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No picture available. Charles Kelly

abt 1800 - ?

  • Born about 1800, probably in the north-eastern United States
  • Baptized in or before 1834
  • Zion's Camp 1834
  • Ordained Seventy and called to First Quorum of Seventy 1835
  • Excommunicated 1836

    While we do not have definitive information on the birth of Charles Kelly or Kelley, we may assume that he was born within twenty years of 1800. Much earlier and he would have been too old to participate in Zions Camp. Much later and he would have been too young.

    Charles Kelly was one of the early converts to the Church, joining in or before 1834 for in that year he joined with the Saints in Zion's Camp, an expedition from Kirtland, Ohio to provide relief to the suffering Saints in Missouri. Since most of the members of Zion's camp were in their twenties or thirties, it is likely that he was born between 1795 and 1815. Most of the early converts to the Church were from the north-eastern United States.

    In 1835, Kelly was ordained a.Seventy and called to the First Quorum of Seventy. Like other members of that quorum, he was a veteran of Zion's camp.

    At some point later, he removed his family (of whom we have no information) from the Kirtland area and settled in Caldwell County, Missouri, the move costing him one hundred dollars. He acquired seven acres of land which he improved with a log cabin before being driven from the area. He then settled in Davies County, and again acquired land, ten acres this time. He again improved the land with a log cabin. And again he was driven out.

    In his redress petition he pled for redress in the total amount of five hundred and sixty-five dollars. Like the other saints he was never compensated and his petition stands as a memorial against the State of Missouri and the United States of America.We quote here his petition with spelling, capitalization, and puncuation as in the original:

The State of Mo Dr to C Kelley
Moving Family from Kirtland Ohio to Caldwell County
      Missouri                                                                                    $100.00
Improvement of 7 Acres of Land & Log Cabin in Davies
      County Mo                                                                                  100.00
10 Acres of Land & Log Cabin                                                          65.00
Moving from Missouri expences & Loss of Time                          200.00
For loss of Corn potatoes &c                                                           100.00

I do herby Certy the above to Be a true and Just account acording to the Best of my Knowledeg

Charles Kelley

    On May 23, 1836, Elder Kelly was tried by the High Council for abandoning his family in poverty, for partaking of alcohol and for unchristianlike behavior. He failed to answer the summons and the case being proven, he was excommunicated from the Church.

    We find no record of his return to the Church or details of his later life. We do not know whether he was related to the Charles Kelley who became Stake President of the Box Elder Stake in Utah around the beginning of the Twentieth Century and who died in 1905.

   Smith, History of the Church, 4 citations, see index
   Johnson, Mormon Redress Petitions, p.255

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