John Wesley McKelvey

10 August 1844–23 October 1916 (Age 72)
Lauderdale, Alabama, United States

The Life of John Wesley

When John Wesley McKelvey was born on 10 August 1844, in Lauderdale, Alabama, United States, his father, James John McKelvy, was 22 and his mother, Lydia Lee, was 18. He lived in Western Division, Walker, Alabama, United States in 1860. He died on 23 October 1916, in Mississippi, United States, at the age of 72.

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John Wesley McKelvey
Dorothy Jane Roundtree

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World Events (8)


Age 2

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

Age 17

Mississippi became the second state to leave the Union at the start of the Civil War in 1861.

Age 19

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

Name Meaning

1 Scottish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Shealbhaigh, ‘son of Sealbhach’, a personal name from the adjective sealbhach ‘rich in herds’, ‘rich’.2 Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Giolla Bhuidhe ( see McEvoy ).

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • John Mckelvez in household of James Mckelvez, "United States Census, 1850"
  • John Mc Kelvy in household of James Mc Kelvy, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Legacy NFS Source: John Wesley McKelvey - Government record: birth-name: John W. McKelvey

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