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Saturday, September 26, 2009

The Loch by Steve Alten


The Loch by Steve Alten

This was a great horror story about the Loch Ness Monster. Marine biologist Zachary Wallace nearly drowned in the Loch as a child but he buried the memories. Now back in Scotland to try to help his estranged father, Angus Wallace, prove his innocence in a murder trial, Zach has to remember that day he nearly drowned. He has to face his fears and find out what is lurking in the Loch.

I really enjoyed this book and found it appropriate for anyone over 14 yrs old. Although it is considered a horror novel, it wasn't that bad.

The Sleeping Doll by Jeffery Deaver


The Sleeping Doll by Jeffery Deaver
A Kathryn Dance novel

California Bureau of Investigation agent Kathryn Dance, a kinesics expert, is called on to capture Daniel Pell. Pell was accused of slaughtering of a wealthy family and was in prison. Now being accused of killing another, he is transferred and manages to escape. Kathryn has to match wits with someone as evil as Charles Manson and his followers.

This was a good read and I enjoyed it! I would recommend it for anyone over 14 yrs old.

The Stone Monkey by Jeffery Deaver


The Stone Monkey by Jeffery Deaver
A Lincoln Rhyme novel

The "Ghost" is an Oriental immigrant smuggler. He takes the immigrant's money to bring them to America but mysteriously his latest smugglees are being murdered. Rhyme and Sachs are determined to capture the "Ghost". With several twists Rhyme and Sachs do just that!

It wasn't my favorite Rhyme novel. It was lagging.

A Cold Blooded Business by Marek Fuchs


A Coldblooded Business
by Marek Fuchs

After reading In Cold Blood by Truman Capote, I was interested in this book because it occurred in the same area, Olathe, Kansas. Olathe (pronounced Oh-Lay-thuh) was close to where the famous 1959 Clutter family crime happened. In 1982, another crime occurs in Olathe.


David and Melinda Harmon were living in Olathe, KS when their story begins. This young married couple were making their way. Melinda's father, Dr. Lambert, was high up in the Church of the Nazarene hierarchy. The Nazarene church headquarters had moved nearby and is the reason why this story happens in Olathe. David got a job at Patron's Bank with the help of Dr. Lambert, who also helped Melinda get a job for a dean at the Nazarene college. One of the students was Mark Mangelsdorf who started spending a lot of time with Melinda and then the couple.

The 3 young people were inseparable friends.

Then Melinda came to the door of her duplex neighbors one night to say David had been attacked and killed and she had been attacked and knocked out. Her father, Dr. Lambert, stepped in and kept the investigation from going forward and it became a cold case for 20 years. Melinda remarried and had children, living in a Ohio suburb. Mark became a high profile corporate executive.


Marek Fuchs tells the story. Honestly, I didn't find his writing particularly good. The story should have been fascinating but it simply wasn't. And, if his book is true, I don't know how the prosecutors put two people in prison. Didn't seem like there was any evidence.

It really wasn't worth the read.

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote


In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

I recently saw the movie, In Cold Blood, starring Robert Blake as Perry Smith.

It intrigued me to read Capote's book. After I started, I couldn't put it down. And Robert Blake played Perry Smith superbly. That was good casting! I could easily see Blake as Smith.

The well-to-do Clutter family lived on a lonely farm in Holcombe, Kansas, not far from Olathe, Kansas. By 1959, Herbert Clutter had built his life and his farm with careful thought and had made a good living at it. He and his wife had 4 children, 3 girls and 1 son. The two older daughters had left home to start their lives leaving Nancy and Kenyon at home. The two teenagers were very popular in their community and the family was well respected. Mr. Clutter had hired men to help him and had always treated them well according to those he employed. But one man made the mistake of mentioning the wealthy family and the remote location of their farm to some fellow convicts when he was incarcerated. Perry Smith and Dick Hickock made plans to rob this family.

