(1) Thomas O'Kelley
appears as appears as
Thomas Killey in the 1771 Militia Rolls for Granville Co NC.
His marriage document to Elizabeth Wyers was also in Granville
May 1785. The next document that he appears in is the 1800
Oglethorpe Census which gives him as Thos. OKelly and the last
document is his will executed in 1818 in Madison Co Georgia.
was very mobile. Unlike his father he owned slaves and in
mid adulthood he made several moves to Arkansas and then back to
Georgia as did several of his sons. I have found no proof
that this Francis is the one who Thomas named in his will.
Francis named his first born son John P but the tradition at
that time was to name the first born grandson after his
grandfather, Thomas was Francis Dean's their son. The
marriage record for Thomas and Elizabeth puts their marriage but
Francis Dean reports on his marriage record and two US Census as
born in 1779 and in North Caroline and not Virginia as given by
Alethea Jane Macon. Francis may be the son of a missing
brother of Charles, a John O'Kelley but that is pure speculation
on my part.
Thomas O'Kelley (1808 GA)
1850 Census puts this family in Old
River, Arkansas Co, Arkansas.
This may be the first O'Kelley in Arkansas.
I believe this is the source of the O'Kelley's living in
central Arkansas and parts of Oklahoma.
Overton O'Kelley was born in
Georgia, likely Walton Co. He married the daughter of
Charles Dean O'Kelley,
Mary O'Kelley and they moved to Arkansas
and back to Georgia several times and their daughter Susan was
born in Alabama so it seems likely they moved there for a brief
time to be near Mary's father and mother,
Charles Dean O'Kelley and Mary Stamps.
To my knowledge this marriage is the only known record that puts
a descendant of Thomas and Charles with each other.
Charles Francis Dean O'Kelley
was born and died in Arkansas. He was nanmed after his
maternal grandfather Charles Dean O'Kelley
and his paternal grandfather Francis Dean
O'Kelley and this was not unusually.
Washington O'Kelley was likely named after Mary's uncle
who was likely the grandfather she never had.
When Mary's grandfather Charles O'Kelley died in 1810 or
almost two decades before Mary's bith, Charles Dean
O'Kelley was still a minor and his older brother
Rev George Washington O'Kelley
became his guardian. He died just a few years
before Overton and Mary's son was born.
George Washington O'Kelley was
born in Walton Co Georgia and died and is buried in the
Friendship Cemetery in Rison Cleveland Co Arkansas.
(1-1-5-2-?) Henry Overton
O'Kelley was born in Rison Cleveland Co
Arkansas but he died and is buried in Oroville, Butte,
Washington O'Kelley was born November 11
1923 in Alameda, California. He died November 13
2001 in Oroville, Butte, California
(3) William Dennis
O'Kelley (abt 1754) It is unknown what happened to
William after the war. Alethea Jane Macon only gives him as
William D, J Fred O'Kelly gives him as William and neither
author mentions service in our Revolutionary War but Harold
O'Kelley tells his readers that he was the Lt William Dennis
O'Kelley who appears in our National Archives documents.
Because Wm D Kelly as he signed his name could read and write
and was an officer and Thomas, Charles, and Francis all made
only markes, I have growing doubt that Lt William Dennis
O'Kelley could be their brother.
There is no evidence to tell us where Charles was born. He
could have been born in America, Ireland, or even France.
He first appears in the written records in Mecklenburg Co
Virginia in 1777 and J Fred O'Kelley and Alethea Jane Macon
claims that he and his family migrated to Georgia in 1805. Charles reportedly
died and was buried in Oglethorpe.
It is from this ancestor that most of the Arkansas
O'Kelleys seem to have originate.
William Kelley was the
first born grandchild and was most certainly named after his
paternal grandfather, William Kelley who we find represented in
the 1782 Mecklenburg Census. Alethea Jane Macon reports
that William remained in Mecklenburg when his family moved to
Georgia in 1805. It is difficult to know exactly what
happened to him but there is reason to believe he married, had
children and moved to Kentucky and later to Ohio. He may
be buried in Ohio but his grandson also named
William Kelley moved to Washington Co
Arkansas and was one of the original founders of the First
Christian Church in Fayetteville.
Washington O'Kelley (1783
Virginia) was living in
Oglethorpe GA according
to the 1830 Federal Census.
Alvin O'Kelley (1831 Oglethorpe GA) and he is
buried in a yet to be located Cemetery in
Benton Arkansas having
died in 1905.
