Adams County Illinois

Timothy Kelly

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 Illinois.

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

     Timothy came to Quincy in the 1838. In 1839, he bought land between 18th and 20th and Maine and Hampshire streets  for St. Lawrence Catholic Church changed to St. Peter's.

     Timothy 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.

     Jas. 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 $1,000.
     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 them.
[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

     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, 1847

     "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 community."
[Transcribed by Scott Reed and Debbie Gibson]

The Quincy Whig May 1st, 1847

Lt. T. Kelly
     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
[Transcribed 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]

The Quincy 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.
[Transcribed by Scott Reed and Debbie Gibson]

An email from Scott owner of postcard above:
     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 info.
and for getting me searching as well
on whatever we can find on Timothy!!


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