This tree links a Kelsall family in the American colonies at the time of the Revolutionary War, with a family in the Bahamas and lines in England. It originates from the Pinxton and Etchells tree. The main characters in the continuity of the tree are shown below.

 

From various sources we know that a large archive of family correspondence and other documents (including certificates and wills) was put up for auction in 2011 or earlier. It appears that the archive was broken up and sold in lots. Some of the letters were sold for the value of the stamps. I have contacted two collectables dealers (David Shaw and Colin Harding) but they are unaware of the origin of the archive.

I am aware of:

  1. Letters to and from John Theophilus Kelsall regarding the Voyage of the H.M.S. Alecto 1860 – 62 to the West Coast of Africa plus photos of Theophilus Moultrie Kelsall and family (images and partial transcripts kindly provided to me by Colin Harding).
  2. Letters to and from Theophilus Moultrie Kelsall, many regarding business dealings in Australia, plus some family photographs. These were posted to the website Australian Postal History & Social Philately.
  3. Items including medals purchased by Peter Duckers

 

 

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Kelsall in South Carolina, Georgia, and the Bahamas

The story of Kelsall in the Bahamas is told in a book “Islanders in the Stream: A History of the Bahamian People”, Volume 1: From Aboriginal Times to the End of Slavery” by Michael Craton and Gail Saunders, University of Georgia Press.

The Kelsalls were almost the quintessential Bahamian Loyalist family. The patriarch was John Kelsall, owner of Great Ropers Plantation near Beaufort, South Carolina, whose sons Roger and William compromised themselves during the Revolutionary War and migrated to the Bahamas after the American victory. Roger, the older son (1738-88), was the pioneer. A widower since 1770, he had already resettled in Georgia, where he became a councilor in the Loyalist government and “a Commissioner to take possession of the Negroes and other property of active Whigs.  Having sent his children John and Anne to England for their education, he went to the Bahamas around 1783 with a handful of slaves, establishing an estate called Pinxton adjoining the great salina on Little Exuma. During this rough initial stage, the middle-aged bachelor, isolated from his family and fellow planters, fathered a girl called Portia with his black slave housekeeper, Eleanor, commonly called Nelly. The struggle to clear land, raise cotton, and rake salt broke Roger’s health, and he went to England in 1786, to die two years later.

Roger Kelsall’s legitimate children returned to the Bahamas after their father’s death, dividing their time between Pinxton and Nassau. Anne, no great heiress, married a modest doctor called Lewln, but John, with his Cambridge degree and legal training, married Lucretia, the daughter of John Moultrie, former Lieutenant Governor of East Florida. He failed as a planter but enjoyed a distinguished if brief public career, becoming vice-admiralty judge and Speaker of the assembly before his tragically early death in 1803.

 

In 2008 I was contacted about a memorial ring that had been found with the inscription “Rogerus Kelsall, diem obut 5 Decembris 88, circiter 51 annus natus” which was translated as “Roger Kelsall, died 5th December 1788, approximately 51 years after he was born”. The story behind this ring is told here.

There are several resources online regarding the Kelsall family in the Bahamas. The best documented is on WikiTree managed by Ann Carmel here. References for births, marriages and deaths compiled by Peter Kelsall are included in the table at the end of this account.

From various accounts John Kelsall and later Roger and William owned a large estate near Beaufort, South Carolina where they grew cotton. During the Revolution, Roger, a staunch Loyalist, moved from South Carolina to Sunbury, Georgia where the English had a stronger hold. As the English lost control of Sunbury, Roger moved to East Florida where he had been awarded land by the Crown but when Florida reverted to Spanish rule he moved on to the Bahamas. He established an estate called Pinxton on Little Exuma, where he tried to grow cotton, but the soil was poor and rocky.

