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Delilah Kelly family, Lavaca Co.

Delilah Kelly family, Lavaca Co.

Posted: 1261000956000
Classification: Census
Surnames: Kelly, Skipworth

1860 Lavaca Co. TX

Delila Kelly --- 41 b. AL head
Robert Kelly --- 18 b. MS d. DeWitt Co.
Wiley Kelly --- 16 b. MS
William Kelly --- 14 b. MS d. Aug 26, 1870 DeWitt Co.
Henry Kelly --- 13 b. MS d. Aug 26, 1870 DeWitt Co.
Eugine Kelly --- 10 b. MS
Emmett Kelly --- 8 b. MS
Molly Kelly --- 5 b. MS

Lou Kelly --- 21 b. MS
Henry Hanks --- 5 b. TX
Thomas Hanks --- 1 b. TX

Franklin Kelly --- 25 b. MS
Mary Kelly --- 25 b. AL wife
Robert Kelly --- 1 b. TX

1870 Census, Lavaca Co. pg 510-B, says:

KELLY WILY 24 M head
KELLY RACHEL 21 F b. ca 1849
SKIPWORTH RILY 12 M b. abt 1858
KELLY DELILAH 56 F head, b. ca 1814
KELLY EUGUINE 20 M b. ca 1850
KELLY EMMIT 18 M b. ca 1852

Re: Delilah Kelly family, Lavaca Co.

Posted: 1261053577000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Kelly, Smothers, Skipworth, Crawford, Taylor, Day, Cochran
Lou, just curious why you posted this without comment.
Are you interested in the Skipworth. They did marry into the Kelly's.
George Riley Skipworth b 1858 D ABT 1890 in TX
ACCIDENTALLY SHOT. n Sunday evening last, Riley Skipworth, Warren Morgan and a young son of B. Fisk went out in the woods on Smothers' creek to shoot squirrels. Skipworth was walking in front, Morgan just behind him and young Fisk in the rear, when the gun, from some cause unknown, went off, discharging a load of squirrel shot into the temple of Morgan and one shot striking Fisk. Morgan fell immediately and continued insensible until death, which occurred in about an hour and a half. Dr. E. M. Rabb was sent for immediately after the accident and the justice of Precinct No. 3 last night held inquest upon the body. The jury found a verdict that Warren Morgan came to his death by the accidental discharge of a gun in the hand of Riley Skipworth. Morgan leaves a young wife and two small children to mourn his loss. We are informed that he bore the character of an honest, industrious, and good young man. Herald.

1870, Riley age 12 shows up in Lavaca Co. TX in the household of his sister, Rachel Kelly and her husband Wiley Kelly.
1880, Riley age 22, shows up in Lavaca Co. with wife Mittie Fisk, in the household of her parents, B. (Bateman) and Catherine Fisk. Children are Arthur, Robbie, and Archy.
1900, Riley has died, and Mittie and the family now live in Karnes Co. TX. His son A.G. (Arthur George) is the head of the house. The other kids are listed as Robert, Archer, Olen, and Stella.
1910, the family is in Nueces Co. TX. Robert is now head of the house. Arthur and Olen (Ottie) are each now married and have their own places nearby. Mother Mittie and sister Stella live with Robert.
1920, most of the family is in Kleberg Co. TX. Mother Mittie has died. Robert has married (wife Meta). Archer and Olens families are also in Kleberg Co. Can?t locate Arthurs family. Can?t locate sister Stella. Probably married.
1930, the sons and their families are in Kleberg Co. TX: Arthur, Robert, Archer, Olen.

Riley Skipworth
+ Misseniah E FISK 14 OCT 1875 Lavaca Co TX b ABT 1859 LA
1. Arthur George SKIPWORTH b 1877 Lavaca Co. TX
2. Robert B. SKIPWORTH b 1878 Lavaca Co. TX
3. Archer L. SKIPWORTH b ABT 1880 Lavaca Co. TX
4. Olen Barnum SKIPWORTH b 5 JUN 1883 avaca Co. TX
5. Stella E. SKIPWORTH b ABT 1888 Lavaca Co. TX
Delilah is my 2x grandmother md Robert Burns Kelly Sr. Robert Kelly sr was killed Mar 15 1857 from knife wounds. He had got in a fight with OC Searcy but no one ever really knew who stabbed Robert Kelly sr for sure and no one was ever charged with his murder.
They had 10 kids among them my gr grandfather
iv. Franklin Columbus KELLY b 1841 Carroll Co MS d Nov 1861 mysteriously his mother Delilah would not speak of the circumstances to anyone.
+Mollie Stribling 1838-1917
Franklin & MOllie Stribling had 3 kids [all md Smothers] among them
Cora Belle Kelly b 1866-1946 +Johnny Wesley Smothers 15 Dec. 1881 killed/shot 15 May 1896 [gr grandparents]
they had my grandfather E.D. Smothers, among 6 kids. After JW was killed, Cora +2 Thomas Lacy Upchurch and had 3 sons.

