Thomas was born in Carrigeenagappul, Roscommon Ireland on Aug 21, 1879. He was baptised in the Parish of Ogulla, Roscommon, Ireland on Sept 1, 1879 with his sponsors being Jacobo (James) Dufficy & Elenora Kelly. He was the son of Thomas Kelly and Elizabeth Beirne. (Birth record show Jan 29, 1880 which is incorrect but could be date that birth was registered).
He was the 6th child and 3rd son of 9 children: (Siblings: Mary Ann, Brigid [Delia] + Winifred [twins], James, Stephen, Thomas, Michael, Patrick, and Luke.
His paternal grandparents were James Kelly and Anne Leneghan, who are listed as tenants (2a) in Griffiths Valuation 1847-'64 of Carrigeenagappul, Kilcooley Parish, agent, Joseph Kincaid. His maternal grandparents were Luke Beirne and Winifred McManus of Drisheane/Ballinameen.
Thomas was a farmer who lived on his family farm until his death. He remained single. He appears on the 1901 and 1911 census with his family members and took over the farm upon his father's death in 1915.
In 1932, he is interviewed by student, Cait Brady of Dinaun, for the National School's Story Telling Collection. She attended the school in Corraslira and her teacher is Bean Ui Dhubhlain. Tom spoke of local marriage customs. Later his widowed sister, Delia (Brigid / Mrs. Peter Kelly) moves into the family farmhouse with her young daughter, Elizabeth and stays with him until her death in 1952.
He dies on October 9, 1954 and his funeral mass is at the RC church in Tulsk. He is buried with his parents at Killynagh More Graveyard, Killina.
|Date of Birth||21st Aug 1879||VIEW SOURCE|
|Date of Death||9th Oct 1954||VIEW SOURCE|
|New Type||The National School's Collection||VIEW SOURCE|
|Townland born||Carrigeenagappul, Roscommon Ireland|
|Place & Date of Baptism||Ogulla, Roscommon, Ireland on Sept 1,1879|
|Number of Siblings||8|
|Names of Siblings||Mary Ann, Brigid [Delia] + Winifred [twins], James, Stephen, Michael, Patrick, and Luke.|
|Place of Death||Killynagh More Graveyard, Killina|