Inventory of the James O'Kelly Collection, 1770 - 2006 Mss.Coll.023

Inventory of the James O'Kelly Collection, 1770 - 2006
Mss.Coll.023


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Descriptive Summary

Repository: Elon University. Belk Library Archives and Special Collections
Creator: James O'Kelly
Title: James O'Kelly Collection, 1770 - 2006
Language of Material: Material in English
Location: The collection is located in the Carol Grotnes Belk Library Archives and Special Collections at Elon University. Please contact the Archivist and Special Collections Librarian for further details about the location.
Abstract: This collection is not particularly large, but it is arranged into quite a few series. It is arranged alphabetically by type of material into twelve series, then chronologically within each series, where applicable. The series are: Books; Correspondence; Financial Documents; Legal Documents; Lists; Literary Productions; Maps; Minutes; Photographs; Printed Material; Prints and Drawings; Scrapbook. This collection would be an excellent source for anyone who is conducting research in one or more of the following areas: genealogy of the O'Kelly family, beginnings of the Christian Church in the South, biographical information about James O'Kelly and his role in the Church during the late 1700s through mid 1800s, and the role the Church played in daily life and practice for both the layman and minister.
Extent: 1 linear foot, 1 archival box

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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.


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Copyright Notice

The nature of the Archives and Special Collections of Belk Library means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. The Archives and Special Collections of Belk Library claims only physical ownership of most materials. The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to the U.S. Copyright Law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research of otherwise should be fully credited with the source.


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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], James O'Kelly Collection, Belk Library Archives and Special Collections, Elon University, Elon, NC, USA.


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Gift or Purchase Note

Materials have been collected from various sources and individuals over the years-all materials may not be directly from James O'Kelly's personal papers/collection. Many of his original personal papers burned in the fire on Elon's campus, January 18, 1923.


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Accession Information

Not applicable


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Processing Information

Processed by Katie Nash, May-July, 2007

Encoded by Katie Nash, March, 2008


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Biographical Note



Note: The numbers cited in parenthesis refer the researchers to the Series#: Folder# in which that name/topic will be found (example: 1:5)



Early Years:
* James O'Kelly was born in Mecklenburg County, VA sometime between 1735-1738 (2:5, 2:20, 6:5)
* O'Kelly was of Irish descent, and little is known about his parents and/or siblings. However, he may have had a brother named John (6:13)
* Lived in Surry County, VA until 1760 (10:14)
* He lived in Mecklenburg Co. from 1785-1797 (6:7)
* He moved to Chatham County, NC in 1797 (2:20)
* He was in NC during the Revolutionary War (6:7)
* O'Kelly enlisted in the Colonial Army and served in campaigns after he was captured and then released and/or escaped from the Tories (6:7)



Family:
* He married Elizabeth Meeks of Chatham County, NC on June 25, 1759 (4:11, 6:5, 6:5.1)
* Elizabeth was born ca. 1744 and died ca. 1833 (6:13, 10:2)
* They had two sons, John O'Kelly and William O'Kelly
* William O'Kelly was born April 29, 1763 and died December 20 or 24, 1820 (2:9, 10:2)
* William O'Kelly married Miss Mary E. Merritt of Chatham County, NC in 1787 (2:20)
* William served in both Houses of the North Carolina Legislature-Representative of the General Assembly (represented Chatham County) in 1805, 1812, 1814-1816 and as a Senator from Chatham County in 1818 (2:20)
* John O'Kelly was the elder son and he married Miss Macy Praight on May 2, 1811 (4:9)



Descendants of James O'Kelly:
* For more information on specific descendants of the Rev. O'Kelly, please refer to the following series/folder numbers within the collection: 2:1, 2:8, 2:9, 2:22, 4:8, 4:11-4:14, 6:5, 6:13, 10:1-10:4, 10:16, 10:21



O'Kelly's involvement with the Church and his years as a Minister:
* James O'Kelly embraced the followers of John Wesley in 1774 and became a licensed lay minister in 1775 (6:5.1)
* He was ordained as a Methodist Deacon and Elder in Baltimore, MD in 1784 (6:11)
* He served as a Presiding Elder of the Methodist Episcopal Church from 1775-1792 (2:20)
* O'Kelly withdrew and broke away from the Bishop Francis Asbury and the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1792 (2:9, 6:5.1)
* As stated on page 15 of the 1982 issue of the Circuit Rider, "O'Kelly's conflicts were caused by the denomination's evolving hierarchy. He objected to the rise of the episcopacy within Asbury's domination of the Council and the new bishops' assumption of absolute power to appoint clergy to changes. O'Kelly followed the democratic and anti-Anglican trends of the new nation after its revolution; Methodism was moving in the opposite direction" (10:5)
* After O'Kelly broke away from the Methodist church, he and his followers formed the Christian Church (2:9, 6:11)
* As stated in an article by J. Timothy Allen about James O'Kelly, his hymns and spiritual songs, he states, "After a decade of disagreement, most of which stemmed from O'Kelly's belief that local ministers deserved to choose their own circuits based on their knowledge of the people, O'Kelly left to form his own church in 1794" (10:8)
* The followers who broke away and followed O'Kelly in 1793 called themselves the Republican Methodists (6:11)
* They adopted the name of "Christians" in a meeting on August 4, 1794 at the Old Lebanon Meeting house in Surry County, VA. During this time, the Christian Church was born and the O'Kelly Chapel was erected in Chatham County, NC (6:11)
* The Christian Church based their faith and disciplines on the New Testament (6:11)
* For more information about O'Kelly and his relation to the church, see 6:8-6:13, 6:15, 10:5, 10:8, 10:14



