Niagara County

1897 Biography - James A. Kelley

Kelley, James A., vice-president and foreman, or manager, at the mill for the last ten years, of the Newfane Basket Company, was born in Maine, February 16, 1849, a son of Jacob and May Kelley. His father was born in Maine and his mother in Massachusetts. They lived in Lowell for a short time after marriage, after which they came to Lockport, where he engaged in lumbering with his brother, remaining there for a period of three years, when they dissolved partnership, his brother going to Philadelphia and engaging in the sash, door and blind business, when he moved to Newfane and engaged in running a saw mill with Vincent, which they conducted for a few years, when he gave up milling and engaged in fruit growing until his death in 1893. His wife (mother of James A.) died in 1895. There were five children in this family: James A., Abbie F., now Mrs. Goodrich, resides on the homestead; George and Ella (deceased), and Willis, who resides in Ransomville. James A. Kelley married Mary, daughter of George Ketchum, who resides in Newfane. Mrs. Ketchum died in 1896. Mrs. Kelley is a member of the M. E. church at Newfane and is an interested worker in church matters. Mr. Kelley is interested in fruit growing and has an orchard of sixteen acres, all in a flourishing condition.

Contributed 2017 by Lisa Slaski from Landmarks of Niagara County, New York, by William Pool, D. Mason & Co., Syracuse, NY, 1897

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