Martin Kelly was born sometime between 1827 and 1833 in Ireland (he gives slightly different ages in different censuses). He married Winifred Hore before 1856 when their first child John was born.
Martin leased 5 acres of land from John Blakeny at a cost of £2 a year according to Griffith's land valuation in 1854, in Corgowan township which is Kilglass parish near Strokestown. This area was badly affected by the potato famine in the 1840s and 1850s. The Kelly family moved from Ireland to Darlington in the north-east of England some time between July 1867, when their youngest child Mary was born in Corgowan, and the third quarter of 1868, when son Peter was born in Darlington.
In 1871 they lived at 5 Grey Street in Darlington. Daniel Hore, a possible brother of his wife Winifred, lived in the next street, so they may have followed over. (In the 1891 English census, Daniel's DOB is stated to be Strokestown.)
The attraction was work in the local ironworks. Both Martin and Daniel were labourers in this industry.
Winifred's sister (Catherine Hore) and her brother (William Hore) were living with them at this time. William also worked in the ironworks as a labourer. Martin's eldest son John also worked there. In total there were 12 people living in the house, four of them working as labourers in the ironworks.
In 1881 the Kelly family had moved to the next street, Prescott Street,with 7 children and 3 lodgers. By 1891 the family had moved to Stockton-on-Tees to 2 Alice Street, including 2 adult children and William, Catherine's brother. They shared the house with another family of 4. There were many other Irish families living on the same street. Next door at 4 Alice Street, lived Patrick Hore, his wife Hannah and his family of 5 children. Patrick was born in Kilglass according to the census. They also shared the house with another married couple. Martin's daughter, Catherine, and her husband John Foley live at 19 Alice Street.
Martin dies in 1897 in Stockton, and his wife Winifred died in 1893.
|Date of Birth||1830 (circa)|
|Date of Death||1897|
|Townland born||Possibly Corgowan. Was living there in 1854.|
|Spouse (First Name/s and Maiden/Surname)||Winifred Hore/Hoare.|
|Place & Date of Marriage||Date of marriage not known, but before 1856 when their first child was born.|
|Number of Children||Ten.|
|First Child||John Kelly, born c1856. His age is given as 15 in the 1871 English census when the family had moved to Darlington in England.|
|Names of Children||John b1856 Ireland, Catherine b1858 Ireland, Margaret b1860 Ireland, Daniel b1862 Ireland, Michael b 23.5.1864 Corgowan township, Patrick b 18.5.1866 Corgowan, Mary b 12.7.1867 Corgowan, Peter b1868 Darlington, William b15.11.1870, Winifred B1874|
|Occupation||Landholder while living in Ireland, Labourer in ironworks in 1871, General labourer in 1881, No occupation listed in 1891.|
|Place of Death||Stockton on Tees, England 1893.|
|Names of Siblings||Michael Kelly is a possible brother (or maybe father) of Martin. Michael is renting an almost adjacent plot of land in Corgowan township.|