Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Tombstone Tuesday - But there is no Tombstone

John Kelly died at Yackandandah on the 28th of July 1905.  He seemed to have rather a tragic life.

An Inquest was held and John was buried at the Yackandandah cemetery on the 30th of July 1905.  There is no headstone but his grave has been photographed for me by Peter Ross.
He used his green folder as a marker.

The following articles appeared in the Melbourne Argus and the Advertiser Newspapers on the 29th of July 1905. From Trove 

Then the following article appeared in the Evening Post newspaper in Wellington New Zealand where John Kelly's brother, Thomas and their nephew Alexander Morgan were living. From Papers Past news archives

John was born at Dualla, Tipperary around 1840. Parents Cornelius Kelly and Mary Moloughney.
His Baptism record was dated 20 Jun 1840 at Newpark, Sponsors were William Mahony, Mary Ryan.

Along with his brothers Thomas and William he arrived in Australia from Ireland just in time for his elder sister's wedding in Melbourne on the 30th of June 1858.

John married Mary Ann Francis at Tarraville, Gippsland, Victoria on the 6th of February 1869.  They may have had a son John born in 1869 but I have found no further record or proof of his connection.

Mary Ann and John then had a daughter they named Mary Francis.  She was born in 1871.

Then came Alice Francis about 1874.  In 1900 Alice married a Denis Winters.
Alice died at Fitzroy in 1939.

Both John Kelly's wife Mary Ann and daughter Mary Francis died in Melbourne in 1888.  I have yet to purchase their death certificates and find out where they are buried.

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