228. Charles William O'Kelley66,99,100 was born on 7 July 1848 in Gwinnett, Georgia, United States,. He appeared in the census in 1880 in Cedar Creek, Crawford, Arkansas.101 He appeared in the census in 1910 in Crawford Co, AR.102,103
He died on 16 April 1919 in Rudy, Crawford, Arkansas, United States. Charles was buried in April 1919 in
Love Cem, Alma, Crawford Co, AR.104 He was
a Justice of the Peace for Lancaster Township and a
Missionary Baptist Minister.
homesteaded property June 25 1892 located north of Rudy Arkansas and just north
of where his son Albert lived much of his life. These are
it is claimed that Charles
was a minister for the Fine Springs Missionary Baptist Church I have
found nothing to document this, only family tradition stories seem
to make this claim. The founding of the church July 14, 1883
and it's first minister Rev John O Love
is described on page 595 in the "History
of Benton, Washington, Carroll, Madison, Crawford, Franklin, and
Sebastian Counties, Arkansas" a free book found on Google books.
C A Heathcock and David Reed were also organizers. Charles's
sister Mary A O'Kelley is
listed as one of the church's original founding members but Charles
& his wife Mary I
is not listed so apparently his calling to preach at that church came later in life.
The church was said to have been a log building located across the road from the
current lodge hall on 282 loop road at Fine
Springs north of Alma. At sometime the log church burned down and
that was when the church and likely the school moved into the lower floor of the two story lodge
hall. You can see barely see through the trees the back of
this two story building in
the top right hand corner of this
The Lodge Hall had the Fines Springs Public School and church on its
ground floor but in the late 1920s the school consolidated with Alma
and the church
remained on the lower floor of the Lodge Hall until near 1940 when the lodge hall burned and the church
was never rebuilt, its members went to other churches. The old
log church was said to have been on the west side of the modern 282
Loop Highway very near the burial site for Mormon Prophet
and I read an online story published by one of Pratt's descendants that his funeral service was held in the 1850s in the
old primitive Baptist
log church so church services must have existed for decades before
the Fine Springs Missionary Baptist Church was founding in the log
building in 1883. Here is an interesting story about the
death of Parley Pratt at the knife of Hector McClean. This
of event predates my O'Kelley great grandparents by several decades
but my 2nd Great maternal Grandparents,
Jonathan and Rachael Fine
purchased this property just a few years after the death of
Parley Pratt and prior to their purchase the area was known as
My grandmother, Mary I (Miller) O'Kelley was said to have operated a community school from the old
log Fine Springs Church, I believe her school bell may still be in the possession
of one of my relations. Mary was educated in Iowa and might
have been one of the most educated person in her community so it
seems only natural that she teach others. Van Buren founded
its first school in 1869, Alma in 1870 so in 1879 when Mary most
schools around Crawford Co were locally established by Free Masons.
|abt 1910 or 1911
|I continue to make discoveries about
my ancestors. I bought the document to the right from Ebay.
My great grandfather was a
Justice of the Peace for the Landcaster Township in Crawford County Arkansas.
This document is dated 1889.
Charles William O'Kelley and Mary Inez Miller were married on 29 May 1879 in Crawford Co, AR. Mary Inez Miller66 was born on 26 May 1863 in Des Moines, Iowa,
she was 16 years and 3 days old when she married Charles who was 30 years of
age. Mary was buried in 1941 in
Love Cem, Alma, Crawford Co, AR.105 She died on 27 February 1941 in Rudy, Crawford County, Arkansas - At Home.
Photo of Gravestone.
Charles William O'Kelley and Mary Inez Miller had the following children: