in Company A, 29th Virginia Infantry, enlisted on
July 10, 1861 in Russell Co., VA as a First
Lieutenant, present through April 1862, discharged
and paid off May 16, 1862.
Kelly, the earliest known ancestor of Joseph
Kelly, served in Dunmore’s War from Botetourt Co.,
VA under the command of Capt. Matthew
Arbuckle. Little is known of this early
son, Edward Kelly, served in the Revolutionary War
as a private serving under Captain Thomas Young in
the Western Battalion commanded by Col. Joseph
Crockett in the Virginia State Service. He also
served under Captain Edwin Hull in the 15th
Virginia Regiment commanded by Lt. Col. Innes.
Edward Kelly is said to have preached a sermon for
General George Washington at Valley Forge.
Kelly, born ca 1752 in Virginia, died August 17,
1834 in Russell Co., VA, married April 9, 1774 in
Shenandoah Co., VA to Bridget “Biddy” Nugent, b.
ca 1752 in Ireland, died in Russell Co., VA. Both
are buried in the old Kelly Cemetery in Reed
Valley, Russell Co., VA. Biddy Nugent Kelly was
kidnapped on her way to school in Ireland by
unscrupulous persons and placed on board a ship
bound for America. Then, upon reaching America,
the young girl was forced to become a bound
servant to pay her passage to America. Presumably,
Biddy never saw her parents or homeland again. The
schoolbooks carried by Biddy the day she was
kidnapped were at the home of her granddaughter,
Matilda Kelly Johnson when Matilda died.
Kelly was the minister of the Reed’s Valley
Baptist Church. He was licensed to perform
matrimony at the June Court of Russell Co., VA in
1798. Edward Kelly was moderator of the Washington
Baptist Association (Regular Baptist)in 1815,
1816, 1818, and a delegate from Reed’s Valley
Church 1814 to 1822, 1826 and 1827.
and Biddy Nugent Kelly’s son, Peter Kelly was born
ca 1792 in Russell Co., VA, married Susannah
Banner, born ca 1792, daughter of John and
Catherine Bare Banner. Both are buried in the old
Kelly Cemetery, Reed’s Valley, Russell Co.,
VA. Little is known about Peter, except that
he served during the war of 1812, along with his
brothers: Michael, John, Joseph and William, in
the 2nd Battalion, 72nd Regiment of Virginia,
under Captain Thomas Dollarhide, KY Mounted
Susannah Banner Kelly were the parents of Joseph
Kelly, born 17 Jan 1823 in Russell Co., VA, died
23 Nov 1890 in Dickenson Co., VA, married
Elizabeth Counts, born 22 Jan 1819 in Russell Co.,
VA, died 24 Dec 1890 in Dickenson Co., VA. Both
are buried in the Kelly Cemetery, Dickenson Co.,
and Elizabeth Counts Kelly lived at Carterton,
Dickenson Co., VA, before moving in 1866 to a farm
near Wakenva purchased from her brother, William.
Both were members of the Baptist Church. He served
as Clerk of the Washington District Primitive
Baptist Association, 1858-1860; as a justice of
the peace, Russell Co., VA 1854-1855; as a member
of the Virginia House of Delegates, 1855-1857; as
a justice of the peace for Buchanan Co., VA; led
in the formation of Dickenson Co., VA in 1880 and
served as a justice of the peace, 1882-1886. He
taught a number of old-time subscription schools
in Clinch Valley and in Sandy Basin.
children were: Margaret Kelly, born April 18,
1850, died December 13, 1933, married Noah K.
“Dock” Rasnick; Eliza Ann Kelly, born September 2,
1851 and died August 12, 1931, married Reuben Wise
Owens; Jefferson J. Kelly, born January 26, 1854;
Melvina Eva “Sis” Kelly, born February 15, 1856,
married John Deaton Ervin; Floyd Pierce Kelly,
born April 22, 1858 married Martha Ellen Phillips
and Charles Hopkins Kelly, born April 22, 1858.