John Kelly enlisted 2 Feb 1777 as a private in Capt. Charles Porterfield’s Company, Col. Febiger’s 11th Virginia Regiment. He was wounded at the Battle of Brandywine and carried a bullet in his neck until he died. He was discharged 2 Feb 1780 and applied for a pension on 6 Jun 1818 at the age of 62. He is listed as one of the patriots of Muskingum Co. Ohio.
The first history of Preston County (done in the 1880’s) states that John Kelly lived in the county, then moved on to Muskingum Co., OH, about 1811 and lived to be 103 years old.
John Kelly is buried in Rich Hill Cemetery in Rich Hill Township, near Rix Mills Muskingum County, Ohio. His grave does have a Rev. War Marker.
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