Later years:
* James O'Kelly died on October 16, 1826 at his residence in Chatham County, NC (2:20)
* He is buried at the O'Kelly family cemetery, where the O'Kelly Chapel is in Chatham County (2:1)
* The O'Kelly Chapel was built in 1794 by O'Kelly and his followers (2:9)



Bibliographies and further resources within the collection about James O'Kelly:
* For information about additional resources that contain information about James O'Kelly, please refer to the following series/folder numbers within the collection: 2:1, 2:20, 6:7, 6:9, 6:11, 6:13, 6:15



Biographical Sources:
Mss.Coll.#023-2:1, 2:5, 2:8, 2:9, 2:20, 2:22, 4:9, 4:11-4:14, 6:5, 6:5.1, 6:7-6:13, 6:15, 10:1-10:5, 10:8, 10:14, 10:16-10:19, 10:21


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Scope and Content Note

This collection is not particularly large, but it is arranged into quite a few series. It is arranged alphabetically by type of material into twelve series, then chronologically within each series, where applicable. The series are: Books; Correspondence; Financial Documents; Legal Documents; Lists; Literary Productions; Maps; Minutes; Photographs; Printed Material; Prints and Drawings; Scrapbook. This collection would be an excellent source for anyone who is conducting research in one or more of the following areas: genealogy of the O’Kelly family, beginnings of the Christian Church in the South, biographical information about James O’Kelly and his role in the Church during the late 1700s through mid 1800s, and the role the Church played in daily life and practice for both the layman and minister.

The letters that are included in the Correspondence series pertain primarily to the care and preservation of the O’Kelly Chapel and family cemetery where James O’Kelly and many of his descendants are buried (2:8-2:12). Additionally, there are quite a few letters written by Durward T. Stokes (historian/professor) and William T. Scott (minister) to various places and organizations requesting biographical data about James O’Kelly (2:20, 2:21).

The Legal Documents series contains a variety of materials including deeds, marriage records, last will and testament’s, etc…The last will and testament of James O’Kelly and his wife, Elizabeth, are included in this series (4:11, 4:12).

One of the largest series in the collection, Literary Productions, contains mostly information relating to the biography of James O’Kelly, the O’Kelly family, and James O’Kelly’s role in the creation of the Christian Church in the South in the 1790’s. Additionally, many of the documents in this series outline O’Kelly’s faith, beliefs, theology, doctrines, and statement’s on different church related practices (6:5-6:15).

The pictures within the Photographs series include mostly black and white images of the O’Kelly Chapel, the O’Kelly family cemetery, and James O’Kelly’s grave. There are a few color photos that show the O’Kelly Chapel and the Piney Grove Church highway historical markers, and the O’Kelly Chapel historical plaque (9:1-9:7).

The Printed Material series is the largest in the collection. This series covers an expansive range of dates, and contains many types of materials. Similar to many of the other series in this collection, it contains documents that directly relate to the biography of James O’Kelly and the O’Kelly family (10:2, 10:3). Both the newspaper clippings and program sections of this series encompass a wide range of topics that include: the O’Kelly Chapel, establishment of the Christian Church, the O’Kelly monument at Elon, the O’Kelly family cemetery, theatre production at Elon about James O’Kelly, biography of James O’Kelly and the O’Kelly family, and James O’Kelly’s grave (10:12-10:32).

The Financial Documents, Lists, Maps, Minutes, and Scrapbook series are of the smallest in the collection. Additional information about each one of these series and the others in the collection can be found below in the Detailed Description of the Collection (Series Note).

Arrangement

The collection is arranged alphabetically by type of material into twelve series, then chronologically within each series, where applicable. The series are: Books; Correspondence; Financial Documents; Legal Documents; Lists; Literary Productions; Maps; Minutes; Photographs; Printed Material; Prints and Drawings; Scrapbook.


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Online Catalog Headings

These and related materials may be found under the following headings in online catalogs.

