Thursday, September 20, 2012
Richard Joab Kelly, 1905-1922
Richard Joab Kelly, the son of Thomas L. Kelly and Elizabeth Hansen Kelly, was only age seventeen, when he died from Bright's Disease, on May 28, 1922. He was laid to rest in Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery. His death certificate is on file at the Ohio, Deaths, 1908-1953 database at Family Search.
By tracing the ancestors of Richard Joab Kelly at Ancestry and Rootsweb, I learned that among the ancestors of Richard Joab Kelley were Thomas Hogg, the first engineer of the Mad River and Lake Erie Railroad; Benajah Wolcott, the first keeper of the Marblehead Lighthouse; and William Kelly, the builder of the Marblehead Lighthouse. It is very sad that Richard Joab Kelly's life ended so soon. He came from a long line of pioneers who were such a significant part of our rich heritage here in the Firelands area.