Thelma May Kellis

Brief Life History of Thelma May

When Thelma May Kellis was born on 16 January 1908, in Montgomery, North Carolina, United States, her father, John Madison Kellis, was 41 and her mother, Esther June Richardson, was 18. She had at least 2 daughters with Clyde Washington Dennis. She lived in Lilesville, Anson, North Carolina, United States in 1910 and Thomasville Township, Davidson, North Carolina, United States in 1940. She died on 2 November 1996, in Thomasville, Davidson, North Carolina, United States, at the age of 88, and was buried in Fair Grove Methodist Church Cemetery, Thomasville, Davidson, North Carolina, United States.

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Clyde Washington Dennis
Thelma May Kellis
Pauline Elizabeth Dennis
Hilda Dennis

Sources (11)

  • Thelma Dennis in household of Clyde Dennis, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Thelma K Dennis, "United States Social Security Death Index"
  • Mrs Thelma May Dennis in entry for Clyde Washinton Dennis, "North Carolina, First Draft Registration Cards, 1940-1945"

World Events (8)

1909 · The NAACP is formed

Organized as a civil rights organization, The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is a bi-racial endeavor to advance justice for African Americans. It is one of the oldest civil rights organizations in the nation.

1918 · Fort Bragg Established

Named after Confederate General Braxton Bragg, Fort Bragg in Fayetteville, North Carolina was established on September 4, 1918. It was used as one of three training camps used during WWI.


The Star-Spangled Banner is adopted as the national anthem.

Name Meaning

Scottish: patronymic based on Kelly as a personal name. Compare Kellison .

Greek: descriptive nickname for a bald man, from kelis ‘bald’, a word of Turkish origin (from kel ‘bald’).

History: As a surname of Scottish origin, this has been established in NC since the 18th century.

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

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