O'Kelly, James -- 1735-1826
Christian Church
Christian Church South -- History
O'Kelly Chapel
Methodism
Methodist Episcopal Church -- History
Chatham County (N.C.)
O'Kelly family
Slaves -- Emancipation
O'Kelly Monument -- Elon College
Elon University -- Archival resources

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Related Material

Please consult with the Archivist and Special Collections Librarian for additional information about related materials to this collection.

Detailed Description of the Collection

1. Books. 1849 and 1850.
3 folders. 3 Items.
The items within this series are not all complete Books. For example, the entry titled History of the Methodist Protestant Church… published in 1849 is simply an excerpt from the appendix about the Rev. James O’Kelly (1:2). Additionally, the document titled Macarie Exoidium, the Destruction of the Cyprus… published in 1850 is written by Charles O’Kelly and only includes the editor’s preface; in which many families related to the O’Kelly’s are discussed (1:3). The only complete Book (a photocopy) in this series is titled An Address to the Christian Church… by the Rev. James O’Kelly (1:1).
Folder 1. An address to the Christian Church under the similitude… No Date.
* O'Kelly, James
Folder 2. History of the Methodist Protestant Church…1849.
* O'Kelly, James
* O'Kelly followers
Folder 3. Macarie Exoidium, or the destruction of Cyprus…1850.
2. Correspondence. Inclusive: 1787-1993. Bulk: 1950-1972.
23 Folders. ca. 122 Items.
This rather large series contains primarily letters of Correspondence pertaining to a few topics. Mainly, it contains letters that discuss the O’Kelly Chapel, O’Kelly family cemetery, and James O’Kelly’s grave in regards to their current and future preservation and care (2:8-2:12). Specifically, there is a letter that documents the establishment of the O’Kelly Memorial Foundation which was set up to preserve and care for the O’Kelly cemetery and surrounding land (2:8). Moreover, there are letters within this series that mention descendants of James O’Kelly, as well as how land ownership was passed down within the O’Kelly family (2:1, 2:5, 2:8, 2:10, 2:13, 2:20).
There is only one letter in this series that was written by the Rev. James O’Kelly (reproduction of original). From the letter, dated 1787, we are unable to determine who he was writing it to. The original letter is housed in the Lovely Lane Museum in Baltimore, MD (2:2, 10:9).
Furthermore, there are quite a few letters that were written from both Durward T. Stokes (historian/professor) and William T. Scott (minister) to various individuals both in the United States and abroad requesting biographical information about the Rev. James O’Kelly for publications they were composing (2:20, 2:21). For example, Durward T. Stokes wrote to the Public Record Office of Ireland in 1971 in hopes of determining the birth place and date of James O’Kelly (2:21). In a reply from the University of Dublin, they were unable to absolutely determine this information about James O’Kelly (2:21).
Of particular interest to Elon University are a few letters that document the discussion about possibly moving the remains of Rev. James O’Kelly and his wife from the grave sites in Chatham County, NC (location of O’Kelly Chapel and family cemetery) to the O’Kelly Monument at Elon College (2:13). Unfortunately, there is no Correspondence that helps one determine the final outcome of this discussion.
Folder 1. Letters. No Date.
* O'Kelly, James
* O'Kelly, James
* O'Kelly, James-grave
* Hall, Maggie
* O'Kelly, James-portrait
* Brown, Ernest
* Rasmussen, Robert T.
Folder 2. Letters. 1787.
* O'Kelly, James
Folder 3. Letters. 1809.
* MacClenny, W.E.
* O'Kelly, James
* O'Kelly followers
Folder 4. Letters. 1885.
* O'Kelly Chapel
* Holleman, S.A.
* York, W.D.
* York, Mrs. S.E.
Folder 5. Letters. 1927.
* MacClenny, W.E.
* Cotton, Bruce
* O'Kelly, James
* Dromgoole, Edward
* Snethen, Nicholas
Folder 6. Letters. 1933.
* Harper, William Allen
* O'Kelly Bible
* Lynch, T. Frank
* Elon College library
* Johnson, Oma U.
* O'Kelly, James
* Lynch, B.F.
Folder 7. Letters. 1947.
