Ringgold County Biographical Sketches
Biographical and Historical Record of Ringgold and Decatur Counties, Iowa
Lewis Publishing Company, 1887.
William KELLY, farmer, section 12, Monroe Township, is a native of Londonderry, Ireland, where
he was born August 1, 1837, son of Peter and Sarah KELLY. When he was ten years of age his parents
emigrated to America, first locating in New York City, where he grew to manhood, and served his time
as an apprentice in learning the trade of brick-layer and plasterer. In 1854 he removed to Bureau
County, Illinois, where he resided about ten years, working at his trade, mining and farming. In 1880
he came to Ringgold County, and settled upon his present farm, in Monroe Township, which was then
wild land. He has eighty acres of well-cultivated land, a good story-and-a-half residence, good
buildings for stock, orchard, and native shade trees. He is engaged in farming and stock-raising.
In 1870 he was married to Miss Susan NEGLEY, of Bureau County, Illinois, and they have six children -
John, Sarah, Mary, William, Martha and Charley. Mr. KELLY is a member of the Masonic order, and
politically is a Democrat. By fair and honest dealing he has gained the respect and confidence of all
who know him, and is one of the best citizens of the township. Postoffice, Beaconsfield.
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