John F. Kelly Papers, 1866-2007

Irish Rebel Songs from the Diary of John F. Kelly

Irish Rebel Songs from the Diary of John F. Kelly

John Felix Kelly was born on August 31, 1845 in Borrisokane, Ireland.  He came to New York in 1865 because of the Irish Potato famine and he was in Galveston, Texas by 1867,.  John F. Kelly then moved to Cincinnati, Texas and married Mary Catherine “Kate” Smith in 1892.  John and Kate had four children.  John was a Catholic and Catherine came from a Protestant family.  After the town of Cincinnati dissolved, John F. Kelly and his family moved to south Walker County.  Kelly built a sawmill several miles North of New Waverly, Texas.  John F. Kelly later died as results of injuries he sustained when a boiler exploded at the mill.

The John F. Kelly Collection (1866-2007; one box) contains the original diary of John Felix Kelly, an early Walker County settler.  His personal diary includes perspectives on events, weather, east Texas terrain, and people.  The diary includes songs, scientific problems, surveying procedures, and medical treatments.  The John F. Kelly Collection also contains photographs, correspondence, and additional documents that relate to John F. Kelly and his family.

View a detailed finding aid of his collection at Sam Houston State University’s Archon page and see just what materials are in the collection.

John F. Kelly Papers, 1866-2007

View digitized material from his collection at Sam Houston State University’s Digital Collections page

John Kelly Diary

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s