* O'Kelly family cemetery
* O'Kelly, James
* O'Kelly, James-grave
* O'Kelly Monument
Folder 8. Letters. 1948.
* Newman, C.E.
* O'Kelly, James
* O'Kelly, William J.
* Fowler, Thomas J.
* O'Kelly Monument
* O'Kelly family cemetery
* Scott, William T.
* Fowler, Lillie D.
* Chatham County, NC
* O'Kelly, Aurelia Dew
* Herndon, Tom J.
* York, Annie
* O'Kelly, Elizabeth Meeks
* Hall, Margaret
* Green, Bessie O'Kelly
* Herndon, W.F.
* O'Kelly, James-grave
* O'Kelly Memorial Foundation
Folder 9. Letters. 1949.
* Hall, Maggie
* O'Kelly farm
* Cole, Charlie
* Bradley, E.G.
* African Americans
* O'Kelly, James F.
* O'Kelly Chapel
* Herndon, Pattie O'Kelly
* York, N. Durant
* Herndon, Tom J.
* York, Ludelia E.
* Cheek, John
* Williams, Matthew
* Byrd, John
* Upchurch, Winston
* Barbee, Tom
* Kerr, Daniel W.
* Wake Forest Pleasant Grove Academy
* Junto Academy
* O'Kelly Bible
* O'Kelly, William
* O'Kelly, Mary Merritt
* O'Kelly, Aurelia Dew
* Fowler, Thomas J.
* York, Mary Fowler
* Crawford, Annie York
* Lynch, Edgar
* Elon College
* Newman, C.E.
* O'Kelly, James-grave
* O'Kelly, Bettie
* Harward, Fred M.
* Merritt, William
* Scott, John
* Moring, John
Folder 10. Letters. 1950.
* Basnight, S.H.
* McCurry, John D.
* O'Kelly, James
* Newman, Charles E.
* O'Kelly family cemetery
* Vickers, Mrs. E.T.
* O'Kelly cemetery foundation
* O'Kelly Chapel
* Chatham County, NC
Folder 11. Letters. 1951.
* Basnight, S.H.
* Newman, Charles E.
* O'Kelly, James
* O'Kelly family cemetery
* O'Kelly cemetery fund
* Franklin Christian Church
* Chatham County, NC
Folder 12. Letters. 1952.
* O'Kelly family cemetery
* O'Kelly, James
* Basnight, S.H.
* O'Kelly cemetery fund
Folder 13. Letters. 1956.
* Basnight, S.H.
* O'Kelly memorial foundation
* Scott, William T.
* Elon College
* O'Kelly Chapel
* O'Kelly Monument
* African Americans
* Harrell, Mrs. Stanley
* Fowler, Lillie D.
Folder 14. Letters. 1958.
* O'Kelly Bible
* Apple, Mrs. T.W.
* Lynch, Grace
* Lynch, Frank
* Elon College
Folder 15. Letters. 1960.
* Cunningham, H.H.
* Basnight, Stein H.
* O'Kelly Chapel
Folder 16. Letters. 1961.
* Powell, Rex
* Basnight, Stein H.
* O'Kelly Chapel
Folder 17. Letters. 1964.
* O'Kelly, James
Folder 18. Letters. 1966.
* Lightbourne, James H., Sr.
* Elon College
* Scott, William T.
* O'Kelly, James
* Jacob, Henry
Folder 19. Letters. 1968.
* O'Kelly, James
Folder 20. Letters. 1970.
* Scott, William T.
* O'Kelly, James
* Southern Christian Conference
* Southern Convention of the Congregational Christian Churches
* Eure, Thad
* O'Kelly, William
* Chatham County, NC
* Merritt, Mary E.
* MacClenny, W.E.
Folder 21. Letters. 1971.
* Stokes, Durward T.
* Daughters of the American Revolution
* O'Kelly, James
* Meeks, Elizabeth
* Jefferson, Thomas
* University of Dublin
* O'Kelly, Thomas
* O'Kelly, William
Folder 22. Letters. 1972.
* Stokes, Durward T.
* Merritt, William
* Chatham County, NC
* O'Kelly, James
* Ashford, Jessie M.
* Daughters of the American Revolution
* MacClenny, W.E.
Folder 23. Letters. 1993.
* O'Kelly, James
* O'Kelly Chapel
* Southern Conference of the UCC
* Property and Historical Preservation Committee
* Russell, Rollin
3. Financial Documents. 1950-1951.
1 Folder. 6 Items.
This series contains a list of funds collected for the O’Kelly Cemetery Fund and it is one of the smallest in the collection (3:1). The lists include the names of individuals, churches, organizations, and/or business that contributed to the Fund and the amount of each contribution (3:1).
Folder 1. Fund's List. O'Kelly cemetery.
4. Legal Documents. Inclusive: 1785-1967. Bulk: 1800-1851.
15 Folders. ca. 30 Items.
This series contains a variety of Legal Documents including deeds, marriage records, last will and testaments, etc… Of particular interest is a copy of the deed of manumission that freed James O’Kelly’s slave, Dianna in the year 1785 (4:1.1). Additionally, there are deeds to various properties in Virginia that were owned by descendants and/or relatives of Rev. James O’Kelly (4:2, 4:4-4:6). Moreover, there is a copy of the deed to the O’Kelly Chapel in Chatham County, NC (4:2).
