The following excerpt is taken from TENNESSEE TIDBITS,by Majorie Hood Fischer: Vol 1, Page 205; "JOHN KELLY died bef March term 1797 when Alex Kelly and Wm. Hamilton gave security as administrators Blo TN, CCM A/57[Blount County is near Knoxville] A guardian for his orphans was ordered to make a report.(Ibid 89) A committee was appointed on the petition of John Caldwell and James Gillaspy to partition the estate. (Ibid 101) In a suit by the guardian vs the administrator, the guardian is to receive of the administrator a bond on Andrew Hood. (Ibid 121) Money was paid for schooling NANCY POLLY and (?) KELLY and for boarding NANCY POLLY, JENNY PEGGY and BECKY KELLY.The WIDOW petitioned for her share of the bond on Andrew Woods and one on Saml McClure. (Ibid 136) AGNESS KELLY Dec term 1797 made choice of James Beard and James Gillaspy Jurn as guardian.Blount TN CCM A/83 JAMES KELLY Bound 16 Oct 1799 to Henry Childress until age 21, He is abt 14 years old. Davidson TN CCM C/212[Davidson County is near Nashville] ALEXANDER KELLY Bound 16 Oct 1799 to Henry Childress until age 21. He is about 16 yrs 6 months oldDavidson TN, CCMC/212 HUGH KELLY Bound 16 Oct 1799 to Henry Childress until age 21, He will be 18 on Jan 1 1800.Davidson, TN CCM C/212"
I believe this John Kelly is an older brother of Alexander b c1750 Armaugh, IRE. It is interesting that orphans James, Alexander and Hugh were bound to a man [Henry Childress] in another county [Davidson].
I believe there was a message on this forum regarding a land dispute in Augusta, VA, where his children are representing his estate,but identifying which John Kelly and which land has been speculative. Source information would be appreciated.
Does anyone know anything further about this family? Who were the parents of John and Alex? Where did John's kids go after their apprentiship was complete? James would be free around 1806. Meanwhile, John's brother Alexander b1750 and Alexander's son John b1779 with associated families, drifted down the Tennessee Valley [Greene, Knox, Blount, and Monroe - ending up in Marion County, TN, where I find my earliest known ancestor, James M. Kelly. Maybe John's orphan James b1785 followed his Uncle Alexander south. This would help explain an apparent close relationship between"Ancestor James M" and "John 1779", [they would be cousins] even though local Marion County historians claim they know of no direct family relationship. Ed Kelley