Monday, 18 March 2013

William Kelly


William Kelly was the youngest brother of my great great grandmother Alice Morgan (nee Kelly)

Their parents were Cornelius Kelly and Mary Moloughney of  Dualla, Ballysheehan, Tipperary.  Dualla is near Cashel.

William was baptised Roman Catholic on the 6th of January 1846 at Dualla.  Sponsors were Michael Kelly and Mary Ryan.  I don't know if this Michael Kelly was his older brother or another relative.

William had 4 older brothers.  Edmond I know nothing further about.  Michael went to South Africa.  He came to his sister in Australia 1898 where he died of Tuberculosis.  John and Thomas. 

 John, Thomas and William all traveled to Australia on the ship Rising Sun arriving on the 15th of June 1858 just in time for their sister Alice's wedding to John Morgan.

According to Michael Kelly's Will in 1898 his brother, William, was last known to be a speculator of West Australian Mining.

In 1905 a New Zealand newspaper notice said at the death of John Kelly that he was the beloved 'only' brother of Thomas Kelly.  We know that Michael had already died so I would assume that William was also deceased in 1905.

On further searching in the Queensland indexes I found the death of a William Kelly in 1899.  His parents were named as Con Kelly and Mary O'Loughlin.

I'm told the surname Molloughney is pronounced with the 'gh' as MolloKney which I have read is also interchangeable with McLaughlin etc.  This is the closest death entry I can find.

The age is out and I don't know when he left Victoria but death certificates are not always reliable.

I cannot be certain this is our William Kelly.  Hopefully one day further information may come to light.

William Kelly death certificate 1899


  1. Great sleuthing Kerryn... hopefully you'll uncover more info about your William Kelly not too far down the track. Always amazes me how often this happens.

    1. Thanks Catherine, I hope you're right about more info xxx

  2. It sounds quote possible Kerrynn...there are plenty of correlations. Might there have been follow up notices here his brothers were living? Do have a look at Judy Webster's web page and the Qld archives catalogue to see if there are any records for Longreach hospital at this time. Also what Longreach cemetery might have available.

    1. I haven't found any notices as yet Pauleen. Thanks I will check Judy's page for hospital records. I do know there was another William Kelly there around the same time.