|Born in 1810 in Cork, Ireland
Died Feb. 23, 1846, at Buena Vista, Mexico in the Mexican
War and was brought back to his final resting place in
Quincy, IL and was buried at St. Lawrence now called St.
Peter's Cemetery, 18th & Maine. St. Peter's cemetery was
moved to 30th and Broadway. It is not determined if Timothy
Kelly was moved to the new cemetery.
Military: 2nd Lieutenant, 2nd Regiment
He married Henrietta E. McDaniel on
Aug. 13, 1843, they had the following children:
Rosena she was born in 1844 in Quincy, Adams, Illinois
Rosena died in 1920.
Unknown Kelly was born in 1845
Unknown Kelly was born in 1846
came to Quincy in the 1838.
he bought land between 18th and 20th and Maine and Hampshire
streets for St. Lawrence Catholic Church changed to
was the first railroad contractor of this city, coming here
in 1838 with his men and turning up the first shovel of dirt
for the Northern Cross Railroad at Eighth and Broadway.
McGuire and Jas. Oakley held notes against Capt. Kelly for
$638, - 89 1/2, and September 21, 1841, received judgment
and levied against a tract of six acres, of which the
cemetery is a part, and on February 25, 1848, the land was
sold under execution by Sheriff Wren to Thomas Redmond for
May 2, 1860, Redmond deeded it to Bishop Henry D.
Juncker of the Alton diocese for the use and benefit of the
Irish Catholic Church, to be used as a cemetery, for $400.
Since 1838 it had been a cemetery, Capt. Kelly having given
the congregation to understand he would deed the property to
[Source: The Quincy Herald, Nov. 2, 1894 Page
1,Transcribed by Scott Reed and Debbie Gibson]
The Quincy Daily Whig, Dec. 20,
1843, Page 3
MASTER SALE OF REAL ESTATE
Public notice is hereby given, that in pursuance of a
decrial order of the circuit court of the county of Adams
and State of Illinois, pronounced at the April term of said
court, A. D. 1843, in a certain suit in chancery to
foreclose mortgage then pending in said court, wherein John
S. Martin was complainant and Timothy Kelly was defendant, I
shall on the 6th day of January, A. D. 1844, as master in
chancery in and for said county, proceed to sell at the door
of the court house in the city of Quincy, in said county, at
public auction, to the highest bidder for ready money, the
following described real estate, or so much thereof, as may
be necessary to satisfy said decree and the costs of suit,
and of said sale, the said property being situated in the
city of Quincy, in the county and state afore said and
described as a part of lot number six, in block number
eleven, in the original town, (now city,) of Quincy,
beginning at the south west corner of said lot, thence
running north on the west line of said lot sixty-nine feet,
thence running east one hundred feet, thence running south
sixty-nine feet to the south line of said lot, thence
running west on the south line of said lot one hundred feet
to the place of beginning, with the appurtenances thereto
belonging. Said sale will be made between the hours of 8
o'clock, A. M. and 4 o'clock P. M. on the day of sale.
A certificate of purchase will be executed to the
purchaser at the time of sale, and the purchaser will be
entitled to a deed at the expiration of fifteen months from
the day of sale, unless the premises are redeemed within
that time according to law.
CALVIN A. WARREN
Master of Chancery
The Quincy Whig May 2nd,
"We Cheerfully give place
to the call below. However much we may differ as to the
propriety and justness of the war, we must all assist in
promoting the benevolent object contemplated by the call.
