Jeremiah O’Kelly

Jeremiah O’KELLY (1670 -1728 )  was Alex’s 9th Great Grandfather; one of 1,024 in this generation of the Shaw line.

Jeremiah O’Kelly (O’Killea) was born 8 May 1670 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass. His parents were David O’KELLEY and Jane POWELL. He married Sarah CHASE in 1689.   Jeremiah died 20 Aug 1728 in Yarmouth.

Sarah Chase was born c. 1672 in Yarmouth, Mass.  Her parents were John CHASE and Elizabeth BAKER. Sarah died in 1727 in West Denis, Mass.

Children of Jeremiah and Sarah:

Name Born Married Departed
1. Sarah O’Kelly 17 Sep 1689
[__?__] Carpenter
2. Jeremiah O’Kelly 6 Jun 1691 Yarmouth Charity Pease
8 Aug 1716 Yarmouth
28 Jun 1727
3. Joseph O’KELLY 4 Apr 1693 Yarmouth Tabitha BAKER
19 Dec 1717 Yarmouth
26 Jun 1761 Yarmouth
4. John O’Kelly 15 May 1695 Yarmouth Hannah Eldredge
18 FEB 1718/19 Yarmouth
30 Apr 1775 Yarmouth
5. Eleazer O’Kelly Mar 1696/97 Yarmouth Sarah Browning
6 Oct 1721
1775 Yarmouth
6. Seth O’Kelly Jun 1700 Yarmouth Mehitable Wing
2 NOV 1726 Yarmouth
13 Aug 1758
7. Amos O’Kelly 31 Mar 1703 Yarmouth Abigail [__?__]
Ruth Crowell
26 Nov 1747 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.
1744 Yarmouth
8. Hannah O’Kelly Mar 1704/05 Yarmouth Elnathan Eldredge 1744
9. Deliverance O’Kelly 3 Jul 1707 Yarmouth Silas Baker
14 MAY 1723 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.


David O’Killea of Yarmouth, Massachusetts and some of his Descendants by R. Dudley Kelley states

” He marrried at Yarmouth 8 August 1716 (by Peter Thacher, J.P..), CHARITY PEESE, (92) who was born at Yarmouth
9 December 1696, daughter of Matthew Peese and Hannah Marchant, single parents(93).” This information is from the Yarmouth VRs, 1:14. according to the footnotes. “Charity married, second, at Yarmouth 3 August 1727 (by Peter Thacher, J.P.), Isaac Chase. (95) Yarmouth VRs 1:145. Jeremiah was the oldest son of Jeremiah and Sarah and was born at Yarmouth 6 June 1691 and died there about 1726/27, intestate. (91)” Barnstable County Probate, 4:367.
Isaac Chase was the sixth son of John Chase and Elizabeth Baker and brother to Sarah Chase, the wife of Jeremiah O’ Kelley. He married, first, Mary Berry on May 23, 1706.

Probate 1: Eleazer and Seth executors.
Probate 2: inventory £1,447., 5s, 10d; homestead £400  & another farm £400; meadow £100
Property: Man of considerable standing in Yarmouth; owned much of land between Bass River and West Pond River, including almost all of the village of West Dennis.
Will: October 23, 1728, will proved.

Dennis on the bank of Bass River

“O” in O’Kelly was continued in some branches of the family for five generations, the OKelly name had a terrible struggle for existence. Eventually it succumbed, and its last appearance in Massachusetts public records was on December 3, 1793, when Ruth O’Kelley, daughter-in-law of Benjamin and Susanna O’Kelley, was married to Benjamin Bunker of Charlestown.

I think O’Kelly is a cool name, especially when combined with Puritan virtues like Deliverance and Temperance, or maybe Freelove and I’m sorry it died out.


1. Sarah O’Kelly

Sarah’s husband Oliver Carpenter was born xx

2. Jeremiah O’Kelly

Jeremiah’s wife Charity O’Kelley was born 9 Dec 1696 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass. Her parents were David O Killey and Anna Bills. After Jerememiah died, she married 28 Jun 1727 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass to his nephew Isaac Chase (b. 1685 in Yarmouth 0 d. 22 May 1759 in Yarmouth) Charity died 1768 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass

After Jeremiah Jr died in 1727, Charity Pease  married Isaac Chase,  John CHASE’s son and Sarah’s brother.  In other words, Isaac married his nephew’s widow.

3. Joseph O’KELLY (See his page)

4. John O’Kelly

John’s wife Hannah Eldredge was born 1700 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass. Her parents were William Eldredge and Rebecca Nickerson. Hannah died in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.

Sons John and Seth were known to be members of the Society of Friends (Quakers) and the entire family is likely to have been members

5. Eleazer O’Kelly

Elezer’s wife Sarah Browning was born in Apr 1695 North Kingston, Rhode Island. Her parents were William Browning and Rebecca Wilbore. Sarah died 20 MAR 1740/41.

6. Seth O’Kelly

Seth’s wife Mehitable Wing was born 4 Aug 1705 in Rochester, Plymouth, Mass. Her parents were Elisha Wing and Mehitable Butler. Mehitable died 3 Feb 1767 in Rochester, Plymouth, Mass.

Sons Seth and John were known to be members of the Society of Friends (Quakers) and the entire family is likely to have been members

7. Amos O’Kelly

Amos’ wife Abigail [__?__] was born

Amos’ second wife Ruth Crowell was born 18 Oct 1722 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass. Her parents were John Crowell and Experience Higgins. Ruth died 23 Mar 1776 in Bath, Maine.

8. Hannah O’Kelly

Hannah’s husband Elnathan Eldredge was born 1694 in Chatham, Mass. His parents were Jehosaphat Eldredge and Elizabeth Covell. Elnathan died 26 Dec 1746 in Dartmouth, New Hampshire

9. Deliverance O’Kelly

Deliverance’s husband Silas Baker was born 1674 in Yarmouth, Mass. Silas died in 1752 in Dennis, Mass.


Hudson-Mohawk genealogical and family memoirs: a record of … – Google Books Result Cuyler Reynolds – 1911 – New York (State)

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