The History of Otsego County, New York


D. Hamilton Hurd

Published by Everts & Fariss, Philadelphia



Roswell KELSEY, of Burlington, son of Solomon and Anna 
Kelsey, was born in Edmeston, Otsego Co., N.Y., July 13, 1797.
Solomon was a native of Washington Co., N.Y., and was born 
Sept. 10, 1767, and married Anna BROWN, a native of the same 
county, by whom twelve children were borne; two only are now 
living, but all lived to be men and women. Solomon was married 
before 1789, and removed to this county about that time, and 
settled in Edmeston, where he continued to reside until his death, 
which occurred in June, 1815, and his wife died some three weeks 
He was a farmer by occupation, and reared his children in 
industry and economy. Roswell was thus reared, and in 1820 he
and his brother Silas purchased the old home, and continued to 
reside there till about 1840, when he sold out his interest to his 
brother, and removed on the farm in Burlington, where he has 
continued to live ever since. He now owns some 200 acres of good 
land near West Burlington.
He married Miss Rhoda DYE, a native of Madison Co., N.Y., 
May 27, 1820. By this union nine children have been born, namely: 
Sarah, Solomon, Rachel, Daniel, Jerusha, Mary, William, Celia and 
Martha. Jerusha, Celia, and Martha are dead.
Mrs. Roswell Kelsey was connected with the Friends, and after 
more than fifty years of married life she was the first of this family 
to pass away. She died May 29, 1871, and was buried in Burlington.
Mr. Kelsey has always been either a Whig or Republican in 
politics. Mr. Kelsey has always been a farmer, and to-day, while 
he is an old gentleman of more than eighty-one years, he has the 
satisfaction of knowing that he has done some good in his day and 
generation. His daughter, Mrs. Sarah LINES, is living with him, 
and has the care of him in his old age.
Sarah married Julius LINES, a native of Susquehanna Co., Pa., 
Nov. 17, 1840, by whom one daughter, Laura, was borne. Mr. 
Lines died Feb. 4, 1874, and Mrs. Lines came to live with her father 
the next May.

Excerpt from History of Otsego Co., NY, opposite page 108


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