From the Pinxton and Etchells tree, we know the Kelsall line in the Americas and Bahamas originated with Roger Kelsall, the son of John Kelsall of Pinxton, Derbyshire. Roger was expelled from Cambridge University in 1698/1699 after he became a Quaker. He went out to Virginia, became minister of Lynhaven Parish, and died in 1708/1709. From his will we know that Roger was married to Katherine but I have found no record of this marriage on either side of the Atlantic. Katherine is also mentioned in Col. James Wilson (1644-1712) of Norfolk County, VA and brother Col. William Wilson (1646-1713) of Elizabeth City County, VA (online): Lemuel Wilson was clerk of Lower Norfolk county in 1711. He married Katherine, widow of Rev. Roger Kelsall, minister of Elizabeth River Parish, who in his will (1708) names his son John Kelsall and an estate left him by Roger Kelsall, “minister of Royden, dec’d, known by the name of Byers St. Mary’s adjoining to Colchester.” From the IGI Lemuel and Katherine had children Lemuel, Mary, Luce and Samuel between 1710 and 1716.

As noted above Roger Kelsall arrived in the Bahamas from the American colonies. Various historical records may be found on line for Kelsall in the southern states, principally South Carolina and Georgia.

  • 1738. John Kelsall married Mary Bellinger 28 May 1738. As discussed in the Pinxton and Etchells tree, this author believes that this John Kelsall was the son of Roger Kelsall who died in Virginia in 1708.
  • 1740. John Kelsall listed in U.S. Census reconstructed Records, resident of St. Bartholomew Parish, South Carolina.
  • 1746. Kelsall, John, planter of St. Bartholomew’s parish, to Mary Kelsall, bill of sale for two slaves named Phillis and John, 4/10/1746 (South Carolina Online Records)
  • 1756. John Kelsall granted 500 acres in Christ Church parish, Skidoway Island, Georgia (English Crown Grants for Islands in Georgia, 1755 to 1775; Pat Bryant, State of Georgia, 1972).
  • Mary died January 1760, St. George, Dorchester, South Carolina (Ancestry trees).
  • 1763. John Kelsall married Agnes Barry, June 30 (South Carolina Marriage Records, 1688 to 1799; J. Revill, 1944).
  • 1765. Will of John Kelsall of St.  Bartholomew Parish proven 29 March 1765. Refers to wife Agnes, eldest sons Roger and William, daughter Mary Sealy, five youngest daughters and son John.
  • 1767. William Kelsall identified as a parishioner St. Helena Parish, South Carolina. (Minutes of The Vestry of St. Helena’s Parish, South Carolina, 1726-1812; Edited by A. S. Salley, Historical Commission of South Carolina, 1919).
  • 1765 to 1773. Roger Kelsall identified as owner of property in St. Mary and St. David Parishes, Georgia. (English Crown Grants for Parishes of St. David, St. Patrick, St. Thomas, St. Mary in Georgia, 1755 to 1775; State of Georgia, 1972).
  • 1773. Roger Kelsall surveyed 50 acres in St. James parish, Georgia. (English Crown Grants for Islands in Georgia, 1755 to 1775; Pat Bryant, State of Georgia, 1972).
  • 1773. Colonel Roger Kelsall identified as a proprietor of the town of Sunbury, Georgia (from The Dead Towns of Georgia, Charles C. Jones, 1878).
  • 1775. Roger Kelsall granted land in St, John Parish, Georgia.
  • 1775. William Panton and Thomas Forbes and Company purchased the businesses and real estate of James Spalding and Roger Kelsall, including the Spalding Lower and Upper Indian Trade Stores at St. John’s River Florida.
  • 1775. Roger Kelsall and William Bellinger Kelsall administrators of the estate of John Kelsall (South Carolina Online Records).
  • 1781. Three British colonels of militia, Fenwick, Lechrnere, and Kelsal, with thirty-two regular dragoons and fifty-six privates of the royal militia, surrendered on the 12th of April 1781 to this handful of returning exiles (The History of South-Carolina, From Its First Settlement in 1670 to The Year 1808. David Ramsay, 1809.)
  • 1817. Reference to the will of the late Mrs. Agnes Kelsall in the District of Beaufort (South Carolina Online Records)..

