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Clinton Kelly and Moriah Kelly land patent

 Collection — Multiple Collection Box: [CA 1866 Mar 19] 1
Identifier: CA 1866 Mar 19

Scope and Contents

This collection is comprised of a donation land patent for Clinton Kelly and his wife Moriah Kelly of Clackamas County, Oregon. The land purchased totaled 640 acres.


  • 1866 March 19


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Conditions Governing Use

Property rights reside with Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections and University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Biographical / Historical

Clinton Kelly was born in Pulaski County, Kentucky on June 15, 1808. In January, 1827, he became a minister in the Methodist-Episcopal church. In that same year, he married Mary Baston, by whom he had five children. Mary died in 1837. A year later, in 1838, he married Jane Burns. Jane died soon after the birth of the couple's only child, Mary Jane. On the 11th of March, 1840, he wed Moriah Maldon Crain, daughter of John and Sarah Crain, also of Pulaski county.

In 1847 the Kelly clan left for Oregon, settling first in Oregon City in the fall of 1848. The following spring the family moved to a cabin on the bank of the Willamette River opposite Portland. Kelly was the definition of a traveling preacher, filling appointments at Portland, Milwaukie, Oregon City, Fosters, and Mount Tabor. It is believed he preached the first sermon ever delivered in Portland in 1849, and assisted in building its first church. For much of his life Reverend Kelly was active in the cause of temperance, though he suffered, especially in later years, from heartburn and rheumatism. He passed away on June 19, 1875, preceded in death by his third wife Moriah in 1864.

[sources: History of the Pacific Northwest: Oregon and Washington. Portland, Oregon. North Pacific History Company, 1889.]


0.1 linear feet (1 container) : 1 folder

Language of Materials



Collection is comprised of a donation land patent for Clinton Kelly and his wife Moriah Kelly of Clackamas County, Oregon.


This collection is comprised of a single document. Any arrangement is either derived from the records' creators or custodians or from staff at the time of initial processing.

Related Materials

Other collections relating to Clinton Kelly at Special Collections and University Archives include: Clinton Kelly family papers, A 066.

Land Patent, Clinton and Moriah Kelly
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives Repository

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1299 USA