Henry O'Kelley (1854 Banks Co GA) and he is
buried in a yet to be located Cemetery in Benton
Leonard Alvin O'Kelley (1879 Benton AR)
and he is buried in a yet to be located Cemetery
in Benton Arkansas
Dean O'Kelley (1795 VA)
appears to have lived in
Oglethorpe most of his
life. He reportedly died and is buried in Alabama.
It is unknown if he was living there at the time or died
while traveling or working in Alabama but given that he died
in 1865 he may have been living with the Stamps to avoid the
war and could be buried in the Stamps Cemetery in Lafayette
Alabama. He was a Justice of the Peace for Walton Co
Stamps O'Kelley (1824
Walton County Georgia
(created in 1818 from Jackson Co)). James and his
wife Lucy lived in Gordon County Georgia (created in
1850 from portions of Cass (Bartow) and Floyd) with
their children until sometime
after the 1870 Federal Census and before the 1880
Federal Census they moved to Lafayette, Crawford,
Arkansas. James and Lucy are buried in
the Love Cemetery just east of US 71 Hwy north of Alma
35° 31' 53.44"N 94° 13' 0.43W Row 9.
James and Lucy may be the source for most all of the
O'Kelleys who now live in Washington, Crawford, and
Sebastian Co Arkansas.
William O'Kelley (1848 in Gwinnett Co GA)
Appears to have moved with his father and mother to
Crawford Co Arkansas. He
homesteaded property just north of 81 Church
Community north of Rudy, Crawford Co Arkansas.
Charles and his wife are also buried in the Love
Cemetary at Alma Arkansas on the same row as his
father and mother.
35° 31' 53.44"N 94° 13' 0.43W Row 9
Milburn O'Kelley (1893 Landcaster
Crawford Co, AR) He married Julia Cress but they
had no children. Thomas was drafted in WWI
and served from Sep 1917 to Feb 1918. He
was registered for the draft during WWII.
in my lifetime he lived in Fayetteville Ar and
worked for Senator Fulbright as a grounds
caretaker for Senator Fulbright's Maple Street
Manson. Thomas is buried in the National
Cemetery in Fayetteville, AR. I have
memories of Uncle Tom as we knew him traveling
by train to Rudy in the late 1950s and early
1960s. Later when the train passenger
service shutdown, he would ride the bus and at
the Dean Springs stop near my childhood home.
(4-10-2-1-13) Albert Henry O'Kelley (1900 Crawford Co
Ar) He was my grandfather. My father told
me that the Charles O'Kelley homestead passed to
my grandfather Albert when his father passed
away but he allowed it to go back to the county
for taxes during the depression believing land
would never again be worth as much as the taxes
owed on it. My grandfather and grandmother
lived just down the road from the old O'Kelley
homestead when I was born. Albert and his
wife are buried at Morrison Cemetery near Rudy
O'Kelley married Overton the
grandson of Thomas O'Kelley.
See above Overton to view their children.
Virginia) He is
believed to have died in 1850 in
Buncombe Co NC which
interestingly because for a brief period around the turn of the
19th century the area now known as Buncombe County North
Walton Co in Northeast Georgia
(1802-1811). Benjamin and his family may have moved to the
first Walton County Georgia during the
headright system and while they lived there the state
boundary changed after the Walton Co War and Buncombe Co NC was
formed. Georgia later created another Walton Co on the
western side of the state. Benjamin O'Kelley is the
ancestor that most if not all of the Missouri
Marion O'Kelley (1787
NC) The 1850
Federal Census puts the family in
Rhea Tennessee. The 1860 Census puts the
family living on the Kings River in
Madison Co Arkansas. My records came
to me with his death in 1865 in Bollinger Co Mo but the 1870
Census puts him living in Union,
Thomas Katlett O'Kelley (1833 Henderson Co NC)
Military records show a Thomas O'Kelley joined the Union
Army in Mo during the Civil War and the 1870 Federal
Census puts the family in German, Bollinger Co MO.
Charles O'Kelley (1811 TN)
AAppears in the 1840 Census
Wonagle, Madison Co Arkansas.
Might be the first O'Kelley in Arkansas.
1850 Federal Census put the family living in
(7-1) Francis O'Kelley
(1760 Va) 1830 Federal
Census puts him in Georgia.
He won 400 acres in the Georgia Land Lottery in 1805. It
appears most if not all descends of this family line remained in
Georgia and did not migrate before or after the Civil War.
(8-1) George O'Kelley