This line has been researched by Maureen Stanley. It is likely that this line is the origin of the Moultrie/Bellinger line.

Pinxton is a village on the eastern boundary of Derbyshire in the Bolsover district, England. John Kelsall was Rector at St Helen’s Pinxton from 17 January 1670 until his death in 1686. John married twice. His first wife Mary, was buried 2 February 1674 in Pinxton. Five children have been found, the first two were born before he came to Pinxton, Mary c1665, Joshua (buried in Pinxton 1684), John baptised in Pinxton 17 January 1669 (died), Martha & Hannah (twins?) baptised 12 February 1674. His marriage to Mary or where and when the first two children were born have not been found.

John married Jane Hall of Kirkby-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire in Nottingham on 30 September 1676. Their children with baptism dates were:

  • twins Hannah and Martha 12 February1674 (died 1676, 1674)
  • Margaret 3 August,1677
  • Roger 13 August,1678
  • Ann 13 April 1680
  • John 10 July,1682
  • Jane 1 May,1684 (died 1684)
  • Richard 14 August 1685

John’s wife Jane married the rector who replaced him, Richard Raynor on 3 March1688 in Ault Hucknall Nottinghamshire. They had one son, Nicholas born 27.3.1689.

Maureen Stanley is descended from John’s daughter, Mary Kelsall who married John Walton on 7 May,1687 in Pinxton. John Kelsall’s son John married Henrietta Barbara Horne in Derby 25 January,1709 and had children Anne and Mary born in London. Margaret Kelsall married Eleazer Smith on 6 March 1713 in Pinxton. Ann married William Challand on 29 June.1706 in Mansfield Nottinghamshire.

From information in the clergy database, John may be the same John Kelsall who was a preacher at Ashbourne (Derbyshire) in 1662, Hathersage (1662) and Vicar of Mayfield (Staffordshire).

The connection with the Moultrie/Bellinger line, specifically Roger Kelsall who lived in the Bahamas in the 1700s, is based on the Kelsall estate in the Bahamas named as Pinxton and the repetition in both families of the names John and Roger (the name John is frustratingly repeated in many Kelsall trees but Roger is less common.) John the Rector had a son Roger christened 13 September 1678 at Pinxton. Could this be the Roger who was admitted to Cambridge University in 1698, and expelled from college after he joined the Quakers (from Cambridge alumni on line). Did this Roger fall out with his Church of England family and go to America? Was he the father of John Kelsall reported to have been born in S. Carolina in 1716, who married Mary Bellenger in 1738? If so, Roger Kelsall (1738 to 1788) who owned the Pinxton estate in the Bahamas was the great grandson of the Rector of Pinxton.

At this time, the origins of John Kelsall before he became Rector of Pinxton in 1670 or a preacher at Ashbourne in 1662 are not known. I have found no evidence connecting him to Audley, although there is a history of clerics in that family.