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INDIAN WARS AND PIONEERS OFP TEXAS.
JOHN PETER KELSEY,
RIO GRANDE CITY.
The Hon. John P. Kelsey is a native of the
Empire State, having been born in the -now city of
Pougbkeepsie, Duchess County, N. Y., January 11,
1818. His father, James Kelsey, was a mastermechanic
and an architect and builder, and also
perfected himself as a general carpenter, joiner
and ship-carpenter. He married Rachel Dubois.
They reared a family of ten children, only the
youngest of whom was a daughter.
John Peter Kelsey, of whom we here write, was
the fourth born of nine sons and, like his elder and
younger brothers, learned his father's trade and
became a master-mechanic. Our subjedt was an
ambitious and restless youth of twenty years when
he left the parental roof, and was possessed more
or less of the spirit of adventure and a burning
desire to see and " get on " in the world. Accordingly,
in January, 1838, he packed his tools, bid
adieu to home and friends, and went to Binghamton,
in Broome County, N. Y.', where he worked fbr
-fie months at his trade. Later he pursued his
trade in Brooklyn, New York City, and Charleston,
S. C. In 1839 he came to Texas as master-mechanic
under contract with Messrs. A. H.
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Brown, John Henry. Indian wars and pioneers of Texas, book, 1880~; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6725/m1/885/: accessed May 24, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .