Va Mount Desert Island Genealogy - Kelley
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Mount Desert Island Families — Kelley

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(updated 11 February 2014)

Welcome to the Kelley genealogy. Family units are arranged alphabetically by the first name of the father (or single-parent mother). Links are provided to enable you to move up and down each lineage. To follow a line back in time (ancestors), click on the underlined portion of "(son of ...)" or "(dau. of ...)" beneath the name of the person you want to trace back. To follow a line forward in time (descendants), click on the name of the person whose offspring you want to see. A plus sign (+) following a name means that that person had one or more children, but that family group has not been added to this web page. A link to documentation and notes, when available, is given below each family.

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In the census records and on gravestones, this surname is variously spelled Kelley, Kelly, and Kellay. Until a distinction is made in spelling for a particular lineage, the spelling "Kelley" is used here. The earliest census records for Mount Desert Island that listed a Kelley as a "head of family" was the 1810 census of the town of Mount Desert, which reported a James Kelley household with 1 "free white male" 16–26, 2 "free white females" under 10, and 1 "free white female" 26–45. (Note that these 4 persons did not all have to be Kelleys. Until the 1850 census, individuals members of a household were reported only by a number in a category; e.g., "3 females under 10".) Subsequent years through 1840 reported the following households, all in the town of Mount Desert.
1820 Mount Desert: James (7 persons)
1830 Mount Desert: James (7)
1837 Mount Desert: James (5)
1840 Mount Desert: James (7), John Jr. (2)
1850 Mount Desert: There was a household consisting of only a James Kelley (65 y., b. Massachusetts) and an Ann[a] Kelley (69 y., b. Massachusetts), likely the parents in the James Kelley families mentioned above. James died 27 August 1859 Æ 73 y., 10 m. and was buried in Kelley Cemetery, Tremont. Anna died 8 April 1870 Æ 89 y., 9 m. and was buried in Kelley Cemetery, Tremont.
1880 Eden [now Bar Harbor]: Martin Kelley, who was a "servant" and "common laborer" living in dwelling 300, was 33 years old and was born in Ireland. He seems not to be closely related to the Kelleys of Tremont.

   

Alden A. Kelley
   (son of Edward D. Kelley and Clara B. [...])
   b. October 1895   Maine
   m. 10 May 1919
         Luella C. (née Butler) Farrell
               b. age 80 y. at death
               d. 4 February 1979   Bar Harbor, Maine

child:
   Milton E. "Tom" Kelley   m. 29 September 1952   Valorie M. Merchant   -   d. 9 February 2014

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Alfred H. Kelley
   (son of [...])
   m. Barbara [...]

children:
   Randolph M. Kelley   b. 3 September 1958   Bar Harbor, Maine   -   d. 13 February 2013   Bangor, Maine
   Alfred Kelley   m. Betty [...]
   David B. Kelley   m. Cookie [...]
   James S. Kelley
   Ronette Kelley   m. [...] Hesseltine
   Penny Kelley   m. [...] Curtis
   Patty Kelley   m. [...] Smith
   Tammy Kelley   m. George Hoche
   Irene Kelley   m. David Schlaefer
   Barbara Kelley
   Laura Kelley   m. Gerry McKenna

documentation and notes

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Edward D. Kelley
   (son of Joseph M. Kelley and Mary D. [...])
   b. February 1870   Maine
   m. 10 y. as of 1900 census
         Clara B. [...]
               b. July 1874   Maine

children:
   Harry L. Kelley   b. April 1891   Maine
   Alden A. Kelley   b. October 1895   Maine   -   m. 10 May 1919   Luella C. (née Butler) Farrell
   child   d. before 1910 census
   Ralph Kelley   b. age 9 y. as of 1910 census   Maine
   Beatrice Kelley   b. age 6 y. as of 1910 census   Maine
   Heslyn L. Kelley   b. 18 August 1905   Maine   -   d. 13 February 1977   -   bur. Brookside Cemetery   Mount Desert, Maine
   Grafton Linwood Kelley   b. 9 August 1907   Maine   -   m. 3 July 1930   Blanche Cirard   -   d. 24 July 1955   -   bur. Brookside Cemetery   Mount Desert, Maine
   Francis G. Kelley   b. age 11 m. as of 1910 census   Maine

