the photo above for a larger view.
photo from 1908 or 1909 shows the Kelly Clan in a farm on Jackson Township, off
today's Route 22 between Mundys Corner and Chickaree Mountain. In the center front
is the matriarch, Jane McClung McGuigan Kelly, who was born Jane McClung in County
Clare, Ireland, around 1820.
McClung came to the United States at age 13, hoping to find a brother who had
preceded her to the new world. She was unsuccessful in her search, but worked
in New York for five years before returning to Ireland where she married James
McGuigan. They had a boy and a girl and were expecting a third baby when they
came to America. The third child, Catherine, was born either on the ship en route
or shortly after arriving in America. They are believed to have settled around
South Fork. James worked for the railroad and died young, leaving Jane with three
young children to raise. She met John Kelly, who also worked for the railroad
and was from County Clare, Ireland. They were married about 1852 and became the
parents of eight children, four sons and four daughters:
October 11, 1853, died 1929
January 4, 1856, died January 27, 1901
August 9, 1858, died May 2, 1937
May 15, 1861, died 1927
July 25, 1863, died February 18, 1950
September 18, 1865, died at a young age
Jane, June 26, 1868
Agnes, April 27, 1871, died November 1, 1942.
the 1880 census, John and Jane Kelly listed their ages as 60. John died of pneumonia
in Jackson Township on his farm on November 27, 1894. He was buried in Holy Name
Cemetery in Ebensburg on November 29. Jane died in Jackson Township on the farm
on August 14, 1910, and also was buried in Holy Name Cemetery, though neither
of their graves are marked.
children from her first marriage were John, who married Mary Rager; Mary, who
married a George James, and Catherine, who married a Leonard Litzinger. Catherine
had two children, Anna Jane and Milton, and died shortly after the birth of Milton,
after which both of her children were raised by their grandparents, Jane and John
Kelly. Milton was still living on the farm with his grandmother when he married
matriarch Jane Kelly is flanked by, to the left, clockwise, Anna, Peter, William,
The photo was taken in 1909.
Clara (standing center above) is surrounded by her family, the Dunmires, on their
family farm outside Vintondale, in a 1918 photo. They are, front row: Martha,
Leo, William, Clara (with little Mary in front), William (Jr.?) and Gilbert.
Albert, and Lawrence.
photos and information were supplied by a great-grandson of Jane Kelly,
McCulloch, of Los Altos, California (near San Jose).