In 1942, a Miss Estelle King Beale of Birmingham, Alabama, donated a copy of a letter to the Southern Historical Collection at the University of North Carolina. She attached a note: This letter was written from Nassau in 1773 by Roger Kelsall who became a British Colonel in the American Revolution. Many references to him are found in the History of Ford farm Lands in Georgia. The original of this letter is in my possession and it is with pleasure that I, great, great great niece of Colonel Roger Kelsall present this copy to the Ford Estate. From the abstract in the Southern Historical Collection, this was a letter from Roger Kelsall in Nassau, Bahamas, to his sister, Elizabeth L. Amelia Kelsall, at her plantation near Beaufort, S.C., offering to buy slaves from her and giving her financial advice. The letter can be downloaded here. This author does not see a reference to Elizabeth L. Amelia in the letter, but it is clearly signed “Yr affectionate brother, R. Kelsall” and there is a reference to a sister Claudia. I also wonder if there are two sisters, Amelia & Elizabeth. (From census returns Estelle King Beale born Alabama 1881, was the daughter of John Shepherd Beale born Alabama ~1851 and Eloise Elizabeth Johnson born S. Carolina, ~ 1853. From Ancestry tree, Estelle had a sister Willein Kelsall Beale but I don’t see where Kelsall originates from in the tree. Estelle died in 1949).

General locations of the lands owned by the Kelsalls are shown in these maps.

 

John Kelsall and Mary Bellinger

Combining the sources cited above, John Kelsall was in South Carolina as early as 1738. There are trees on Ancestry that indicate that John was born about 1716 in St. John’s Parish, Berkeley, South Carolina but I have not seen the source for this. He married Mary Bellinger in 1738 and Agnes Barry in 1763. He died in 1765 based on the will of John Kelsall of St. Bartholomew Parish proven 29 March 1765.

John and Mary had two sons Roger and William Bellinger who are well documented and discussed below. From the letter that Roger wrote in 1773 we know that two of his daughters were Amelia and Claudia, and from his will we know of another daughter Mary Sealy and a son John. The will refers to three other daughters. I have seen the names Elizabeth, Katherine and Henrietta on Ancestry trees but I do not know the source.

Roger Kelsall was born 1737/1738 as inferred from his age when he died. He married Barbara Mackay (from “James Mackay of Strathy Hall, Comrade in Arms of George Washington”). From the inscription on the mourning ring described above he died 5th December 1788 “approximately 51 years after he was born”.

Roger and Barbara had a daughter, Anne, who married a doctor called Lewin, and a son John, who married Lucretia Moultrie, as described below under the Moultrie line.

William Bellinger Kelsall, the other son of John Kelsall was christened in Charleston, South Carolina 6 August 1741. He married Mary Elizabeth De Saussure. daughter of Henri and Magdalene De Saussure, Swiss emigres, 23 April 1772, in St Helena’s Parish, Beaufort, South Carolina. Like his brother Roger, who preceded him to the Bahamas, William was an exiled Tory/Loyalist. He, Mary Elizabeth, and their four daughters, Mary, Charlotte, Henrietta and Eliza – as well as his slaves and stock animals arrived in Exuma early February 1790. The Royal Gazette, in the 12th February 1790 issue, reported: “On 5th instant, William B. Kelsall and family arrived at Exuma from Port Royal, South Carolina in the schooner ‘Eliza'”.. They settled on Little Exuma and developed an estate next to Pinxton called the Hermitage where he planted cotton and raked salt. William Bellinger Kelsall died in 1791 in Exuma at 50 years of age. The Bahama Gazette published a death notice in the issue of 2-6 September 1791 that read “Death, at Little Exuma, on Saturday the 27th of last month, William Bellinger Kelsall; formerly of South Carolina.”

The will of Mary Elizabeth Kelsall of Nassau Bahamas, was proven November 1824. Their daughter Eliza De Saussure Kelsall married Robert Duncombe at Christ Church, Nassau, Bahamas 3 February 1807. Eliza died in Nassau in 1845 and was the last of the Kelsalls in the Bahamas. She and Robert had five children: William Kelsall, Alfred John, Mary Deborah, Frederick, and Edward Adderley Duncombe.

