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--> Obituaries - As submitted by the respected family.
--> 1881 Last Will & Testament of John O. Kelly aka John Francis Marion Kelly born October 28, 1799 / died November 23, 1882 (father of James Edward, John Beattie, Thomas Manley O'Kelly and other children). His children born in South Carolina were born as Kelly, some later changed their name to O'Kelly & O'Kelley. His children born in Florida retained the last name of Kelly.
During the late 1800's-early 1900's
in Mississippi, the O'Kelley children acquired land and other resources
that enabled them to prosper. Two of the O'Kelley sons
(Dan and Charles) owned large plantations in Magenta,
Mississippi. These plantations provided goods to several grocers
in the Greenville area. The middle OKelley son, Will
Dock, had a highly respected and successful barber shop which
catered to both Black and White clientele. He was called the "Black
Jew" around town because of his wavy black hair and light complexion.
His wife, LaVinia also had a thriving restaurant in Greenville.
Later on, one of the frequent
Mississippi river floods in the early 1900's wreaked havoc on
towns such as Greenville, MS. Because of the damage, Charles
and Will sold their property and a large portion of the family then
dispersed from Mississippi to new cities such as St. Louis, Chicago,
and Memphis-thus including themselves in what is now known as the
"Great Migration" of southern Blacks who moved North.
The town of Magenta was later incorporated into the larger city
Stoneville, Mississippi, which is now the home of Mississippi
State University's Delta Research and Extension Center.
Hillery O'Kelley born Aug. 1867, died 1939.
She is the wife of Dan O'Kelley and mother to their 10 children.
Dan O'Kelley's daughter, Evelina O'Kelley
Bush had a "This is Your Life" celebration presented
by her Chicago church in 1957. A devout 7th Day Adventist,
"Ma Bush" a/k/a "Big Sister" a/k/a "Aunt
Evelina" was the eldest of Daniel O'Kelly's ten children and
the last to expire at 101 years old. Here is the transcript
that reflects the life of just one of our family members who made
her way North from Mississippi.
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Darris, Kelley/KellyO'Kelley/O'Kelly/, Farrar, Fisher, Hilliard/Hillery/Hilyard, Johnson, Middleton, Mathews, Perry