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Henry Kelley b. 1849 & Elizabeth Moody b. 1848 - Both in Wright County, Missouri

Query by Debbieinaz

I am trying to locate any information for Henry Kelley, son of James Kelley and Elizabeth Reese, and Elizabeth Moody, daughter of Jonathan Moody and Mary Sarah Randall. It is reported that Henry and Elizabeth both died in 1889 during a measles epidemic but I believe the epidemic was smallpox.

I believe that Henry and Elizabeth are my great grand parents. They had three known children: William Jacob Kelley b. 1879 - 1880, James David Kelley b 1880 - 1881 and Sarah Evelyn Kelley b. 1886 - 1887. All were born in Missouri. Sarah is my grandmother and she died in Clay County, Arkansas in 1929.

Sarah was raised by the John Hutson family in Hartville, Missouri and can be found in the 1900 and 1910 census'. I have been unable to find a marriage record or death records for Henry and Elizabeth or birth records for any of the children.

Elizabeth cannot be found after the 1860 census and Henry cannot be found after the 1870 census. Some people think that Henry was living with his wife Elizabeth in the 1870 census but Henry had a sister named Elizabeth and she and two other siblings were living with Henry next door to their parents James and Elizabeth Kelley.

Sarah and James David both had Crouzon's Syndrome that I think they inherited from their mother Elizabeth Moody. I think Elizabeth inherited the Syndrome from her mother Mary Sarah "Blind Sally" Randall Moody.

I may totally have the wrong Henry Kelley and Elizabeth Moody also but the reasons I think I have the right people is that my grandmother was of Indian descent (I believe that Jonathan or Mary Sarah was also of Indian descent. I've seen pictures of Elizabeth's brother Henry "Turkey" Moody and he is definitely of Indian descent), she could have been named after her grandmother Mary Sarah and Crouzon's syndrome can cause blindness.

Below is a picture of my grandmother Sarah Evelyn Kelley.

I would appreciate any leads to documentation that anyone would be able to give me.

Surnames: Kelley Moody Randall
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on 2015-04-13 04:13:58

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by Debbieinaz on 2015-04-13 21:08:31

Hi, Thank you for responding to my query.

Everything in these sources are correct for the Kelley family except for a couple of things.

James Anderson Dugger. My grandmother Sarah had a daughter named Opal with James Dugger in 1906. They were not married. James went to Idaho after Opal was born and didn't return to Missouri until before he died. He was also in the Idaho State Penetentiary in 1920.

The birthdate I have found for Elizabeth Moody is November 1, 1847. If she were older than Henry Kelley she could not be the Elizabeth with Henry in the 1870 Wright Co., Missouri census.

William Jacob Kelley was married to Iva Maude Nall. The first census I could find him in was 1920 South Dakota with his wife Iva. I also found his draft registration from 1915.

In the 1930 Wright County, Missouri census, James David Kelley had a "cousin" named Charles G. Moody living with him. I believe that Charles is the son of David Moody and Eliza J. Sparks. David Moody is the brother of Jonathan Moody. I think this link connects the Kelley and Moody families but I would really like to find verification that my Elizabeth Moody was the daughter of Jonathan and Mary Sarah Randall Moody.

by Debbieinaz on 2015-04-14 21:30:18

Crouzon's syndrome is a rare genetic disorder and the gene is dominant. If you have Crouzon's you have a 50/50 chance that each child born will have it. If you do not have Crouzon's you cannot pass it on to your children. In my family five out of the six children that were born to my parents had Crouzon's.

Finding out if Crouzon's syndrome runs in this Moody (or another Moody) family or descendants would also be the verification that I need to connect to my Elizabeth Moody.

It would also be very interesting to find out where the Crouzon's started in our family.

There is a lot of information about Crouzon's Syndrome on the internet for anyone who is interested.

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