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John Kelley and Winifred Cunniff b 1816 Athlone, to MA
Posted by: Pat Griffith (ID *****0506) Date: July 29, 2008 at 15:09:48
In Reply to: Re: roscommon parish records by Pat Griffith of 168

Our greatgreatgrandfather John Kelly (spelled it Kelley) and wife Winifred Conniff Kelly were born in Ireland in 1816. The 1850 and 1860 census for W Roxbury were full of Kelleys from Ireland. John the immigrant must have had several brothers, but he only had one son, John C, and 2 daughters, Elizabeth b 1845 and Mary Ellen b 1847. He died sometime soon after the 1850 census because he was not in the 1860 census with Winifred and the 3 children.

In 1850 they were living in the household of Mary Conniff, age 76, b Ireland (head) and Wm Conniff age 66. Wm was not the head, and based on the records from St Peter and Paul in Athlone, Mary's husband was George Cunniff so Wm must have been a younger brother of George who must have been dead by 1850.

Great Uncle Arthur did not go back far enough. He said John the immigrant came earlier and then returned for his family. I think that family story referred to one generation earlier; On the same census page in both 1850 and 1860, there is an elder John Kelley, b 1790 IRE, and his wife Mary b 1793 IRE. This must have been the father of our John who married Winifred, and must have been the father of some of the other Kelleys in the same neighborhood. In 1850, John Sr and Mary have 3 grown kids living with them; Elizabeth 25 b MA, Michael 21 b MA, and Edward 18 b MA. What I found in the 1850 census confirms the records in St Peter and Paul in Athlone, Co Roscommon, IRE. Great Uncle Arthur said in his Kelly history that he wrote in 1965, that the Kellys and the Cunniffs came from Athlone. He also said that the Kelly clan originated in the HY Main area of northern Galway and southern Roscommon.

1850 MA census Roxbury, Norfolk Co, p 76

Mary Coniff 76 b Ireland
Wm Coniff 66 b Ireland
John Kelley 34 b Ireland
Winifred Kelly 34 b Ireland
(Mary) Ellen 5 b MA
Elizabeth 3 b MA
John C 1 b MA

John Kelley 60 b Ireland
Mary Kelley 57 b Ireland
Elizabeth 25 b MA
Michael 21 b MA
Edward 18 b MA

1860 MA census Roxbury Norfolk Co p 998

Winifred Kelley b 1816 Ireland
Elizabeth 16 MA
Mary 15 MA
John C 11 MA

Mary Conniff 80 Ireland
Wm Conniff 73 Ireland

p 581
John Kelley 70 b Ireland
Mary Kelley 65 b Ireland


Generation I
John Kelly and Winifred Cuniff, b 1816, of Athlone, Co. Roscommon, IRE and Roxbury MA imm. c.1845 Winifred died at age 88, c 1904. They came during the potato famine. They might have had children that died in Ireland before they came.

(John Kelley was probably the son of John Kelley, b 1790 Ireland and wife Mary, in the 1850 census with Elizabeth 25, Michael 21, and Edward 18; and Winifred was probably the daughter of George Cunniff and wife Mary Harrington of St Peter and Paul RC Church in Athlone, Co. Roscommon, IRE who had a daughter Winifred b 1816. George m 2nd, Eleanor Kelly)

John died soon after the 1850 census in MA as there were no other children b after 1850 and he was not in the 1860 census with Winifred and the 3 children.

Generation II
son John Cuniff Kelly, 1849 - 1924, m Margaret Looney Reardon 1849 - 1924
(Other siblings were only 2 sisters, Elizabeth b 1845, and Mary Ellen b 1846) They were born in Roxbury MA. He had a plumbing business.

Generation III
children of John and Margaret Kelly;

Grace 1876 - 1956
William Joseph 1877 - 1954, m Gertrude Mary Crafts c 1902 (my grandparents) *
Helen Frances 1879 - 1966
Mary J 1880 - 1884 - (diphtheria)
Frank A 1882 - 1884 "
Gertrude S 1885 - 1889 (measles)
John C 1887 - 1889 "
Arthur James 1888 - 1978 (the author of this family record) m Helen A Finn in 1918 **
Rosa Margaret 1891 - 1925


* Wm Joseph had only one son, Harold Wm, my father, 1903-1996. I have no brothers.

** Arthur James had one son, Arthur Shaun, in 1928. He went by Shaun. He had 2 sons, Shaun Arthur, and Christopher. I don't have any dates for them, and my family has lost contact with them.


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