From the files of Stephen M. Lawson
Primary information source: Samuel Kelso/Kelsey 1720-1796,
by Dr. and Mrs. Mavis Parrott Kelsey, Sr., Houston, TX (1984).
Additional information from the pages of The Earl of Donegal
- The Kelsey (Kelso) Family Bulletin (1984-87), compiled
by Mason D. Kelsey,
and contacts with sharing cousins.
The Kelso/Kelsey Siblings
It is believed that Samuel KELSO, the progenitor of this line,
was one of several siblings who came to America in the middle
of the 18th century and who resided in western SC during the Revolutionary
era. There is no known connection between these KELSEYs and the
family of the same name in New England. Much of the date and place
data for the immigrant generation is based on undocumented sources
and is subject to correction as more information is obtained.
- Jannet - b. about 1710; d. Jul. 30, 1776, Chester Co., SC;
bur. Fishing Creek Cemetery. There is a common grave marker for
Samuel KELSO and 'Jannet KELSO / his sister / Died July 30, 1776
/ aged 66 years.' There is no evidence of her every marrying.
- George - Possible brother.
- Samuel - b. 1720, Scotland; d. Aug.
16, 1796, Chester Co., SC.
- Elinor - b. 1721, Scotland or Northern Ireland; d. Jun. 30, 1804, Chester Co., SC. Resided
in PA prior to moving to SC. Married Robert GILL (b. 1720; d. Jun. 30,
1804, Chester Co., SC). Children of Elinor and Robert GILL: Thomas
married first Nancy BARR, and second Agnes DOWNING; Jane married John
C. CALDWELL; John married nancy Agnes DICK; Margaret Agnes married
James CRAWFORD; Robert married his first cousin Elizabeth KELSO,
daughter of Samuel KELSO and Susannah MILLS; George married Jennette
HAMILTON; William married Mary; Capt. James married Mary Louise GASTON;
Col. Archibald D. married first Mary Ann MILLS, second Catherine
DENTON, and third Mary Agnes DENTON; Mary married John MILLS; and
Eleanor married her first cousin Samuel KELSO, Jr., son of Samuel KELSO
and Susannah MILLS.
- b. about 1722, probably in Northern Ireland. She came to America with
her children about 1760, as did Hugh COOPER, weaver, settling first
at Basking Ridge, Somerset Co., NJ. In announcement in the New York
Mecury in Nov. 1762, Hugh states that Mary had left him. Hugh
moved to Chester Co., SC before Jan. 1772 when he purchased 300 acres
of land on the South Fork of Fishing Creek from Samuel PORTER. Mary
married about 1745, Hugh COOPER (1720-1793), and they were
divorced by Nov. 1762. Mary, with her children by Hugh COOPER, moved to
PA to be close to her sister Elinor (KELSO) GILL. Children of Mary
and Hugh COOPER: Robert (1746-1798) married Jane HAMILTON (1752-1823);
Elizabeth (1749-1803) married James FERGUSON (1735-1778); Jane (b.
1752) married James McGAUGHEY; John (1755-1804) married Elizabeth
WALKER (b. 1765); and James (1758-1780) never married.
- Robert - b. about 1725, Ireland; d. before Feb. 21, 1802,
Chester Co., SC. Will dated Jan. 20, 1800 and proved Feb. 21, 1802,
Chester Co., SC. Married about 1750 in Ireland to Mary (b. about 1724;
Ireland; d. May 28, 1774, Chester Co., SC). He is called the older
brother of Samuel, implying some dates here may be incorrect. Children
of Robert and Mary KELSO: Robert; Thomas (1752-1780) probably never
married; Hugh (1754-1817) married Margaret MILLS (1758-1849), daughter
of John MILLS, probably brother of Susannah (MILLS) KELSO; Elizabeth;
Mary married Lt. John MORROW, son of David MORROW and Agnes WHITE
CROCKET; and Susannah married Mr. MORROW.
