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A. B. Kelly

A. B. KELLY, banker, Tionesta, was born in Pittsburgh, Penn., in January, 1837, and is a son of James D. and Sarah (Bennett) Kelly, natives of the North of Ireland, and of Scotch-Irish parentage. They were quite early settlers of Pittsburgh, where they lived and died. The father carried on business as a lumberman, and was also proprietor of a planing-mill in Pittsburgh. A. B. Kelly was reared in his native city, and educated in the public schools and Washington and Jefferson College. He began his business career as a driller in the Venango oil field, which occupation he followed during the year 1860, and in 1861 he embarked in the manufacture of tight oil barrels by machinery, in Tionesta, in which he was engaged until the fall of 1866. He then went into the oil business as a producer, and also engaged in lumbering. He is now a member of the firm of May, Park & Co., bankers, of Tionesta, which firm was organized in 1872, and has been cashier of the bank since its organization. April 28, 1863, Mr. Kelly married Frances Augusta, a daughter of Hezekiah and Frances A. (Thatcher) May, of Tionesta, and they have seven children: May Stanley (Mrs. Charles Bonner), Arthur Wellington, James Huntington, Benjamin May, H. Edward, Elsie and Archibald Howard. Mr. and Mrs. Kelly are members of the Presbyterian Church. He is a member of the F. & A. M. and I. O. O. F.; politically he is a Republican, and was a delegate to the Republican National Convention held at Chicago in 1888.

Source: Page(s) 935-936, Chapter 15 Biographical Sketches - Tionesta Township and Borough of Tionesta
Hickory and Harmony Townships
History of Counties of McKean, Elk and Forest, Pennsylvania.
Chicago, J.H. Beers & Co., 1890.
Transcribed November 2005 by Nathan Zipfel for the Forest County Genealogy Project
Published 2005 by the Forest County Pennsylvania Genealogy Project

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