Thursday, November 06, 2014


Fellow geneablogger Amy Johnson Crow of No Story Too Small has issued the
52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge. Basically, we have to post something every
week on a different ancestor, whether a story, picture, or research problem. I've
been posting about the Barnes, Hoyt, Colby, and Davis family lines most recently
which are all in my Dad's maternal Barker ancestry. We're now at the point where
those lines come together with the Kelleys through the marriage of my 6x great
grandparents Richard Kelley and Susannah Hoyt, who were both the grandchildren
of William Barnes.

I found information on Richard online from the same two sources where I found
some about his father Abiel:  

(IV) Richard Kelley, son of Abiel and Rebecca, was born Oct. 24, 1697, and for a few
years resided in West Amesbury, and in about 1727 removed with his father to Methuen (now Salem, N. H.). He held a commission as captain in the Provincial militia. On Sept.
28, 1721, he married Susannah Hoyt, of Amesbury, who was born Feb. 20, 1697, daughter of William Hoyt, a grandson of John Hoyt, one of the early settlers of the town of Amesbury. The children born of this union were: Rebecca, born Dec. 22, 1722: William, Oct. 5, 1725: Richard, Nov. 2. 1727; Sarah, Nov. 28, 1730; Samuel, March 2, 1733; John, April 8, 1735: and Susannah, Nov. 11, 1738.
-Representative Men and Old Families of Southeastern Massachusetts: Containing Historical Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens and Genealogical Records of Many of the Old Families ... (Google eBook) J.H. Beers & Company, 1912 - Barnstable County (Mass.)

The second source adds a bit more:

25. Richard-4 [ John 1,  John 2,  Abiel3], born October 24, 1697, married Susannah Hoyt, of Amesbury, September 28, 1721. She was born February 20, 1697. Her father was William Hoyt, a grandson of John Hoyt, one of the earliest settlers in the town of Amesbury.

Conjointly with his father, Richard Kelly bought, December 13, 1722, a lot of land in Amesbury (West), originally the lot of Robert Quenbe. On this spot he lived a few years and here three of his children were born. The place was sold to his cousin,  Richard, April 17, 1727, as elsewhere stated, and soon after with his father he removed to Methuen (Salem, N.H.).

In 1738 he was one of "a committee to provide stuft' for a meeting-house." He and two others were a committee calling " a meeting of the voters of the North Parish in Methuen," the call bearing date April 18, 1740.

It is recorded of him that he "was baptized and admitted to the Haverhill Church January 21, 1728." This must have been very soon after his removal from Amesbury. It is further stated that with others he 'was dismissed from the Haverhill Church to form a new Church in Methuen" October 26, 1729.

He held a commission of captain in the Provincial militia.
A Genealogical Account of the Descendants of John Kelly of Newbury, Massachusetts, U.S.A. (Google eBook)

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