels, she opened her home to two of Joseph Smith Fea?s sons as they reached an age of maturity.? In 1902, James William Fea, from Washington State, was clerking for Kelly Bros. while his older brother, Thomas Wallace Fea, was a rural mail carrier for his cousin, Thomas S. Kelly, then the postmaster of Moberly.19 Ultimately, neither of the Washington State boys chose a career in Missouri.? James went with the railroads and Thomas returned to the timber industry around Newport, Washington and later in life became a Pend Oreille County Commissioner.

Also in 1902 Elizabeth?s middle son, Dennis married Elizabeth Keiser, a marriage that would last 53 years. He was embarking upon a career as a factory representative for a shoe factory and they left Moberly soon after.?Leonard, Elizabeth?s youngest, followed Dennis in marriage as on June 23, 1904 he wed Miss Myrna Mae Kent, an accomplished musician and composer associated with Moberly?s Goetze?s Conservatory of Music. 20?? By 1905 Dennis had a shoe store in Victor, Colorado,21? and his cousin, Thomas Wallace Fea, was apprenticing as a baker with Kelly Bros.22? However, it appears that the Kelly Bros. Bakery and Confectionery?s days were numbered as both Thomas and Leonard Kelly were now making substantial livings from working for Traveler?s Insurance Company. 3, 20 ??

For whatever reason, the migration from Missouri to Washington State continued when Mother Ann decided to spend her final days living there with her daughter, Jessie Fea Cass Scott (second marriage).? As Ann?s time drew near, Elizabeth went west to help her sisters Jessie and Catherine care for her. .? When Ann passed, her remains were interred in the Newport Pioneer Cemetery, 2000-plus miles from her husband?s remains in Potosi?s Old Presbyterian Cemetery.

After returning home from the funeral of her mother, Elizabeth?s next milestone occurred on February 15, 1911 in Omaha, Nebraska.? Eldest son, Thomas had advanced by then to become a special Missouri Agent for Travelers Insurance, working out of St. Louis from 1904 until 1906.? Then in 1906 he relocated to Omaha to become Travelers Insurance Company?s State manager for all of Nebraska.23?? Thus, on a Tuesday evening in Omaha at 8:30 pm, his mother Elizabeth and his brother Dennis and wife witnessed Thomas?s wedding to Miss Wilma Evans Ady of West Liberty.24?? This too, would become a life-long marriage.

During the second decade of the twentieth century, only Leonard Kelly remained near Elizabeth in Moberly, where he continued to do well in his business endeavors.?? However, during the winter of 1917-1918, his wife, Myrna?s health took a turn for the worse.? While the cause of death is not stated in her obituaries, it is not improbable to consider the influenza epidemic that was ravaging the country.? Thus, three weeks after leaving in the company of her mother for a clinic in Las Vegas, New Mexico Myrna unexpectedly passed away on March 23, 1918.25?? It would be at least another ten years before Leonard would consider marrying again.

Elizabeth and her sisters died in the same order that they were born.? Catherine Fea Turnbull passed away on June 6, 1919,18?? Elizabeth Fea Kelly on February 1, 1933,8 and Jessie Fea Cass Scott on April 1, 1937.26? ??Although Elizabeth?s marriage to Dennis only lasted 6 years, she continued to honor it her entire life. ?Whenever her name was used in directories or the Press, she always referred to herself as Mrs. Dennis Kelly, or Elizabeth Kelly, widow of Dennis Kelly.? She continued this testimonial to her marriage even in death.27

Moberly Democrat Wednesday Evening, February 1, 1933
MOTHER KELLY DIES AT AGE 9O
Pioneer Moberly Resident Succumbs After Long Illness

TWO SONS SERVED CITY AS POSTMASTER

Mrs. Elizabeth Kelly, affectionately known to scores of Moberly friends died today at Woodland Hospital. She was 90 years old and had been ill for several years.

Mrs. Kelly was one of Moberly?s pioneer women, having resided here for fifty-seven years.? She was a native of Scotland.

