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[This information is from Vol. IV, pp. 1627-1628 of Hudson-Mohawk Genealogical and Family Memoirs, edited by Cuyler Reynolds (New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1911). It is in the Reference collection of the Schenectady County Public Library at R 929.1 R45. Some of the formatting of the original, especially in lists of descendants, may have been altered slightly for ease of reading.]

This branch of the Kelly family begins with Robert Kelly, who was born in Scotland about the year 1795. He settled in New York City, later in Johnstown, New York, finally in Broadalbin, Fulton county, where he engaged in farming. He married (first) at Greenwich, city of New York, January 6, 1818, Elizabeth Cummin, who died August 8, 1824. He married (second) November 18, 1826, Ellen Zule. Children of first wife, all born in New York City:

  1. Robert, September 18, 1819, died in infancy.
  2. John, twin of Robert, died in infancy.
  3. Robert, February 6, 1822.
  4. James C., of whom further.

Children of second wife:

  1. Elizabeth, November 6, 1827.
  2. Catherine, November 12, 1828, the last child born in New York City.
  3. John, November 1, 1829, the first of four children born in Johnstown, New York.
  4. Janette, February 13, 1832.
  5. Archibald, July 21, 1834.
  6. Ellen, November 14, 1836.
  7. Charles, September 8, 1839, the first of three children born in Broadalbin, New York.
  8. Marion, January 29, 1842.
  9. Andrew, November 16, 1845.

(II) James C., son of Robert and Elizabeth (Cummin) Kelly, was born in New York City, June 16, 1824, died in the Military Hospital from wounds received at the battle of Winchester, Virginia, September 20, 1864, and is buried in the National Cemetery at Winchester. Early in life he followed the sea and made several whaling trips from New Bedford, Massachusetts. Later he joined his father in Fulton county, and afterwards learned the glovemaker's trade. He finally gave up his life for his country after a career of bravery in action, for which he received deserved promotion. He enlisted August 19, 1862, at Johnstown, New York, to serve three years, was mustered in as a private of Company A, One Hundred and Fifty-third New York Volunteer Infantry, August 29, 1862. The regiment went to the front and was attached to the Army of the Potomac and shared in the hard fighting of that army. He was promoted corporal, October 17, 1862; sergeant, March 31, 1863, was wounded in action, September 19, 1864, at Winchester, Virginia, and died of his wounds at the army hospital. He married Fidelia Ann, daughter of Peter Close, of the town of Mayfield, Fulton county, and his wife, Mary R. (Brown) Close, a daughter of Nathaniel and Cynthia (Wood) Brown. Children of James C. and Fidelia Ann Kelly:

  1. Robert Freeland, born January 20, 1857, died in infancy.
  2. Emily Ellen, August 3, 1860, married Edward W. Fiske.
  3. James Erwin, of whom further.
  4. John Brown, May 8, 1863, died January 29, 1875.

(III) James Erwin, son of James C. and Fidelia Ann (Close) Kelly, was born in Kingsboro, Fulton county, September 6, 1862. He was educated in the public school and at Kingsboro Academy. After completing his studies he learned the trade of glovemaker with D. B. Judson, of Kingsboro. He afterwards went to Mayfield and became a partner of James E. Wood, and as Wood & Kelly did a very successful manufacturing business until 1890, when he sold his interest and moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Mr. Kelly returned to Mayfield in 1892 and began manufacturing gloves under his own name, transacting a large and profitable volume of business. In 1904 he purchased the old Judson factory in Gloversville, where he first learned the glove business, and has since operated both factories on fine men's, women's and children's gloves, in connection with his brother-in-law, E. W. Fiske. His residence is in Gloversville on East State street, adjoining his factory. He is an attendant of the Kingsboro Avenue Presbyterian Church; a member of Gloversville Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons, and the Eccentric Club. In political faith he is a Republican. He married, December 15, 1886, Ada Blanche, daughter of Charles H. and Isadore (Dora) (Case) Van Buren (see Van Buren IX). Children of James E. and Ada B. (Van Buren) Kelly:

  1. James Case, born August 18, 1889;
  2. Isadore (Dora), March 17, 1896;
  3. Emily, May 8, 1899.

(The Van Buren Line)

The Van Burens, of whom Ada Blanche (Van Buren) Kelly is the eighth generation of the Van Burens in America, begin with Cornelis Van Buren, who came from Holland to America in 1631.