documentation and notes

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George H. Kelley
   (son of James K. Kelley and Mary L. Hodgdon)
   b. 29 June 1884   Maine
   m. Maude Deviney
            b. 17 August 1892
            d. 16 May 1936
                  bur. Mount Height Cemetery   Southwest Harbor, Maine
   d. 9 February 1949
         bur. Mount Height Cemetery   Southwest Harbor, Maine

child:
   James H. Kelley   b. 13 December 1919   -   d. 8 November 1936   -   bur. Mount Height Cemetery   Southwest Harbor, Maine

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George M. Kelley
   (son of [...])
   b. age 31 y. as of 1850 census   Maine
   m. (1) Mehitable N. [...]
                  b. age 30 y., 2 m., 26 d. at death
                  d. 13 May 1850
                        bur. Kelley Cemetery   Tremont, Maine
         (2) Abigail [...]
                  b. age 32 y. as of 1870 census   Maine
                  d. before 1880 census

children by Mehitable N. [...]:
   Mary R. Kelley   b. age 8 y. as of 1850 census   Maine
   Ann R. Kelley   b. age 6 y. as of 1850 census   Maine
   James R. Kelley   b. age 4 y. as of 1850 census   Maine
   Elizabeth N. Kelley   b. age 2 y. as of 1850 census   Maine
   Mehitable Kelley   b. age 3 m. as of 1850 census   Maine
adopted child:
   Ada K. Kelley   b. age 7 y. as of 1880 census   Maine
children?:
   George R. Kelley   b. January 1881   Maine
   Hattie L. Kelley   b. J[...] 1883   Maine

documentation and notes

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Grafton Linwood Kelley
   (son of Edward D. Kelley and Clara B. [...])
   b. 9 August 1907   Maine
   m. 3 July 1930
         Blanche Cirard
               b. 1910
               d. 24 January 1999   Bar Harbor, Maine
                     bur. Brookside Cemetery   Mount Desert, Maine
   d. 24 July 1955
         bur. Brookside Cemetery   Mount Desert, Maine

children:
   Grafton Linwood Kelley Jr.   b. 8 March 1933   Somesville, Mount Desert, Maine   -   m. Kathryn Hervieux   -   d. 24 January 2002   Bangor, Maine   -   bur. Brookside Cemetery   Mount Desert, Maine
   Albert Kelley
   Paul Kelley
   Dorothy Kelley   m. [...] Sargent

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Grafton Linwood Kelley Jr.
   (son of Grafton Linwood Kelley and Blanche Cirard)
   b. 8 March 1933   Somesville, Mount Desert, Maine
   m. Kathryn Hervieux
   d. 24 January 2002   Bangor, Maine
         bur. Brookside Cemetery   Mount Desert, Maine

children:
   Grafton Linwood Kelley III
   Stephen Kelley

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Harvey Raymond Kelley
   (son of Shirley R. Kelley and Cora Mae Berry)
   b. 1 June 1916   Tremont, Maine
   m. 27 July 1940   Farmington, Maine
         Louise Hattie Thurston
               (dau. of Herbert Thurston and Ruth Hazel Corey)
               b. 15 September 1915   Boothbay Harbor, Maine
   d. 25 December 2009   Tremont, Maine
         bur. Benson Cemetery   Tremont, Maine

children:
   Harvey R. Kelley Jr.   m. Dianne [...]
   Carolyn Kelley   m. [...] Gothard
   Margaret Kelley   m. [...] Jones

documentation and notes

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Hudson O. Kelley
   (son of [...])
   b. February 1867   Maine
   m. Albertena Pierce
            b. September 1867   Maine
            d. 1950
                  bur. Hillside Cemetery   Bar Harbor, Maine
   d. 1950
         bur. Hillside Cemetery   Bar Harbor, Maine

children:
   Beatrice L. Kelley   b. June 1888   Maine   -   d. 14 November 1960   Bangor, Maine   -   bur. Hillside Cemetery   Bar Harbor, Maine