Samuel and Susannah (Mills) Kelso
Samuel KELSO - b. 1720, Scotland; d. Aug. 16, 1796,
Chester Co., SC; bur. Fishing
Creek Cemetery. He probably left Scotland for Ireland in the
mid 1740s. Samuel, sword maker, with his wife and seven children
ages 6 to 17, arrived at Charlestown, SC on Dec. 22, 1767, on
board the 'Earl of Donegal,' Duncan Ferguson, Master. The ship
had departed from Belfast on Aug. 14, 1767, with 291 passengers.
Samuel received 400 acres of land (100 to head of household, and
50 for each additional member), and children George and Jannet,
both over 16, received 100 acres each. The land grant, for land
near Long Canes, Craven Co., SC, was made Sep. 12, 1768. By 1770
the Fishing Creek Presbyterian Church was established at Rock
Hill, with the KELSOs as prominent members. Samuel, his wife,
and their seven children are listed in the Jun. 8, 1775 visitation
of their church. During the Revolution, on Aug. 18, 1780, The
Battle of Fishing Creek was fought near the church. Samuel, then
aged 60 and with poor hearing, was abused and threatened by the
Tories for not answering their questions. Samuel married about
1749 in Ireland.
Susannah MILLS - b. 1723; d. Sep. 12, 1804, Chester
Co., SC; bur. Fishing Creek
Cemetery. The MILLS family also migrated from Scotland to
Ireland, and thence to America. Susannah was perhaps the sister
of John Mills (d. Nov. 9, 1815 at age 83), and aunt of Col. John
MILLS (d. Mar. 19, 1795 at age 38), who migrated first to PA,
and then to Chester Co., SC, and were buried in the Fishing Creek
Children of Samuel and Susannah Kelso
- George - b. about 1750, Ireland, probably
Co. Antrim; d. Dec. 2, 1802, Chester Co., SC.
- b. about 1752, Ireland. Married Capt. Alexander PAGAN (d. Aug. 18,
1780). Children of Jannet and Alexander PAGAN: Agness married Leonard
JONES; Susan married Thomas WHERRY; and Alexander married Mary MILLS.
- Elizabeth - b. 1754, Co. Antrim, Ireland; d. 1824. She
married her first cousin Robert GILL, Jr. (b. about 1752; d. Sep. 24,
1786), son of Robert GILL (1720-1804) and Elinor KELSO (1721-1801).
Robert served in the Revolution, supplied swords, and was captured by
the British and imprisoned at Camden, SC. He was buried in Fishing
Creek Cemetery. The estate papers contains a schedule of the accounts
of Robert as a blacksmith. Children of Elizabeth and Robert GILL:
Thomas; John; Robert Kelsey married Martha; and two daughters.
- Isabella - b. 1755, Co. Antrim, Ireland; d. about 1821,
Perry Co., AL; bur. Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Selma, AL. She provided many
services during the Revolution (ref. Women in the Revolution, by
Ellet), including harvesting crops, supplying prisoners, and defending
the homefront. In 1782 she married William WYLIE (b. 1758, Co. Antrim,
Ireland; d. about 1820), after his release from the British prison at
Camden. Children of Isabella and William WYLIE: Susan married Alexander
WALKER; Mary 'Polly' married David HAMILTON; Jennet 'Jenny' married
William WALKER; Peter Kelso married Annie EVANS; Sarah 'Sally' married
William Wiley MORROW; Samuel Kelso married Maria H. McNEAL; John Nixon
married first Jane NELSON, and second Mary Bell PEPPERS; and Annie died
- b. 1757, Co. Antrim, Ireland; d. 1819, Clifton, Wayne Co., TN.