In addition to deeds, this series contains several last will and testaments. For example, Elizabeth O’Kelly’s (wife of James O’Kelly) last will and testament is included (4:11). Also, the last will and testament of James O’Kelly can be found in this series (4:12). Other last will and testaments of James O’Kelly’s descendants and/or relatives are also represented (4:10, 4:13, 4:14).
Folder 1. Birth record. Eller, Richard Wilson. 1919.
* Prince George County, VA
* Eller, Franklin
* O'Kelly, Lucy
Folder 1.1. Deeds. 1785.
* Pilgrim, Dianna
* Slaves
* African Americans
* Manumissions
* O'Kelly, James
* Mecklenburg County, VA
Folder 2. Deeds. 1789.
* O'Kelly, James
* Mecklenburg County, VA
* Jones, Tignal
Folder 3. Deeds. 1803.
* Scott, John
* Chatham County, NC
* O'Kelly, James
* O'Kelly, William
* Johnson, Lemuel R.
* O'Kelly Chapel
* O'Kelly, Mary E.
Folder 4. Deeds. 1851.
* Chatham County, NC
* O'Kelly, Martha A.
* Yates, Basil M.
* O'Kelly, Mary A.
* O'Kelly Chapel
* Scott, John
Folder 5. Deeds. 1930.
* Williams, Matthew
* Williams, Mary
* Harris, R.N.
* Harris, Plassie
* O'Kelly Chapel
* Chatham County, NC
* York, Ludelia E.
* York, N.D.
* Byrd, John R.
* Bradley, E.G.
* Cheek, J.M.
* Cheek, T.M.
* Cheek, S.A.
* Cole, Charlie
Folder 6. Deeds. 1949.
* Chatham County, NC
* Crawford, Annie York
* Brannock, D. York
* Brannock, Ruth C.
* Rouse, Mary Brannock
* Rouse, Brinson
* Harward, Annie Lou Brannock
* Harward, D.L.
* York, Ludelia E.
* York, N.D.
* Elon College, NC
* Cole, Charlie
* O'Kelly, James
* O'Kelly family cemetery
* Bradley, E.G.
Folder 7. General Statutes of North Carolina.
Folder 8. Marriage Records. 1967.
* Mecklenburg County, VA
* Kelly, John
* Crowder, Frances
* Crowder, George
* Crowder, Delilah
Folder 9. Miscellaneous. No Date.
* O'Kelly, John
* O'Kelly, James
* O'Kelly, William
* O'Kelly, Elizabeth
* O'Kelly, Zenas
* O'Kelly Chapel
* Slaves
* African Americans
* Pilgrim, Dianna
Folder 10. Wills. Crowder, George.
* Mecklenburg County, VA
Folder 11. Wills. O'Kelly, Elizabeth. 1832.
* O'Kelly, James
* Chatham County, NC
* Pilgrim, Dinah
* Slaves
* African Americans
Folder 12. Wills. O'Kelly, James. 1826.
* Chatham County, NC
* Mecklenburg County, NC
Folder 13. Wills. O'Kelly, Mary E. 1845.
* O'Kelly, William
* O'Kelly, James
* Merritt, William
* Chatham County, NC
* O'Kelly Chapel
Folder 14. Wills. O'Kelly, William. 1820.
* O'Kelly, James
5. Lists. No Date.
2 Folders. 8 Items.
This is another small series that only contains Lists. The majority of the Lists in this series include titles of books and other publications that were either written by or about James O’Kelly (5:1). Please search the Belk Library online catalog for current holdings of various titles, using James O’Kelly as a keyword. Additionally, there is a List that mentions prospective donors that may have contributed funds to the O’Kelly Cemetery Fund (5:2).
Folder 1. Books and Materials about James O'Kelly.
Folder 2. O'Kelly Fund.
6. Literary Productions. Inclusive: 1852-2007. Bulk: 1950s-1970s.
22 Folders. ca. 60 Items.
The Literary Productions series is one of the largest and most comprehensive in the collection. It contains a variety of formats including essays, reminiscences, manuscripts, research notes, play scripts, speeches, etc. The majority of the information included in this series discusses the biographical history of James O’Kelly, his descendants, and/or relatives, as well as his role in the formation of the Christian Church in the South in the 1790’s.
The essays and reminiscences in this series offer a wealth of biographical information about Rev. James O’Kelly and his family (6:5, 6:5.1, 6:9-6:13, 6:15). For additional biographical information on the Rev. James O’Kelly, please refer to the series/folder listings in the previous sentence, as well as the Biographical section of this finding aid (above).
In addition to biographical information about James O’Kelly, this series also provides rich information about his role in the formation of the Christian Church in the South (6:7-6:10, 6:12, 6:13, 6:15). This series also has lists that contain brief biographies of the ministers and laymen who were co-laborers and followers of Rev. James O’Kelly, when he broke away from the Methodist faith to form the Christian denomination in 1792 (6:13, 6:15). Furthermore, there are quite a few documents that outline O’Kelly’s faith, beliefs, theology, doctrines, and his statement on baptism (6:12, 6:13, 6:15).
