Samuel Kelley
(Between 1781-After 1830)


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Samuel Kelley 203,204

  • Born: Between 1781 and 1790
  • Marriage: Jane?
  • Died: After 1830

bullet  General Notes:

There were two Kelley brothers who were very close. One joined the merchant marines (British) and the other, Samuel, had some apprentice experience as a millwright. Since Ireland was a poor country and the possibilities were not good economically, he spoke to his brother about coming to America. Of course his brother, having been to America on a merchant ship, related to Samuel Kelley that it was better economically than Ireland.

So the brother who was a merchant mariner finally found a captain of a merchant ship to allow Samuel passage if he would work his way across the Atlantic ocean to pay his fare.

Upon arrival at the port of Charleston, South Carolina, Samuel Kelley, being a millwright or at least having had some training in the trade began to look for work. After several days he met a young man who worked for the Buggy & Wagon Factory. They became friends and the young man introduced Samuel to his foreman. He asked his foreman about work and the foreman said they were building buggies and wagons for Charleston, S.C. to Atlanta, Georgia and could use some help. Since Samuel experience as a millwright, they put him to work in the big wagon & buggy shop. Of course nobody paid high wages back then, but Samuel Kelley, did have employment.

After several months in Charleston, Samuel Kelley met and married a young lady that was also from Ireland.

Next, Samuel Kelley moved to Atlanta, Georgia. He continued his work with a company in Atlanta and begin to raise a family. He and his wife had mostly boys. The oldest boy was Sidwell Kelley. The younger brothers left home after they were grown and moved to other states. One went to Arkansas, one to Texas, one to Alabama, and one to Mississippi. Not much is known about where these brothers lived in these states.

Sam Kelley owned a farm on Sandy Creek, where Griswoldville, also known as "Piney Woods," is located.


Samuel married Jane?.

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