So goes the sad story that is In Cold Blood. Capote and his friend, Harper Lee, went to Holcomb, KS after the crime was committed. They took thousands of notes after interviewing all involved. It took Truman Capote 6 years to write the book. This book was evidently one of the first of it's type although, today, we are used to nonfiction true crime novels. I would also say it's one of the best. He explores the psychology of the criminals and details the life of the family and community and how it was effected. He easily moves between the criminals and the family and the community members.

The only thing I missed were photographs so I will provide them here:
The family



The home




Dick Hickock on left, Perry Smith on right

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Kyle and Jenny's New Home

Thomas Kelly and Melissa Hames

Thomas Kelly and Melissa Hames married and had a son named
..Jamison G. Kelly who married C. Elizabeth Free and they had a son named
....A. Silas Kelly who married Leila Fowler and they had a daughter named
......Kathryn Elizabeth Kelly (aka Katherine Elizabeth Kelly, Kate Kelly) who married William Edward Cohen (aka Will Cohen) and they had a daughter named
........Mabel Louise Cohen who married Clyde Harris and they had a son named
..........William Clyde Harris (aka Billy Harris) who married Peggy Annette Prince and they had a son named
............STAN!

Thomas Kelly was born 12/9/1784 in Virginia. He may be Thomas Norman Kelly, Sr. because I saw him referred to as Thomas Kelly, Sr. in the 1850 Slave Census. His son Thomas Norman Kelly may be T.N. Kelly, Jr. aka Thomas N. Kelly, Jr..

Thomas Kelly, Sr. sold 233 acres in 1850 in Kelton, Union County, SC to Joseph Kelly (his son) for $1,200 and was recorded 6 August 1866. He was a Planter in Pinckney Township, Union County, SC.

1820 U.S. Census of Union, Union County, SC, Roll M33-121, Pg 139, Image 249, Line 29, "Thomas Kelly"
Name: Thomas Kelly
Township: Union
County: Union
State: South Carolina
Enumeration Date: August 7, 1820
Free White Males - Under 10: 2
Free White Males - 16 thru 25: 1
Free White Males - 26 thru 44: 1
Free White Females - Under 10: 1
Free White Females - 10 thru 15: 1
Free White Females - 16 thru 25: 1
Free White Females - 45 and over: 1
Number of Persons - Engaged in Agriculture: 3
Slaves - Males - Under 14: 2
Slaves - Males - 14 thru 25: 1
Slaves - Females - Under 14: 3
Slaves - Females - 26 thru 44: 1
Free White Persons - Under 16: 4
Free White Persons - Over 25: 2
Total Free White Persons: 8
Total Slaves: 7
Total All Persons - White, Slaves, Colored, Other: 15

1830 U.S. Census of Union County, SC, Roll 171, Pg 178, Line 14, "Thomas Kelly"
Name: Thomas Kelly
Home in 1830: Union, South Carolina
Free White Persons - Males - Under 5: 1
Free White Persons - Males - 10 thru 14: 1
Free White Persons - Males - 15 thru 19: 1
Free White Persons - Males - 40 thru 49: 1
Free White Persons - Females - 5 thru 9: 2
Free White Persons - Females - 10 thru 14: 1
Free White Persons - Females - 20 thru 29: 1
Slaves - Males - Under 10: 2
Slaves - Males - 10 thru 23: 2
Slaves - Males - 24 thru 35: 1
Slaves - Females - Under 10: 3
Slaves - Females - 10 thru 23: 2
Slaves - Females - 36 thru 54: 1
Free White Persons - Under 20: 6
Free White Persons - 20 thru 49: 2
Total Free White Persons: 8
Total Slaves: 11
Total - All Persons (Free White, Slaves, Free Colored): 19

