Kelly-Anderson Family Papers, 1794-1941

Held by The Filson Historical Society

Creator: Kelly-Anderson Family

Title: Papers, 1794-1941

Rights: For information regarding literary and copyright interest for these papers, contact the Curator of Special Collections.

Size of Collection: 0.33 cubic feet

Location Number: Mss. A/K29

Scope and Content Note

The Kelly-Anderson Family collection consists of correspondence, genealogy, and financial and legal records from the two families.

The majority of the collection relates to Meredith Anderson (1808-), a farmer & justice of the peace in Scott Co., Kentucky, but also includes information on Reuben (b. ca. 1798), Hugh Sutphin (1838-1914), William, John, and Everitt Anderson.

The Kelly materials include manuscripts belonging to James Y. Kelly (b. 1765), one of the earliest settlers of Scott County, Kentucky who emigrated from Virginia. The collection includes his papers as well as the papers of his father-in-law Daniel Neal (1735-1804) and Kelly’s descendents. Of note is a letter received from his brother John in Fauquier County, Virginia. The letter was written 4 October 1813 and describes the impact of the War of 1812 on life in Virginia, specifically detailing a skirmish with the British after they raided area farms and stole slaves and supplies.

Separation Note

A small trunk, knife and sheath, and leather wallet were separated from this collection and transferred to the museum.

Biographical Note

The Kelly and Anderson families lived in Scott County, Kentucky. James Y. Kelly, (b. 1765) immigrated to Kentucky from Virginia and in 1792, along with his wife Nancy née Neal (1766-1819), was one of the earliest documented settlers of Scott Co. In 1899 his descendant William S. Kelly (b. 1876) married Sue Anderson (b. 1877) and their son James H. Kelly (1900-1982) became a successful business man in Kentucky. He invested in Stearns Coal and Lumber Co., which later became the Stearns-Kelly Coal Company, as well as the early transportation industry.

The part of the collection related to the Anderson family begins with Meredith Anderson (b. 1808), a farmer & justice of the peace in Scott Co., Kentucky. He was the grandfather of Sue Anderson, who married into the Kelly family in 1899.

Folder List

Folder 1: Kelly family Papers, 1794-1930

Folder 2: James H. Kelly Papers, 1828-1941

Folder 3: Anderson family, 1846-1896, undated

Folder 4: Meredith Anderson legal/justice-of-the-peace papers, 1855-1877, undated (click to access PDF)

Folder 5: Meredith Anderson financial and estate papers, 1840-1890

Folder 6: Meredith Anderson financial and estate papers, 1844-1893

Folder 7: Meredith Anderson deposit books, 1870-1887

Folder 8: Miscellaneous receipts, notes, indentures, 1857-1888

Folder 9: Ephemera

Subject Headings

Kelly-Anderson family

Madison, James, 1751-1836 – Public opinion

Washington, George, 1732-1799 – Public opinion

County attorneys – Kentucky

Frontier and pioneer life – Kentucky

Migration, Internal

Slavery – Virginia – Fauquier County



Kentucky – History – Civil War, 1861-1865

Kentucky – Politics and government – 1861-1865

Scott County (Ky.)

United States – History – War of 1812