Kelly Family Descendants - This branch of the Kelly family descend from Michael Kelly, who was born in 1826 and came to America in the spring of 1846 from County Clare in Ireland. He came to Monroe Co., New York in the spring of 1846, and remained there seven years. On 12 January 1853, he was married to Honora Shea. They moved to Barry County, Michigan the following April. In 1857, he settled on a farm, in Irving Township, where he lived until his death 5 December 1883. He was the father of eight children. It seems likely that Michael b. 1826 was the son of Michael Kelly and Mary Lynch, and related to a number of Kellys living in Barry County in 1870.
Michael Kelly Civil War Pension File - Michael Kelly enrolled on 30 August 1864 at Hastings, Michigan to serve one year, and mustered into Company L of the 8th Regiment of the Michigan Calvary at Jackson, Michigan. On 30 November 1864, somewhere between Waynesboro, Tennessee and the Duck River, he was shot and taken to the hospital in Franklin, Tennessee for treatment. He was discharged on the sixth of June 1865 at Harpers U. S. General Hospital in Detroit, Michigan. Much of Michael's pension file consists of affidavits and letters trying to persuade the government to increase his disability pay because of kidney problems, which he believes were caused by his military service.
Interpreting The Irish Famine, 1846-1850 - Michael Kelly left Ireland early in the Irish Famine of 1846-50. The Famine took as many as one million lives from hunger and disease, and changed the social and cultural structure of Ireland. The Famine also spurred new waves of immigration, shaping histories of the United States and Britain. The combined forces of famine, disease and emigration depopulated Ireland--dropping from 8 million before the Famine to 5 million years after. Check this site out for further insight.
County Clare - Great sites to learn more about County Clare are the County Library and the Heritage Center.