It had been a while since I looked at some of those folks, so I decided to browse through some things at lunch. Funny thing - I may have found one of my great great grandfather's brothers over there in Arkansas while doing it! I decided that it might be easier for me to e-mail you (to the e-mail address shown here at GenForum) the text of a Kellow document that I work on - off and on. It is mainly a thorough story of the Tennessee Kellows and how they got there starting in about 1690 in Maryland. Of particular note to you may be the couple of Kellows in Arkansas (and they are on the AR/MO border if that means anything):
1-William H. Kellow appears in the 1880 Marion Co. census in the village of Yellville. He was born in TN about 1831 and by the looks of his children's ages and birthplaces, William got to AR by 1870. He doesn't seem to be early enough to be important to your search. I believe he may be the son of William C. Kellow of Washington/Sullivan County, TN. This William C. was the older half-brother of my great great great grandfather Thomas H. Kellow.
2-Samuel J. Kellow resides in Randolph County, AR a bit before 1900. He has a Confederate Pension on file in AR (I would like to get a copy of that - I bet it would solve some of my questions!). I believe him to be the Samuel J. Kellow who was my great great grandfather's brother. They fought with the 47th TN during the Civil War. I might could tie up some loose ends if I checked some census records over there. I have his TN marriage info. Anyway, he is far too young to help you.
I did find in my notes an "Eliza Kellough" who married Levan McNatt in Lawrence County, MO in 1845. That's getting closer to your dates for Martha. There is also a "Joseph Kellough" in Wayne County, MO in 1860. He was born in TN about 1829, and has a daughter born in TN about 1850. So, he likely arrived in MO a bit late for you as well. I'm not sure he is a "Kellow" - he could be a "Killough."
By the way - I checked and Washington County, MO is a little southwest of St. Louis. Washington County of 1840 may have been much larger though so you may want to check that out.
Looking through the text attached to the e-mail I'm sending - along about page 16 to 18 you get into a family that has some possiblities for you. There are two brothers of my great great great - William C. Kellow and Hezekiah Kellow - who both had children born in the 1810's who I have no records for. Maybe they ventured out to MO by 1840 but I sure have no proof. I do know some of their children were in AR and TX by the later 1800's so it's a thought.
Did you say your James A. Proffitt was from TN also? Do you know where he was from? That might give you some clues about Martha - maybe several families traveled out there together, which was pretty common in those days.
I hope you enjoy the text...Terry
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