Biography - M. F. Kelley

DR. M. F. KELLEY was born in Washington county, Virginia, on the 2d of January, 1814. He was the fourth child of James and Mary Kelley, who had a family of nine children. James Kelley was also a native of the above county, and in 1816 he was married to Nancy Smith. Their ancestors were Scotch-Irish, and were among the first pioneers of the "Old Dominion." Mrs. Kelley died in 1858, and her husband survived her death until 1863. During life, Mr. K.'s occupation was that of a farmer.

Dr. Kelley received his early education in the schools of his native state and Tennessee, attaining a sound knowledge of the English branches; and when about twenty-four years of age he commenced the study of medicine with Dr. Nixon Snead, of Washington county, Virginia. He subsequently attended lectures at the medical department of Transylvania University, Kentucky, and after completing the course of study, located in the practice of his profession in Greene county, Illinois. He first settled in Carrollton, where he resided one year, and while there was married to Miss Jane E. Vigus, daughter of G. W. Vigus, and old resident of this county. From Carrollton the Doctor moved to Madison county, where he spent two years, and, after changing his location twice more, finally made a permanent settlement in Woodville, where he has continued to reside. Dr. Kelley and wife have had fourteen children, of whom only five are now living.

In early life Dr. Kelley became a supporter of the principles of the democratic party, and in 1870 he was elected to the office of justice of the peace. The Doctor is known as a genial, intelligent gentleman, and devotedly attached to his profession. Among the older practitioners of the county, he takes an honorable rank.

Extracted 07 Sep 2018 by Norma Hass from Atlas Map of Greene County Illinois, 1873, page 50.

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