Kelly Family Papers

Identifier: 2017-68

Scope and Contents

Collection contains a small number of documents from the Kelly family, including letters, business, and legal documents. Letters include one written from Buell, Nevada, now a ghost town, located in Elko County on the border with Utah, and two letters written by Harry A. Gallway in 1923 and 1928. The 1923 letter from Gallway discusses rumors of changes at American Flat including the construction of a new mill and a town called Comstock.

Legal and business documents include accounts, a tax receipt, a bill of sale for a piano, a legal case between Peter Kelly and Charles S. Coover in the 1st Judicial Court of Storey County, a homestead claim filed by P. N. and Margaret Kelly, Patrick and Margaret Kelly's marriage certificate, and P. N. Kelly's certificate of citizenship dated October 12, 1868.


  • 1862-1931



Collection is open for research. Materials must be used on-site; advance notice suggested. Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law.

Biographical Note

Patrick N. Kelly was born in Ireland around 1832. He emigrated to the United States and married Margaret Tobin in St. Mary's Cathedral in San Francisco, California on April 20, 1862. By 1867, Margaret and Patrick had relocated to Gold Hill, Storey County, Nevada and filed a homestead claim for two lots in Gold Hill. The 1870 census shows them living with a number of individuals, some who appear to be family and others possibly lodgers. Other family members include Kate, John, and Henry, who ranged in age from less than one year to 5 in 1870. Patrick received American citizenship on October 12, 1868 in Storey County, Nevada. Although information regarding the Kelly family is sparse, by the turn of the 20th century some family members had relocated to California and Montana.


0.41 Leaves (1 folder, 1 oversize folder)

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Originally emigrants from Ireland, the Kelly family settled in Nevada around 1867. By the turn of the 20th century, family members had relocated to California and Montana. Collection includes letters to and from Kelly family members, a certificate of citizenship for October 12, 1868 for P. N. Kelly, and business and legal documents.



Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Norma Fuller Mullin in September 2017.


Guide to the Kelly Family Papers
Jessica Maddox
October 2017
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Nevada, Reno. Special Collections Department Repository

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