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More on Thomas H. Kellow b. 1808, NC
Posted by: terry davis Date: September 26, 2001 at 11:07:37
In Reply to: Thomas H. Kellow b. 1808, NC by terry davis of 190

I just wanted to post an update on Thomas Kellow, my 3rd great g-father. I came across some new information recently - a marriage record in Orange County, NC dated 1 October 1807 between Thomas Kellow and Sarah Ireland. I posted some queries on the Irelan/Ireland GenForum page and a kind soul there quickly responded with some nice details.

Sarah Ireland was born Sarah or Celia Ross about 1770-ish in Maryland. She married Samuel Ireland in Maryland about 1787. Samuel Ireland appears on the 1790 census of Caroline County, MD, p. 37, line 285. They had one male child under 16 in 1790. They went on to have six total children. They moved to Orange Co., NC about 1795. Samuel died there between 1800-1806.

Sarah remarried in 1807 to Thomas Kellow, my 4th great g-father. He was believd to be a Baptist preacher according to the Irelands. Their first child was Thomas "Tom" H. Kellow born in 1808 (my 3rd ggf). Later there was a Celia, Arthur, Annie, and Billie (probably William). Thomas and Sarah show up on the 1810 Orange, NC census page 162, as does a William Ireland. William (b. abt. 1789 in MD) is apparently the son of Sarah and was Thomas Kellow's stepson.

Thomas and Sarah/Celia Kellow moved to near Nashville (likely Nolensville) between 1810-1820 according to the Irelands. Several of the Ireland step-children accompanied the Kellows to Nolensville, TN in Williamson County. Thomas and Sarah would have been nearly 50 by the time they moved to TN. I have never found any more record of them beyond that. Apparently, Daniel Ireland appears in the 1820 and 1830 census of Williamson Co., TN, but I have not checked that yet. I believe that maybe Thomas Kellow and/or Sarah may have passed on by 1820 or 1830 and that's why no Kellows appear in the 1820 and 1830 censuses. The younger Kellow children may have even resided in Ireland households. Daniel Ireland may have had children that went to Illinois. A brother of Daniel named Johnathan Ireland also lived in Nolensville then moved to Illinois. Another Ireland brother, Samuel, returned to NC.

My 3rd great, Thomas H. Kellow, married in the mid 1830's when he was about 25 and lived in Williamson County.

All this evidence of Kellow land near Nashville brongs me back to the 1784 Davidson County Land Grant of 640 acres to Andrew Kellow. At that time, this name would have been fairly uncommon. Since Andrew Kellow of the 1784 Land Grant disappears from Middle TN records a few years later, did he maybe return to NC? Or did he die there near Nashville? Did my 4th great Thomas Kellow somehow inherit this land after about 1810 and decide that he wanted to go settle there? Or did he purchase his own land near Nolensville?

Many questions to answer...I will soon dig further in the Williamson and Davidson records - and in the Orange NC records.

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