Wiley Kelly --- 16 b. MS
v. Wiley Thomas KELLY b 25 MAR 1844 Carroll Co MS d 12 FEB 1931 Nordheim DeWitt Co TX +Rachel SKIPWORTH 1863 MS, dau/o Absalom SKIPWORTH & Nancy CRAWFORD b 8 MAR 1848 TN d 5 OCT 1900 Runge, Karnes Co TX
Wiley Kelly was 1 son who outlived his mother Delilah Oldham and seemed the only one who left the county and went
Karnes, got md and d in peace 1924.

William Kelly --- 14 b. MS d. Aug 26, 1870 DeWitt Co.
vi. William B. KELLY b 1846 Carroll Co MS d 26 AUG 1870 DeWitt Co TX +Elizabeth Jane DAY 4 OCT 1869 DeWitt Co TX dau/o John DAY & Susan COCHRAN b 1836 GA d 1887 Cuero DeWitt Co TX.
William Kelly m Elizabeth 'Bettie' Bennett Day [sis to William Day, who Louisa Kelly marr].
Bettie had been m to Joseph Bennett who d 1862.
Joseph Bennett's brother or uncle, James Bennett would be the one who would shoot and kill Wm Day's father John Day, making his mother, Susan Day a widow.
For some reason, it was then in settling her dec'd husband estate she took the Cochran name [Susan Cochran], maybe to disassociate herself with the lawlessness but [she would eventually m Pipkin Taylor].
Bettie then md George Rivers after Joseph Bennett d
Her marr to William Kelly would be her 3rd and after his 1870 murder she would
m4) Hendricks. She had 1 child by Rivers.

Henry Kelly --- 13 b. MS shot/killed Aug 26 1870 DeWitt Co.
vii. Henry Peter KELLY b 1848 Carroll Co MS d 26 AUG 1870 Cuero DeWitt Co TX +Amanda Jane TAYLOR 25 JUN 1868 DeWitt Co TX by W. H. Hollan, dau/o Pritkin Barnes TAYLOR & Susan COCHRAN [her lst husband; 2nd Jno Day] b 1 AUG 1848 DeWitt Co TX d 8 JAN 1933 Houston, Harris Co TX.
Henry Kelly m Bettie's half sister, Amanda Taylor [half sister due to the fact that Bettie's mother, Susan,
would marry Amanda's father, Pipkin Taylor eventually].
Then tragedy, unfortunately struck Wm and Henry and they were murdered, shot down in cold blood on the
same day with their mother, Delilah wittnessing their gruesome demise in 1870. Probably what instigated
this murder plot, in part, was Henry and Wm had shot out the lights at a Circus prior to this and the police were fed up with the Taylor, Kelly and Smothers gang.

Eugine Kelly--- 10 b. MS
viii. Eugene A. KELLY b 1850 Carroll Co MS d 1925 Odessa, Ector Co TX +Ida MAY 24 FEB 1880 Lavaca Co TX b ABT. 1865 TX d BET. 1884 - 1936.

Emmett Kelly --- 8 b. MS
ix. Emmett Dolphus KELLY b 1852 Lavaca Co TX d 1892 Alpine Brewster Co TX in gunfight in the Buckhorn Saloon Alpine, Brewster Co TX +Anna LAY 13 OCT 1875 Lavaca Co TX b 1855 Lavaca Co TX d AFT. 1882.

