Mr. & Mrs. Samuel B. Kelley

                              March 22, 1942                                 
                     Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Burke Kelley                        
Burke Kelley was born August 9, 1868, in Murfreesboro, (Arkansas), the       
youngest son of Nancy Scott and William Kelley. His grandparents were among  
the members of a caravan formed by the ... Scott (family) to make the long   
and hazardous trip (from Tennessee) to Arkansas, where they settled at       
Nashville, Pike County. The trip was made over wild and unsettled territory  
and the company of other people was necessary both for protection and aid in 
crossing mountains and fording rivers.                                       
The (Scott) family, having owned considerable land on the present site of    
Nashville, Tennessee, named the new town for their original homestead. After 
his father's death, resulting from a wound suffered in the War Between the   
States, Burke moved with his mother and two brothers to Brinkley. The other  
two Kelley boys were Robert, who was a doctor, practicing in DeWitt and      
Arkansas County for a decade, and Edward, who moved to Washington D.C. A     
sister, Minnie Bridewell Kelley, married William J. Knox and moved to        
Burke went to work on the old Brinkley Argus as one of the youngest          
printers' devils in the state. During his youth, he moved more often than a  
Methodist preacher and worked on almost every newspaper in Arkansas. At one  
time he was on the staff of the Arkansas Gazette with his close friend,      
Louis Audigler of Portland, Oregon, who is today a nationally known writer   
and traveler. Burke's mother died and he returned to Brinkley to settle      
down. There he met and courted his future bride, Ludie Yates, taking her on  
a wedding trip on the new railroad to Newport in the late 1880s.             
Ludie Yates was born September 15, 1874, in Lee County, the younger of two   
girls, daughters of Americus Wilkes and William Yates. Della, the sister,    
married David Tate of Jacksonville, and she died in 1910. The marriage of    
Americus and William was a war romance. The young soldier in the War Between 
the States was on furlough in 1863 when he visited the Wilkes home in        
Mississippi with the two Wilkes brothers. He fell in love with Americus then 
and promised to come for her after the war. Following their marriage, they   
settled in eastern Arkansas.                                                 
The Kelleys lived in Forrest City for awhile, where Kelley was associated    
with the Forrest City Times. In 1912 Burke Kelley moved to Lonoke, where he  
first leased, then bought the Lonoke Democrat, one of the oldest and largest 
weekly papers in the state. When the modern Linotype was installed Kelley    
kept his case where he "could feel the type." He died in 1925 and Mrs.       
Kelley died in 1933.                                                         
Children: Mrs. Lawrence Church of DeValls Bluff, who became editor and       
publisher of the Lonoke Democrat, serving for 12 years following her         
father's death; Mrs. Joseph R. Roberts of Little Rock; and Mrs. Mark B.      
Grimes of McCrory. A son, Edward Foreman Kelley is superintendent of the     
Buckeye cotton Oil Mill at Selma, Alabama.                                   
Grandchildren: Mrs. Walter Gardner of Lima, Peru; Kay and Joe Robert Jr. of  
Little Rock; and Jimmy Grimes of McCrory.                                    
From Arkansas Families: Glimpses of Yesterday Columns from The Arkansas      
Gazette, published by Arkansas Research, P.O. Box 303, Conway, AR 72033.     
Price: $24.50 plus $3.00 postage.                                            
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