In 1876, she moved here with her three small sons from Potosi, Mo., soon after the death of her husband, Dennis Kelly.? The Kellys had been engaged in the mercantile business and after conduction a boarding house for a time, Mrs. Kelly entered the confectionery and bakery business.

Successful Business

Her first stand was located under the stairway where the Carpenter Jewelry store is now located.? Later Mrs. Kelly?s business branched out and she opened a confectionery and bakery in a building located where the Moberly Trust Company now stands.

Her sons sold newspapers and assisted their mother in her business enterprise in every way they could.? Mrs. Kelly was always very proud of her boys and they of her.

The sons are L. W. Kelly, Moberly, Dennis Kelly of Denver, Colo. and Tom Kelly of Omaha.

Mrs. Kelly developed a wide acquaintance in her business and civic work.? She was always noted for her charitable work and for comforting the down-and-outer.

From a humble start she and her sons became substantial and prominent in Moberly.

Two Sons Postmasters

Louis Klein, widely known Moberly baker learned the trade under ?Mother Kelly? in her shops here.

Two of Mrs. Kelly?s sons, L. W. Kelly and Tom Kelly, served as postmaster of Moberly.? Tom Kelly was postmaster during the administrations of Presidents McKinley and Roosevelt, and L. W. Kelly was postmaster during the administration of President Taft.? L. W. Kelly is now president of the Artificial Ice Company, Tom Kelly is state manager of the Travelers Insurance Company for Nebraska, and Dennis Kelly is now traveling for a shoe company in Colorado.

Funeral services for Mrs. Kelly will be held Friday morning at 9 o?clock at St. John?s Catholic Church conducted by the Rev. Father Augustine McNeill.? Burial will be in Oakland cemetery.

Moberly Democrat Friday Evening, February 3, 1933
FUNERAL IS HELD FOR MRS. KELLY

Funeral services for Mrs. Elizabeth Kelly were conducted at the St. John?s Catholic Church this morning by the Rev. Father Augustine McNeill.? The pallbearers were M. H. Kehoe, M. B. Levy, Joe Mullen, P. K. Weis, Forrest Martin, and H. W. Rubey of Kansas City.? Among the out-of-town relatives here were Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Kelly of Denver and Mr. and Mrs. Tom Kelly of Omaha.? Burial was in Oakland cemetery.

References:

1 1851 Census of Scotland, Falkirk.

2 Steamship Jersey (1853) Liverpool to New Orleans, Passenger records.

3 Williams, Walter Editor, (1913) ?A History of Northeast Missouri,?? Page 1593.

4 1860 Federal Census, Potosi, Washington County Missouri.

5 Kelly, Dennis, (1864) Missouri Union Provost Marshal Papers: 1861 ? 1966, Reel No F-1356.

6 1870 Federal Census, Washington County Missouri, Breton Township.

7 Post, Truman A. (1874), ?Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in THE SUPREME COURT of the State of Missouri,? St. Louis, Mo, pages 55-57.

8 Moberly Democrat, (1933), ??Mother Kelly? Dies at Age 90,?? February 1, Page 3.

9 Beasley, (1877) ?Moberly Missouri City Directory 1876-1877,? Pages 42 and 52.

10 1880 Federal Census; Randolph County, Third Ward Moberly, Enumeration Dist. No 108, Page 27.

11 Moberly City Directory (1884-1885), Page 64.

12 Ibid, Page 97

13 Hackman, (1895) ?Moberly Directory,?? Pages 75 and 115.

14 McQuitty, J. E. (1896) ?Moberly Art Souvenir,?? Western Photo and Engraving Co., St. Louis, Mo.

15 Jefferson Democrat (1881), April 19.

16 W.P.A. Sponsored Federal Project No. 5841 (1938), ?Told by the Pioneers, Reminiscences of Pioneer Life In Washington, Joseph Smith Fea;? Vol. 2, Published by Washington Pioneer Project.

17 Potosi Journal (1897) January 27.

18 The Newport Miner (1919), Catherine Fea Turnbull?s obituary.

19 Hackman (1902), ?Hackman?s Moberly Directory,?? Pages 100 and 130.

20 Moberly Daily Monitor (1904), June 23 edition, ?A Pretty Wedding.?

21 Fea Family Photo (1905) with place, names and date written on the back.

22 Hackman & Wallin (1905) Hackman & Wallin?s Moberly City Directory, Page 140.

23 Who?s Who In Nebraska (1940) Douglas County, http://www.rootsweb.com/~nedougla/html/douglas9.htm

24 Omaha World Herald (1911) Evening Edition, February 15, ?Weddings and Announcements.

25 Moberly Democrat (1918), March 24 Edition, ?Mrs. Kelly Dead.?

26 Newport Miner (1937) April 1 Edition.

27 Kelly, Elizabeth (1933) Monument in Oakland Cemetery, ?Elizabeth Fea wife of Dennis Kelly.?


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Elizabeth Fea wife of Dennis Kelly

My  Great Grandfather's sister, Elizabeth Fea (shown as Fay) on the  marriage entry at the courthouse) married a Dennis Kelly in 1863 at  Potosi. Most of the Fea's lived in Liberty township near Emo [Ebo].  However, Elizabeth's father (Thomas Brown Fea) and brother  (James Fea) are buried in the Old Presbyterian Church cemetery next  to the Masonic Lodge and cemetery.  I believe that the Dennis Kelly House is named after the same Dennis Kelly as ours.  He apparently  died about 1869 and she eventually moved to Moberly, Mo where, as a  widow, I can trace her life and her and Dennis' three sons.  My family has very little info on Dennis.  I am looking for more.  Also, I would be glad to give the owner's of the Dennis Kelly House my  information on what happened to the three boys who were born there.



LEONARD WATKINS KELLY - ( A History of Northeast Missouri: 1913, Walter Ed Williams, Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago, page 1593)

The present postmaster at Moberly had long been an influential citizen of Randolph County, where he has been identified with business affairs, political leadership, and in that practical good citizenship which speaks the highest welfare of the community.

Mr. Kelly is a native of Potosi, Missouri where he was born February 6, 1869.The founder of the Kelly family in America was Stephen Kelly, who was an immigrant from Ireland, where he had attained an education in the common schools, and was communicant of the Catholic faith. In America he followed the occupation of farmer, and was a good and substantial citizen. The parents of the Moberly postmaster were Dennis and Elizabeth (Fea) Kelly. The father, who was born in Ireland in 1840, received his education in the common schools, and after coming to America and locating in southeast Missouri was a merchant in that part of the state. He was a member of the Catholic Church. In politics a Republican, and gave some service as a member of the state militia.  His wife, Elizabeth Fea, was born in Falkirk, Scotland, Jun 24, 1843, a daughter of Thomas Brown and Ann (Liddle) Fea.

Leonard Watkins Kelly, as a boy attended the public schools in Northeast Missouri and graduated from the Moberly high school. On attain manhood engaged in the mercantile business. He has also been connected with insurance and for some years was in the postal service.  For about twenty years he has been active in Republican politics of Missouri.  He was assistant sergeant-at-arms in the national convention of the party in 1896. He has served as chairman of the county committee, member of the congressional committee, and in 1908 was alternate delegate to the national convention. From 1909 to 1913 he was a member of Governor Hadley's staff.

Mr. Kelly has identified himself with a number of the more notable public movements at Northeast Missouri. He was a delegate to the Deepwater convention of 1910.  He has aided in the organization of the Good Fellows Club, where he has given much substantial aid to the needy of this city. Fraternally, he is a Mason, having attained the Knight Templar degrees, and being affiliated with the Shrine, and also has membership with the Elks lodge. He is a member of the Commercial Club, and a director of the Fair Association in Randolph County.

At Moberly on June 22, 1904, Mr. Kelly was united in marriage with Mist Myrna Mae Kent. Mrs. Kelly is a great-great-granddaughter of a member of General Washington's staff, and belongs to one of the old American families. She is a graduate of the Moberly high school, and is a talented musician. Her musical education was obtained first in the Goetze Conservatory of Music, where she studied piano and violin, and she then continued her work in the Virgil school of piano technique of New Your City. This is one of the most famous training schools in the country, and as a product of its system, Mrs. Kelly has acquired more than local note as a musician and composed Governor Hadley's march. Mrs. Kelly's father was Harry H. Kent, who was a railroad man.




