"Australian Jim" Kelly bare-knuckled fighter
James Kelly was known as "Australian Jim" and is listed in the Guiness Book of World Records title holder for the longest bare-knuckled fight on December 3, 1855 at Fiery Creek, Australia against Jonathan Smith.
James Kelly (1831-1914) He left Donegal, Ireland on a ship owned by his aunt and uncle to go to England and live with them. He traveled between Ireland, England, Australia, and the United States quite a bit. He holds The Guiness Book of World Records title for the longest bare-knuckled fight on December 3, 1855 at Firery Creek, Australia.
James Kelly was a business man in a company called Cassell & Kelly Tanniers, NJ and also owner of a scissor and scale manufacturing company in New York, before purchasing property in Colts Neck (possibily 55 Mine Brook Road)and Matawan, NJ. It is rumored that he bought the bricks that built St. Joseph's Church in Keyport, NJ in 1854. The bricks that were dumped in the Raritan Bay!
James Kelly married Mary Kaney (b1845), his second wife in (Freneau) Matawan, NJ. They had two daughters, Margaret Ellen Kelly 1878-1965) and Mary Catherine Kelly (1882-1962). James had four children from a previous marriage living with them in Matawan, NJ 1880 census; John-16; Edward-13; Jane-10; Thomas-5.
In 1900 census, James Kelly was living alone in Matawan, NJ.
I am intrested in any information on Kelly, Kaney, Donahue, Miller, Dugan, Bennett, surnames. James Kelly and Mary Kaney are my great grandparents.