The name "Francis" originates from Latin and it means "from France". A great many Land Gentry Irish moved to France after their defeat in 1691 in the Williamette War. He is only known to make a mark as his signature but according to Harold B Gill Literacy in Virginia it wasn't uncommon for rural children to be taught to read but not taught to write so it is possible that Francis knew how to read but didn't know how to write.
He is recognized by the DAR for his service in the American Revolution in 1776–1782. DAR. Francis appeared in the census in 1830. He died on 16 April 1838 in Oglethorpe Co, GA.
Soldier ~ Georgia
Delilah Crowder22 was born on 6 July 1765 20 . She died in 1824. Francis and Delilah were married in Mecklenburg VA May 25, 1785. Francis is listed as Francis Kelley. The Crowder name is of English origins meaning one who plays the fiddle. William Baskervill was the second and he and he was influential in Mecklenburg. HIs daughter Ann married Captain John Farrar the first cousin to Thomas Jefferson son who was also named John. Captain John Farrar was a substitute for Charles O'Kelley.
Francis O'Kelly and Delilah Crowder had the following children:
The Dec 26, 27
1838 O'Kelley Bible pages provided
me by Paul McCurdy
makes a startling revelation. Francis last name is spelled as "O'Kelly" as
is his children. Beginning with the children of Thomas the name O'Kelley
appears with the second "e". The Bible was likely a
Bible as it had the exact kind of pages with the same page numbers and
decorations as appears in the