Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Forget Me Not: James Sims Kelly, 1905 AL

 Newspapers.com is a favorite of mine for research. I feel that newspapers reports can add details to basic genealogy research. I was looking for anything to tell me more about James Sims Kelly. I found these articles.

James Sims Kelly

Sep 1828 TN – 1 August 1905 AL
Son of Sims Kelly & Mary Camp

My 1st cousin, 5x removed

Executive Appointments

The Governor yesterday made the following executive appointments:

James S. Kelly, notary public and justice of the peace, Oxford.

Source: Executive Appointments. (Montgomery, AL, The Montgomery Advertiser, 3 Sept. 1887) 8; digital image, Newspapers.com: accessed July 2020).

J. S. Kelly Dead. An Honored Citizen of Oxford Goes to His Reward.

Anniston. Aug. 1 – Although not unexpected the death of James S. Kelly of Oxford came as a great shock to the entire community. This morning Mr. Kelly awakened feeling unusually bright and cheerful and went to breakfast. In a few moments he complained, walked to the door and in a moment fell from the porch. Before he could be lifted up he was dead.

James S. Kelly was born in Franklin county, Tenn. Sept. 2nd, 1828 and was nearly 77 years of age. He was twice married, his first wife being Miss Elizabeth Kelly. They had two children. One died when only a child, the other, Alfred Kelly, is a successful traveling man. His second wife was Miss Emily Goodlett, who survives him. From early manhood Mr. Kelly was an earnest, consistent member of the Baptist Church and true and loyal member to all its teachings. He was a writer of considerable power and in his articles  contributed to the Hot Blast over the non de plume of Sam Slim. He wrote entertainingly of the matters of current interest. He was a philosopher, a keen judge of human nature and possessing of a great heart that beat in sympathy with all of God’s creatures. He will be sorely missed by everyone.

Arrangements for the funeral have not been completed, awaiting news from his son, Alfred, whose whereabouts are uncertain. The services will be at the Baptist probably at 3 o’clock tomorrow afternoon with interment in Oxford cemetery.

Source: J. S. Kelly Dead. (Montgomery, AL, The Montgomery Advertiser, 2 August 1905) 9; digital image, Newspapers.com: accessed July 2020).

Funeral of James Kelly.The funeral of James S. Kelly took place at the Baptist church at 3 o’clock this afternoon, conducted by Rev. W. R. Ivey. The church could not hold the large crowd of friends that gathered. The services were solemn and impressive. The following acted as pallbearers: J. D. Wright, D. C. Cooper, W. S. Aderhold, T. A. Howle, W. F. Hanna and T. M. Draper. 

Source: Funeral of James Kelly. (Birmingham, AL: The Birmingham News, 3 Aug. 1905) 16; digital image, Newspaper.com: accessed June 2020).

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