Here is the Obit. for James Fea. The Silvers' family oldest member who died about 2000 remembered this, and they were certain James had been pushed. - Tom

Unidentified Newspaper, Washington County, Missouri

A telegram from Dr. Volker of De Soto to Mr. John R. Higgins of this place announced the sudden and unexpected death of James Fea, well known in this town and county. James was born in St. Louis (incorrect, born in Scotland but lived for awhile in St. Louis), but while quite young his parents removed to Washington county.

After he became of age, he left for the gold and silver lined mountains of Arizona. In the last few years he was very successful in mining operations and accumulated a competency. He still had several interests in paying lodes in the territory, which were yielding him a comfortable living. Some seven months ago he returned to this State and on the 14th October 1880, he was married to Miss Nannie Silvers of De Soto. He resided at De Soto until death overtook him last Sunday. He leaves a widowed mother, several brothers and sisters, a loving wife and a host of friends to mourn his untimely demise. His remains were brought to this place and interred by the Odd Fellows in the Presbyterian cemetery. We sincerely sympathize with the grief-stricken relatives in their hour of sore affliction. His death was caused by a locomotive knocking him down and running over his body.


JEFFERSON DEMOCRAT
April 19, 1881

DE SOTO ITEMS - De Soto, Mo., Mr. James FEA, formerly of Potosi, but for sometime a resident of this place, met with a painful accident Sunday night.   There were no witnesses, but the supposition is that Mr. FEA, having been out in town during the evening, was on his way home, about 8 o'clock p.m., and in attempting to cross the main track at the depot, he was knocked down and run over by engine No. 38, which was switching in the yard at the time.  The coroner's inquest elicited nothing in addition to this.   During his residence here, Mr. FEA had made many friends.  He was married here last fall to a Miss SILVERS, who deeply mourns his loss.  The remains were taken to Potosi yesterday for interment--under escort of Industry lodge, No. 2517, I.O.O.F., of this place of which he was a member.  The I.O.O.F. lodge of Potosi met the funeral cortege at the depot of Potosi, and participated in the last sad rites.  The turn out of the citizens of Potosi was unusually large, showing with what respect Mr. FEA, was held by his former fellow townsmen.


Unidentified Arizona Newspaper

Mr. James Fea, a gentleman well known in this portion of Arizona who accumulated quite a fortune in mining operations at Washington Camp and went East last summer, was killed at Potosi, Missouri recently. His many warm friends here will grieve to learn of his untimely demise.


 

James Fea and Nancy Abigil Silvers

James was born at Falkirk, Scotland on September 29, 1847 and at the age of five, emigrated to the United States in 1853 with his parents and siblings on the Steamship Jersey.  After landing in New Orleans, they proceeded to St. Louis, living there until 1859 when his father purchased land and relocated the family to the Potosi area of Washington County, Missouri. 

By June 16, 1880 James was once again shown on Arizona census documents this entry as a prospector in Harshaw, Pima County (not far from Tombstone and the infamous Earp and Clanton shootout at the OK Corral on 21 October 1881).  Also in Arizona was his adopted brother, John Crabb. 

By this time, James was a partial owner in the Apache, St. Nicola, Midas, Last Chance, Victoria and Socorro mines and decided to return to Missouri to wed his childhood sweetheart, Miss Nancy (Nannie) Silvers. Nancy, (b. 19 May 1858, d. 22 March 1953).  Nancy was the daughter of John Silvers (b. ca 1840, d. 29 January 1877, bur. Silvers family cemetery, Wa. County) and Sarah Jane Evans (b. 28 October 1842, d. 28 March 1903, bur. Bellefontaine Cem., St. Louis, Mo).  James and Nancy’s nuptials were on 14 October 1880.   Deciding to pursue a career in business, on 7 January 1881 James bought half-interest in Hugo Thau’s Saloon for $500, located in Frank Knaps building on East Main Street in De Soto (Main Street and East Main are separated by railroad tracks and the railroad right of way), partnering with Herman Thau.  On 17 April of that year, James fell or was pushed into the path of an oncoming locomotive, near this business.  Nancy was pregnant with James Fea Jr. at the time and she and her family suspected fowl play since the Thau family retained ownership of the Saloon in the event of James’ death.  While an inquest was held, the authorities had no evidence that a crime had actually taken place. 

