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The Kiely's of Nova Scotia

Updated January 31, 2006

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There have been six distinct Kiely families in Nova Scotia during the last three centuries. Several settled in the early 19th century, while at least one settled in the late 18th century. There are many descendents of these families, including many who settled in the United States. These families, along with the different spellings of the surname are:

The Antigonish, Antigonish County, Kielys (Possibly Tipperary);
The Big Baddeck, Victoria County, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Kielys (Originated in Wexford) (In memory of John Kiely of Summerville, Massachusetts);
The Digby, Digby and Annapolis Counties, Kileys;
The Rocky Bay, Richmond County (Cape Breton), Kileys;
The Upper Prospect, Halifax County, Kileys (Possibly Cork); and
The West Gore, Hants County, Kieleys.

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  • James Kiely of Wexford and Cape Breton (44 KB)
    James Kiely was the first of a long line of Kielys (also Kieley/Keiley/Kiley). He arrived in Cape Breton in the 1820's and later settled at Big Baddeck, Victoria County, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. James' father had died in Wexford during the 1798 Rebellion.
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