Of particular interest to the Elon community are documents that discuss the history and formation of the O’Kelly monument on Elon’s campus (6:14, 6:20). Specifically, there is a speech included in this series that was delivered by the Rev. Dr. J.O. Atkinson on October 16, 1929 during the dedication of the O’Kelly monument on Elon’s campus (6:20). Not only does Dr. J.O. Atkinson discuss the significance of the O’Kelly monument, but he also highlights the importance of James O’Kelly and the Christian Church (6:20). In addition to this speech, there is a copy of the play script which was written by Becky Boone for an Elon theatre production titled, James O’Kelly—Southern Champion of Christian Freedom (6:17-6:19). This play was performed on Elon’s campus in 1976 (6:17-6:19, 10:7).
Folder 1. Bibliography. No Date.
* Dowling, Enos E.
* Lincoln Christian College
* Hymn books of the Christian Church Christian Connexion
Folder 2. Creed's. O'Kelly's Creed.
* O'Kelly, James
Folder 3. Essays. No Date.
* Allen, J. Timothy
* Hymnody of the Christian Church in the South, the
* Bethlehem Conference
* O'Kelly, James
* Chatham County, NC
* O'Kelly Memorial cemetery foundation
* O'Kelly family cemetery
* O'Kelly, James-grave
Folder 4. Essays. 1852.
* Economy of Methodism, the
* Snethen, Nicholas
* Mr. Snethen's second reply to Mr. O'Kelly
* O'Kelly, James
Folder 5. Essays. 1910.
* O'Kelly, James
* MacClenny, W.E.
* Jefferson, Thomas
Folder 5.1. Essays. 1956.
* Byrd, Luther N.
* O'Kelly, James
* Elon College
* Christian Church
Folder 6. Essays. 1978.
* Walker, Glenn
* Hawkins, Mamie
* Smith, Leon Edgar
* Elon College
* Walker, Nestor
* O'Kelly, James
Folder 7. Essays. 1984.
* O'Kelly, James
* Stainback, Robert G.
* Asbury, Francis
* O'Kelly followers
Folder 8. Essays. 2006.
* Allen, J. Timothy
* O'Kelly, James
* Methodist History Journal
* Religion and Politics: James O'Kelly's Republicanism and Francis Asbury's Federalism
Folder 8.1. Essays. 2007.
* Allen, J. Timothy
* O'Kelly, James
* North Carolina Historical Review
* Some expectation of being promoted: ambition, abolition, and the Reverend James O'Kelly
Folder 9. Manuscript. No Date.
* O'Kelly, James
* MacClenny, Wilbur E.
Folder 10. Manuscript. 1933.
* O'Kelly, James
* Old Free State…, the
* McCurry, John
* O'Kelly followers
Folder 11. Manuscript. 1940.
* O'Kelly, James
* Hartford Seminary Foundation
* Johnson, Leader
* Key, Carl
* O'Kelly followers
Folder 12. Manuscript. 1969-71.
* O'Kelly, James
* Scott, William T.
* History of the Southern Christian Convention
Folder 13. Reminiscences. No Date.
* O'Kelly, James
* MacClenny, Wilbur E.
* O'Kelly, William
* Mecklenburg County, VA
* O'Kelly, Elizabeth
* Cedar Creek Church
* O'Kelly followers
Folder 14. Reports. O'Kelly Monument. 1926.
* Southern Christian Convention
* O'Kelly historical marker
* O'Kelly monument
* Elon College
* O'Kelly, James
Folder 15. Research Notes. No Date.
* O'Kelly, James
* Christian Church in the South
* Mecklenburg County, VA
* Chatham County, NC
* O'Kelly, William
* Fowler, Thomas J.
* York, Ludelia E.
* York, N.D.
* Byrd, John R.
* Cheek, J.M.
* Williams, Matthew
* Williams, Mary
* Bradley, E.G.
* O'Kelly Chapel
* O'Kelly followers
* Coke, Thomas
Folder 16. Research Notes. 1968.
* O'Kelly, James
* Scott, William T.
Folder 17. Script. Theatre Production (c. 1). 1975.
* O'Kelly, James
* Elon College
* Theatre Department
* Boone, Becky
* Southern Champion of Christian Freedom, the
Folder 18. Script. Theatre Production (c. 2). 1975.
* O'Kelly, James
* Elon College
* Theatre Department
* Boone, Becky
* Southern Champion of Christian Freedom, the
Folder 19. Script. Theatre Production (c. 3). 1975.
* O'Kelly, James
* Elon College
* Theatre Department
* Boone, Becky
* Southern Champion of Christian Freedom, the
Folder 20. Speeches. 1929.
* O'Kelly, James
* Atkinson, J.O.
* O'Kelly monument