Again, drawing from Ann Carmel at WikiTree, Mary Magdalen Kelsall, the oldest daughter of William Kelsall and Mary De Saussure was born about 1774 – probably in Beaufort, South Carolina.  She married George Fowke, third son of Thomas Thorpe Fowke, 24 July 1797 at Christ Church, Nassau, Bahamas – George Fowke had a long career in the Royal Navy. In 1795, Lieutenant Fowke was promoted to the rank of Commander, and to command the Swallow, a fir-built sloop of 18 guns. He was ordered to the Leeward Islands. From this station, the Swallow was attached to Jamaica. In 1798, he was appointed to the Proselyte, of 32 guns, that was stationed in the West Indies until it was lost in 1801 off the coast of St. Martin’s.

Mary Magdalen Fowke moved to England before the birth, in 1800, of her second son, George Marshall, in the spring of 1800. She passed away in 1844. The Essex Standard reported her death: “On the 21st inst., at Sible Hedingham, Essex, in her 70th year, Mary Magdalen, the widow of the late Rear-Admiral George Fowke.”

Moultrie Line

John Kelsall 1766 – 1803

John Kelsall, the son of Roger Kelsall, was born in 1766 in Beaufort County, S. Carolina. John and his sister Anne were sent to England to be educated and John obtained a degree at Cambridge and trained as a lawyer. Meanwhile, their father had moved to the Bahamas in about 1783. According to “Islanders in the Stream: A History of the Bahamian People” quoted above, John and Anne returned to the Bahamas after their father’s death, dividing their time between Pinxton and Nassau. Anne, no great heiress, married a modest doctor called Lewln.  John failed as a planter but enjoyed a distinguished if brief public career, becoming vice-admiralty judge and Speaker of the assembly before his early death 15 April 1803. John died in the Bahamas in 1803 and was buried in the Centre Burial Ground Nassau (photo from Find a Grave).

 

THIS STONE | is placed by his Affectionate | Sister ANNE LEWIN | over the Remains of | JOHN KELSALL | who was born Dec 25, 1766 | and died April 15 1803.

 

 

 

John married Lucretia Moultrie at St. Paul, Covent Garden, London, 8 August 1791.

 

Lucretia was the daughter of John Moultrie, a doctor born in South Carolina and educated at the University of Edinburgh Scotland, who became Royal Lieutenant Governor of Florida. After Florida was ceded to Spain he moved with his family to England and is buried in Sheffnal Church, Shropshire. (from The Moultries of South Carolina From A Sketch by The Late Dr. James Moultrie, with. Annotations by A. S.’ Salley, Jr). The Moultries were a prominent South Carolina family of Scottish origins and there is much of their history on line. The Moultries of South Carolina were a deeply divided family in the Revolutionary War. While Dr. John Moultrie, a Loyalist, fled to Florida, his brothers, including Gen. William Moultrie, were all Patriot officers.

Lucretia left the Bahamas with her children in 1800. John and Lucretia gave rise to an extensive tree mainly located around Fareham, Hampshire. The names Moultrie, Lucretia and Theophilus are prominent in descendants. Lucretia died in Fareham in 1835.

Much of the Moultrie tree was provided to me by Ronald Dunning. More recently I found the website Australian Postal History & Social Philately which includes an extensive history of Theophilus Moultrie Kelsall and his son Conrad Moultrie Kelsall. I believe this was the work of Dr. Maurice Mishkel who passed away in 2016. Dr. Mishkel’s interest was based on a collection of 30 envelopes, letters and stamps from the period 1850 to 1900, from 10 different countries including: Ascension Island, Australia, France, Germany, Great Britain (addressed to 6 different addresses) and Lagos, as well as to several ships in the Royal Navy.

