Kelsey Family Cemetery

Located in R6W, T2S, Sec. 21, north of Bethel road ¼ mile, west of Hwy 305 ¼ mile.  Surveyed in the 1980s.  Additional information added by Tim Harrison.

Elizabeth Kelsey – 19 Nov 1793 – 17 Sept 1854.  Wife of R. Kelsey.
Born in Virginia.  Married Robert Kelsey before 1826, probably in Alabama.  Family is listed in the 1850 DeSoto Census (p. 378) as follows:  Robert, 63, SC; Elizabeth, 57, VA; Joeanna, 24, AL; Cornelia, 21, AL; Roena, 19, AL; Mary, 15, AL; Patrick [S. P. H.], 14, AL; William, 11, AL.  Two sons, S. Patrick H. and William W., served in Co. D, 44th Mississippi Regiment, CSA.

Roenaha Kelsey – 6 June 1830 – 9 Oct 1851.
Born in Alabama, the daughter of Robert and Elizabeth Kelsey.  Listed in the 1850 DeSoto Census (p. 378).

Robert L. Kelsey – 25 Sept 1860 – 25 May 1865.  Son of H. P. & A. Kelsey.
Born in DeSoto County, MS, son of Samuel Patrick H. Kelsey and Arminda E. Stewart (b. abt. 1838, TN), who married January 3, 1860.  They are listed in the 1860 DeSoto Census (p. 217).  By 1870 the family was in Obion County, TN (p. 234) and by 1880 in Wise County, TX (p. 231).  Robert’s siblings were: Samuel H. (1863), Ella L. (1867), and Mary E. (1869).  Samuel P. Kelsey drew a Confederate pension from the state of Texas while living in Howard County.

J. A. Blanton – 22 Jan 1853 - __ Mar 1865.
Daughter of John W. Blanton and Armind Kelsey, who married on January 3, 1849.  They are listed in the 1850 Census (p. 390) with son, William.  By 1860 J. A. was living with Joanna Kelsey (p. 203 of Census).  It appears both parents were deceased.

Joanna Kelsey – 27 Jan __ - 26 Aug __.
Daughter of Robert and Elizabeth Kelsey (see above).  Born about 1826 (census records differ) in Alabama.  She never married.  She was listed with some siblings and her niece, J. A. Blanton, in 1860 (p. 203) and in 1880 (p. 428) with Mary and William.  She died prior to 1900.

Mary J. S. Kelsey – 5 Nov 1882 – 13 Oct 1893.
I believe the 1882 birth date is a misreading of 1832.  I believe this is the daughter of Robert and Elizabeth Kelsey born in 1832 in Alabama and listed with her siblings in 1860 (p. 203) and 1880 (p. 428).

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