DANIEL KELLY, farmer, resides on section 5, Wabash Township, where he owns 338 acres of land, most of which is improved. He was born in Carroll County, Ohio, February 26, 1827, and in the fall of 1849 came to Wabash Township locating on a piece of land on section 7, which he still owns. He commenced keeping house in a log cabin which he built after his arrival. At the time of building he was not able to purchase windows, but succeeded in getting them before winter set in. He and his wife lived in this cabin seventeen years. He then built a hewed-log house, lathed and plastered it, and also weather-boarded it. That house is still standing, and is occupied by one of his married sons. In 1882 he removed to Jay City, and December 19, 1855, his house was burned to the ground. The loss was $1,400, there being no insurance. In the summer of 1886 he built a new house on the same ground. Mr. Kelly is a son of Jonathan and Sarah (Kerrigan) Kelly, natives of Pennsylvania. They were married in that State and soon after removed to Carroll County, Ohio, where they lived until their removal to Jefferson Township, Adams County, in 1849. The mother was born in 1795 and died in August 1853. The father was born in 1795 and died in September, 1861. He was a member of the State Legislature in 1859-'60, and also served as commissioner of Adams County. Daniel Kelly was married March 11, 1852, to Miss Rosy A. Snyder, who was born in Culpeper County, Virginia, March 17, 1830, and when she was fourteen years old, moved with her parents to Champaign County, Ohio. They lived there until she was eighteen years old, when she came with her parents to New Corydon, where the family located. Mrs. Kelly's parents were Jesse and Mary (Hoffman) Snyder, both of whom were born 1794 in Culpeper County, Virginia. Mr. and Mrs. Kelly have had eight children, two of whom are deceased. The living are -Sarah Emeline, wife of Abram Helmer; Mary Elizabeth, wife of Jacob Bastian; William Marion, Jonathan Augustus, Daniel Arnold, Clement Alonzo, Percy Lamdena and Fernando Edson. Mrs. Kelly's grandfather, John Snyder, was born in Wales. Mr. Kelly's grandfather, Daniel Kelly, is supposed to have been born in Pennsylvania. The Kellys were of Irish ancestry.
Biographical and Historical Record of Jay and Blackford Counties, Indiana, The Lewis Publishing Company, 1887