1840 U.S. Census of Union Rd, Union, Union County, SC, Roll 516, Pg 218, Line 8, "Thomas Kelly"
Name: Thomas Kelly
County: Union
State: South Carolina
Free White Persons - Males - Under 5: 1
Free White Persons - Males - 10 thru 14: 1
Free White Persons - Males - 15 thru 19: 1
Free White Persons - Males - 50 thru 59: 1
Free White Persons - Females - 5 thru 9: 1
Free White Persons - Females - 15 thru 19: 2
Free White Persons - Females - 40 thru 49: 1
Slaves - Males - Under 10: 3
Slaves - Males - 10 thru 23: 3
Slaves - Females - Under 10: 3
Slaves - Females - 10 thru 23: 3
Slaves - Females - 24 thru 35: 1
Total - All Persons (Free White, Free Colored, Slaves): 21
Persons Employed in Agriculture: 9
No. White Persons over 20 Who Cannot Read and Write: 1
Free White Persons - Under 20: 6
Free White Persons - 20 thru 49: 1
Total Free White Persons: 8
Total Slaves: 13
Total All Persons - Free White, Free Colored, Slaves: 21

1850 U.S. Census of Union County, SC, Roll M432-859, Pg 79, Image 406, Lines 5-9, Dwelling 1173, Family 1173, "Kelly, Thomas"
Kelly, Thomas, 65 yrs old, M(ale), W(hite), Planter, $4,000 Real Estate Value, Born in VA, Married
Kelly, Melissa, 40 yrs old, F, W, Born in SC, cannot read or write
Kelly, Thomas, 21 yrs old, M, W, Labourer, Born in SC
Kelly, Jamison, 14 yrs old, M, W, born in SC, Attended school
Bentley, Sarah Ann, 7 yrs old, F, W, Born in SC, Attended school

Selected U.S. Federal Census Non-Population Schedules, 1850-1880 Record
1850; Census Place: , Union County, South Carolina; Archive Collection Number: AD260; Roll 2; Page: 773; Line: 2; Schedule Type: Agriculture, Line 2, "Thomas Kelly"
Name of Owner: Thomas Kelly
Acres of Land, Improved: 260 acres
Acres of Land, Unimproved: 806 acres
Cash Value of Farm: $5,500
Cash Value of Farming Implements and Machinery: $300
Livestock, Horses: 9
Livestock, Mules & Asses: -
Livestock, Milch Cows: 9
Livestock, Working Oxen: -
Livestock, Other Cattle: 15
Livestock, Sheep: 7
Livestock, Swine: 60
Value of Livestock: $1,040
Produce, Wheat in Bushels: 320
Produce, Rye in Bushels: -
Produce, Indian Corn in Bushels: 1300
Produce, Oats in Bushels: 100
Produce, Rice in Bushels: -
Produce, Tobacco in lbs: -
Produce, Ginned Cotton Bales: 27
Produce, Wool in lbs: 12
Produce, Peas & Beans in Bushels: -
Produce, Irish Potatoes in Bushels: -
Produce, Sweet Potatoes in Bushels: 30
Produce, Barley in Bushels: -
Produce, Buckwheat in Bushels: -
Produce, Value of Orchard Products in $: -
Produce, Wine in Gallons: -
Produce, Value of Produce Market Gardens: -
Produce, Butter in lbs: 156
Produce, Cheese in lbs: -
Produce, Hay in tons: -
Produce, Clover Seeds in Bushels: -
Produce, Other Grass Seeds in Bushels: -
Produce, Hops in lbs: -
Produce, Hemp, Dew Rotted in Tons: -
Produce, Hemp, Water Rotted in Tons: -
Produce, Flax in lbs: -
Produce, Flax Seeds in Bushels: -
Produce, Silk Cocoons in lbs: -
Produce, Maple Sugar in lbs: -
Produce, Cane Sugar in hhds, 1,000 lbs: -
Produce, Molasses in Gallons: -
Produce, Beeswax & Honey in lbs: -
Value of Homemade Mfg: $15
Value of Animals Slaughtered: $50

1850 U.S. Census, Slave Schedule, Union County, SC, Image 115 of 127, Lines 15-30, "Thomas Kelly Sr." , 7 Females + 9 Males = 16 (all Blacks)
Thomas Kelly Sr.
1 65 yrs old Female Black
1 37 yrs old Female Black
1 40 yrs old Male Black
1 22 yrs old Male Black
1 26 yrs old Male Black
1 13 yrs old Male Black
1 11 yrs old Male Black
1 9 yrs old Male Black
1 8 yrs old Male Black
1 7 yrs old Male Black
1 5 yrs old Male Black
1 21 yrs old Female Black
1 18 yrs old Female Black
1 15 yrs old Female Black
1 8 yrs old Female Black
1 5 yrs old Female Black

1860 U.S. Census of Kelton P.O., Union County, SC, Roll M653-1227, Pg 232, Image 474, Lines 12-14, Dwelling 778, Family 697, "Thomas Kelley" (sic)
Thomas Kelley (sic), 75 yrs old, M(ale), W(hite), Farmer, $2,000 Real Estate Value, $20000.00 Personal Estate Value, Born in SC
Elisabeth Kelley, 50 yrs old, F, W, Born in SC
Thomas Kelley, 31 yrs old, M, W, Farm Manager, Born in SC

1860 U.S. Census, Slave Schedule, Union County, SC, Pg 67, 2nd Column, Lines 20-40, "Thomas Kelly", 14 Males + 7 Females (all Black) = 21
Thomas Kelly
1 50 yrs old Female Black
1 45 yrs old Male Black
1 40 yrs old Male Black
1 58 yrs old Male Black (Blacksmith)
1 21 yrs old Male Black
1 19 yrs old Male Black
1 17 yrs old Male Black
1 16 yrs old Male Black
1 14 yrs old Male Black
1 34 yrs old Female Black
1 30 yrs old Female Black
1 28 yrs old Female Black
1 25 yrs old Female Black
1 18 yrs old Female Black
1 14 yrs old Female Black
1 9 yrs old Male Black
1 8 yrs old Male Black
1 5 yrs old Male Black
1 3 yrs old Male Black
1 1 yrs old Male Black
1 1/2 yrs old Male Black

Selected U.S. Federal Census Non-Population Schedules, 1850-1880 Record
Census Place: , Union, South Carolina; Archive Collection Number: AD262; Roll 4;Page: 23; Line: 36; Schedule Type: Agriculture, "Thomas Kelley"
1860 in Union County, SC
Name of Owner: Thomas Kelley
Acres of Land, Improved: 115 acres
Acres of Land, Unimproved: 277 acres
Cash Value of Farm: $2,000.00
Cash Value of Farming Implements and Machinery: $100.00
Livestock, Horses: 9
Livestock, Mules & Asses: -
Livestock, Milch Cows: 2
Livestock, Working Oxen: -
Livestock, Other Cattle: 18
Livestock, Sheep: -
Livestock, Swine: 44
Value of Livestock: $1,200.00
Produce, Wheat in Bushels: 179
Produce, Rye in Bushels: -
Produce, Indian Corn in Bushels: 200
Produce, Oats in Bushels: 5
Produce, Rice in Bushels: -
Produce, Tobacco in lbs: -
Produce, Ginned Cotton Bales: 7
Produce, Wool in lbs: -
Produce, Peas & Beans in Bushels: 50
Produce, Irish Potatoes in Bushels: -
Produce, Sweet Potatoes in Bushels: 25
Produce, Barley in Bushels: -
Produce, Buckwheat in Bushels: -
Produce, Value of Orchard Products: $100
Produce, Wine in Gallons: -
Produce, Value of Produce Market Gardens: -
Produce, Butter in lbs: 56
Produce, Cheese in lbs: -
Produce, Hay in tons: -
Produce, Clover Seeds in Bushels: -
Produce, Other Grass Seeds in Bushels: -
Produce, Hops in lbs: -
Produce, Hemp, Dew Rotted in Tons: -
Produce, Hemp, Water Rotted in Tons: -
Produce, Flax in lbs: -
Produce, Flax Seeds in Bushels: -
Produce, Silk Cocoons in lbs: -
Produce, Maple Sugar in lbs: -
Produce, Cane Sugar in hhds, 1,000 lbs: -
Produce, Molasses in Gallons: -
Produce, Beeswax & Honey in lbs: -
Value of Homemade Mfg: $10
Value of Animals Slaughtered: $150

