John Robert Kelly

14 May 1925–15 December 1996 (Age 71)
Marion, Center Township, Grant, Indiana, United States

The Life of John Robert

When John Robert Kelly was born on 14 May 1925, in Marion, Center Township, Grant, Indiana, United States, his father, Michael Joseph Kelly, was 39 and his mother, Anna Barbara Thomas, was 45. He married Doris June Purdom on 24 December 1947, in Grant, Indiana, United States. He died on 15 December 1996, in Indianapolis, Marion, Indiana, United States, at the age of 71.

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John Robert Kelly
Doris June Purdom
Marriage: 24 December 1947

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    Doris June Purdom


24 December 1947
Grant, Indiana, United States

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World Events (8)


Age 2

Charles Lindbergh makes the first solo nonstop transatlantic flight in his plane The Spirit of St. Louis.

Age 4

13 million people become unemployed after the Wall Street stock market crash of 1929 triggers what becomes known as the Great Depression. President Herbert Hoover rejects direct federal relief.
1944 · The G.I Bill

Age 19

The G.I. Bill was a law that provided a range of benefits for returning World War II veterans that were on active duty during the war and weren't dishonorably discharged. The goal was to provide rewards for all World War II veterans. The act avoided life insurance policy payouts because of political distress caused after the end of World War I. But the Benefits that were included were: Dedicated payments of tuition and living expenses to attend high school, college or vocational/technical school, low-cost mortgages, low-interest loans to start a business, as well as one year of unemployment compensation. By the mid-1950s, around 7.8 million veterans used the G.I. Bill education benefits.

Name Meaning

Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Ceallaigh ‘descendant 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 Irish family names in Ireland.

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

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Sources (3)

  • John Kelley in household of Michael J Kelley, "United States Census, 1940"
  • John Kelly in household of M J Kelly, "United States Census, 1930"
  • John Kelly, "Indiana Marriages, 1811-2007"

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