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HENRY EUGENE GANUNG, now a very prominent citizen and trader in Arkville, in
Middletown, was born in Roxbury in the same county, January 11, 1859. His great-grandfather
was John Ganung, and his grandmother before marriage was Miss Devough Knittin. John
Ganung came from near Croton Falls, Putnam County, and settled at Batavia Kill, a pioneer in
that section. After the death of his first wife he married the Widow Sloat. He lived to a good old
age, and finally died as the result of a broken arm. His children were Harry, Sniffin, Devough,
Hannah, Sally, Ebenezer, Reuben. Three belonged to the first wife, and the others to the
second. He was a committee-man of the Revolutionary War.

His son Devough, the grandfather of the special subject of this sketch, was born in Putnam
County, whence he was taken to Delaware County. His wife was Hattie Gregory; and they raised
nine children: Hannah, Polly, John, Thomas, Sally, Sniffin, Jane, Edward, and Julia. It is Sniffin
Ganung who is connected with this biography by his marriage with Electa Kelly. He was
born at Batavia Kill. After working with his father till the age of twenty-five, he began business for
himself, farming,speculating in land, and selling the timber cut therefrom. In 1870 he made a
change of base, going into mercantile business at Roxbury, where his marriage took place.
His wife was the daughter of Hiram and Sally (Borden) Kelly and the grand-daughter of
David and Susan (Baker) Kelly , and more about the Kelly family may be found under that
name. David Kelly was born in Putnam County, and found his way into Delaware County by
following the blazed trees in the forest. He decided to take up land in what is now Halcottville,
where he lived the rest of his days. Besides a farmhouse he built a grist-mill. He also served in
the Revolutionary War, and lived to be ninety-nine, his wife dying at eighty-four. Their children
were David, Norman, Reuben, Hiram, Elizabeth, Susan, Marcia. Hiram Kelly was born in
Putnam County, but came to Delaware County, and eventually took the homestead, caring for
the farm and mill as long as he lived. There were three hundred acres of land, whereon his ten
children grew up -- Judah, Jane, Caroline, John, Electa, Emiline, Deborah, Hiram Borden,
Norman, and Lorenzo Kelly. Their father lived to be seventy, and his wife died only
a year younger. He was a Republican and a Baptist.

GEORGE G. KELLY is the enterprising and prosperous proprietor of a five-hundred-acre farm on
Batavia Kill, in the town of Roxbury. His grandparents were Edmond and Lovina (Liscomb)Kelly,
the former of whom during the early part of his life worked on a farm in Putnam County. When
the Revolutionary War broke out, he took up arms and went forth to the defence of his home
and his country. Edmond Kelly served through the struggle for American independence, and
then, with whatworldly effects they could bring, plunged into the wilderness with his little family,
and at length, after a long and toilsome march through the thick, entangled forests, infested with
wild beasts, they reached what is now known as Roxbury. Four or five other families only were
settled, so that they had to cope with the rough, rude forces of nature almost alone. The rifle and
the axe were equally necessary while Mr. Kelly was erecting his first log house for the protection
of his family. Often at night the stealthy step of the prowling panther could be heard as he made
the rounds of the little cabin. Game was so plentiful that they lived for weeks on the flesh of deer
and bears, and the fine trout which swarmed in the brooks. Mr. Kelly was an indefatigable
worker, a man of great energy, with an iron constitution. Politically he was a Whig. He and his
wife were both deeply religious. They were members of an old -school Baptist church, and
brought up their ten children in that faith. These children were: Charles, William, Abigail, Amy,
Martin, Ezekiel, Susan, Edmond Jr., Thomas and Hannah. Edmond Kelly lived to the age of
eighty-six, and his wife to about the same age.

Martin Kelly was the second son of Edmond and was the father of George G. Kelly. Martin
was born in Putnam County, and came West with the father, sharing the hardships, and
afterward the blessings of the pioneer home. He assisted his father on the farm and when the
opportunity came, worked for others and saved his earnings. When he was old enough he
bought his father's farm and a piece of an adjoining one in addition. Martin had had some
educational advantages in a district school, and he supplemented what he had there learned
with so judicious a course of reading that he became a well-informed man. He had good
business ability, his agricultural methods were the best, and he obtained excellent crops from his

Martin Kelly married Alvira Stewart, who lived in Pennsylvania. She bore him eight children---
Edmond, Julia Ann, Syrenus, Stewart, Anna, Ezekiel, George G., and Abigail. As he had
become very well-to-do, Martin sold the farm to his son, Edmond L., and moved to Griffin's
Corners, where he lived a quiet life. He was a Republican, and held the offices of Supervisor
and Constable of the town of Roxbury. Both Mr. and Mrs. Martin Kelly followed their early
training, and were loyal members of the old-school Baptist church.

