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HISTORY OF DALLAS COUNTY.
he has followed his trade. For the first several
years he was employed by others, then
was a contractor for a few years, and then
worked by the day. He has traveled over a
large portion of this State, prospecting, and
has become interested il considerable land in
western Texas. Has taken much interest in
politics, voting with the Democratic party. For
this party he is a member of the City Executive
Committee, but he is not desirous of
office. He is a public-spirited citizen. His
children are: A. M.; Etta T. (now Mrs. D.
G. Hinckley in Dallas), Thomas, and
' ILLIAM KELLEY, dealer in general
merchandse, is one of the prosperous
business men of Dallas, Texas.
Mr. Kelley was born in Lockport, New
York, January 1, 1850, son of Thomas and
Mary (Hicks) Kelley, who were natives of
Ireland, and who were married in New York.
His father, a civil engineer, went to Wisconsin
as a surveyor in 1852, and bought a farm
and settled on it in Dodge county. He died
there in 1862, aged forty years, and his wife
in 1864, aged forty-five. Both were devout
Catholics. Their family of nine children are
as follows: Ann, wife of John Manning;
William, the subject of this sketch; Mary,
a sister in the convent, Sacred Heart, at St.
Louis; Ellen, wife of Michael Murphy;
Thomas; Elizabeth, a sister in the Milwaukee
convent; John, who died at the age of eleven
years; Margaret; and Catherine, wife of
William Kelley received his education in
the leading schools of Wisconsin. February
6, 1862, at the age of twelve years and
thirty-seven days, he enlisted in Company D,
Seventeenth Wisconsin Infantry, and regained
in the service of the Union until the
war was practically over. He was probably
the youngest soldier in the Federal army.
Tall, mature-looking, wiry and tough, with a
nature bold and daring, frank and generous,
he combined physical strength and powers of
endurance, and was thus equipped with
soldierly traits possessed by few. He participated
in many of the principal engagements
of the war, was never wounded 6r imprisoned,
and after leaving the service returned to
New York, reaching that city on the Saturday
following the assassination of President
Lincoln. After remaining in New York
about a mouth, he went to Chicago, thence
to St. Louis, and from there to Little Rock,
Arkansas. At the latter place he clerked in
the Quartermaster's Department for a time,
after which he was employed by the Government
to exhume the dead Union soldiers and
remove them to the cemetery at Little Rock.
Leaving the Government service, Mr.
Kelley was engaged as passenger agent on a
line of boats (also had charge of the mail)
between Little Rock and Memphis, being
thus employed three years. The following
two years he clerked in the railway station at
Little Rock, after which he was captain of a
ferry boat three years. After that he took a
course in a commercial college of that city,
and at the same time was engaged in buying
cotton on the streets on a commission.
Mr. Kelley dates his arrival in Texas in
1876. He clerked in a grocery in San
Antonio for nearly a year, after which he
canvassed for various articles in several cities.
In 1877 he engaged in his present business
in Dallas. As a merchant he has been very
successful, and has also made some money in
the real-estate business.
Mr. Kelley was married May 10, 1881, to
Miss Anna Fleshheimer, stepdaughter of
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Lewis Publishing Company. Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County, Texas., book, 1892; Chicago, Illinois. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth20932/m1/454/: accessed September 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Dallas Public Library.