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Samuel KEELY

Male 1836 - 1905  (68 years)


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  • Name Samuel KEELY 
    Born 23 Mar 1836  Shelby County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 6 Feb 1905  Fulton County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • (1) Elizabeth Ann Grubb:

      NOTES:

      The following is an excerpt from p 93, "History of the United States, Indiana and Fulton County", by PEATTIE:

      "Samuel KEELY, ex-clerk of Fulton county, was born in Shelby county, Ind., March 23, 1836. At seven years of age his father took him to Indianapolis, and resided till he was seventeen, when he located on a farm in this county. At twenty-six years of age he moved to Rochester and engaged in the dry goods business with F.B. Ernsperger. He withdrew from this firm in eighteen months and worked at his trade, laying brick. We find him next with A.J. Holmes & Co in the implement business. In this line he was an employee two years, and the following three years was the proprietor of the business. In 1870 he was nominated by the democratic party for county clerk and was elected by a majority of 161. The efficiency of his service can best be judged by the size of his majority for a second term, in 1874, when he defeated his opponent by 418 votes. He bought a grist-mill in Cambria, Wis., in 1880, equipped it completely and ran it only four weeks,
      when it burned to the ground. He came back to Rochester and together with Charles Caffyn and Daniel Agnew built the Rochester gravel road, of which he was superintendent from 1883 to December, 1895, when Fulton county bought the property. Mr. Keely owns a fine 160-acre farm two miles from Argos, Marshall county. Oct. 4, 1860, Mr. Keely married. . . Mr. Keely is of German descent. Samuel Keely, grandfather of our subject, was born in Pennsylvania, was a farmer and mechanic. He settled first in Butler Co., Ohio, on leaving his old home . . . became a pioneer settler in Shelby county, Indiana (1818). . . James Keely, father of our subject. . . His life has been an active one, and his success in business has enabled him to accumulate an ample fortune."

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      Another account of the life of Samuel KEELY has been written in "THE NEW HISTORICAL ATLAS OF FULTON COUNTY, IN, 1883". Excerpts of this article follow:

      This gentleman, perhaps as widely known throughout the county in which he lives as any other man, was born in Shelby County, Ind., March 23, 1827, of German and Irish descent . . . became a resident of Fulton County in 1853. It was during his residence in Indianapolis that he first began to use the trowel as an assistant of his father . . . the KEELY farm, in the western part of Rochester Township. Here he found employment in tilling the soil and proscuting the work of his trade . . . marriage to Miss Maria ERNSPERGER . . . To these parents were born four children?Helen V . . . Nettie . . . Maggie . . . and Harry S. . . Two years after marriage, Mr. and Mrs. KEELY became residents of Rochester, where he immediately embarked in the dry goods business along with his interest as salesman of agricultural implements. In this business he continued up to the year 1870, when he was elected Clerk of the county by his party. He filled this position for one term of four years, and in the election of 1874 was re-elected to the same office, serving in all eight years as a public official. Soon after his retirement from office, he, accompanied by his family, became residents of Cambria, WISC., where he purchased a large flouring mill and began the manufacture of flour on an extensive scale. All went well for several months, when on the 16th of June, 1880, a destructive fire swept his mill away. He then returned to his old home in Rochester, where he now resides, and where he is taking an active part in various enterprises for the up-building of the county. . .

      (Compiler's note: Birth dates in these two sources do not agree.)

      Samuel Keely was administrator for his parents' estate. There is a very large probate file at the court house in Rochester. (Compiler has a copy of this file.) The KEELY estate took more than four years to settle, and in 1893 Samuel's sister Caroline STUBBS obtained judgment against Samuel, charging him with "wrongfully and unlawfully" disposing of his parents' property, paying claims that were not properly filed in the clerk's office and failure to properly disperse the estate proceeds to lawful heirs. In 1896, Job D. FITZPATRICK, the creditor of the estate, attempted to overturn the earlier judgment. (See Probate File for full details.)

      (In 1895, the County Court declared the estate insolvent.)

      REFERENCES:

      1. US Census, 1860, IN, Fulton Co., MicroFilm #653-260.
      2. Birth and marriage data from "History of U.S., IN and Fulton Co." by PEATTIE, 1896, p 93. (Fulton Co. Pub. Library, Rochester,IN.)
      3. "INDEX TO DEATH RECORDS 1882-1920"; p. 49 (Indiana State Library; Indianapolis, IN. (Death Record Book C-5, p 36.)
      4. Probate File: James and Mary (McKEE) KEELY, Fulton Co. Court, Rochester, IN. (Copy owned by compiler.)
      5. "Fulton County, IN Marriages"; p 535; Fulton Co. Pub. Lib.; Rochester, IN. (Marriage Book B-44; Fulton Co. Clerk; Rochester.)
      6. "Fulton County, IN Cemeteries"; p 204; "I.O.O.F. Cem., Rochester; (Section E, Row 9)" Fulton Co. Pub. Lib.; Rochester, IN. (photocopies provided by Wilma FOLTZ.)
      7. "A NEW HISTORICAL ATLAS OF FULTON COUNTY, IN, 1883," p 23; photocopied from the book at the Fulton Co. Pub. Lib.; Rochester, IN. (Copy provided by Wilma FOLTZ; 1049 E - 450 N; Rochester, IN.)
    Person ID I5991  Frost, Gilchrist and Related Families
    Last Modified 9 Aug 2018 

    Father James KEELY,   b. 18 Aug 1812, Butler County, OH Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Dec 1891, Rochester, Fulton County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Mary A. McKEE,   b. 17 Jun 1818, Hamilton County, OH Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Dec 1892, Rochester, Fulton County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 5 Jun 1835  Shelby County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F716  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family E. Marie ERNSPERGER,   b. 1 Jan 1843, Sandusky, Erie County, OH Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Apr 1926, Rochester, Fulton County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Married 4 Oct 1860  Fulton County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Margaret L. KEELY,   b. 27 Nov 1869, Fulton County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     2. Harry S. KEELY,   b. 5 Jan 1875, Rochester, Fulton County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Jan 1894, Rochester, Fulton County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 19 years)  [natural]
     3. Helen V. KEELY,   b. 8 Jul 1861, Fulton County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1936, Fulton County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)  [natural]
     4. Annetta KEELY,   b. 14 Nov 1862, Fulton County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
    Last Modified 9 Aug 2018 11:01:14 
    Family ID F3154  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart