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Below is a family biography included in the book, The History of Adair County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1888.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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John G. Kelley, a farmer in Salt River Township, Adair Co., Mo., was born in Baltimore County, Md., in 1811, January 7, and was reared and married there to Susan Ann Barnes, December 11, 1886, a native of Baltimore County, Md. In the fall of that year he moved to Holmes County, Ohio, where he remained until the fall of 1866, when, with his wife and family of nine children, he located on the farm one and one-half miles southwest of Brashear, where he has since lived. He first purchased 280 acres of land, to which he has added forty acres, besides 120 acres in Adair County, and eighty in Knox County, which he purchased for his children. His family, including his children and their families, are all members of the United Brethren Church, of which he has been a faithful and zealous member since October, 1839, being taken in church by Alexander Biddle. He has been a subscriber to The Telescope since it was first published. All but one of his eleven children have been reared to maturity, and this one died in infancy. The grandfather, Matthew Kelley, was born in Ireland, and when but a young man came to America, served in the Revolutionary War, and located in Pennsylvania, where the father of our subject, Samuel Kelley, was born, after which the family moved to Baltimore County, Md., where Matthew Kelley, the grandfather, died during the childhood of John G. The father of John G. Kelley moved to Holmes County, Ohio, with his family, about 1837, John G. having preceded him in the fall of the previous year. There he died at the old age of eighty-six. He had a brother, William Kelley, who served in the War of 1812. The mother of John G., Ruth (Griffith) Kelley, was a native of Baltimore County, Md., and of Welsh descent. Her father, John Griffith, and three of her brothers, were in the Revolutionary War. The Barnes family are of Irish descent, Mrs. Kelley’s father having been born in Ireland.

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This family biography is one of 150 biographies included in the Adair County, Missouri portion of the book,  The History of Adair, Sullivan, Putnam, and Schuyler Counties, Missouri published in 1888 by Goodspeed Publishing Co.  For the complete description, click here: Adair County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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