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Jacob M. Kelley
   (son of Joseph M. Kelley and Mary D. [...])
   b. 1865   Maine
   m. 16 y. as of 1900 census
         Lizzie M. Norwood
               b. 1867   Maine
               d. 1957
                     bur. Head of the Harbor Cemetery   Tremont, Maine
   d. 1951
         bur. Head of the Harbor Cemetery   Tremont, Maine

children:
   Howard N. Kelley   b. J[...] 1885   Maine   -   m. 21 June 1909   Edith Moore
   Ida M. Kelley   b. J[...] 1887   Maine   -   m. 25 June 1911   Leroy E. Sweeney
   Shirley R. Kelley   b. August 1889   Maine   -   m. 30 June 1915   Cora Mae Berry   -   d. 24 October 1964   Tremont, Maine   -   bur. Head of the Harbor Cemetery   Tremont, Maine
   child   d. before 1910 census
   Edward Kelley   b. age 1 y., 4 m., 11 d. at death   Maine   -   d. 31 August 1895
   Edward J. Kelley   b. [...] 1896   Maine   -   d. 29 December 1980   Bar Harbor, Maine
   Joseph W. Kelley   b. August 1898   Maine   -   m. Rose B. [...]   -   d. 20 October 1992   Bar Harbor, Maine   -   bur. Head of the Harbor Cemetery   Tremont, Maine
   [A. or H.?] Bernice Kelley   b. age 9 y. as of 1910 census   Maine
   Aubrey S. Kelley   b. age 7 y. as of 1910 census   Maine
   Vernon M. Kelley   b. 1908   Maine   -   m. 23 October 1928   Alice N. Wakefield   -   d. 1974   -   bur. Head of the Harbor Cemetery   Tremont, Maine

documentation and notes

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James Kelley
   (son of [...])
   b. 1815   Maine
   m. 1838
         Dorcas F. Atherton
               b. 1819   Maine
               d. 1898
                     bur. Kelley Cemetery   Tremont, Maine
   d. 1894
         bur. Kelley Cemetery   Tremont, Maine

children:
   George W. Kelley   b. 1843   Maine   -   d. 1866   -   bur. Kelley Cemetery   Tremont, Maine
   Orville C. Kelley   b. age 5 m. as of 1850 census   Maine   -   d. 1878   -   bur. Kelley Cemetery   Tremont, Maine
   Thomas A. Kelley   b. 1853   Maine   -   d. 1879   -   bur. Kelley Cemetery   Tremont, Maine
   Charlotte [M. or B.?] Kelley   b. age 4 y. as of 1860 census   Maine
   James K. Kelley   b. June 1859   Maine   -   m. intentions 14 February 1881, certificate issued 23 February 1881   Mary L. Hodgdon   -   d. 1939   -   bur. Mount Height Cemetery   Southwest Harbor, Maine

documentation and notes

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James K. Kelley
   (son of James Kelley and Dorcas F. Atherton)
   b. June 1859   Maine
   m. intentions 14 February 1881
         certificate issued 23 February 1881
            Mary L. Hodgdon
                  b. February 1863   Maine
                  d. 1954
                        bur. Mount Height Cemetery   Southwest Harbor, Maine
   d. 1939
         bur. Mount Height Cemetery   Southwest Harbor, Maine

children:
   Thomas A. Kelley   b. November 1882   Maine   -   d. 16 January 1964   Tremont, Maine   -   bur. Mount Height Cemetery   Southwest Harbor, Maine
   George H. Kelley   b. 29 June 1884   Maine   -   m. Maude Deviney   -   d. 9 February 1949   -   bur. Mount Height Cemetery   Southwest Harbor, Maine
   Alberta M. Kelley   b. July 1886   Maine   -   d. 19 July 1963   Tremont, Maine   -   bur. Mount Height Cemetery   Southwest Harbor, Maine
   Charlotte Kelley   b. September 1888   Maine
   Helen E. Kelley   b. 13 September 1890   Maine   -   d. 11 December 1959   -   bur. Mount Height Cemetery   Southwest Harbor, Maine
   Elizabeth H. Kelley   b. September 1893   Maine

documentation and notes

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James R. Kelley
   (son of Joseph M. Kelley and Mary D. [...])
   b. July 1867   Maine
   m. intentions 14 February 1887
         certificate issued 20 February 1887
            Eva L. Latty
                  b. February 1871   Maine

