Wednesday, October 29, 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. For
this prompt I've tried to concentrate on ancestors I haven't researched as much
as I have others in my family. Recently I've been posting about my Barnes
Hoyt, and Colby ancestors. In this post I'll discuss my 8x great grandfather Samuel

There's not much information about John, and none at all about who his wife
might have been. I do have this from another of William Richard Cutter's books
on New England genealogy:

John Kelly, the immigrant ancestor, was one of the early settlers of Newbury,
Massachusetts, where he is said to have been in 1635, coming from Newbury,
England. Not much is definitely known of him after his arrival, and nothing is known
of his life in England. He received a grant in Newbury of a house lot of four acres
near the Great River, "bounded by the River on the north, John Pemerton on the
west, by the way on the south, and John Merrill on the east." He also received at
the same time, a planting lot of four acres on the same neck of land, the date being
doubtless the year 1639, when many other similar grants were made. The Great river
is the river Parker. John Kelly also seems to have had a house lot granted him in another part of the town which was mentioned in a record of his son's grant. His 

house was on the north side of Oldtown Hill, and he does not seem to have used 
either of his grants. He was so far separated from the town that the citizens took
a vote that if he should be killed by the Indians because of living so far from the 
others, "his blood should be on his own head." He died December 28, 1644. According to tradition, he was born in Exeter, Devonshire, England. Children: Sarah, born February 12, 1641, and John, mentioned below.
New England Families, Genealogical and Memorial: A Record of the Achievements of Her People in the Making of Commonwealths and the Founding of a Nation, Volume 4 (Google eBook) Lewis historical publishing Company, 1915, (Boston, Ma.)

I particularly like the concern shown for my ancestor by his fellow townspeople.

Well, obviously John Kelley survived long enough to start a family, since I'm here
writing this today nearly 300 years later!

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