John Ebenezer Kelly

(1847—1890)



 BORN 20 April 1847 at Shebbear, Devon, England.
 DIED 6 October 1890 at Angaston, South Australia.
 
 FATHER William Kelly (1806-)
 MOTHER Elizabeth Kraushaar (1810-1890)
 
 MARRIED Clara Bragg (1845-1919) on 7 May 1868 at Clifton, Gloucester, England.
 CHILDREN   William John Kelly (1871-)
Daisy Clara Elizabeth Kelly (1877-1968)
Arthur Edward Kelly (1880-1944)
 


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Bootmaker, journeyman, Methodist minister. Preached at Rook Lane Chapel, Frome Somerset. (Chapel built early 1700s). The Kelly family moved from the UK to NZ sometime in the early 1880s and then to South Australia in 1888 due to John's ill health. Clara, Daisy and Arthur moved to Western Australia in 1898. I assume William had married and settled in SA by this time (he would have been 27) and stayed behind.
 — Cherilyn McMeekin
 
It is with great sorrow we have to record the death of the Rev. J. E. Kelly. Arriving in South Australia in 1888 he immediately entered upon the pastorate of the Congregational Church at Angaston, and laboured there, notwithstanding great physical weakness, with great prosperity until within a few weeks of his death, which took place on October 7. Mr. Kelly was a man of great tenderness, ready sympathy, rare spiritual in sight, and a powerful mind. The possession of these talents, combined with a spirit of thorough consecration to the service of Christ, made him a preacher of unusual power, a pastor who quickly won the hearts of his congregation, and a friend trusted and beloved by all his brethren. At the annual meetings of last year he took a prominent part, preaching the annual sermon and entering with his characteristic wisdom and geniality into the discussion of the various questions brought before the Council. At our half-yearly meeting again in April he delivered an address that will be long remembered by all who heard it for its spiritual power. His removal is a distinct loss, not only to the Church to which he ministered in holy things and the denomination with which he was associated, but to the Christain world of our colony.
 — South Australian Register, 16 October 1890


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