children:
   Gertrude E. Kelley   b. July 1888   Maine
   Blanche L. Kelley   b. May 1893   Maine
   Vernon R. Kelley   b. November 1896   Maine
   Winnie B. Kelley   b. October 1899   Maine

documentation and notes

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John W. Kelley
   (son of Joseph M. Kelley and Mary D. [...])
   b. age 34 y., 4 m., 10 d. when lost at sea   Maine
   m. Mary L. [...]
            b. age 25 y. as of 1870 census   Maine
   d. "lost at sea" 17 December 1874
         memorial stone in Kelley Cemetery   Tremont, Maine

children:
   Amelia E. Kelley   b. age 9 y. as of 1870 census   Maine
   John [H. or W.?] Kelley   b. age 4 y. as of 1870 census   Maine
   Ellen M. Kelley   b. age 3 y. as of 1870 census   Maine
   Raymond C. Kelley   b. age 6 y., 8 m., 27 d. at death   Maine   -   d. 7 August 1876   -   bur. Kelley Cemetery   Tremont, Maine
   Bradford D. C. Kelley   b. age 8 y. as of 1880 census   Maine
   Lola Kelley   b. age 5 y. as of 1880 census   Maine

documentation and notes

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Joseph M. Kelley
   (son of [...])
   b. age 38 y. as of 1860 census   Maine
   m. Mary D. [...]
            b. age 26 y. as of 1850 census   Maine

children:
   John W. Kelley   b. age 34 y., 4 m., 10 d. when lost at sea   Maine   -   m. Mary L. [...]   -   "lost at sea" 17 December 1874   -   memorial stone in Kelley Cemetery   Tremont, Maine
   Nahum B. Kelley   b. September 1843   Maine   -   m. Phebe M. [...]
   Francis [E. or A.?] Kelley   b. age 3 y. as of 1880 census   Maine
   Joseph W. Kelley   b. age 6 m. as of 1850 census   Maine
   Hannah A. Kelley   b. age 8 y. as of 1860 census   Maine
   Rebecca H. Kelley   b. 1854   Maine   -   m. Thomas Farley   -   d. 1930   -   bur. Head of the Harbor Cemetery   Tremont, Maine
   Mary [N. or A.?] Kelley   b. age 3 y. as of 1860 census   Maine
   Samuel L. Kelley   b. age 1 y. as of 1860 census   Maine
   Jessie B. Kelley   b. age 9 y. as of 1870 census   Maine
   Amanda L. Kelley   b. age 7 y. as of 1870 census   Maine
   Jacob M. Kelley   b. 1865   Maine   -   m. 16 y. as of 1900 census   Lizzie M. [...]   -   d. 1951   -   bur. Head of the Harbor Cemetery   Tremont, Maine
   James R. Kelley   b. July 1867   Maine   -   m. 13 y. as of 1900 census   Eva L. [...]
   Edward D. Kelley   b. February 1870   Maine   -   m. 10 y. as of 1900 census   Clara B. [...]

documentation and notes

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Joseph W. Kelley
   (son of Jacob M. Kelley and Lizzie M. Norwood)
   b. August 1898   Maine
   m. 8 y. as of 1930 census
         Rose B. [...]
               b. 1900   Canada
               d. 22 December 1961   Tremont, Maine
                     bur. Head of the Harbor Cemetery   Tremont, Maine
   d. 20 October 1992   Bar Harbor, Maine
         bur. Head of the Harbor Cemetery   Tremont, Maine

children:
   Walter J. Kelley   b. age 7 y. as of 1930 census   [Massachusetts?]
   Helen N. Kelley   b. age 4 y. as of 1930 census   Maine
   Rose M. Kelley   b. age 2 y., [?] m. as of 1930 census   Maine
   Shirley R. Kelley   b. age [?] y. as of 1930 census   Maine'

