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Re: me find John Kelly my GGGG grandfather
Posted by: James Hadamik (ID *****3496) Date: November 21, 2010 at 05:23:53
In Reply to: Re: me find John Kelly my GGGG grandfather by Robert T. of 2271

I know the church that his daughter (Rebecca) was married. It was historic St. John's church and she was married to James Brady in 1844. I've been in contact with them for months trying to hunt down information. They have no record of John but... their records for back then were pretty sparse.

I'm not exactly sure where john lived. He built a fine house in the west of Utica "where it was all swamp" according to Rebecca's obit. He worked building the Utica Asylum and I found a John Kelly - mason in the 1844 Utica directory living on Philips street. Philips street no longer exists (and it took me a month to find out where it was). Philip was renamed an is not Lenox ave between Court and Whitesboro.

The Asylum is not far from there. I also have records from another researcher that one of Rebecca's son was born on Philips St. which would be an odd coincidence.

John MAY have moved. The distance between Philips and St. John's isn't too far east but it would make a difference where he might be buried.

John did not have additional children after he came to Utica to my knowledge. it is not mentioned anywhere I have discovered nor present in any census. Neither Utica Library nor the historical society have been much of a help. The historical society wants me to send money before they will even think of doing a "cursory" search. That would only turn over what I already know.

I wish I had access to Utica directories from 1845 to maybe 1856 to see if i see John in those as well as (possibly) James Brady and his wife Rebecca. James and Rebecca eventually (1850?) move west to Hamilton New York where they are both buried.

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