The Samuel KELSO Family
Of Grundy Co., MO

The family of Samuel Kelso was one of the group of five families that first settled in Lincoln Township, Grundy County, Missouri arriving in the fall of 1837. Samuel, b. 10 July1794; d. 8 Sept.1863, and Dorcas, b. 20 Nov.1797, d. 18 June 1863, were both natives of Spartanburg County, South Carolina. They moved with their respective families to Indiana between 1815 and 1819 where they were married on 16 Oct. 1819 in Dubois County. They remained in Dubois County, Indiana until after the birth of 10 of their twelve children. They left Indiana between 1833 and 1836. The census records state that Betsy their eleventh child was born in Illinois so either she was born on the way to Missouri or they stayed in Illinois for a while. Dorcas was the daughter of Henry and Sarah FARRIS FOSTER. Henry and some of his family migrated with them. Apparently his wife died in Indiana because a deed signed in Indiana had only his signature. I only have some guesses as to the siblings of Dorcas nor do I know the family of Samuel...
The following children were born to Samuel and Dorcas:

1. Margaret (Peggy) F. b. 14 Aug.1820; d. Aug. 1903; m. Robert Speer.
2. Henry Decatur, b. 14 Jan.1822; d. 8 Aug.1850; m Margaret Keith.
3. John B. b. 26 Sept. 1823; d. 23 Oct. 1824.
4. Sarah (Sally) Ann, b. 17 Aug.1825; d. 10 Apr.1890; never married.
5. Moses, b. 7 Sept. 1827; d. 19 Aug. 1828.
6. Mary Jane, b. 4 June 1829; d. 3 Sept. 1892; m. Oliver Bain, 9 Nov. 1848; divorced Oct. 1850.
7. Samuel J. b. 2 May 1831; d. 28 Apr. 1893; m. Sarah Ann Tracy 11 Jan. 1855.
8. Dorcas Emily, b. 9 July 1833; m. Samuel Cropper, 12 Jul.1883.
9. Sylvester Newton, b. 9 July 1833, d. 25 Sept. 1862; never married.
10. Elizabeth (Betsy) Elvira, b. 4 Dec. 1836; d. 20 Aug. 1925; never married.
11. infant
*12.Hiram Alexander Hunter, b. 16 May 1840; d. 25 Jan. 1899; m. Marietta Proctor, 8 Mar. 1865.
Hiram, the youngest child of Samuel and Dorcas Foster Kelso, was the only one of their children born in Grundy County, Missouri. Hiram spent his entire life on the land patented to his father by the government. On 8 Mar. 1865 he married Marietta Proctor, daughter of Joseph Lemon and Mary Jane Sutton Proctor. Hiram was a prominent member of the Tindall community and active in the Cumberland Presbyterian church. Hiram and Marietta were the parents of four children.
1. Samuel Joseph, b. 3 Jul.1867; d. 26 Nov. 1956; m. (1) Iva Myrtle Carpenter, (2) Alma Crawford Wolf. no children
2. Mary (Mollie) Dorcas, b. 5 Dec. 1869; d. Jan. 1954; m. George D.Ragan; no children
3. James Winfield Sylvester, b. 14 Dec. 1871; d. 18 Nov. 1949. m. Lena Catherine Harmon, 13 Oct. 1901; two daughters, Lela Margaret and Lois Cathryn.
*4. Lula Ann, b. 10 Jul. 1874; d. 13 Nov. 1965; m. William Harvey Paramore
William Harvey Paramore grew up in the Starlight community north of Dunlap where he attended the Starlight School. He married Lula Ann Kelso on 18 Dec.1899. They farmed in the Starlight community living on the same farm until their retirement. They were the parents of two daughters:
1. Naomi Lee, b. 17 May 1901; d. 10 Mar. 1982; m.(1) Uriah Wilford Elledge, one son, Charles William; Naomi m.(2) James Oscar Mack on 7 Mar. 1929, two children, Anna Lou and James Wallace.
2. Ruth Kathryn, b. 27 Sept. 1915; m. Edgar Marion Kilburn on 7 Mar. 1933, two sons, Billy Joe and Charles Edgar.

This material was graciously provided by Anna L. Martin

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