Married about 1777 his first cousin Eleanor GILL (b. about 1759,
Lancaster, PA; d. May 2, 1817, Wayne Co., TN), daughter of Robert GILL
(1720-1804) and Elinor KELSO (1721-1801). Samuel's Revolution service
was in manufacturing swords. Children of Samuel and Eleanor KELSO: John
married Margaret PAGAN; Robert Gill married first Elizabeth JONES
(daughter of Peter and Sarah JONES), and second Elizabeth KELLY; Thomas
Gill married first Jannet JONES (sister of Elizabeth JONES), second
Hester Jaggers SEALY, and third Sarah BUTLER; George R. married Cecelia
COLWELL; Janet married John (or Robert) GILL; Samuel Alexander (twin)
married Jannet AVERETT; and Susannah Eleanor (twin) married George GILL
[son Samuel Kelsey GILL married Mary Jane A. ROBERTS, daughter of John
Osborn ROBERTS and Mary MOORE].
- b. 1759, Co. Antrim, Ireland; d. about 1831, Dallas Co., AL.
Margaret married, about 1783, David MORROW (b. 1762, MD; d. Oct. 17,
1843, near Oxford, Lafayette Co., MS). His lineage extends through
David MORROW and Agnes WHITE CROCKET, Daniel MORROW and Diana,
Alexander MORROW and Grace SMITH, and David MORROW and Ann, to David
MORROW. David served in the Revolution. Children of Margaret and David
MORROW: John married Margaret BOYD; Samuel married Hannah (? MILLING);
Alexander married Mary (? WOODS); Joseph married Sarah Elizabeth WAUGH;
Elizabeth; Adam married Mary B. WILEY; David married first Margarett
WAUGH, and second Isabella REED; and George married P. Frances Saline
- John - b. 1761, Co. Antrim, Ireland; d. Sep. 15, 1776, Chester
Co., SC. He was buried in Fishing Creek Cemetery and shares a
marker with his mother.
George Kelsey and Hannah Jones
George KELSEY - b. about 1750, Ireland, probably Co.
Antrim; d. Dec. 2, 1802, Chester Co., SC. Son of Samuel
KELSO and Susannah MILLS. At the age of 17, he, together with
parents Samuel and Susannah (MILLS) KELSO/KELSEY and six brothers
and sisters, arrived at Charleston, SC on Dec. 22, 1767. They
set sail from Belfast, Ireland on Aug. 14, 1767 aboard the 'Earl
of Donegal,' Duncan Ferguson, Master. George obtained land in
York, Craven and Chester Counties, SC, and donated 50 acres to
the Fishing Creek Presbyterian Church of Chester Co. in 1789.
During the Revolution, he was paid for various supplies, and for
161 days of service under Capts. WILSON, John MILLS and Robert
COOPER. About 1781 he married Elizabeth CARR (b. 1765, SC; d.
Jun. 19, 1824, Chester Co., SC; bur. Fishing Creek Cemetery),
daughter of David and Margaret CARR.
Hannah JONES - b. 1765-1770; d. probably in McMinn Co.,
TN. Two entries in the Chester County, SC court minutes, along
with census and other evidence, identify Bathshaba as the illegitimate
daughter of Hannah and George: On April 8, 1788 George KELSEY
entered into bond for payment of the fine of Hannah JONES incurred
in committing fornication. On July 9, 1788 Hannah JONES being
charged with bastardy, was acquitted of any fine, and entered
into bond with Jonathan JONES as security for the child's maintenance.
Hannah married William HALE about 1795, and information on all
their children follows. Daughter of Jonathan
JONES and Bathshaba.
William HALE/HAIL - b. by 1765; d. probably in McMinn
Co., TN. He served in the Revolution, probably from Chester Co.,
SC where he lived at the time of the 1800 and 1810 censuses. William
moved his family to Rutherford Co., NC between 1810 and 1815,
and between 1823 and 1830 they moved to McMinn Co., TN.
Children of George and Elizabeth Kelsey
- Mary - b. ca. 1782; d. Dec. 20, 1843. Married first Mr. ROBINSON,
and second Mr. WEIR.
- Katherine - d. Nov. 6, 1819. Married William MILLS.
- Zubby - Married Samuel MILLS.
