Yes, I beleive that Francis Kelley ended up in Missouri. Since my original posting I have learned more about the family.In particular, I have an old family letter, written in 1867 to my g-g-grandfather from a place called Knob Noster. It is signed "your brother and sister F.H. & N.J. Kelley". My g-g-grandfather had a brother named Francis H. who married a woman named Nancy J. Baldwin in Montgomery County Indiana.The whole Kelley contingent moved from KY to this county in about 1830.
The only Knob Noster that shows up on my web search engine is Knob Noster MO.The letter mentions a brick yard and I have been told by a local expert on that county that there indeed was a brickyard associated with Knob Noster.My own Kelley ancestors were living in southern Illinois at the time, not very far from Missouri.
Although Francis H. Kelley was born in the early 1820's in Kentucky, the Francis H. Kelley family was last seen in IN in the 1850's. At that point they had two daughters, Louisa and Mary, who would be in their early 20's in 1867, and a son Benjamin who would be a teen ager in 1867. All three were born in IN. The letter refers to someone named Frank and I believe it is likely that Benjamin was Benjamin Franklin Kelley. The letter also refers to a small child named Ada.This is my only reference to Ada.If she survived, based on the contents of the letter, she would likely have been severely disfigured as a result of a childhood illness.
The letter has great historical "color". It descibes how the local vigilance committee is rounding up the bushwhackers and taking them to a tree and making them look up a string. However, it also is the last time I hear from the family.