documentation and notes

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Martin Leo Kelley
   (son of Terence J. Kelley and Ellen M. [...])
   b. 5 December 1912   Canada
   m. 3 October 1953
         Kathleen Williams Stanley
               (dau. of Bertrand C. Stanley and Alice E. Williams)
               b. 14 January 1925   Bar Harbor, Maine
               d. 29 June 2009   Bar Harbor, Maine
                     bur. Holy Redeemer Cemetery   Bar Harbor, Maine
   d. 8 December 1966   Augusta, Maine
         bur. Holy Redeemer Cemetery   Bar Harbor, Maine

children:
   William Kelley   d. before 29 June 2009
   Michael L. Kelley   b. 10 December 1953   -   d. 28 June 1975   Mount Desert, Maine   -   bur. Holy Redeemer Cemetery   Bar Harbor, Maine
   Alice Kelley   m. [...] Ryan
   Helen Kelley   m. [...] Miller
   Terrance Kelley
   Margaret Ann Kelley   m. 24 September 1983   Timothy L. Porter

documentation and notes

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Milton E. "Tom" Kelley
   (son of Alden A. Kelley and Luella C. (née Butler) Farrell)
   m. Valorie M. Merchant
   d. 9 February 2014

children:
   Milton E. "Tom" Kelley Jr.   m. Mary Jane [...]   -   d. 2012
   Beth Kelley   m. [...] Renault
   Debra Kelley
   Brenda Kelley

documentation and notes

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Nahum B. Kelley
   (son of Joseph M. Kelley and Mary D. [...])
   b. September 1843   Maine
   m. Phebe M. [...]
            b. age 38 y., 8 m. at death   Maine
            d. 30 January 1892
                  bur. Kelley Cemetery   Tremont, Maine

children:
   Ella May Kelley   b. May 1870   Maine   -   m. Austin D. Varnum   -   d. 1941   -   bur. Kenison Cemetery   Mount Desert, Maine
   Cora B. Kelley   b. age 8 y. as of 1880 census   Maine   -   m. 23 July 1902   James H. Thompson
   Hattie M. Kelley   b. age 5 y. as of 1880 census   Maine
   Wilbert W. Kelley   b. J[...] 1877   Maine
   Linda M. Kelley   b. December 1878   Maine   -   m. Thomas Ash
   Frank Kelley   b. October 1880   Maine
   Edith Kelley   b. September 1884   Maine
   Vesta Kelley   b. May 1888   Maine

documentation and notes

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Shirley R. Kelley
   (son of Jacob M. Kelley and Lizzie M. [...])
   b. August 1889   Maine
   m. 30 June 1915
         Cora Mae Berry
               (dau. of [...] Berry and Caroline E. [...])
               b. September 1889   Massachusetts
               d. 8 July 1962   Tremont, Maine
                     bur. Head of the Harbor Cemetery   Tremont, Maine
   d. 24 October 1964   Tremont, Maine
         bur. Head of the Harbor Cemetery   Tremont, Maine

children:
   Harvey Raymond Kelley   b. 1 June 1916   Tremont, Maine   -   m. 27 July 1940   Farmington, Maine   Louise Hattie Thurston   -   d. 25 December 2009   Tremont, Maine   -   bur. Benson Cemetery   Tremont, Maine
   Barbara Kelley   m. [...] Kenney

documentation and notes

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Terence J. Kelley
   (son of [...])
   b. 1877   Canada
   m. Ellen M. [...]
            b. 1891   Canada
            d. 7 February 1963   Bar Harbor, Maine
                  bur. Holy Redeemer Cemetery   Bar Harbor, Maine
   d. 1945
         bur. Holy Redeemer Cemetery   Bar Harbor, Maine

children:
   Josephine Kelley   b. age 8 y. as of 1920 census   Canada
   Martin Leo Kelley   b. 5 December 1912   Canada   -   m. 3 October 1953   Kathleen Williams Stanley   -   d. 8 December 1966   Augusta, Maine   -   bur. Holy Redeemer Cemetery   Bar Harbor, Maine
   Margaret P. Kelley   b. 1915   Maine   -   m. 19 July 1946   Allan R. Kimball   -   d. 14 October 1989   Bar Harbor, Maine   -   bur. Holy Redeemer Cemetery   Bar Harbor, Maine
   Terence J. Kelley Jr.   b. age 1 y., 11 m. as of 1920 census   Maine

documentation and notes

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