I have not found a way to obtain formal approval to reproduce Dr. Mishkel’s material but have done so on the expectation that Dr. Mishkel wanted the material to be shared. His text includes acknowledgements for assistance received from Stephanie Ryan, State Library of Queensland; Angela Cleife, Librarian at the Fareham Library; Colin Harding, stamp dealer; Louise Howard, Reference Archivist, Queensland State Archives; abd Peter Duckers.

John and Lucretia Kelsall‘s children were:

Eleanor Kelsall, died in Fareham 1865, unmarried,

Roger Kelsall born 5 August 1792. From research by Patricia Ellis and others this was the Roger Kelsall who was the first Royal Engineer in Australia, arriving in Hobart in 1835, and who died 26 March 1861 Geelong, Victoria age 67. The connection is proven by letters between Theophilus Moultrie Kelsall and his sister Ellen that refer to the death of Uncle Roger in Geelong in 1861. From the Australian Dictionary of Biography Roger was educated at Eton and commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Royal Engineers in July 1809. He was promoted lieutenant in May 1811, second captain in June 1815 and captain in December 1829. In 1835, he was appointed to command the branch of the Ordnance Department in Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania). Kelsall was promoted major in January 1837 and in April 1845 he was promoted lieutenant-colonel and by August he had sold his commission. During his military engineering career, Kelsall was responsible for the construction of several important works in the fledgling penal colonies. These works included the Church at Port Arthur (1836), guard house at George Town (1838), barracks at Port Arthur (1840) and the barracks and convict hospital on Maria Island (1840). After visiting England in 1845, he returned to Victoria and by 1853 he occupied a grazing property in Victoria. He died on 26 March 1861, aged 67 years, and was buried in the Eastern cemetery, Geelong. From Probate, his wife was Ann Kelsall and he had a son, Roger. This may be Roger Kelsall bapt. 2 August 1835 at Chester, father Roger, mother Ann. From the family grave at Geelong, Ann died 12 June 1872 and Roger 20 June 1875 age 42. Roger may have married Amelia Pickering Barnfield 1864 in Victoria. From his will this Roger left everything to Mrs. Jane Wilson and there is no mention of any Kelsall heirs..

John Theophilus Kelsall 1794-1855 married Elizabeth Anne Stephens in 1827. He served in the Royal Navy from 1809, being promoted to Lieut. in 1819 and then on half pay for a long period. He saw extensive service during the Napoleonic Wars. In the Administration of his Will signed in Florence in July 1846 he was styled, “of Her Majesty’s ship Horatio at Sheerness in the county of Kent, a Lieutenant in the Royal Navy, late of the city of Florence but at Spezia in Piedmont”. The will refers to a second wife Anna Hill. In 2012, I received an e mail from Julia Bolton Holloway of the Mediatheca ‘Fioretta Mazzei’ ‘English’ Cemetery in Florence informing that Theophilus Kelsall and Anne Hill had a daughter Nina Juliet Adelina Kelsall who was buried in the English Cemetery in 1864 at age 17.

Thomas Forbes Kelsall 1799-1872 was presumably named after Thomas Forbes who was a fellow plantation owner in the Bahamas in the early 1800s. He married Frances Anne Harrison in 1829 and Jane Somerville in 1855. Children with Frances Anne were:

  1. William (1830 – 1893) married Ellen Weatherby and had a son, Rev. John Edward Kelsall (1864 – 1924) who officiated at several family burials.
  2. Mary Eleanor (1832 – 1912) and Lucretia (1841 – 1920) were described as spinsters at the time of their father’s burial and in probate.
  3. Frances Anna married Edward Weatherby and died of scarlet fever in 1860, as mentioned in a letter to John Theophilus from his sister Ellen Hume Fowke.
  4. Gustavus (1835) was an Army officer later assigned to an asylum at Plantation Terrace in Dawlish, Devon.
  5. Thomas Moultrie (1837) married Kathleen Leah Purvis – who was the sister of Ronald Dunning’s great-great grandfather.

