My Kelly family came from Ireland about 1700. The family bible they brought was made in London and sold in Dublin.
As there are many Kelly/O'Kelly families in Ireland, we have no proof which one we actually belong to.
They came to Charlestown about 1700 and lived in The Carolinas. The first census they were found in was 1790 when they lived in Burke County, NC.
In about 1820 they moved to Habersham County, GA and from there to Atlanta, GA where my great grandfather attended medical school. His father Hiram Kelly had moved to NW Arkansas in 1849, so after graduation he joined his father and was practicing physician for many years.
Around 1895 he died in Goshen, AR and was buried in the Goshen Cemetery on land he had previously donated to the local Methodist Church for member burial purposes. In addition to being a doctor, he was a business owner and postmaster of the post office at the front of his store. He was also a Minister of the Goshen Methodist Church which still stands next to the cemetery.
When he was ill before he died, he donated his Law and Medical Libraries to the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith, Arkansas, a place where he often lectured.