J. M. KELLETT, Danville Mounted Riflemen


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James Madison Kellett was born in Laurens County, South Carolina, in about 1811. The names of his parents are unknown at this time.

He immigrated to Montgomery County, Texas, with his brothers and sisters in about 1843. They probably came here from Alabama. They joined other families from Laurens County, including the Parks and the Fowlers, who also settled in Montgomery County. James was the uncle of Henrietta Park, who married Thomas A. King.

The Kelletts settled in the vicinity of Danville, Texas. By 1844, the brothers' names were recorded in the County Court minutes, being assigned road work. James applied for and received a third class headright certificate. He located his land, 320 acres, in San Jacinto County, patenting it in 1852.

James was enumerated on the 1850 census of Montgomery County in the household with his brother, John G. Kellett, and his sister, Nancy. On the 7th of January, 1851, J. M. Kellett married Sarah A. Dunlap. Sarah Ann was born in Alabama. She was seventeen in 1850, the daughter of William and Elizabeth Dunlap, who were both born in South Carolina.

James is listed as head of household in the 1860 census of Montgomery, age 47, with no wife. In his household is a son, J. W. Kellett, age four. We can assume that Sarah Ann died after 1856.

Also in his household is his brother John G. Kellett age 34.

In 1861, James M. joined the Danville Mounted Riflemen at Danville. This was a company of militia which was part of the Seventeenth Brigade, Texas State Troops. He did not join regular CSA Service, probably because he was over age.

We know that James was still alive in 1865, as his signature appears on the Amnesty Application of Confederate Postmaster, John E. George.

James's name is not found in the 1866 property tax rendition, and he probably died in late 1865. His name does not appear in the Texas census for 1870. Also, there does not seem to be any record of his child after 1860.

For further information and records of all Confederate soldiers of Montgomery County, Texas, as well as histories of the regiments they served in, see Montgomery County, Texas, CSA by Frank M. Johnson. The book may be purchased by visiting Frank's website at frankmjohnson.net or by contacting Frank at fjohnson@wt.net.

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