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Source:
History of Madison County, Ohio
Its People, Industries and Institutions
Chester E. Bryan, Supervising Editor
With Biographical Sketches of Representative Citizens and
Genealogical Records of Many of the Old Families
- ILLUSTRATED -
Published by B. F. Bowden & Company, Inc.
Indianapolis, Indiana
1915

 

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  HENRY KELLY.    The London Gun Club, of which Henry Kelly is president, is an institution of which the people of Madison county, who are interested in sports, are very proud, since the club has attained distinction for having developed several men who are among the leading shots in the country.  Its members take part in state, national and international trap-shooting contests.  It is no small honor to have been the president of this organization since its establishment about eight years ago.  Mr. Kelly has won honors in state, nation and international meetings, and is perhaps the oldest man in Ohio to shoot on
the line.  He holds his own well with the younger men and he also enjoys hunting large game and frequently visits the hunting preserves of Virginia, Maine, Montana and Minnesota.  He has hunted moose and other big game in the Northern woods.  He also enjoys fishing and spends his vacation in this sport.
     Henry Kelly, a native of Auglaize county, Ohio, was born on Apr. 24, 1839, and was taken to Columbus, Ohio, at the age of three years, by his parents, Reuben and Elizabeth (Baughman) Kelly, both of whom were natives of Pennsylvania.  Mr. Kelly's father was a farmer, but operated the mill at Columbus.  Henry attended school at Columbus until thirteen years of age, when the family moved to Madison county, where his father purchased a farm two miles west of Summerford, on the National road and on the county line.  He lived on that farm until an advanced age.  A short time before his death he built a house in Summerford, where he died in 1904 at the age of eighty-three.  His wife died about one year later.  They had a family of nine children, three of whom died in infancy.
     Of the children born to Reuben and Elizabeth (Baughman) Kelly, one child, Mary, died early in life; Laura, who is unmarried, and Elizabeth, the widow of William Buzzard, live together in London; Frank is located in California, but was a carpenter in Delaware, Ohio, until about two years ago; John lives in the soldiers' home at Sandusky, Ohio having served in the One Hundred and Twenty-fourth Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, for a period of one year during the Civil War.
     Henry Kelly has lived at Summerford since he was thirteen years old.  He attended the district school and about the time he finished his education enlisted, in September, 1861, in the Fortieth Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, serving three years and nine teen days in Company C.  Most of the time he was on detail in pioneer service, but he was engaged in several battles, including those of Lookout Mountain and Chickamauga.  In the Atlanta campaign he was captured while detailed to secure beef cattle for the army.  He had started to camp with a drove of stock when he ran into the Rebel cavalry.  He knew a squad of Union cavalry was following him and they had not gone over a half mile until they ran into the Union squad, and he had the pleasure of escorting his own captors back to camp.  He was not wounded during the entire war and was with his command from the beginning of his enlistment until his discharge.  Since leaving the army he has followed the carpenter's trade continuously.
     In 1865 Henry Kelly was married to Elizabeth Henderson, a native of Summerford, the daughter of G. D. and Catherine (Kelly) HendersonMr. and Mrs. Kelly have lived together for fifty years.  They have been the parents of five children, as follow:  Helena the wife of William McKinley, of Plattsburg, Clark county, Ohio; Harley, who lives in London; Edna, the wife of Raleigh Cartzdafner, a machinist, at Springfield, Ohio; Eugene, who is associated with Howard Lewis on the farm; and Nora, the wife of Cade Powers, of South Charleston, Ohio.
     Henry Kelly is a member of Lyon Post No. 21, Grand Army of the Republic, and has served in almost every official capacity in this post.  He is one of the substantial citizens of Somerford township, and is widely admired for his sterling integrity and his upright moral worth.
Source: History of Madison County, Ohio - Illustrated - Published by B. F. Bowden & Company, Inc., Indianapolis, Indiana - 1915 - Page 771
   

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