Hello, Sherry Derr ---
I don't check this site very often, but I did log on to it tonight. I have some information for you about Martha E. Southers. Her first known appearance was in the 1870 census with Irishman and Rail Road Laborer Jas. Kelley, age 41. The families in the 1850 and 1860 census records are named Southern.
1870 Census - Grayson Co, KY - Leitchfield Precinct - Big Clifty P.O. - Page 311 - 2 Jun 1870 - HH # 23 ---
Kelley, Jas - 41, IRE - R. R. Laborer
Kelley, S. A. - 42, KY
Southers, M. E. - 15, IN (Martha Ellen per Derr)
Since you have stated that James Kelley was her stepfather, then it is likely that the S. A., age 42, in this record was her mother who had married James Kelley. The following 1880 census shows that M.J. (Martha) was born in KY with both of her parents b. in KY. The 1880 census also shows James' wife as L. A. and not S. A as in the 1870 census. The S. and L. are often mistaken for each other, so either one may be correct.
1880 Census - Rock Creek, Grayson, KY - N. A. Film T9-0416 - Page 530A - (Original: District 48 - 17 & 18 Jun - HH #267 -
Kelley, J. - Self, married, male, white, 42 - IRE IRE IRE
Kelley, L. A. - Wife, married, fem, white, 54 - KY VA VA
Southers, M. J. - Dau, single, fem, white, 24 - KY KY KY
Southers, W. T. - GSon, single, male, white, 05 - KY KY KY
Southers, V. E. - GDau, single, fem, white, 03 - KY KY KY
Southers, T. - GDau, single, fem, white, 01 - KY KY KY
James Kelley was shown as a farmer, his wife as Keeping House and Martha J. as Helping Keep House.
I think that the following birth record in Grayson County will answer whether the children had their mother's maiden name or not. They did.
Ingmire's Grayson County, Kentucky, Births - Volume 2, page 68 -- Southers, Martha B., female, b. alive, 10-10-1878 in Grayson Co. Illegitimate - father (not named) b. Lincoln Co - mother Martha E. Southers, b. Grayson Co.
I don't know if this daughter named Martha B. was the same girl as the daughter you named as Thuley. Thuley could have been Martha's nickname or Martha could have been another daughter, who died before the 1880 census was taken.
James Kelley was one of the hundreds of rail road workers who came to Grayson County to build a rail road track across the county in 1870. Many of the rail road laborers followed the tracks out of the county and across the country. A few of them remained in Grayson as did James Kelley.
I hope that message this will answer your questions about Martha and the children.
Regards, VirJean Bozarth
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