(II) Martin Cornelis, son of Cornelis Van Buren.

(III) Pieter Martense, son of Martin Cornelis Van Buren.

(IV) Barent, son of Pieter Martense Van Buren, was a resident of Kinderhook. He married Maria Whinney. Children:

  1. Ariantje, born November 8, 1724;
  2. Elsie, October 23, 1726;
  3. Francis, of whom further;
  4. Maria, September 2, 1730;
  5. Pieter, February 18, 1733.

(V) Francis, son of Barent and Maria (Whinney) Van Buren, was born at Kinderhook, November 16, 1728, died May 6, 1815. In 1779 he removed to what is now the town of Mayfield, Fulton county, New York, where he purchased and settled upon a tract of five hundred acres of land. He served during the revolution in the Seventh Regiment, Albany county militia. He married, about 1760, Johanna Van Slyck, born October 23, 1736, died April 5, 1815, also a descendant of an early Dutch Mohawk Valley family. Children:

  1. Barent, born September 28, 1762, died February 20, 1763;
  2. Angelica, January 22, 1764, died February 19, 1850;
  3. Barent F., born November 26, 1769, died January 7, 1862;
  4. Harmon F., of whom further.

(VI) Harmon F., son of Francis and Johanna (Van Slyck) Van Buren, was born March 29, 1775, died September 30, 1858. He accompanied his father to the Mohawk Valley and became the owner of one-quarter of the Mayfield purchase. Here he followed agriculture all his days, becoming prominent in town and church affairs, being especially active in the latter. He married, about 1796, Catherine Miller, born 1774, died March 13, 1845. Children:

  1. Hannah, born February 1, 1798, died in infancy;
  2. Charles, March 5, 1799, died February 15, 1860;
  3. Johanna, October 10, 1800, died January 18, 1853;
  4. Lucinda, November 22, 1802, died March 3, 1874;
  5. Francis, February 22, 1805, died March, 1872;
  6. Oliver Miller, of whom further;
  7. Angelica, March 4, 1809, died August 11, 1884;
  8. Peter, May 4, 1813, died November 17, 1885.

(VII) Oliver Miller, son of Harmon F. and Catherine (Miller) Van Buren, was born in Mayfield, Fulton county, New York, April 4, 1807, died June, 1882. He was a farmer and a devoted member of the Presbyterian church. He married, January 21, 1829, Sallie Maria Hayes, born April 9, 1811, died April 18, 1883. Children:

  1. Elizabeth, born January 9, 1830;
  2. Charles Henry, May 17, 1836;
  3. Harmon E., June 28, 1839;
  4. Ansel Hayes, April 17, 1846, died August 31, 1910;
  5. Granville, August, 1853.

(VIII) Charles Henry, son of Oliver Miller and Sallie Maria (Hayes) Van Buren, was born May 17, 1836, died March 2, 1897. He married, March 30, 1864, Isadore (Dora) Case. Children:

  1. Nellie Elizabeth, born February 27, 1865, married Foster G. Hearst, January 7, 1910.
  2. Ada Blanche, of whom further.
  3. Grace, born December 31, 1870, married, September 6, 1893, Owen G. Smith; child,
    1. Paul, born January, 1902.
  4. Hiram Gates, born March 27, 1876, married, September 2, 1903, Lizzie B. Morrison; children: Elizabeth and Margaret May.

(IX) Ada Blanche, daughter of Charles Henry and Isadore (Dora) (Case) Van Buren, was born January 29, 1867, married, December 15, 1886, James E. Kelly (see Kelly III).

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