Since women did not have equal rights in the 1880’s, James’ interests in the AZ territory mines were sold, a trustee appointed by the AZ court, paid with the money from the proceeds of James estate, providing the remainder of the funds to Nancy on a monthly basis, upon proof by her of the expenses of raising James. Fea Jr.

Nancy, distraught with grief and believing that James’ death had not been and accident, left De Soto shortly after James Jr.’s birth and traveled for over a year.  During which time she met Thomas W. Windshiemer (b Jun 1869 PA) in Pennsylvania.  They married and James Jr. joined them on Thomas’s dairy farm.  Nancy and Thomas had one son: George R. Windsheimer b ca 1886 PA.  Sometime before 1915, the Windshiemers and James Fea Jr. moved to the Seattle area in Washington State and resided there until their deaths, Nancy’s at age 95.

James Fea b. 18th November 1881 De Soto, Missouri, d. 14th March 1946 Fort Steilacom, Washington.



Information Below Is By Esther M. Ziock Carroll


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Dennis Kelly House built circa 1860.  North Missouri Street, Potosi. Photographed: October, 2006

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In the 1860 census for Washington County, Missouri, Dennis Kelly is listed as single & living with the Crane family in Potosi, Breton Township.   His age is given as 22, birthplace Ireland.  His occupation is bar tender.   Value of his real estate is $1,000 & value of his personal property is $150.   Other members in the Crane household are: Jerry, Margaret, Elizabeth, Sarah & William Crane.  Also:Cornelius & Margaret Carnahan.  Also: John Boglin, Thomas Mcneal, Thomas Weir & F.E. Barret.  Also in the 1860 census are Bartlette Kelly, age 29, single, laborer, living in Irondale & Jacob Kelly, age 63, single, laborer, living in Irondale.  Both born in Ireland as was Dennis.  Possibly brother & father of Dennis??

In the 1870 census for Washington County Elizabeth Kelly & her 3 children appear to be living with the Clary family. John Clary is listed as a 27 year old store clerk & Catherine Clary, age 45 keeps house. Elizabeth Kelly is listed as age 28 & her sons, Thomas, Dennis & Leonard are ages are ages 5, 3 & 1 respectively.  Elizabeth’s birthplace is given as Scotland. The value of her real estate & personal property are both given as $4,000.  Since her husband, Dennis, is not listed in the census it is presumed he was deceased by 1870.

 
Washington County Journal ~ 24 Nov. 1870 ~ Pg. 3

EXPLOSION OF A BOILER ~ ONE MAN KILLED AND ANOTHER SEVERELY SCALDED

DESTRUCTION OF A MILL

At about three o'clock today a shocking accident occurred at the steam saw-mill of Messrs. Fea & Turnbull, (generally known as Caldwell's Mill) resulting in the death of an estimible citizen, Mr. Thomas Fea, & severe, although not dangerous injuries to his son, Mr. Joseph Fea.

The mill had been lying idle for a long time, until about two weeks since, when it was leased by Messrs. Fea & Turnbull & put in operation. 

At the ___  ___  the mill was started, after an ?intemission? of about an hour in his operations, Mr. Thomas Fea was ___ & his son, Joseph Fea, was running an edger nearby, when the boiler exploded with such force as to break & scatter the machinery in every direction.  Mr. Thomas Fea received injuries from scalding & otherwise which resulted in his death within an hour or two.  His son, Joseph, was severely scalded on the left arm & hand, but was not otherwise injured, it is hoped. 

Mr. Fea was a native of Scotland ____  think about 50 years of age.  His ___  family have the earnest sympathy of our community in their sad bereavement.


Tombstone pics of Thomas & James Fea