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Family
Marriage: Children:
  1. Smith Ulysses Kelsey: Birth: 1 SEP 1838. Death: AFT 1895

  2. Elizabeth Maria Kelsey: Birth: 29 FEB 1840.

  3. Austin Hough Kelsey: Birth: 19 MAY 1841. Death: AFT 1900

  4. Harriet Eliza Kelsey: Birth: 9 APR 1846.

  5. Egbert Kelsey: Birth: 22 JAN 1849. Death: 1875 in Wabaunsee, Wabaunsee Co., Kansas

  6. Frank Henry Kelsey: Birth: 23 JAN 1853 in Middlesex Co., Connecticut. Death: 28 MAY 1909 in Sacramento, Sacramento Co., California


Sources
1. Title:   Claypool, Edward & Azalea Clizbee, A Genealogy of the Descendants of William Kelsey, Vol. 2 (Pub. Tuttle, Morehouse and Taylor Co., 1929)
2. Title:   Find A Grave, internet

Notes
a. Note:   ay 2007) "Austin, Maria and his son Smith went to Kansas as part of the Beecher Bible and Rifle movement. I wonder how I could get more information about that. Austin's wife is named as one of the original members of the Beecher Bible and Rifle Church in Wabaunsee, Kansas." Darlene <[email protected]> _________________________ to [email protected] dateTue, Nov 4, 2008 at 8:59 AM subjectRe: Kelsey line mailed-byqwest.net Barbara, I am just cleaning out old e-mail and I don't know if I ever let you know but I did connect Austin to Julius Kelsey/Sylvia Hill. I found both their probates with him mentioned. I am now in search of proof that Maria Bristol is in fact the daughter of Philip Redfield Bristol and Harriet Camp. The reason I am pursuing this is because if I can we can become a Mayflower Society member. My granddaughter is estactic about that. Philip Redfield Bristol's genealogy goes back to John and Priscilla Alden. The first five generations of the Mayfield familes goes through Phillip's mother Mary Redfield Bristol and are accepted as proven. I can connect Philip to Mary and Bezaleel Bristol but have no proof of Philip's marriage to Harriet Camp or his death. I do have the probate of Bezaleel which lists Philip's children, including Maria Bristol. There is a never ending search, right? If you need copies of any of this, please let me know. Thanks, Darlene
Note:   From: Darlene has his direct line. Email: [email protected] (M
b. Note:   Located on FindAGrave. Austin Kelsey Birth: Jan. 15, 1810, Connecticut, USA Death: Nov. 19, 1899, USA Austin Kelsey was born 17 January 1810 in North Madison, Connecticut, the son of Julius Kelsey and Sylvia Hill. He was descended from William Kelsey, a Puritan who arrived in Massachusetts in 1632 with the Braintree Company, then help found Hartford, Connecticut, in 1836. Part of the family moved south of Hartford to found Killingworth, Connecticut, and Austin had many cousins in the immediate area. He married Maria Bristol on 19 June 1836 and they had six children. In 1856, following a rousing abolitionist speech by Henry Ward Beecher, the Connecticut-Kansas Company was formed to send men to Kansas to establish a colony where families from New Haven and surrounding areas could relocate and participate in the historic vote that would make the Kansas Territory into a free state. Samuel F. Kelsey was an original member of this company and they departed New Haven in the spring of 1856 with Sharps rifles concealed in Bible cases, hence the nickname of Sharp's rifles as Beecher's Bibles. Samuel either did not make the complete journey or stayed less than three months when the Company chose Wabaunsee, Kansas for their new home. But when the Company sent for families in 1847, Austin, his wife, Maria, and their six children made the long trek to Wabaunsee, Kansas. Once there, the challenges were immense. The "Bloody Kansas" conflict was in full swing and the Kelseys were called upon to help in the defence of Lawrence. Maria helped to found the Beecher Bible and Rifle Church and both she and Austin became active in the newly established Underground Railroad. Three sons served proudly in the Civil War. Austin died in 1898. All of the original Kelsey immigrants to Kansas are buried in the Wabaunsee Cemetery. Only two of the graves are marked with veteran's tombstones. The Kelseys put up a monument in the 1960s to commemorate their ancestors who are buried in unmarked graves there: Austin Kelsey, Maria Bristol Kelsey, Smith Ulysses Kelsey, Sarepta Ann Florentine Iler Kelsey and Egbert Kelsey.


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