Saturday, January 16, 2010

John and Eunice Kelly of North Lathram, Caddo, Oklahoma

I've hit another roadblock looking for this line of the Kelly family. John Kelly was a brother of my great grandfather, Daniel Kelly, and a son of William D. Kelly and Mary Casey, both of whom were born in Ireland.

John was born in Nebraska, probably in Omaha, about 1865. He married Eunice Derieg at St. Theresa's procathedral in Lincoln, Lancaster County, Nebraska on November 19, 1900. Eunice was born in New Brunswick, Canada. Many of her Derieg siblings remained in Lancaster county, Nebraska.

Census records indicate that John and Eunice had a son named John who was born in Nebraska about 1902. Another son named Kiron/Keiran/Kieran (many variations in spelling) was born in Nebraska about 1904. The 1910 census shows the couple with a daughter, Mary, also born about 1902. This census shows Eunice had given birth to eight children, only three of whom were living.

It appears the family moved from Nebraska to Oklahoma sometime between 1904 and 1910. A biography of John's father, William D Kelly, which was published in 1905, states that John was a farmer in Carney, Oklahoma.

The 1910 Census shows the family living in Lathram, Caddo, Oklahoma, with the three children.

We next find the family in 1920 census, living in Moffat, Morapos, Colorado, with the two sons. Mary is not listed with the family. At this time, Mary has either moved out of the family home, perhaps married or has died. The elder John is still farming at this time. The two sons, now ages 18 and 16, are listed as laborers/homestead farmers.

John died sometime between 1920 and 1930. The 1930 census shows that Eunice is now widowed and sons John and Kiron/Keiran/Kieran are living with her and farming.

The 1930 census is as far as I have been able to trace this family. As always, I am in search of death notices or obituaries for both John and Eunice. I would also like to locate information on the three children and any of their descendants.

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