* Elon College
7. Maps. No Date.
1 Folder. 1 Item.
This small series contains only one Map of Granville County, NC (7:1). The immediate connection of this specific location to the rest of the collection is unknown.
Folder 1. Granville County, NC. No Date.
8. Minutes. 1836 and 1948.
2 Folders. 2 Items.
This series is small and only contains meeting Minutes from the General Meeting of the Christian Church in October of 1836 and the meeting Minutes of the trustees of the O’Kelly Memorial Foundation (8:1, 8:2). The O’Kelly Memorial Foundation was formed in order to help care for and preserve the O’Kelly family cemetery in Chatham County, NC (5:2, 8:2).
Folder 1. General Meeting of the Christian Church. 1836.
* O'Kelly Chapel
* Chatham County, NC
Folder 2. O'Kelly Memorial Foundation. 1948.
* O'Kelly, James
* Southern Christian Convention
* Chatham County, NC
9. Photographs. 1962, 1995, 2000, and 2001.
8 Folders. ca. 24 Items.
This series contains Photographs, most of which are black and white, and a few that are negatives. The Photographs that are represented in this series include images of the O’Kelly Chapel and the Piney Grove Church highway historical markers, O’Kelly Chapel, the O’Kelly Chapel historic plaque, James O’Kelly’s grave, and photos of the prints and drawings of James O’Kelly (9:1-9:7). The two negatives in this series are reprints of the prints and drawings of James O’Kelly (9:8). The artists who drew images of the Rev. James O’Kelly were Lila Newman and Ernest Brown (9:6, 9:8). These drawings are the only known visual representations of Rev. James O’Kelly.
Folder 1. Historical Markers. O'Kelly Chapel.
* O'Kelly, James
Folder 2. Historical Markers. Piney Grove Church.
* O'Kelly, James
* Asbury, Francis
Folder 3. Monuments.
* What preachers do approve of this step-monument
Folder 4. O'Kelly Chapel.
Folder 5. O'Kelly Chapel. Historic Plaque.
* O'Kelly, James
* Southern Conference
* United Church of Christ
Folder 6. O'Kelly, James (print and drawing photo reproduction).
* Brown, Ernest
* Newman, Lila E.
Folder 7. O'Kelly, James-grave.
Folder 8. Negatives. O'Kelly, James (print and drawing reproduction).
10. Printed Material. Inclusive: 1770-2001. Bulk: 1950s-1970s.
32 Folders. ca. 55 Items.
The Printed Material series is by far the largest in the collection, containing a variety of types of material and information. Primarily, most of the information in this series pertains to the biography of James O’Kelly and family, the O’Kelly Chapel, and the O’Kelly monument at Elon University. Specifically, there is a useful and well documented family tree of the O’Kelly family that was created in 1932 (10:3). Additionally, there is a brief write up about the O’Kelly sons and their descendants (10:2).
Of particular interest to Elon is a short article that was printed in the Elon Alumni News outlining the theatre production about James O’Kelly, which took place on campus in 1976 (10:7). Also, some of the newspaper clippings and programs in this series offer information about the O’Kelly monument on Elon’s campus (10:15, 10:16, 10:24).
The newspaper clippings in this series encompass the following topics: the O’Kelly Chapel, establishment of the Christian Church, article by John O’Kelly, biography of James O’Kelly, the O’Kelly monument, James O’Kelly’s grave, the O’Kelly family cemetery, and the O’Kelly Bible (10:12-10:23). Furthermore, the programs section of this series include programs relating to the O’Kelly monument, James O’Kelly’s grave and family cemetery, the O’Kelly Chapel, a theatre production/play script from Elon dated 1976, and the highway historical marker and historical plaque for the O’Kelly Chapel (10:24-10:32).
Folder 1. Applications. Daughters of the American Revolution. 1956.
* Ashford, Jessie Mae
* Washington, DC
* O'Kelly, James
* Ashford, William Andrew
* Trout, Jennie Marie
* Ashford, Jackson
* O'Kelly, Rebecca Jane
* O'Kelly, James P.
* Tharp, Rebecca Jane
* O'Kelly, William Jefferson
* Moring, Nancy
* O'Kelly, William
* Merritt, Mary E.
* Meeks, Elizabeth
* O'Kelly, John
Folder 2. Booklet. No Date.
* Macon, Alethea Jane
* O'Kelly sons
