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    ALLEN KELLY, farmer; P.O. West Milton; born in 1821, in this township; is a son of Samuel and Mahala Kelly; his father was born in South Mendon, Mass, about 1796; his mother was born on the Ohio River in 1802, and was daughter of Frederick Yount. Our subject's grandfather, Kelly, was also a native of Massachusetts, in which he lived and died; his father, when a young man, came to Ohio; and located in Milton, near which he built a factory, being a machinist by trade; he also built the old brick factory in Milton, which stands near the river, and is the one that William Rutledge occupies as a woolen-mill; they were the first mills built in Milton, but he had operated one which had been previously built, near where Elam Yount now lives. This was the first cotton-mill erected in this section of the state, and for thirty years proved a source of profit. The woolen-mill was operated by Allen and John (his sons), who constructed the machinery by which wool, in it's natural state, was converted into cloth, yarn, etc. His father occupied much of his time in building mills, erecting one north of Milton, now owned and operated by Harvey Coppock; he also built a mill in Greenville about 1860; he removed to Logan Co., Iowa, and at Iowa Falls built a woolen-mill, which he operated in partnership with his sons, Enos and Leonidas; Mr. Kelly departed this life in 1870, aged 74 years; his wife died in 1858, aged about 56 years; they were the parents of seven children, of whom four are living, viz., Allen, John, Leonidas and Mrs. Mary Edwards, widow of Prof. W. N. Edwards, late Principal of the Troy High Schools; she is teaching the natives in Southern Africa. The deceased are Daniel, Seth, and Enos. Our subject's early boyhood days were spent in various ways, having worked in factory, saw-mill and machine shop until 1852, at which time he purchased 100 acres of land, soon after disposed of it and purchased 70 acres adjoining, at which he resides. In 1846, he was married to Jane Rutledge, by whom he had ten children, six of whom are living, viz., Walter, Samuel, John, Mary, Asa and Jeanie; the deceased are William, Omar J., Anna and one in infancy. He and his estimable wife are members of the Christian Church of West Milton, with which they have been connected since 1859; they take a deep interest, and are zealous, untiring workers in the cause. Mrs. K.'s parents, Richard and Jane Rutledge, were born in England, and emigrated to this country in 1828 and settled in this county in 1836, in which they lived t ill their decease; they were parents of eight children, of whom only two are left, viz., William and Jane; the deceased are Mary, Anna, Joseph, Richard, John H. and Mary.

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