- John - d. Feb. 21, 1855. Married Sarah ELLIOTT.
- Samuel -
- Jannet - Married Robert G. REID.
- Thomas - b. Oct. 20, 1796; d. Oct. 13, 1828. Married Margaret
FERGUSON (b. May 3, 1800).
- b. Jan. 13, 1799, SC; d. Nov. 18, 1868, Faulkner Co., AR; bur. New
Liberty Cem., Faulkner Co., AR. Married on Sep. 22, 1825 in Madison
Co., AL to Mary MASON (b. Apr. 5, 1808, Madison Co., AL; d. Aug. 1,
1895, Faulkner Co., AR; bur. New Liberty Cem., Faulkner Co., AR).
Children of Robert and Mary KELSEY: a son; Isabella E. married William
THOMPSON; Samuel W. married first Missouri Arkansas HARDIN, and second
Amanda Jane SHAW; and Joseph Robert married first Sarah Elizabeth
'Bettie' DUNAWAY, and second Elizabeth Jane BUTCHER.
Daughter of George Kelsey and Hannah Jones
- Bathshaba KELSEY-JONES-HAIL
- b. 1788, Chester Co., SC; d. Aug. 20, 1869, Rutherford Co.,
NC; bur. Brittain Presbyterian Cemetery, Rutherford Co., NC.
Bathshaba was named for her maternal grandmother. Married Josira WALLACE.
Children of William and Hannah Hale
- Elizabeth HALE - b. about 1796, Chester Co., NC. They moved
to McMinn Co., TN by 1830. Living in Polk Co., TN in 1850 at
age 54. She married Absalom COXEY on Oct. 12, 1815 (bond) in
Rutherford Co., NC. Children in household oof Absalom COXEY in 1850: Rachael L.;
- Zula HALE - b. about 1798, Chester Co., SC. Living with Will
Hale (age 23) family and sister Rachel in McMinn Co., TN in 1850
at age 52. Zula did not marry. Will, who married Hannah G. WRIGHT
on Sep. 23, 1947 in McMinn Co., TN, may have been her or her
- Benjamin HALE - b. about 1801, Chester Co., SC; d. 1860-1870,
Rutherford Co., NC. He married first on Mar. 6, 1824 (bond date)
in Rutherford Co., NC, Elizabeth KEETER (b. Jan. 1804; d. Nov.
7, 1839; bur. Keeter Family Cemetery, Rutherford Co., NC), and
Benjamin married second on Aug. 15, 1844, Rutherford Co., NC,
Mary VICKERS (b. about 1808, NC; d. after 1880). Benjamin HALE
is found in the 1830 and 1840 Censuses of Rutherford Co., NC,
Benjamin and Mary are found in the 1850 and 1860 Censuses, and
Mary is found in the 1870 and 1880 Censuses. In 1850 the family
name is recorded as HALL, and in 1870 Mary HOLE is found living
in the household of her son-in-law 'Monro' KEETER. Children of
Benjamin and Elizabeth HALE: William; John; Nancy; Mary; John Wesley;
and A. C. 'Sealilina' married John Monroe KEETER. Son of Benjamin
and Mary HALE: Columbus.
- Hannah HALE - b. about 1803, Chester Co., SC. Married James
A. CALLAHAN on Aug. 26, 1822 (bond) in Rutherford Co., NC. Moved
to McMinn Co., TN by 1830, and to Murray Co., GA by 1850 when
Hannah is listed as age 47. Children in household of James CALLAHAN in 1850: James
N.; John I.; Caroline; Rachel U.; and Francis M.
- Rachel HALE - b. about 1810, Chester Co., SC. Living with
nephew Will HALE (age 23) family and sister Zula in McMinn Co.,
TN in 1850. Will, who married Hannah G. WRIGHT on Sep. 23, 1847
in McMinn Co., TN, may have been her or her sister's son.
- Jonathan HALE - Perhaps a son of William and Hannah, residing
in McMinn Co., TN.