Kellems of St Louis & vicinity
Checking SSDI, you can find that Leaffie, born 8 July 1894, died May 1977, last address Caseyville, St
Clair Co, IL.Warren Kellems, born 6 May 1923, died April 1987, last address Belleville, St Clair
Co, IL.Two Harolds are listed, but neither is shown to have died in Illinois.Of several Williams,
none is shown as dying in the St Louis area in 1986.However, a William, born 11 Aug 1912, died in St Louis Feb 1982.Another William, born 13 Dec 1908, died in April 1986, but not in the vicinity of St Louis.
I am unable to tell the origin of William S. Kellems (under any spelling), but I do have a William Sherman Kellems
born 1865 in IN, although he was surely too old to have been husband to Leaffie.
No Kellams, Kellems, Kellums was ever known to be entitled to a crest, although the line of Richard
Kellam of Accomack Co, VA, is said to have originated with an English Kelham line that did have.The Kellems
of KY, IN, IL, etc., all of them, were farmers for many generations, and in ancient wars they would
not have had armorial bearings.They would have been the spear carriers.