This is a subset of a Kelsalls who were living in the Warrington, Burtonwood, and Great Sankey areas of southern Lancashire going back to before 1700. This line was researched in a book, “Descendants of Richard Kelsall of Lancashire, England” by Helen Louise Wilson (nee Kelsall) and Cindy Sue Wilson.

Samuel Kelsall (great grandfather of Helen Louise Kelsall) was born 4 June 1820 at Great Sankey. He went to Castlemaine, Australia in 1854 where he was the first Mayor. He arrived in New York from Glasgow, 19 August 1867 with wife Christian and son Samuel. They moved to Reno, Kansas where he owned land and a business.

Samuel first appears in the US Census in 1870 with family Christiana, born Scotland about 1818, Georgina, born Scotland about 1849 and Samuel born Australia about 1858.

Samuel was married three times. He married Jane Longton in England. She died at sea on the way to Australia. They had a son Peter. Samuel married Christian Allan Fraser in Castlemaine Australia. Christian had a daughter Georgina by her first husband who had died of yellow fever in Louisiana. Christian died in 1869 in Reno. Samuel and Christian had a son Samuel. The father Samuel later married Christian’s half-sister, Margaret Allan who died in Reno in 1879.

Samuel Kelsall died in Reno 6 December 1896 and is referred to as “Reverend” on his grave stone.

Samuel’ father was also Samuel, born 1790 Burtonwood, married Martha Tickel 18 March 1811 in Farnworth. The line traces back through John 1749, Nehemiah Killshaw 1722, Isaac 1685, to Richard Kelshaw who married Sarah Johnson 10 May 1676.