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Bright Venus (B.V.) Kelley

Male 1857 - 1932  (~ 74 years)


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  • Name Bright Venus (B.V.) Kelley 
    Born August 1857  Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 26 March 1932  Newaygo, Newaygo County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Newaygo Cemetery Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • The Spooner Collection, a compilation of articles and information collected by Henry Spooner from the Newaygo Republican and other sources privately printed in 1961, includes comments about Bright Venus and his family. He indicates that Rev. William Kelley was one of the first settlers of Newaygo County. The family was present in the area in 1850. He writes:

      “...The Rev. William D. Kelley preached the first sermon in the county at Newaygo on June 30 (1850). At that time there were only three houses in Newaygo. He later settled on what became section three of what became Brooks Township.
      At Croton, Kelley often preached at the Hughes residence. For years he was a commanding figure in the county. He must have received much of his inspiration from the heavenly bodies, judging from the names he gave his children; Day Star, Bright Venus, Noble Herschel and Grand Orion. Mrs. David Whitney, another pioneer, told him he should name the next one ‘The Old Maid’s Dipper.’ Bright V. Kelley occcupied the old homestead for many years.”

      1870 Federal Census. Croton Township, Newaygo County Michigan
      Roll: 693, series: M593, page 46:
      William Kelley, born in Vermont, age 53
      Matilda Kelley, born in New York, age 43
      Day Star Kelley, born in Michgan, age 15
      Bright Venus Kelley, born in Michigan, age 12
      Gay Saturn Kelley, born in Michigan, age 10
      Grand Orien Kelley, born in Michgan, age 7
      Noble H. Kelley, born in Michigan, age 3
      Goulden M. Kelley, born in Michigan, age 9 months, born in October
      William is a Wesleyan Methodist Clergyman, Matilda is Keeping House, and Day Star and Bright Venus are Farm Laborers. William has $2,500 in real estates and $600 in personal property.

      1880 Federal Census, Brooks Twp., Newaygo Co., Michigan
      Roll 598, page 436A
      William Kelly, 63, farmer, b. VT, father b. VT, mother b. Holland
      Matilda Kelly, 53, wife, keeping house, b. NY, parents b. NY
      Bright V. Kelly, 22, son, at home, b. MI, father b. VT, mother b. NY
      Saturn Kelly, 19, son, at home, b. ditto
      Grandorian Kelly, 16, son, at home, b. ditto
      Jupiter Kelly, 13, son, at home, b. ditto
      Mars Kelly, 10, son, at school, b. ditto
      Reno Delana, 55, farmer, b. ditto

      1884 Michigan State Census
      William 68 Husband Married
      Matilda 58 Wife Married
      Bright 27 Son Single
      Grand 20 Son Single
      Noble 17 Son Single
      Goulden 15 Son Single
      William and his father were both born in Vermont and his mother in Holland. Matilda and both of her parents were born in New York. All of the children were born in Michigan. The children have lived in Michigan their entire lives. Matilda has lived there for 40 years and William for 52. Matilda is a housewife, William is a farmer, and all of the boys farm laborers.

      1900 Federal Census, Brooks Twp., Newaygo Co., Michigan
      Roll 735, Page 59.
      Bright Kelley, Head, 42, b. Aug 1857 Michigan, father b. Vermont, mother b. Ohio
      Violetta, Kelley Wife, 39, b. Feb 1861 New York, father b. New York, mother b. Massachusetts
      Arthur Race. Stepson, 20, b. May 1880 Michigan, father b. Michigan, mother b. New York
      Edith Race, Stepdaughter, 17, b. May 1883 Michigan, ditto
      Erwin Race, Stepson, 16, b. May 1884 Michigan, diito

      The 1900 Atlas of Newaygo County shows B.V. Kelley with 40 acres and a house in Brooks Township. G.M. Two 40 acre farms labeled G.M. Kelley and G. Kelley are adjacent. B.V.’s land was in section 3 northeast of where Hazelwood Avenue and 56th Street meet. It’s part of the Coolbough Natural Areas now, a parnership between Brooks Township and the Michigan Chapter of the Nature Conservancy. See http://www.brookstownship.org/cool.html for more information on it.

      Newaygo Republican, 16 October 1902, “Local and General News”:
      “B.V. Kelley, who lives on the Croton Road, found a good shawl on the street in Newaygo a few days ago. The owner can get it by calling on Mr. Kelley.”

      22 November 1906, “List of Jurors,” Newaygo Republican:
      “Following is a list of jurors drawn to serve at the december term of circuit court and summoned to be in attendance on the 11th day of December:

      Grant Jacob H. Shaw
      Home George Curtis
      Lincoln John Cornett
      Monroe Alfred Bixler
      Norwich Otto Wernstrom
      Sheridan A. M. Phelps
      Sherman Klass Boerman
      Troy Albert Bithke
      Wilcox S. T. Holloway
      Ashland Lawyer B. Rose
      Barton John S. Forsythe
      Beaver Arial Gleason
      Big Prairie Wm. Wescott
      Bridgeton Henry Smith
      Brooks B. V. Kelley
      Croton Axel Johnson
      Dayton John Walter
      Denver Geo. Wilber
      Ensley Mathew Newberg
      Everett Sheldon Tift
      Garfield Charles Meighan
      Goodwill John Miller
      Grant John Neiboer
      Home John Jernstadt

      1910 Federal Census. Brooks Township, Newaygo County, Michigan
      Roll T624_666, page 3A
      Bright V. Kelly, head, 57, m1. 20 years, b. MI, parents b. unknown, farmer, general farm
      Violet Kelly, wife, 49, m2. 20 years, 3 children, all living, b. NY, father b. NY, mother b. MA
      Erwin N. Kelly, step-son, 24, single, b. MA, parents b. NY, laborer, automobile [can’t read word]
      Edith Race, step-daughter, 25, single, b. ditto

      1920 Federal Census. Brooks Township, Newaygo County, Michigan
      Roll 787, page 3A
      Croton Road
      Bright V. Kelly, head, 62, widowed, b. MI, parents b. VT, farmer, general farm
      Edith Race, house keeper [step-daughter], 36, single, b. MI, parents b. NY, housekeeper, farm
      Next door lived his brother-in-law Asa Phelps.

      1930 Federal Census. Brooks Township, Newaygo County, Michigan
      Roll 1015, page 1A
      Bright V. Kelley, head, 72, widowed, b. MI, parents b. US
      Edith Race, step-daughter, 46, single, b. MI, parents b. NY

      Death Record, Newaygo County, Michigan dated 5 April 1932, states that Bright V. Kelley died 26 March 1932. He was a male, white and a widower, aged 74 years, seven months and four days old. He was born in Michigan, a resident of Newayto and a retired farmer. Death was caused by uremia protatic hypertrophy. His father was William Kelley who was born in New York. His mother was unknown.
    Person ID I18885  Schirado
    Last Modified 20 September 2012 

    Father Rev. William D. Kelley,   b. 20 January 1817, Vermont Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 October 1888, Brooks Township, Newaygo County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years) 
    Mother Matilda Ketchum,   b. 12 May 1827, Allegany County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 September 1885, Newaygo County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 58 years) 
    Married 30 November 1850 
    Family ID F14214  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse Nancy Violette Phelps,   b. February 1861, Yates County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 November 1915, Newaygo County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 54 years) 
    Married 31 March 1891  Croton Township, Newaygo County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F5656  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart


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