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William KELLEY
Elizabeth GORSUCH
Eleanor CORBIN
NOTICE:  patrilineal descendants of our subject are participating in the KELLY DNA Surname Project.  Anyone who suspects he descends from our subject on a direct male line can support that connection with a DNA test.  For a discussion of results and lineages for Haplogroup I2b KELLY/KELLEY, please see this page on my web site.
Husband:  William KELLY / KELLEY
Birth:  12 Apr 1715, Baltimore Co., MD
Death:  10 Oct 1796, St. Thomas Parish, Baltimore Co., MD
Y-DNA Haplogroup:  I2b1-Continental-2b (Group B)
Brother said to beJames KELLEY, b. 1710
Father said to beJames KELLEY
Mother said to beMary __?__
Marriage-1:  by 1741
Wife-1:  Elizabeth GORSUCH
Birth:  ca. 1719, Baltimore Co., MD
Death:  by 1745, Baltimore Co., MD
Father:  Thomas GORSUCH
Mother:  Jane ENSOR

Secondary sources say Elizabeth was born in 1730 and died in 1780.  She cannot possibly have been born in 1730 if she had a child in 1741; and, unless William & Elizabeth were divorced, which would be unusual, she cannot possibly have died in 1780 if William & Eleanor were married by 1745.

Marriage-2:  by 1745
Wife-2:  Eleanor CORBIN
Birth:  1710s/20s

There's a Public Member Tree (online at Ancestry.com) claiming Eleanor is the daughter of Edward CORBIN & Jane WILKINSON.  I have yet to find any evidence to support such a connection, though there is no doubt these KELLEYs were inter-marrying with these CORBINs.

Marriage-3 presumably:  1779/80 (prenuptual agreement dated 10 Dec 1779)
Wife-3:  Mary MILLER
Children with Elizabeth GORSUCH:
  1.  Chloe KELLEY, b. 12 Aug 1741 
  2.  Urath KELLEY, b. 20 Feb 1744
Children with Eleanor CORBIN born in Baltimore Co., MD:
  3.  Rachel KELLEY, b. 2 Mar 1746; d. 2 Mar 1775
  4.  William KELLEY, b. 7 Feb 1748; d. 29 Aug 1749
  5.  William KELLEY, b. 10 Apr 1750 
  6.  Joshua KELLEY, b. 10 Apr 1752
  7.  Nicholas KELLEY, b. 30 Jan 1756 
  8.  Temperance KELLEY, b. 3 Nov 1756
  9.  Zachariah KELLEY, b. 30 Dec 1760; d. 12 Oct 1782
10.  Joseph KELLY, b. 7 Apr 1767 
These three are said to be their daughters, but they are not mentioned by Barnes (1989: 383) as children of William.  Mary's birthyear argues strongly against her being a child of the same woman who was mother of Rachel.  Most women have a maximum span of fecudity of 23 years (from age 20 to age 43); 29 years is just not realistic.  Or are some of Eleanor's earlier children actually Elizabeth's?
Sarah KELLEY, b. 31 Mar 1763; m. Elijah CORBIN
Ruth KELLEY, b. 1768; m. Zachariah LOVEALL 
Mary KELLEY, b. 1774/5; m. Micajah CORBIN
We do know, for certain, that Sarah and Mary were sisters, just as their spouses, Elijah and Micajah CORBIN, were brothers.
Child said to be with Mary MILLER:
.  (Son A) KELLEY, b. 1774-90
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1.  Marriage Record:

2.  1790 U.S. Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #27 of 55; extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1790 MD Baltimore Co. Patapsco Lower Hundred Roll M637_3 p. 178 Ln. 14 Wm Kelly 2-1-3-0-4
These data indicate:
Gender and Type Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
2 free white males 16 or over in or bef. 1774 = William (b. 1715)
= Son
1 free white male 15 or under 1774-1790 = Son
3 free white females all ages in or bef. 1790 = Mary
= Daughter
= Daughter
4 slaves all ages in or bef. 1790 = ? ? ? ?

3.  1800 U.S. Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  not found, but only the City of Baltimore was enumerated, not the county at large.

4.  Robert W. Barnes.  1989.  Baltimore County Families, 1659-1759.  Genealogical Publ. Co., Baltimore, MD (Broderbund CD-195):
p. 382 KELLY (or KELLEY), WILLIAM, was b. 12 April 1715; d. 10 Oct. 1796; m. 1st Elizabeth, dau. of Thomas and Jane (Ensor) Gorsuch;
p. 383 m. 2nd Eleanor (---), m. 3rd Mary Miller (antenuptial contract made 10 Dec. 1779); in 1750 owned 100 a. part Green Spring Traverse; d. testate; has iss.: CHLOE, b. 12 Aug. 1741, m. William Cromwell on 10 Sept. 1761; URATH, b. 20 Feb. 1744, m. Nathaniel Owings on 7 Jan. 1763; RACHEL, b. 2 March 1746, d. 2 March 1775; WILLIAM, b. 7 Feb. 1748, d. 29 Aug. 1749; WILLIAM, b. 10 April 1750; JOSHUA, b. 10 April 1752; NICHOLAS, b. 30 Jan. 1756; TEMPERANCE, b. 3 Nov. 1756; ZACHARIAH, b. 30 Dec. 1760, d. 12 Oct. 1782; JOSEPH, b. 7 April 1767 (113:425; 134:13, 14; 153:74; 259:63).

5.  Messages in the Kelley Family Genealogy Forum (online at GenForum.com), including these items:
I have a Miles C. Kelley who was listed in the will of his grandfather, Joshua Kelley.  The will was filed on October 10, 1834 in Owen County, Indiana.  Joshua Kelley was born on April 10, 1752 in Baltimore County, Maryland...
Joshua Kelley, born April 12, 1752, is the son of William Kelley and Eleanor Corbin. William Kelley was born in Baltimore County on April 12, 1715.  There is some research which indicates that William's father was James Kelley, born about 1680 in Kinneigh, Cork, Ireland...

6.  Anon.  1972.  "Queries."  Bulletin of the Maryland Genealogical Society 13(1): 28-34.  On p. 31:
KELLEY, Nicholas b 1771, w Rachel Kelley (Kelly) b. 1779 were they related to William Kelly of Balto Co., Md. whose will probated 8 Nov 1796? Wm listed w Mary, daus Chloe Cromwell, Urah Owings, sons Wm. Joshua and Joseph also gdn son Joshua, the s of Nicholas.  Nicholas b 1771 moved to Ross Co., O where he d in 1814. Rachel d 1845 Waren Co., Ind. Their eldest son was Joshua...

7.  Letter, dated 19 Jun 1858, from Keziah (GREENLAND) SHANAFELT (click her link for a full transcription) of Clarion Co., PA, to her son, Thomas.  Keziah is a granddaughter of Benjamin & Sarah (SIAS) CORBIN.  The letter is in the possession of Laurel Shanafelt Powell of Colorado; Lorinda Clendenon Greenland generously posted a transcription at her web site. 
...Uncle Elijah and Mycajah [CORBIN] married sisters, Sarah and Mary Kelly...

8.  LDS.  Family Search: Internet Genealogy Service:  AF - Ancestral File (online at FamilySearch.org).

9.  Broderbund.  World Family Trees.  Vol. 8, Pedigree #804 and #804.  Gives Elizabeth GORSACH as the mother of all William's children. 

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