Malachy Kelly

MALACHY KELLY, farmer, Sec. 16; P.O. Oregon; born Jan. 15, 1835, in the parish of Moore, County Roscommon, Ireland; came to America in 1852; learned the currier’s trade in Salem, Mass., and in 1855 went via the isthmus to California; spent four years in the gold mines of Butte Co.; returned by the same route, and began the teaming and express business in Boston; in August, 1864, he came West and bought 80 acres of his present farm; 10 were cleared, and on this was a 14×18 shanty, seven feet high; in this himself and wife spent five years, while he broke, grubbed and fenced; his next 40 of school land was covered with the stumps of the original timber; the destruction of 1,400 of these cost him 4 to 6 cents each.  Mr. Kelly’s experience equals that of any pioneer, as his farm is cleared, has built a substantial barn, granary, etc.; built also a good frame house, windmill, etc.; will soon build a sheep shed 18×80.  He married, in Boston, Catherine Galvin, a native of Moore Parish; she came to America in 1852, and they were wedded Feb. 17,1859.  Mr. Kelly is a thinking and reading farmer, who has made every dollar and every acre himself. Is a Republican, and with his wife, a Roman Catholic.Ref. 1880 History of Dane County, Wisconsin, page 1243.

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