Fifth Generation


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 an Missionary Baptist Minister.   He homesteaded property north of Rudy Arkansas and just north of where his son Albert lived much of his life.    These are my ancestors.

Click to see a larger photoCharles was a minister for the Fine Springs Missionary Baptist Church and it is found 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 and the church was establish July 14 1883 by its first minister Rev John O Love.  C A Heathcock and David Reed were also organizers.  Mary O'Kelley is listed as one of the churches original founding members but Charles is not listed so apparently his calling came later in life.  The church was said to have been a log building located accross the road from the lodge hall on 282 loop road at Fine Springs north of Alma.  Sometime after his death the church burned down and it moved into the lower floor of the two story lodge hall which you cans see the back of this church in the top right hand corner of this photo.  The Lodge Hall originally had the Fines Springs Public School on its ground floor but in the late 1920s the school consolidated with Alma so when the church burned, it moved into the vacant ground floor and remained until near 1940 when the lodge hall burned and the church was never rebuilt, its members went to other churches.  The old log church would have been on the south side and very near the burial site for Mormon Prophet Parley Pratt, and I read an online story published by one of his descendants that his funeral service was held in the 1850s in the old primitive Baptist log church.  Here is an interesting story about the death of Parley Pratt at the knife of Hector McClean.  This of course predates my great grandparents by several decades.

My grandmother, Mary Miller was said to have operated a community school from the old log church, I believe her school bell may still be in the possession of one of my relations.

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 buried in 1941 in Love Cem, Alma, Crawford Co, AR.105  She died on 27 February 1941 in Rudy, Crawford County, Arkansas - At Home. 

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Charles William O'Kelley and Mary Inez Miller had the following children: Confirmed

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Helen Lucy O'Kelley.

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James Blair O'Kelley was born on 8 February 1882. He died on 26 May 1883. He was buried on 29 May 1883 in Love Cem, Alma, Crawford Co, AR.106  Gravestone

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Oma Della O'Kelley.

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Charles Harold O'Kelley.

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William Edwin O'Kelley was born in 1887. He died in 1913.

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John Hall O'Kelley.

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Maude May O'Kelley.

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Mary Ray (twin) O'Kelly.

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Thomas Milburn O'Kelley.

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Roy Kile O'Kelley.

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Ruth Louisa O'Kelley.

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Robert Mahon O'Kelley.

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Albert Henry O'Kelley.   My grandfather  

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Frank Alfred O'Kelley.

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Ida Reika O'Kelley was born on 29 June 1907. She died on 7 August 1909. She was buried on 10 August 1909 in Love Cem, Alma, Crawford Co, AR.107 Gravestone