* O'Kelly, James
Folder 3. Family Tree. O'Kelly Fund. 1932.
* O'Kelly family
Folder 4. Family Tree. York, N.D. and Ludelia E.
* York, N.D.
* York, Ludelia E.
Folder 5. Journals. Circuit Rider, the. 1982.
* O'Kelly, James
* Ellis, Helen
* Prestwood, Bette
Folder 6. Journals. Works of John Wesley, the. 1770.
Folder 7. Magazine Clippings. 1976.
* O'Kelly, James
* Theatre Department
* Elon College
* James O'Kelly- Southern Champion of Christian Freedom, the
* Southern Champion of Christian Freedom, the
* Boone, Becky
* Bicentennial Celebration
* Hawkins, Mike
* Bernard, Carol
* Angyal, Andrew
Folder 8. Magazine Clippings. 1992.
* O'Kelly, James
* Hymns and Spiritual Songs
* Allen, J. Timothy
Folder 9. Miscellaneous. 1786-87.
* O'Kelly, James
Folder 10. Miscellaneous. 1901-1951.
* O'Kelly Chapel
Folder 11. Miscellaneous. O'Kelly Monument.
* Elon College
Folder 12. Newspaper Clippings. No Date.
* O'Kelly Chapel
* Chatham County, NC
* O'Kelly, James
* O'Kelly Cemetery
* O'Kelly memorial foundation
Folder 13. Newspaper Clippings. 1798.
* O'Kelly, John
Folder 14. Newspaper Clippings. 1826.
* O'Kelly, James
Folder 15. Newspaper Clippings. 1926.
* MacClenny, Wilbur E.
* O'Kelly, James
* Chatham County, NC
* O'Kelly historical marker
* O'Kelly monument
Folder 16. Newspaper Clippings. 1929.
* O'Kelly, James
* Elon College
* O'Kelly monument
* Harper, William A.
Folder 17. Newspaper Clippings. 1948.
* O'Kelly, James-grave
* O'Kelly, James
* O'Kelly Chapel
* Chatham County, NC
* O'Kelly memorial foundation
* O'Kelly cemetery
Folder 18. Newspaper Clippings. 1951.
* O'Kelly, James
Folder 19. Newspaper Clippings. 1960.
* O'Kelly, James
* O'Kelly Chapel
* Chatham County, NC
Folder 20. Newspaper Clippings. 1961.
* O'Kelly Chapel
* O'Kelly, James
Folder 21. Newspaper Clippings. 1969.
* O'Kelly, James
* O'Kelly Chapel
* Marshall, Bessie Hall
* Hall, Margaret
* Green, Mrs. Z.B.
Folder 22. Newspaper Clippings. 1970.
* O'Kelly Chapel
Chatham County, NC
Grosch, William N.
Folder 23. Newspaper Clippings. O'Kelly Bible. 1956.
* O'Kelly, James
Folder 24. Programs. 1929.
* O'Kelly monument
* O'Kelly, James
* Elon College
* What preachers do approve of this step-monument
Folder 25. Programs. 1942.
* O'Kelly, James
* O'Kelly cemetery
* Fowler, Lillie D.
* Cheek, Alma Farrell
Folder 26. Programs. 1960.
* O'Kelly Chapel
* Chatham County, NC
Folder 27. Programs. 1963.
* O'Kelly Chapel
* Chatham County, NC
Folder 28. Programs. 1973.
* United Church of Christ
* O'Kelly Chapel
Folder 29. Programs. 1974.
* O'Kelly Chapel
Folder 30. Programs. 1975.
* James O'Kelly- Southern Champion of Christian Liberty, the
* Southern Champion of Christian Liberty, the
* Boone, Becky
* Theatre Department
* Elon College
Folder 31. Programs. 1999.
* O'Kelly Chapel
* O'Kelly historical marker
Folder 32. Programs. 2001.
* O'Kelly Chapel
11. Prints and Drawings. 1949.
3 Folders. 7 Items.
This is another small series that contains Prints and Drawings of the O’Kelly Chapel, the O’Kelly family cemetery, and of James O’Kelly (11:1-11:3). The Drawing of the O’Kelly chapel is a measured representation of the Chapel, parking area, and surrounding property (11:1). The Drawing of the O’Kelly family cemetery was surveyed and plotted by E.C. Smith in 1949, and also contains a detailed representation of the cemetery, James O’Kelly’s grave, and surrounding properties (11:2). The visual representation of James O’Kelly can be found in two different Drawings—one by Lila E. Newman and the other by Ernest Brown (11:3). The copies in this folder of the series are photocopies of the originals (11:3).
Folder 1. O'Kelly Chapel.
Folder 2. O'Kelly Family Cemetery. 1949.
* Chatham County, NC
* Smith, E.C.
* New Hill, NC
* Southern Christian Convention
Folder 3. O'Kelly, James.
* Brown, Ernest
* Newman, Lila E.
12. Scrapbook. 1876.
1 Folder. 1 Item.
This is another small series that contains one Scrapbook compiled by R.W. York in 1876. The materials that Mr. York collected in his Scrapbook pertaining directly to the Rev. James O’Kelly, offer some additional biographical information (12:1).
Folder 1. O'Kelly, James. 1876.
* York, R.W.
* O'Kelly, James