Re: Mary Kelty & Thomas Gavin
There seems to be alot of strange connections here. Here's what I know. Thomas Gavin & Mary Kelty left Ireland before November 23rd 1862 (the date of their son Cornelius Gavin, born in Minnesota). I have the funeral arragement sheet for Cornelius Gavin which lists his parents as Thomas Gavin and Mary Kelty (both born in Ireland). I was in Ireland this summer and talked with a genealogist who also agreed that the Gavins came from Mayo Co., which fits with the Kelty's coming from Mayo Co. I think we may be on to something here.
The John Kelty that you are referencing... is he the John Kelty with the following children: Catherine, Thomas, Cecelia, Mary, William, and John? I found a census record of this John (oh and he was married to a Catherine). Let me know if this is the correct John. You mentioned his birthdate being in was it 1812? I am trying to remember off of the top of my head. I found 2 different census records of this John and both listed his birthdate differently. The 1870 census lists him as 50 years old (making him born around 1820). I also found another census which put his birth around 1824. Let me know if this is even the correct John Kielty.
If you give me your email address I can send you copies of the censuses. Also I can send you the funeral arragement sheet.