Thomas Kelly died on 28 Feb 1866 at the age of 81 in Union County, SC. Thomas was buried in Kelly Cemetery, Union County, SC. He was a Planter/Farmer in Kelton Town, Union County, SC. There is a family tradition that two Kelly brothers came from Ireland to Virginia and Thomas (presumably a son or grandson of one of those two brothers) came on to South Carolina. The area now known as the Kelly or Kelton section of Union County is said to have been settled by Scotch-Irish settlers who came from southeastern Virginia to settle near Brown's Creek. The 96th District and Union County in particular experienced a substantial influx of settlers in the first decades of the 19th century. It seems likely, therefore, that he came to Union County from Virginia in the decade prior to 1820 when he would have been in his late twenties or early thirties. Thomas Kelly first appears as a head of household in the U. S. Census records for Union County in 1820. His absence from the record in 1810 when he would have been 26 years of age suggests that he arrived in Union County between 1810 and 1820. Kelly's land would appear to have been just north and west of the intersection of the road from Unionville to Pinckneyville with a second road cutting north to an alternate crossing of the Broad River at Howel’s Ferry. In 1858, a town at that intersection, named Kelton, opened its post office. The town was named from after the Kelly's and is sometimes referred to as Kelly Town or just the Kelly community. In 1860, the record shows that Thomas Kelly, Sr.'s son and namesake, Thomas N. Kelly, Jr., was the town's postmaster. The little intersection in the road called Kelton used to have several businesses there. It was incorporated but when it didn't grow after 30 years, it was unincorporated.

Thomas Kelly first married Rebecca Gault on 4 May 1809. They had 2 children before Rebecca Gault Kelly died about 1816 in Union County, SC.

1) Linney Kelly (DOB about 1809)

2) Elsy Kelly (DOB about 1812).

Second Thomas Kelly Sr., married Mary Hames (aka Molly Hames) on 5 Jan 1817 in Union County, SC.

They had 3 children before Mary Hames Kelly "Molly" died about 1823 in Union County, SC.

1) Susan S. Kelly (DOB 9/22/1819 in Union County, SC and DOD 13 Jan 1896 in Cleveland County, NC)

2) Joseph Kelly (DOB about 1818 in Union County, SC)

3) Clarissa Kelly (DOB about 1821 in Union County, SC)who married a Gault.

Thirdly, Thomas Kelly, Sr. married Melissa Hames (Mary "Molly" Hames Kelly's sister) on 1 Jul 1826 in Union County, SC. Melissa Hames was born about 1810 in South Carolina.

Thomas Kelly, Sr. and Melissa Hames had 3 children:
1) Thomas Norman Kelly (DOB 7/2/1826 in Union County, SC; DOD 5/7/1891 in Pinckneyville, Union County, SC) married Mary Elizabeth Comer.

2) Jameson G. Kelly (DOB 4/15/1836 in Pinckneyville, Union County, SC; DOD 10/5/1906 in Pinckney Township, Union County, SC) married C. Elizabeth Free.

3) Mary Kelly (DOB About 1832 in Union County, SC; DOD About 1914 in South Carolina)


Thomas Kelly died 2/18/1866 in Union County, SC. Melissa Hames Kelly died in Jun, 1880. Thomas Kelly is buried at the Kelly family cemetery and she is probably buried there too but there is no tombstone for her.




For more on the Kelly family, check out my posts at:
http://sharonscrapbook.blogspot.com/search/label/Kelly

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Monday, September 21, 2009

Decorating Your Bird Bath!

I found some of the neatest ideas on how to decorate your birdbath. Or use bird baths in decorating your home. Even using pieces of birdbaths. I did a Google search and found these great ideas on using bird baths in unusual ways.


























Visiting Jenny And Kyle And Brett

Elaine, Ronnie, Melinda, Lee and I got to go down to Charleston to visit with Jenny, Kyle and Brett on Friday. It took me 2 days to get over the trip. Three hours one way and three hours back. But seeing Brett was worth it. And Kyle got to tell us about his deployment and showed us pictures. We had a really good visit! Here are some of the pictures that Melinda took.
























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