From Wikipedia, Thomas Forbes Kelsall was an English lawyer and literary figure. For some time he lived at 3 Houndwell Lane, Southampton. He was the literary executor and friend of Thomas Lovell Beddoes, and edited some of his published work, including the notable Death’s Jest Book: or, The Fool’s Tragedy, in 1850. Much correspondence between Kelsall and Beddoes can be found on line.

A photograph of Thomas Forbes and his family was posted to Pinterest.

Left to right: Lucretia, Eleanor his sister, Gustavus, Thomas Forbes Kelsall, Mary Eleanor, William. This photograph must have been taken in the early 1860s. It appears to be a copy stuck onto a thick piece of card cut from an album. On the back Thomas Forbes Kelsall and his children are identified and there is the rubber stamp of a photographer, W H Heys of “Devonia” Beach Road, Westward Ho! Bideford, Devon who perhaps owned the album. Bideford was where some of Kelsall’s family lived. Someone (Heys?) has also written ‘This photograph was taken by Tho F K’s wife – she must have been a pioneer female photographer.’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

John Theophilus Kelsall had two children with Elizabeth Anne:

  1. Ellen Hume Kelsall 1828 – 1914 married William Villiers Fowke. It may be noted from the Bahamas/Bellinger line that a daughter of William Bellinger Kelsall married George Fowke. If I have the genealogy correct, Ellen Hume Kelsall and William Villiers Fowke were second cousins once removed. They were residents of Sible Hedingham, Essex.
  2. Theophilus Moultrie Kelsall 1831 – 1910

 

Theophilus Moultrie Kelsall 1831 – 1910, Commander, Royal Navy was born in Fareham, Hants, England on 22 June 1831. He married Marie Anna Brutzer in Stuttgart, Germany. Theophilus and Maria Anna had 9 children, 7 daughters and 2 sons, of which the elder Conrad Moultrie was third in line, followed by his brother Alfred H. Kelsall. Three of his daughters were born in France. The entire family is seen in a later photograph, where Conrad has not yet been distinguished from his younger brother:

  1. Nina (or Mina) Marie: born in Germany in 1871; died Youngaton 15th June 1949. Unmarried
  2. Ellen Louise Eveline: born in Ramsgate in 1874; died Youngaton 18th Feb. 1950. Unmarried.
  3. Conrad Moultrie Kelsall 1873 married Piera Elena Migliorini and had children Roger Moultrie, George Nicolls, Margaret Eleanor and John Fowke.
  4. Alfred Heinrich Kelsall born in Somerset 1874, worked in business in Glasgow at one stage and was later an electrical engineer in Manchester. He married Ida Emily Rowe in Denton, Lancashire in 1902.

Moultrie Rowe Kelsall 1904 – 1980 was a well-known actor in films and British TV in the 1950s and 1960s.Moultrie’s son is Robin Alfred Kelsall[ of Blairlogie, Scotland, author of “Blairlogie Boyhood”.

Keith Kelsall 1910 – 1996 (also known as Roger Keith Kelsall) was a renowned sociologist who became head of Sheffield University’s School of Social Studies. He married Helen Lightbody in Bothwell Scotland in 1934 and had one son according to his obituary.

  1. Ida Lucretia: born in France in 1876; died Youngaton, 5th May 1956. Unmarried.
  2. Isabel Mary: born in France in 1877; died 5th Sept. 1950. D. Youngaton; unmarried.
  3. Lillian B.: born in France in 1879. Married John L. Gubbins of Ennisfanre in Bideford,1913. Died 1934 in East Preston. Son, Martin C. B. Gubbins died 1944.
  4. Kathleen Ethel: born in Northam, Devon 1881. Lived Harrow. D. Youngaton 24.2.1949. Unmarried.
  5. Jessie Margaret, 1883 – 1953

The family lived for some years at La Chapitre, in St. Servan in Brittany in the 1870s, after T.M. Kelsall’s retirement, and some of his daughters were born there. They moved to the old farm of “Youngaton” in Westward Ho! Devon, in 1880. The name of this very old house (one of the earliest farms at Westward Ho!, long before it became a popular seaside resort), is preserved in “Youngaton Road” on which “The Village Inn” stands.

