HANNAH   (Anna)   KELLEY

 

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Hannah Kelley was born April 7, 1837 re Delaware Death Certificate 1622 The 1850 Delaware Census has her name as Hannah.  Sometime after that she became known on all documents as Anna.  A common variation of Hannah.  Her parents are also noted on her death certificate.

She was the daughter of William Kelley and Catherine Ann Morrison.  She was the youngest of five known children to this couple.  They lived on a farm in Mill Creek Hundred and were active in White Clay Presbyterian church.  Her parents are buried there.

The 1850 Delaware New Castle, Mill Creek Hrd Census Page 70 confirms Hannah in the family:
    William Kelley age 65 born Delaware - farmer
    Catherine Kelley age 50 born Del
    Elizabeth Kelley age 22 born Del
    John Kelley age 17 born Del - farmer
    Hannah Kelley age 13 born Del
    Henry Barr age 10, black born Del

Anna Kelley was wed to Robert Taylor on Dec. 31, 1857 by James S. Vallandinghamre Delaware Marriage Records 1806-1933, page 122.

Within the following year of 1858, Robert Taylor bought 60 acres in Mill Creek hundred and cultivated it for over forty years.  This is from the 3rd page on the Taylor family in a Delaware Biographical volume.  I need to find details about it.

1860 Census Delaware of Mill Creek Hrd, page 29:had the Taylor family:
Joseph Taylor age 48 farm tenant born England
Lucy Taylor, age 52, (Jospeh's wife) born England
Robert Taylor, age 25, an engineer, born England
Ann Taylor, (Robert's wife) age 22 born Delaware
Lucy Taylor, age 1, born Pennsy (think an error)
Catherine Whitehead age 7 born Del.  (I do not know who she is)

Previous page had John and Ann Whitehead - age 50. (what is the connection ??)
The Taylor family lived next door to John Kelly age 25 and his family (Ann's brother)

1870 Delaware Census, Mill Creek Hr  Pleasant Hill roll M593_120, page 572:
Robert Taylor, 35 farmer born England
Anna Taylor, 33 born Delaware as were all children
Lucy Taylor, 10
George Taylor, 8
Catherine Taylor, 6
Sarah E. Taylor, 4
Katherine Kelly 69, Anna's mother

Next door to Robert'' parents Joseph and Lucy Taylor.

Robert was a very active citizen.  Not only did he successfully run a farm with  profitable stock and grain, but he was constantly employed as an engineer by a variety of businesses including his uncle's woolen mill, iron mills of Bringhurst, P & O Railroad, and various Kaolin businesses in Hockessin.  He also was elected school commissioner in District #90.  All his activity meant that Anna was equally busy keeping family and home on an even keel.

Robert Taylor owned and lived next to a mill on Pike Creek very near the intersection and bridge of Old Coach Rd.  There are some structural characteristics in the Pike Creek stream bed that can be seen from the bridge.  Perhaps that is where the mill was located.  On a Beers map the home was just up Pike creek on the first wide spot between the road and the creek.

The 1880 Delaware Census, E District, roll 79_119, FH film 1254119, page 165 D

Robert S. Taylor, age 44                   I've added known married names for the daughters, found on
Anna Taylor,
age 43                            Find a Grave
George T.
age 18
Sarah E.
age 13                    Sarah Elizabeth Taylor Day
Josephine,
age 10                Josephine Taylor Eastburn
Hannah,
age 8                     Mary Hannah Taylor Eastburn
Ether,
age 4                          Ethel May Taylor Armstrong
Catherine Kelly,
age 79       then there is Catherine Ann Taylor Boulden
                                                  Lucy Taylor Welch                    

1900 Delaware Census, enumeration district 55, page 15,
Robert  S. Taylor,
age 65   - Engineer,   home is mortgaged
Anna Taylor,
age 63
George Taylor,
age 38 - farmer
A. Mary Taylor,
age 27,  (probably Hannah from above)
J.W.McKendrick,
age 20 - farm laborer

1910 Delaware Census, Representative District 8
Robert,
75 and Anna, 73 now live without children at home, but next door is
George
with his wife Mary E.
Robert
states he is "Out of work" and was for 32 weeks.

In the 1920 Delaware Census, Robert Taylor is a widower and lived with his son George.

Anna Kelley Taylor died Dec. 30, 1919 near Harmony, in White Clay Hundred. I have trouble reading the cause of death.  It may be Bronchites.  She was buried at White Clay Creek Presbyterian Cemetery on Jan 2, 1920 though the death certificate says Ebenezer. She is in plot 124.  re Find A Grave. Memorial 154868227
with photos of the grave in cemetery. 
Her husband, Robert Taylor lived another 8 years.  He is buried next to her.




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