I am interested to receive your comments or queries. If you are a Kelsall or have Kelsall descendants please provide information about your oldest known ancestor with dates and locations.
Reverend Samuel Kelsall was my direct ancestor and the first Kelsall of my direct lineage to arrive in the United States (said to arrive to Reno Kansas in 1867). Upon arrival, he bought 3 farms, and 2 more later. He donated the land for the church, cemetery & school. The Reno Township Cemetery (in Leavenworth County Kansas) was initially 2 acres (though I suspect there may have been an additional donation to have occurred later). Reverend Samuel Kelsall with first wife Jane Longton & son Peter did first travel to Australia, yet Jane with child (to be named Mary) died and were buried at sea said to occur at Hobson’s Bay. The Kelsall clan lived in Reno Kansas from 1867 until at least 1929, when the descended Samuel Kelsall Family moved to Lawerence Kansas, having sold the farm ahead of Great Depression (or so I was told by my father, Samuel Kelsall, III). The first burial at Reno Cemetery was said to be Cristiana Allan Fraser Kelsall in 1869, second wife of Reverend Samuel. To my knowledge, my father was the last Kelsall to have lived in Reno (born 1910) and to be buried there (2003). I did visit this cemetery (& the 1918 Reno Methodist Church building now at a Historical Preserve in nearby Tonganoxie, having been moved there in ~February 1984). I do have recent pictures of the cemetery monuments (plus church building). BTW, I was there arranging memorial & burial for middle brother Richard Kelsall. We are all descendants of Richard Kelsall of Helen Louise Kelsall Wilson (& Cindy Sue Wilson, a second cousin).
I am interested to receive your comments or queries. If you are a Kelsall or have Kelsall descendants please provide information about your oldest known ancestor with dates and locations