Theophilus entered the Royal Navy in December 1846 on the recommendation of Admiral Dundas, no doubt aided by the fact that his father was a naval officer and his grandfather a Vice Admiral (Stephens). A picture of the young Theophilus in uniform is copied below.

His service record only survives from 1852, when he was promoted to Mate.

 

  • “Trafalgar Mate”:  09.12.52 to 14.04.55 Medtn., incl. Crimea service.
  • “Spiteful”  :15.05.55 to 02.09.55 Lieut. 06.08.55. Mediterranean.
  • “Arachne”: Lieut. 23.10.55 to 27.11.55 N. America & West Indies.
  • “Horatio”:  10.01.56 to 12.05.56 Sheerness
  • “Cressy “: 13.05.56 to 14.05.57 Mediterranean & St. Petersburg.
  • “Cumberland”:  17.09.58 to 17.08.59 S.E. coast of America
  • “Weser”:  18.10.59 to 26.01.60 Mediterranean
  • “Alecto”:  27.01.60 to 25.06.62 West Africa : Porto Novo 1861
  • “Phoebe”:  26.09.62 to 29.06.66 Commander 11.04.66. Mediterranean.
  • Coast Guard Cmdr. 29.06.70 to 13.10.73 Ramsgate area.

 

He served as Lieut. of HMS Trafalgar in the bombardment of Sebastopol in October 1854 and ashore with the Naval brigade. He received the Crimea medal and Turkish Crimea medal and was commended by Commdr. Raby (“Alecto”) for the “great assistance” he rendered during the attack on Porto Novo, West Africa, 1861.  He retired with the rank of Captain, 1st Oct. 1873

Theophilus was buried in Northam, Devon where his death is inscribed as being 8 May 1910 at Youngaton, Westward Ho! where his wife Marie (Maria) Anna Kelsall (daughter of Professor H.W. Brutger, also spelt Brutzer) is interred. As well, his elder son Conrad Moultrie Kelsall is buried there, with his wife, Piera Migliorini Kelsall.

Conrad Moultrie Kelsall was born Ramsgate, 14 February 1873 and died in Basingstoke, 26 April 1936. He married Piera Migliorini only daughter of Cavaliere Migliorotto Migliorini, of Florence on 3 May 1910 in Hocking, Braintree, Essex. He attended The Colonial College (which taught the skills of farming and was sponsored by the Canadian and various Australian state governments) at Woodbridge, Suffolk in 1890-91, and he farmed at Rosedale, California in 1890s and in Queensland, Australia. He returned to the UK ca. 1919 and died in Hampshire in 1936.

Conrad and Piera had children Roger Moultrie 1913 – 1985, George Nicolls 1915 – 1983, Margaret Eleanor, 1917 – 1996 married A MacDonald, John Fowke 1920 – 1985.

Both Conrad and his father had associations with Australia.  Conrad Moultrie Kelsall bought property around Cairns, Queensland in 1900 for £350 (using part of £500 provided by his father) which he farmed; as shown by electoral rolls, Conrad and his wife, Piera lived until at least 1919 south of Cairns at Nelson (re-named Gordonvale in 1915) and/or Deeral.

 

There are other references to Kelsall in the West Indies:

  • Henry Kelsall was a plantation owner in St Andres Parish, Barbados in 1680 (The Original Lists of Persons of Quality; Emigrants; Religious Exiles.; Political Rebels; Serving Men Sold for a Term of Years; Apprentices; Children Stolen; Maidens Pressed; and Others Who Went from Great Britain to The American Plantations, 1600- 1700.)
  • Sarah Kelsall died 1734 aged 49 in Jamaica, with reference to her niece Johanna Bowerman died 1729 aged 26. (Monumental Inscriptions of The British West Indies).
  • References in 1726 to a ship commanded by Capt. Kelsall at Spanish Town, Jamaica.