Admiral Watson Kelley

about 1826–1866 (Age 40)
Tennessee, United States

The Life of Admiral Watson

When Admiral Watson Kelley was born about 1826, in Tennessee, United States, his father, Benjamin Franklin Kelley, was 42 and his mother, Nancy Yancey, was 39. He married Nancy Riley on 24 August 1858, in Vienna, Johnson, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 daughters. He lived in Pope, Illinois, United States in 1860. He died in 1866, in Illinois, United States, at the age of 40.

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Admiral Watson Kelley
Nancy Riley
Marriage: 24 August 1858
Mary Polly Kelley

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24 August 1858
Vienna, Johnson, Illinois, United States


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World Events (8)

1830 · The Second Great Awakening

Age 4

Being a second spiritual and religious awakening, like the First Great Awakening, many Churches began to spring up from other denominations. Many people began to rapidly join the Baptist and Methodist congregations. Many converts to these religions believed that the Awakening was the precursor of a new millennial age.
1835 · The Hermitage is Built

Age 9

The Hermitage located in Nashville, Tennessee was a plantation owned by President Andrew Jackson from 1804 until his death there in 1845. The Hermitage is now a museum.
1839 · From Swamp to Beautiful Place

Age 13

By 1829 Venus, Illinois had grown sufficiently and in 1832 was one of the contenders for the new county seat. However, the honor was awarded to a nearby city, Carthage. In 1834 the name Venus was changed to Commerce because the settlers felt that the new name better suited their plans. But during late 1839, arriving members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints bought the small town of Commerce and in April 1840 it was renamed Nauvoo by Joseph Smith Jr., who led the Latter-Day Saints to Nauvoo to escape persecution in Missouri. The name Nauvoo is derived from the traditional Hebrew language. It is notable that by 1844 Nauvoo's population had swollen to around 12,000 residents, rivaling the size of Chicago at the time. After the Latter-Day Saints left the population settled down toward 2,000 people.

Name Meaning

Irish, Scottish, and English: variant spelling of Kelly .

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

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Sources (3)

  • Admiral Kelly, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Admiral Kelley, "Illinois, County Marriages, 1810-1940"
  • Admiral Kelley, "Illinois Marriages, 1815-1935"

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