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Kellow Origins in America
Posted by: terry davis Date: November 28, 2001 at 13:47:49
In Reply to: Re: Ancient English Kellow Origins by Ken Kalloch of 190


Thanks for your reply and thanks for posting my mesage on your website. I checked out the Kelloch page...very nice looks great! Your reply is actually very timely. I have recently made a few more "discoveries" on my specific Kellow line, and one of those discoveries could "open a can of worms" on the whole Killough story I think! Maybe I'm making more of "finds" than I should, but I wondering why I haven't seen anyone else make this leap. Maybe it's because the Kellows were working in one direction and the Killoughs in another. This information goes to the very root of the Killough story in America I think there's some pretty decent documentation. I'm waiting on one more piece of information from the Maryland State Archives that I have requested...we'll see if it really exists or if it proves anything. I'd love to hear your thoughts (as a Kelloch/Kalloch) or those of any other Killough researcher like Zora Killough Cunningham. I have been meaning to e-mail her to get her thoughts but maybe I'll just e-mail her a link to this and she what she thinks. Here's what I wondering about:

The Killough Book (and your Kalloch site) mentions John Killough of Drogheda, IRE (born maybe 1630-ish) as an ancestor to the whole Killough clan in America. His early references use "Kellough or Kelogh or Kellog" spellings rather than Killough, don't they? Anyway, the book says he married Mary Hyde (and this is the "key") but is lost in the records after the 1670's or so and presumed dead in Ireland...maybe about 1715? His sons are then believed to have come to America a bit later in the 1600's.

I've recently become aware of a reference to a Maryland Probate record dated 1697 for a "John Kellow and Mary Hide." I believe the reference came from a search on's search engine and of course it leads to a CD you can purchase of early MD Probate records. Instead of spending the $49.95 or so, I sent off to the MD State Archives to see what it said...if it exists. Are y'all aware of this record? If so, does it mention a son, Thomas Hyde Kellow? My request is due in a few more weeks. Could this be just a coincidence? Everything about the dates makes me think John Kellough of IRE may have made it to America after all.

From John Kellow and Mary Hyde, the evidence lines up very clearly in my line. In Charles County, MD there are numerous references to Thomas Kellow (sometimes as Killow). He shows up in a 1733 settlement as Thomas Killow, and he is specifically called "Thomas Hide Kellow" in a 1750's will witness. Thomas and sons Thomas, Jr. and William are in Charles County, MD tax lists in the mid 1770's. Once again, in his will in the 1780's, he is referred to as "Thomas Hide Kellow." I even have a Revolutionary War record for him and two sons (Thomas, Jr. and William) where he takes an oath of allegiance in 1778 and in a 1780 deposition states his age as "about 86 years old." This clearly puts his birth at about 1694, several years before the death of John Kellow in the earlier mention John Kellow-Mary Hyde probate record.

Thomas Kellow, Jr. married Ann Boswell in Charles Co., MD in 1782. William Kellow was killed 15 March 1781 in the War. Both men served in 1777 in the MD Militia, 12th battalion, under Captain John Hanson. Both were listed as residents of Charles County, Port Tobacco East Hundred.

Thomas Jr. is in the 1790 Charles MD census, the 1800 Guilford NC census, and the 1810 Orange NC census, plus the 1830 Williamson County, TN census. He remarried in 1808 in Orange NC to Sarah Ross, widow of Samuel Ireland of MD. William Boswell was his next neighbor in 1810 (maybe a brother-in-law). Thomas moved to Williamson Co., TN in the 1810's. His will is in Williamson dated 1834. His youngest son, Thomas H. Kellow ("H" for "Hyde"?) was my ggg grandfather and was born 1808 in Orange Co., NC.

If anyone is close enough to the MD Archives to research this John Kellow-Mary Hide document, or if anyone has access to the CD with this record, it sure might be worth looking at!

Anyway, I'm just throwing that out for everyone to debate. Hopefully someone with more sources can put the final pieces together. Maybe my Thomas Hide Kellow was a grandson to John Kellow and Mary Hyde...John and Mary would have been fairly old to have a child in 1694, but I have other Kellow ancestors who had children up to age 60...and almost every direct Kellow ancestor of mine topped 80 years, with several topping 90. Hopefully the 1697 Probate record is available and has some good info!



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