The following Biographical sketch was copied from the book "HISTORY AND BIOGRAPHY COUNTIES OF WHITE AND PULASKI, INDIANA. Historical and Biographical. Illustrated. Chicago; F.A. Battey & Co., Publishers. 1883. page 660, City of Winamac, Pulaski County, Indiana.
"JOHN H. KELLY, County Clerk, and hardware dealer, was born at Glasgow March 4, 1847. His parents were both natives of "Bonnie Scotland," and his father was a weaver by occupation. In 1848, the family crossed the Atlantic and located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, but remained at this place only a short time; then moved to Montgomery County, Indiana, where Mr. Kelly engaged in merchandising. From there they removed to Jasper County, next to Starke County in 1858, and from there to Cass County, where Mrs. Kelly died in 1866. While a resident of Starke County, Mr. Kelly, in 1861, enlisted in the Thirty-fifth Indiana Volunteer Infantry, as a private, served with fidelity all through the war and was discharged at its close. He was in a number of battles, was wounded severely in the thigh at Stone River, and is now living with his second wife in Cass County, Indiana. JOHN H. KELLY was with his parents until 1861, when he came to Winamac and began learning the tinner's trade with B. F. HATHAWAY, remaining in his employ three years, but subsequently becoming a partner of H. P. ROWAN in the hardware business. He started in life a poor boy, and has battled his way to an honorable position with his brother merchants. For the past few years, he has conducted the business entirely alone, and his stock now invoices about $3,000 worth of firs-class hardware goods, including agricultural implements, stoves, etc. He was married, in 1873, to Miss LUCY J. CLARK, who has borne him six children - WILLIAM H., MARY (deceased), JOHN N., HARRY (deceased), CHARLES A. and ALICE. Mr. KELLY is a Democrat in politics, has served in various local positions of trust, and the fall of 1882 was honored by his selection to the office of Clark of Courts of Pulaski County, in which capacity he is now serving."