Molly Kelly --- 5 b. MS
x. Mary Elizabeth KELLY b 19 NOV 1854 Lavaca, Lavaca Co TX d 14 JUN 1925 Kingsville Kleberg Co TX +1 James Creed TAYLOR 5 APR 1870 DeWitt Co TX son of Pritkin Barnes TAYLOR & Susan COCHRAN b 15 JAN 1851 DeWitt Co TX d 27 DEC 1875 Clinton, DeWitt Co TX. m2 Jefferson A. BUTLER Sr JUL 1882 Lavacca Co TX b ABT 1829 AL d 12 MAR 1889 Lavaca Co TX. [his 2nd marriage also]
Mollie Kelly m James Creed Taylor, son of Pitkin Taylor, bro to Creed Taylor. It would be this bunch of Taylor's and Smothers who would rob the govt wagons for revenge of losing the war and sharing their booty with family and friends far and wide.
Mollie Kelly Taylor then m Jefferson Butler [who had first m Martha Ann Smothers, dau of John Smeathers Sr &
Mary Ashby-my ggggrandparents]and he would be killed by Martha's half brother, Johnny Wesley 1889. Smothers
was acquitted of the charges. [Wonder if he knew abt his g grandfather's William Smeathers murder trial
acquittal in Ohio Co Ky in 1809?]

Lou Kelly --- 21 b. MS
iii. Louisa KELLY b12 APR 1839 Carroll Co MS d 5 JAN 1913 Gunter Grayson Co TX m1 Thomas H. HAWKS 23 SEP 1853 Lavaca Co TX b 1823 NC d ABT. 1858 m2 William Weatherford DAY alias Wm W Cochran 2 MAY 1866 Hallettsville Lavaca Co TX son of John DAY and Susan COCHRAN b 14 SEP 1841 DeWitt Co TX d 30 DEC 1921 Gunter Grayson Co TX.
Henry Hanks --- 5 b. TX son/o Lou/Thomas Hanks
Thomas Hanks --- 1 b. TX """""""""'

Franklin Kelly --- 25 b. MS
[Franklin C, son of Robt B Kelly/Delilah Oldham]
Mary Kelly --- 25 b. AL wife Mollie Stribling
Robert Kelly --- 1 b. TX Robert Burns Kelly Jr 1860-1887
Rob Kelly jr was thick with the Smothers playing faro and cards and putting money on the monte bank. 1860 he was charged with murder for killing BB Walker County judge. Seems the Judge was trying to prosecute some of the Smothers gang and had placed several of them under bond to appear at trial. Rob took off after the killing. 1863 he could not be found and declared 'dead'. No one really knows what happened to him. Some say he went back to Ms where his father was from and enlisted in the Confederate Army.
+Elizabeth Lizzie Smothers dau/John Bate Smeathers Jr/Mary AE Hinch, Lizzie being sis to Johnny Wesley Smothers & sis to Virginia 'Jennie' Smothers + CB Byrd Kelly, bro to Robert Burns Kelly Jr.

Delilah had held the family together through thick and thin and upon her death in 1883 the 771ac in Dewitt Co were still in tact and her son and grandchildren that were left made it their home. But in her lifetime she had seen horrid violence shatter her flock and the lawlessness of it all never gave her peace. Its said she smoked a pipe and who could fault her for taking this one solace time to find some peace in her world of delirium. Only 3 sons outlived her: Wiley, Emmett and Eugene. Quoted from 'The Lavacans' by Paul C Boethel

KELLY WILY 24 M head
KELLY RACHEL 21 F b. ca 1849
SKIPWORTH RILY 12 M b. abt 1858 [sis to Rachel]
1850 United States Federal Census about Absalom Skipworth
Name:Absalom Skipworth Age:29 stimated birth year: abt 1821
Birth Place:Kentucky Gender:Male Home in 1850(City,County,State):District 5, Jackson, Tennessee
Family Number: 1026
Household Members: Name Age
Absalom Skipworth 29
Nancy Skipworth 26 Crawford
Sarah Skipworth 5
Rachel Skipworth 3 +Riley Kelly
James W Skipworth 1
[Riley not born yet but is on 1860]
James Crawford 50 nancy's dad
Elizabeth Crawford 48 """" mom
Scott Crawford 22 bro
James Crawford 20 bro
Joseph Crawford 9 think James son
Matilda York 20
KELLY DELILAH 56 F head, b 1818
KELLY EMMIT 18 M b 1852
1900 census Rachel Skipworth and Wiley Thomas Kelly Sr
had 7 of 11 kids living.

[quite a family eh no wonder Paul B was so intrigued and wrote about them! :-)]

Re: Delilah Kelly family, Lavaca Co.

Posted: 1261089782000
Classification: Query
Surnames: skipworth
Thanks. The Kellys certainly do sound like a colorful bunch. Yes, it's the Skipworth connection that leads us to them.
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