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Thomas H. Kellow b. 1808, NC
Posted by: terry davis Date: June 20, 2001 at 10:33:23
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The oldest ancestor I can prove is Thomas H. Kellow born about 1808 in NC. I first find him in Williamson County, TN in the 1850 census at age 42. His wife was Sarah Vaughn born in VA.

One of their children was my great great grandfather, William T. Kellow. I have the other siblings names also and will post later. William "Bill" Kellow was born December 1839 in Williamson County, so I know Thomas and wife were there by that date. The family came to West Tennessee in the later 1850's and settled near the Gibson, Dyer, Crockett County lines. They appear in different counties through the years although they likely didn't stray far from the same area.

William enlisted in the 47th TN Infantry CSA in Gibson County in late 1861 about the time he turned 21. He managed to survive all the way to the end of the War and surrendered in NC in 1864 at the end after the final battle. I have a copy of his pension application (TN #s5545 - Dyer County) from the early 1900's if anyone needs it. Two of his brothers also served in the 47th and one died and one was wounded at Murfreesboro. William was wounded at Chickamauga in 1863 but re-inlisted later anyway. He must have been completely dedicated to the cause. He was listed as one of about 20 who was with the unit at the end of the War when well over 900 had started.

He married Frances "Fanny" Arrington right after the War. She was the daughter of Richard Arrington and Jane McCall Newton of NC and later Middle TN (I also have more on the Newtons and McCalls). The marriage certificate says "Mrs. Fanny Nesbitte" or something like that. It was her second marriage - she was married to a Nesbit or Nesbett (maybe named Francis also) from Georgia, but he may have died in the War. She had a couple of children from the first marriage at least. William and Fanny had several children from the late 1860's into the 1880's. One was my great grandfather Robert Edgar Kellow who married Mary Jane Jones, daughter of Amaziah Franklin Jones and Elizabeth "Letsey" Jane Tucker. Robert and Mary Kellow lived out their lives in Gibson County, TN.

I do not know exactly when William T. Kellow died and I do not know where he was buried. I would love to find out! He was living near Bonicord and Tigrett, Tennessee, in Dyer County at the time of his pension. Several "Kelloughs" are buried in Dyer in that area. I believe these to be descendants of his uncles or siblings but I can't place them completely.

If anyone knows anything more about this line or wants to know more, please post here or e-mail me at:

I'll try to post more on the siblings from the 1850 census later. Thanks!



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