Heritage \ Writings \

William M. Kelley (1831-1910)
Born Ireland, came to Bay City in 1863.
Added March, 2014.

Portrait and Biographical Record of Saginaw and Bay Counties, Michigan, 1892


William M. Kelly, who is one of the older settlers in Bay City, came here in the spring of 1863, and made his permanent home in this city the following year. He was born in Kennitty, County Kings, Ireland, February 28, 1831, and received his education in his native land. He came to America alone before he was nineteen years old, locating at Buffalo, N. Y., and engaging as a sailor on the lakes, beginning as a cabin boy, and rising to wheelsman second mate, mate and master, and sailing for some time in the latter capacity even after coming to Bay City.

Some four or five years subsequent to his settlement here, Capt. Kelley concluded to leave the water,although he was then owner of a propeller, and two tow barges, and while keeping an oversight over that branch of his business, he engaged in the grocery trade. He was elected by the Republicans to the office of County Clerk in which he continued for three terms of two years each, after which he was nominated for Sheriff, but was not elected. Later he acted as Secretary for the Chamber of Commerce and afterward took the position of Oil Inspector for some fifteen months.

The present home of Mr. Kelley, which is situated on the northeast corner of Ninth and Lincoln Streets, is presided over graciously by the lady who became his wife, in September, 1869. She was Sarah A., daughter of R. A. Waite, of the well-known Buffalo Express Company, of Clapp & Waite. They have four children Georgina E., William W., Arthur B. and Geneveve S. The religious training of our subject was in the Episcopal Church. He is a prominent Mason, having taken the thirty second degree in that order, and belonging to the Bay City Lodge, the Blanchard Chapter, and the Consistory of Detroit, and also to the Bay City Commandery No. 26, K. T.

Excerpt - History of Bay County, Michgan 1905, Gansser.

William M. Kelley, who is now serving in his third term as justice of the Police Court of Bay City, Michigan, has been a resident of this city for the past 40 years, during which period he has been thoroughly identified with its closest interests. Juctice Kelley was born in Kings County, Ireland, February 28, 1831, and came to America in his 19th year.

Additional Notes:

    1880 - Census: Bay City, Bay, Mich.
    Kelley, William M. - age 49, b. Ireland
    Sarah A., wife - age 27, b. England
    Georgiana E., dau - age 8, b. Mich.
    Kelly, son - age 0, b. Mich.
    Waite, Clara A., sister-inlaw, age 18, b. New York
    Dunne, Georginana E.. sister - age 50, b. Ireland
    William M., son - age 4, b. Mich.;
    Waite, Jane, sister-inlaw - age 29, b. England
    Arthur, Mary A., sister - age 40, b. Ireland

    1900 - Census: West Bay City, Bay, Mich.
    Kelley, William M. - b. Feb. 1831, Ireland
    Sarah A., wife - b. 1853, England
    Georgina, dau - b. Oct. 1872, Mich.
    Arthur B., son - b. Apr. 1880, Mich.
    Genevieve, dau - b. May 1883, Mich.

    1910 - Census: Bay City, Bay, Mich.
    Kelley, William M. - b. 1831, Ireland
    Sarah, wife - b. 1854, England
    William L., son - b. 1877, Mich.
    S. Geneive, dau - b. 1884, Mich.

    1910 - Kelley Family Genealogy.
    William M. Kelley died on Aug. 9, 1910, in Bay City, Mich. His wife Sarah A Waite died on Apr. 7, 1940.

Reference Notes & Pages

Related Pages:
- None at this time.
People Referenced
Clapp, Mr.
Dunne, Georginana (sis)
Kelley, Arthur (son)
Kelley, Geneveve S. (dau)
Kelley, Georgina (dau)
Kelley, Kelly (son)
Kelley, Wm. M. (subject)
Kelley, Wm. M. (son)
Waite, Clara (s-inlaw)
Waite, Jane (s-inlaw)
Waite, R.A. (f-inlaw)
Waite, Sarah A. (wife)
Subjects Referenced
Bay City, MI
Buffalo, NY
Buffalo Express Co.
Co. Kings, Ireland
Kennitty, Ireland
West Bay City, MI
WRITINGS: History As It Was Written Then.