Kelly fell fighting the battles of his adopted country--a
family has been left in dependent circumstances. This
announcement is enough of itself to enlist sympathies and
energies of the warm hearted and benevolent, and we hope the
call will be attended with the desired result, viz: a
bountiful and generous contribution from the whole
by Scott Reed and Debbie Gibson]
Whig May 1st, 1847
It is known to the people of Adams County, that their
fellow citizen, the brave and lamented Kelly, fell at the
Battle of Buena Vista. __
Sensible of his worth and that he died poor, the people
of Quincy have not been unmindful of his children, who are
of a tender age, and are left by his death without a natural
parent, and pennyless. Some funds have already been
contributed for their support and education, and believing
that the people of the country generally would take great
pride and pleasure in relieving the bereaved offspring of a
fallen patriot, I avail myself of this occasion to state a
committee of ten, consisting of H. Asbury, John Wood, Thomas
Redmond, Samuel C. Rogers, William Shannahan, John Abbe,
John Tilson, Dr. Wm. H. Taylor, P. A. Goodwin and myself,
have been appointed by a meeting held in this city, to
superintend the expenditure of the funds collected. As
chairman of that committee and treasurer, I will gladly
receive from any person or persons the amount they are
disposed to contribute, and will report the same to the
committee. Already a meeting has been called in Bear Creek
Precinct to carry out the above object, and from what I have
learned the people there have done nobly. Would it not be
well for the people of other precincts also to call
meetings? But of this they can determine for themselves.
Funds contributed by individuals, public meetings, or in any
other way, will be thankfully received.
I. N. Morris
by Scott Reed]
The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, April 23, 1847
Lieut. T. Kelly
According to a late and corrected list of the killed and wounded in the battle of Buena Vista, Lieut. Timothy Kelly, of this city, is numbered among the slain. Lieut. K. was an Irishman
by birth and with a number of his countrymen, were among the first to offer their services to the country when the call was made for volunteers. He has many warm and devoted friends in
this city, who will mourn for his untimely fate. He was a Lieutenant in Capt. Lott’s company, 2d Illinois Regiment. He leaves a widow and three children. – Quincy Whig.
[Transcribed by Nancy Piper]
Whig Republican, Saturday, October 27, 1860
For the Whig & Republican.
Capt. Kelly's Grave.
The editor of the Herald says, in an article this
morning, that when "Tom Corwin" visits this city, he will be
pointed "to the honored grave of Capt. Kelly."
Let me inform this veritable editor (if he is not
already aware of the fact) that for a number of years the
tombstone originally intended to cover the grave of this
honored hero has laid on the roadway outside the fence
of the burial ground, mouldering to dust. Among all his
pretended Democratic admirers none can be found "so poor as
to do him" honor.
So much for Democratic consistency.
by Scott Reed and Debbie Gibson]
An email from Scott owner of postcard
It is a Lincoln-Douglas Semi-Centennial postcard
dating to Oct 13th, 1908. Shows Washington
Square (Park) on left and corner of 5th and
Maine on the right. The building and much of the
block was developed by
Timothy Kelly in the early 1840's. The
old (second) Courthouse is still pictured in the
center of the block. The block was called the
"Kelly Block" and the building on the corner of
5th and Maine the "Kelly Building" for a time
and then later was known as the "Dodd building".
Also below is an article I
transcribed describing the "Kelly/Dodd building"
before it was torn down.
The Quincy Morning Whig; Apr 30th, 1897
Very Old Landmark
Will Give Place to a Fine Business Block
By the tearing down of the Dodd building, on the
corner of Maine and Fifth streets, another old
landmark will soon be removed, as this building
has been a familiar one for nearly sixty years.
Phil Bert says it was built in 1840 by Capt.
Kelly, a railroad contractor, who had the
contract for building the old Central road, the
road that was commenced, but never got beyond
the grading. He was a king among the contractors
at that time, more especially among the Irish,
with whom he was a bigger man than anybody.
Kelly went off to the Mexican war soon
afterwards, and Sinister & Allen had a wholesale
grocery store there some time afterwards. Mr. J.
T. Baker kept a store there, Brown & Dimock
occupied it for many years, and then M. Huffman
removed his jewelry store to that corner. After
the new courthouse block was built W. H. Konantz
occupied it as a harness manufactory. Now it
will soon be leveled to the ground, and one of
the handsomest buildings in the city will be
erected on the site
[Transcribed and submitted by Scott Reed]
Thanks Scott for all the great
and for getting me searching as well
on whatever we can find on Timothy!!