Facts and Events
||Manchester, Lancashire, England
||21 Sep 1870
||Dublin, County Dublin, IrelandSt Kevin's Roman Catholic Church, Harrington Street
to Maria Reid
||3 Apr 1881
||Liverpool, Lancashire, England48 Ascot Street
||1 Jun 1900
||Manhattan, New York, New York, United States244 East 34th Street
||1 Jun 1905
||Manhattan, New York, New York, United States432 Thirty Third Street
||15 Apr 1910
||Manhattan, New York, New York, United States579 Second Avenue
Robert Kelly was born in about 1848. He claimed on different censuses to have either been born in Manchester in England or in Ireland. According to his marriage certificate his parents were a tailor named John Kelly and his wife Maria Willis, although this has yet to be confirmed.
Robert's first traced sighting is his marriage, on 21st September 1870 at St Kevin Harrington Street Catholic Church in Dublin, to Maria Reid, who was then nineteen. At the time of his marriage, Robert was living with his parents at 67 Upper Dominick Street, to the north of Dublin city centre, whereas Maria was living with her parents at 8 Lower Kevin Street, to the south of the city centre.
Robert and Maria had a son, John, born in Dublin the year after they married, although he may well have died young. By 1881, Robert and Maria had left Ireland and were living in Liverpool in England. Whilst in Liverpool, they had three daughters.
In 1882, Robert emigrated to America. Maria and the three girls followed him over in 1883. The couple would go on to have at least two more daughters in New York, where the settled in Manhattan in New York City.
Robert seems to have worked in a variety of occupations, variously appearing as a reeler, a dock labourer, printer, day labourer and store watchman.
In 1910 Maria returned to Ireland for a year-long visit. Robert stayed in New York, living with their married daughter Lydia and her family. When Maria returned to New York in 1911, she said she was intending to join Lydia, who was quoted as living at 244 Seventh Avenue. After this, neither Robert nor Maria has been traced, but there are possible deaths in New York between 1910/11 and 1920 which could be them - they have not been found in the 1920 American census, although Lydia and her husband have been found.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 General Register Office. Public Record Office (PRO) RG 11 General Register Office: 1881 Census Schedules. (The National Archives), Piece RG 11/3600 Folio 32 Page 62, 3 Apr 1881, Primary quality.
|Address||48 Ascot St, Liverpool, Lancashire|
|Name||Relation to head||Marital status||Sex||Age||Implied birthdate||Occupation||Birthplace|
|Robert Kelly||head||married||male||32||1848/9||Labourer Dock||Manchester, Lancashire|
|Julia Kelly||daughter||female||6||1874/5||Scholar||Liverpool, Lancashire|
|Margaret Kelly||daughter||female||3||1877/8||Liverpool, Lancashire|
|John Jones||lodger||widower||male||52||1828/9||Labourer Dock||Quebec, Canada|
- ↑ United States. Census Office. 12th census, 1900. New York, 1900 federal census : soundex and population schedules. (Washington, District of Columbia: National Archives and Records Administration, 19--?), New York, New York, 0504 Borough of Manhattan, Election District 16, New York City Ward 20, page 29, 1 Jun 1900, Primary quality.
Address: 244 East Thirty-fourth
Robert Kelly, head, white, male, b. Nov 1849, married 30 years, b. Ireland, father b. Ireland, mother b. Ireland, immigrated 1882, naturalized, Printer, 1 month out of work
Maria Kelly, wife, white, female, b. May 1854, married 30 years, mother of 16 children, 9 children still living, b. Ireland, father b. Ireland, mother b. Ireland, immigrated 1883
Julia Kelly, daughter, white, female, b. May 1876, single, b. unknown, father b. Ireland, mother b. Ireland
Margaret Kelly, daughter, white, female, b. Nov 1879, single, b. England, father b. Ireland, mother b. Ireland, immigrated 1883, Millener, 0 months out of work
Maria Kelly, daughter, white, female, b. Nov 1881, single, b. England, father b. Ireland, mother b. Ireland, immigrated 1883, Dress-maker, 2 months out of work
Teresa Kelly, daughter, white, female, b. May 1884, single, b. New York, father b. Ireland, mother b. Ireland, Cash-girl, 0 months out of work
Ciddick [possibly mistranscribed Liddiar?] Kelly, daughter, female, b. Nov 1888, single, b. New York, father b. Ireland, mother b. Ireland, At school
plus seven roomers and a servant
- ↑ New York, United States. 1905 State Census, County: New York / Borough: Manhattan / Assembly District 11 / Election District 7 / Image 17, 1 Jun 1905, Primary quality.
|Address||432 Thirty Third Street, Manhattan, New York, New York|
|Name||Relation||Color||Sex||Age||Nativity||Years in US||Citizen or alien||Occupation|
|Kelly, Robert||Head||W||M||56||Ireland||22||Cit||Day Laborer|
|Kelly, Theresa||daughter||W||F||21||U.S.||Cit||Operator Belts|
|Hilliard, Charles||Son in Law||W||M||20||U.S.||Cit||Cable splicer|
|Hilliard, Robert L.||Grandson||W||M||1/12||U.S.||Cit||At home|
- ↑ United States. Bureau of the Census. 13th census, 1910. New York, 1910 federal census : population schedules. (Washington, District of Columbia: The National Archives, 19--?), Manhattan Ward 21 / Enumeration District 1248 / Image 1152, 15 Apr 1910, Primary quality.
Address: 579 Second Avenue, Manhattan, New York, New York, United States
Hillard, Chas, head, male, white, 22, married five years, born France, parents born France, immigrated 1890, naturalized, Chauffeur
Hillard, Lydia, wife, female, white, 20, married five years, born New York, parents born Ireland
Hillard, Robert, son, male, white, 4, single, born New York, father born France, mother born New York
Kelly, Robert, father-in-law, male, white, 61, married 40 years, born Ireland, parents born Ireland, immigrated 1883, naturalized, Watchman - store