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Seeking Kelleys from Pike Co Arkansas

DNA -> Co Laois Ireland!

Long before I was born the identity of my immigrant ancestor who was said to have came to America before 1750 AD was disputed by the researchers of my family.  The purpose of this website is to give descendants the most common held views as to the identity of my ancestors and to share the limited documentation and research and encourage others to contact me and aid in correcting bad information.  From the testing of my DNA it seems likely that my ancestor may have came from one of the many lines of O'Kellies of County Leix (named County Queen's in 1556 and County Laois in 1922) and I believe lived in and around Kilbride in the Parish of Lea (Leighe) located in the Northeast corner of the county.   In the 15th, 16th, and 17th century these O'Kellies as well as the other three septs of O'Kellys seated in Leix Co were greatly reduced or murdered and scattered by the English who took their lands.  When the O'Kellies fought back, the English murdered any O'Kellie adults found at large and transported surviving O'Kellie children to Co Kerry where they likely were adopted and given new surnames.  There is a growing body of DNA evidence that indicate that my line of O'Kelley living in Leix were of the O'Kellys of Bregia who before the coming of the English were one of the four Princes of Tara and seated near modern day Navan Ireland in Co Meath but some of these O'Kellys were said to live in the portion of Leaghe Parish that extended into the Co of Kildare .  There is a tradition story in our family that supports this belief.  It is likely my ancestors were forced out of Meath into Leix by the English not long after their 1172 AD invasion of Ireland and they may have lived near Kilbride in Co Leix until my immigrate ancestor left Ireland and came to America.   My immigrant ancestor may have been Giles Kelly who may have traveled down the River Barrow from Co Leix to Waterford where he either boarded or was transported by the ship St George and arrived in Maryland in 1677.  Once in America his descendants became protestant and migrated into Lancaster Co then to Prince George Co Virginia and into the portions that later became Brunswick Co Virginia and by the last half of 1700s  Giles Kelly's descendants were still living in Brunswick while my ancestors migrated to Mecklenburg Co which shares its eastern border with Brunswick Co.  There are marriage records that make it likely that my ancestors either descend directly from Giles Kelly or were related to him.  More research has to be completed but I believe that most of our family mystery will be solved.  Please click on the Email Us link to aid our discovery.  I hope you enjoy your visit.  Click on our family Coat of Arms to begin your journey back in time.  Rick O'Kelley, Webmaster

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Rick O'Kelley
14324 Briar Cr
Fayetteville, AR 72704
Chief Investigator   Much of the information found on this web site was provided to me by my Aunt Kathleen O’Kelley and originates from her independent research.  Some has it's source in the 1966 book by J Fred O'Kelly, titled "Some Descendants and Ancestral Kin of James Stamps O'Kelley and Lucy Woodruff England"; the 1969 book by Alethea Jane Macon, Four O’Kelley Sons and Some of their Descendants – Allied Families; Harold O'Kelley's 1985 book "Four Families Through Georgia", "The Life of Rev James O'Kelly" by W E MacClenny, some came from Ancestry.com, Fold3.com, on line books, US Census records, Newspapers, or other independent sources.   James O’Kelley and Anna Dean source documentation originates from five pages reported to have been created by Dr. Thomas Katlet O’Kelley, and the contents of some of those pages has been kindly shared by his great-great granddaughter, Judith (Knowles) Ries.  Judi is a published author of the book Ed O’Kelley: The Man Who Murdered Jesse James’ Murderer and A Patchwork of Memories, a Knowles/O’Kelley genealogy.  If you use any of Dr. O’Kelley’s data, please credit Judith Ries.  You may use any photograph or scan found on this website for non commercial purposes. 
Retired Chief Investigator
Washington Co Sheriff's Dept
Fayetteville, AR


This website has ran continuously on the Internet since 1 May 1997.  It is perhaps the oldest and most conclusive O'Kelley source on the net.


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