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Kelly & Kaney, Donahue & Kelly
Posted by: Debra Date: April 17, 2000 at 22:53:05
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*James Kelly (1831-1914) a Monmouth County businessman and land owner. He holds the Guiness Book of World Records for the longest bare-knuckled fight on 3 December 1855 at Fiery Creek, Australia. He was a successful business partner in a comapany called Casler & Kelly in or near Matawan, NJ with a William Casler. James Kelly also had a scissor and scale manufacturing company in New York City, before purchasing property in Colts Neck (possibily 55 Mine Brook Road) and Matawan, NJ. It was rumored that he purchased the bricks to build St. Joseph's Church in Keyport, NJ 1854. The bricks that were dumped into the Raritan Bay!
**James Kelly married Mary Kaney (?spelling? b-1845-?). They had two daughters, Margaret Ellen (1878-1965) and Mary Catherine (1882-1962). James had four children from a previous marriage living with them in 1880 Matawan census; John-16; Edward-13; Jane-10; Thomas-5. Yet in 1990 census James Kelly was living alone in Matawan, NJ.
***I am interested in any information on James Kelly (when he left Donegal, Ireland for England, when he went to Australia, came to United States, how many times he returned to Ireland, England, Australia. Any of his boxing matches), Mary Kaney, Margaret Ellen Kelly-Miller, Mary Catherine Kelly-Donahue, the first wife, or any of the Kelly children from the first marriage. Where James Kelly, Mary Kaney-Kelly, the first wife (her name) are buried? Why he was living alone in 1900? Mary Kaney left him and took her two children! This was unheard of in that time period.
****John Donahue married Nora Dugan and lived in (Brandvelt)Monmouth County, NJ. They had a son, William Raymond who married Mary Catherine Kelly. Other Children were Rose (never married), Peggy (married Jim Cotrell), Mary (accidently shot and killed by neighbor). Did John and Nora Donahue have any other children or marriages? Where and when were they born? married? died? buried?


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