Ruth Barton and Ray Carl Pullium were married about 1945. Ray Carl Pullium was born on 29 December 1913 in Andrews Cherokee Co NC. He died on 13 July 2008 at the age of 94 in Alexander City Tallapoosa County Alabama, United States.
Ruth posted in GenForum in 2000, "All I know is that my father told me we came from Meath county. He was very knowledgeable about his family. There were many Okellys who lived in Tara which is in county Meath. My grandmother claimed that her people were prominant in Ireland."
Rick O'Kelley's Comments: Ruth goes on in her post "We disregarded this,but I have found in my research in Ireland that this was certainly true. Thirty Okellys were high kings of Hymaine which encompassed most of Ireland. I have a copy of The Book Of the Okellys. It tells all."
Ruth might have made the same mistake that author W. E. McClenny, J Fred O'Kelly, Alethea Jane Macon and Harold Ernest O'Kelley as they believed that since my ancestor was believed to come from a Kingly line of O'Kelley that it must be O'Kellys of Hy-Many mostly because they were the most famous and most written about O'Kellys in all of Ireland. But it is possible that Ruth had some advanced knowledge that the O'Kelley of Meath and the O'Kelly of Hy-Many found in Connaught were one large O'Kelley of Ui Maine family. Ruth doesn't say her grandmother said we descend from the O'Kellys of Hy-Many which is commonly accepted to be far west of Tara, she says her grandmother claimed we descend from the O'Kelleys who lived at Tara Co Meath Ireland and these are the O'Kelleys of Bregia said to be of the Four Tribes of Tara and distant cousins to the O'Kelleys of Hy-Many but in 2002 Irish researcher Michael O'Laughlin published his book "A Genealogical History of the Milesian Families of Ireland " and on page 7 he connects the O'Kelly of Hy-Many and the O'Kelley of Bregia and suggest that "Chief of Hy-Many" came from both lines and he references them using the double "e" spelling of my name. It should be understood that these are two different lines that descend from Colla-da-Chrioch the first king of Orgiall and both came to call themselves O'Kelly because of two different ancestors who called themselves "Ceallach" a seemly popular name in Ireland. Our ancestors have a completely different Coat of Arms from that of the O'Kelly of Hy-Many and arms more suitable for farmers of the plains and kings of Ireland as it displays both the Harp and a Mullet. My DNA matches and research supports Ruth's grandmother's claim that we come from somewhere nears Kells in Co Meath Ireland. All my closest DNA cousins come from Tailteann, Kells or Co Monaghan to the north of Meath.
John O'Hart seems to do the same as these other authors as he lumps all the Meath O'Kellys to be the O'Kellys seated near Naas along the southern border with Co Kildare and that seems disputed by this description which puts the O'Kelley of Bregia north of Dublin and not south. I appear in Group 15B these O'Kellys appear in the Kelley DNA Project group 16A and while we are related, that relationship isn't very close, well over 1500 years or more apart from the living generations. John O'Hart states the O'Kellys at Naas descend from Nail of Nine but the Kelley DNA Project doesn't seem to support this. I also do not descend from Nail of Nine but one has to assume the Nail of Nine DNA project is correct in its conclusion.
see http://genforum.genealogy.com/cgi-bin/pageload.cgi?tara::okelly::166.html for Ruth's complete post.