James Kelly

Male23 February 1875–about 1940

Brief Life History of James

When James Kelly was born on 23 February 1875, in Cardross, Dunbartonshire, Scotland, United Kingdom, his father, Edward Kelly, was 45 and his mother, Mary Ann Garvin, was 46. He married Isabella Sharp on 2 January 1896, in Renfrewshire, Scotland, United Kingdom. They were the parents of at least 3 daughters. He lived in Renfrew, Renfrewshire, Scotland, United Kingdom in 1891 and Jersey City, Bergen, New Jersey, United States in 1940. He died about 1940, in Hudson, New Jersey, United States, at the age of 66.

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Family Time Line

James Kelly
1875–1940
Isabella Sharp
1876–
Marriage: 2 January 1896
Janet McNeil Kelly
1897–
Annabelle KELLY
1899–1988
Elizabeth Hawley Kelly
1906–

Sources (8)

  • James Kelly, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Scotland; James Kelly Birth Registry 1875
  • Scotland, James Kelly 1896 Marriage Registry

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    2 January 1896Renfrewshire, Scotland, United Kingdom
  • Children (3)

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    Siblings (13)

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    World Events (8)

    1876 · The First Worlds Fair in the U.S.

    Age 1

    The First official World's Fair, was held to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia. 37 Countries provided venues for all to see.

    1878 · Collapse of the City of Glasgow Bank.

    Age 3

    Because of a discovery of a £7,000 deficit, City of Glasgow Bank halted operations from November to December 1877. After 10 months after reopening, the bank’s directors announced the bank, itself, had filed bankruptcy. The closure showed a net liability of over £6 million. The bank was so successful with telling people that it wasn’t in error, that the Bank's shares were selling for more than double of what they were actually worth. The bank’s directors were arrested and tried at the High Court. All were found guilty and sentenced to terms of imprisonment. Many Glasgow businesses failed as a result of the bankruptcy and shareholders were called to replenish the bank's losses. One shareholder argued that he had become a shareholder unknowing the fraudulent actions of the bank. Wide effects of the collapse have been seen in limited growth in liability and extensive problems with temporary banking liquidity.

    1894

    Age 19

    Mary Philbrook was the first woman in New Jersey to become a lawyer. She had applied for admission to the New Jersey Bar in 1894, but was rejected because the New Jersey Court stated that women were not vested with any right to be attorneys. Mary lobbied with the Jersey City Woman's Club for an update to the law, which was passed in 1895 and allowed women to become lawyers. Mary Philbrook was the first woman to be admitted after the law change.

    Name Meaning

    Some characteristic forenames: Irish Brendan, Kieran, Aileen, John Patrick, Siobhan, Liam, Brigid, Donovan, Eamon, Parnell, Aidan, Clancy.

    Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Ceallaigh, or, in some areas, Mac Ceallaigh ‘descendant (or son) of Ceallach’, an ancient Irish personal name, originally a byname meaning ‘bright-headed’, later understood as ‘frequenting churches’ (Irish ceall). There are several early Irish saints who bore this name. Kelly is now the most common of all surnames in Ireland.

    Scottish: habitational name from either the lands of Kelly, near Arbroath (Angus), Kellie in Carnbee (Fife), or Kelly in Methlick (Aberdeenshire). Each of these placenames is from Pictish celli or Gaelic coille ‘wood’ + the placename forming suffix -in. Alternatively, from the lands of Kelloe in the barony of Hume (Berwickshire), whose name is of uncertain origin.

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

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