George G. Kelly was born March 18,1836, at Red Kill, on the farm now owned by E.L. Kelly.
He received a good education at the red kill district school, and worked at home till he was of
age. Then he worked for various people for six years. When he was twenty-seven, he
purchased two hundred and seventy acres of and in Middletown. When he had owned this
place but a short time, he was offered a price much higher than what he had paid for it, and
accordingly, he sold out and bought one hundred and ninety-six acres near Griffin's
Corners, owned by John Bookhout. Here he lived twenty years and ten months, putting up
substantial buildings and making wise improvements. Finally he sold that estate, and bought his
present splendid farm of five hundred acres on Batavia Kill, near the post office of Denver. He
has greatly improved this farm since it came into his possession, and it is an interesting place to
visit. It is well stocked, well watered and well cultivated. Mr. Kelly keeps seventy-five milch cows,
and has large and roomy barns and several other buildings. His house is beautifully located
facing the valley, commanding a wide vista of the neighboring farmlands.

At the age of twenty-seven, Mr. Kelly was united in marriage with Susan Carman, daughter of
Richard and Sally (Covell) Carman, who came from Fishkill on the Hudson. The Carmans were
ofEnglish descent. Mrs. Carman was a daughter of Samuel and Eleanor Covell. Samuel Covell
wasborn on Cape Cod, October 15, 1779. He died April 15, 1852. His wife Eleanor was born
March 1, 1783, and died August 4, 1859. They had seven children--- Edwin, Electa, Caroline,
Priscilla, Amanda, Mary, and Sally. Mr. and Mrs. Kelly have four sons, as follows: Derwood
B.Kelly married Ida Johnson, lives at Griffin's Corners, and has one child. Delvern H., a
farmer married Nettie Hinckley, and lives in Middletown. Ward Kelly lives at home, is a
wide-awake, capable young man, and a great help to his father. Cornelius, named for his
mother's brother, also lives at home, and is still in school.

Mr. George G. Kelly is a Republican. He is an Assessor of the town, and has always been active
inpolitics and interested in the welfare of the community. He is hale and hearty, and has inherited
a sound constitution, will no doubt live to a good old age, respected and beloved by his friends
and fellow-citizens.

CROSBY KELLY, a contractor and builder of Middletown, residing at Griffin's Corners, is well
and favorably known for his good business abilities, and takes a high stand in his chosen
occupation. He is the son of John B. and Mary A. (Crosby) Kelly, and was born September 16,
1862, in Granville, Bradford County, Pa. His paternal grandfather, Thomas Kelly, was the son
of Edward, a native of Connecticut, and one of the first settlers in Greene County. Edward
Kelly cleared some land on the mountain in the town of Halcott, built a log house, and lived
there to an advanced age. His son Thomas married Jane Molyneaux, and continued on the old
homestead until he died, at seventy years of age, in 1869, his wife living to be seventy-five years
old. Both were members, in good standing, of the Baptist church. A family of fourteen children
was born to this worthy couple, the following being a brief mention: Justice K.; Hannah, who
married P. Fellows; Clara, who became the wife of B. Ballard; Betsey, who married A.
Chase; Chauncey, who chose for his wife Calisa Winchel; John B.; Amy, who became the
first wife of W. Scudder, after her death her sister Theresa being his second wife; Edwin
and Philip, who died young; and Phebe, who married M. Kelly. The
others died in infancy.

