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.
homesteaded property north of Rudy Arkansas and just north
of where his son Albert lived much of his life. These are
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
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
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
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.
Photo of Gravestone.
Charles William O'Kelley and Mary Inez Miller had the following children: