What a great find. I've been confused about the Selvage/Selvidge line for many years. I have seen Mary Kelly Selvidge listed on one website as the daughter of Greenberry Kelly/Kelley (or Granbury Kelly). I have also seen her referred to as Mary Taylor Kelley and Mary Kelley Taylor, and was told by a researcher many years ago that her first husband was possibly a Taylor, believed to be some kin to one of her sons-in-law named Taylor. Another said no, that Taylor was her maiden name and that the Kelly family adopted her.
A few months ago I heard from a researcher who said that he believed she was indeed adopted by the Greenberry Kelly/Kelley family after her family was massacred by Indians and that her maiden name was unknown (not Taylor, though).
I suppose you have heard all of this confusion. I am very curious about a newspaper article printed around the turn of the century (1900-1911) which stated that Mary's diary was extant and told of living near the Battle of Bunker Hill, that she could hear the battle from her house, etc. I wonder if you know where this diary is today or whether you know where I might obtain transcripts of it. I'm curious to know how her family (or her adopted family, the Kellys) moved around so much (if this is true). (One researcher suggested this was a reference to a lesser known Bunker Hill in N.C., not the one in Mass., and that there was indeed a small Revolutionary War battle or skirmish there or near there.)
The man who wrote me last regarding the Kellys said that Mrs. Kelly had a dream that the Americans were losing the battle (in Mass.), and upon waking she and Mary gathered all the gunpowder they could and rushed off to Bunker Hill just as the Americans were running out of powder and the British were gaining; thus, Mrs. Greenberry Kelly and Mary Kelly Selvidge saved the day and helped the Americans win the Battle of Bunker Hill. I got a kick out of hearing this story, but had you ever heard such a thing? Pretty incredible, I think. Did Mary write about it in her diary?
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