John B. Kelly received a common-school education, and commenced farming when he was
twenty-one years old. He married Mary A. Crosby, daughter of Benjamin L. and Hulda (Hull)
Crosby, and grand-daughter of Thomas and Rebecca Crosby. Her father, Benjamin L., born in
1797 was a hale and hearty old farmer of Greene County, who almost cheated time by living to
the remarkable age of ninety-five years. His wife, less sturdy, died when forty-two; and he then
entered a second time into the bonds of matrimony. His second wife, Elizabeth Dickson, was
more of a match for him, for she attained the age of ninety-one. After his marriage John B. Kelly
moved to Bradford County, Pennsylvania, where he bought a farm, but died there in a short
time, leaving two children: Crosby, born September 16, 1862; and John B., born July 18,
1864. The latter married Sarah Van Acken, and lives in Kingston, being a mechanic by trade.
Their mother, Mrs. Mary A. Crosby Kelly, lives at Griffin's Corners, and is highly esteemed by all
who know her.

Crosby Kelly was educated at Delaware Academy, and at twenty-one learned the carpenter's
trade. His first work on his own account was building the Elemdorph store at Arkville. Since then
he has built many fine houses, among them many of the beautiful buildings at Fleischmanns and
Griffin's Corners. In 1884 he married Miss Ettie Hitt, daughter of Albert Hitt, a prosperous
farmer of Union Grove, residing now at Griffin's Corners. One child, Mary, was born to Mr. and
Mrs. Kelly, April 5, 1887. Mr. Kelly has had a large business experience, and occupies a high
position in this community. He is an authority on all matters pertaining to building interests.
Socially, he is a pleasant man to meet, and is interested in the leading questions of the day. He
is a Democrat politically, and in all things is bright and enterprising, a useful citizen, and well
appreciated by his fellow-townsmen.

[p.489]Edmond Kelly, James Kelly, William Kelton, David Kennedy, George Kennedy, Doctor
Kennedy, James Kennedy, John Kennedy, Andrew Kernochan, Robert Kindsay, Widow

Introduction - The history of the Anti-Rent War in this part of New York can be traced to 1708,
Lord Cornbury, the royal governor, granted a patent to the Hardenburgh family. Landlords who
represented the farmers whose objections to the oppressive methods began shortly after the
birth of our
nation, in 1787.  to adjoining counties, including Delaware. In 1839,Stephen VanRensselaer, a
landholder, died and the actions of his heirs who were very strict about collection of rents caused
to come to a head.

In 1844, a Delaware County group organized in Andes, because Sheriff's men, most flamboyant
whom was Undersheriff Osman "Bud" Steele, had been enforcing sales. They went along with
neighbors in adjoining counties and adopted Indian disguises, which in early 1845 were declared
illegal. On August 7 of that year, Anti-Renters from a wide area gathered at the farm of Moses
near the foot of Dingle Hill, about a mile and a half southeast of Andes. They had heard that
cattle were to be sold for non-payment of rents and were determined to convince the posse
otherwise. Steele, who earlier in the day at Hunting's Hotel, a center for the pro-rent forces, had
his confidence of victory with the words "Lead can't penetrate Steele!" was in charge of the party.
Events, later in the day, proved otherwise, the "Anti-Rent War" came to a crisis and the "War"
moved into the judicial arena of the Delaware County Courts. Anti-Rent War Indictments in The
of Oyer & Terminer
1845 Sept 12
ARMED vs Elijah Hull, Avery Kelly, Ezekiel Kelly, Augustus Kettle, Valentine Kettle, Horace
Mays, Joseph Morse, John Phoenix, John D. Reside, Jason Sanford, Smith Sanford, Warren W.
Scudder, Morris Townsend, Baxter Travis, Ethel Travis & William Weaver. (GS/IND-7)
13 Handwritten pages - 7 Typed pages

1845 Sept 20
Delamater, Avery Kelly, Charles Kettle, Joseph Morse, Elias Osterhout, Alonzo Sanford & Baxter
Travis. (GS/IND-18)
7 Handwritten pages - 4 Typed pages

1845 Sept 20
INDICTMENT FOR MURDER vs William Joscelyn, Dennis Kelly, Augustus Kittle, John Lathan,
William Miller & Robert Moscript, Jr. (GS/IND-30)
12 Handwritten pages - 15 Typed pages

1845 Sept 12
ARMED vs Elijah Hull, Avery Kelly, Ezekiel Kelly, Augustus Kettle, Valentine Kettle, Horace
Mays, Joseph Morse, John Phoenix, John D. Reside, Jason Sanford, Smith Sanford, Warren W.
Scudder, Morris Townsend, Baxter Travis, Ethel Travis & William Weaver. (GS/IND-7)
13 Handwritten pages - 7 Typed pages