Hello to a distant cousin, Sandra Lee --- & to all others interested, --- from HAMILTON, New Zealand.
My wife's great-grandfather was WILLIAM KELLS, born near Ballyconnell in Ireland c.1869 & died 1955 in Hamilton, N.Z.
On his Nov 30th 1895 Wellington, NZ Marriage Certificate to Clara Maud Cate, William gave his birth place as "Fermanagh", in approx. 1869, and his parents as Thomas Kells & Mary Anne Breen. I suspect that he was actually brought up near the Yellow Road, Cuillaghan, near Ballyconnell in County Cavan though.
After a 'Coffin Notice' threat of sectarian violence, he left Dublin(?) alone c.1885 for Australia, and later for N.Z.
William's older brother HENRY KELLS was born 1867, also married a BREEN, and with their 5 or so children, emigrated to NZ after 1906. Henry died aged 90 in 1957.
They had at least one sister who emigrated to the East Coast of Australia, but details on her are scarce --- was she Isabella? That was a common KELLS name in NZ.
Julene & her family have been back to their ancestral house in north Co.Cavan and the KELLS were remembered there.
Unfortunately, the exact address seems to have been forgotten.
Hoping to share information and trace further back -- Julene Kells, Hamilton, NZ
JKells@ihug.co.nz OR Murray@Ginnane.co.nz
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