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James Skelly (Skelley)
Born February 13, 1841
JAMES SKELLY, farmer, Sec. 22; P.O. Monticello; is a native of Marion Co., Ind., and was born February 13, 1841; his parents came to Iowa when he was very young; they came in 1842, and located in Jones Co, close to Monticello; he grew up to manhood here. When the war broke out. he enlisted, in the fall of 1861, in GO. I, 26th I.V.I; he was in the battles of Prairie Grove, Vicksburg, Yazoo City, Mobile, and others, besides fights and skirmishes; he was taken prisoner at Morgan's Bend, September 29, 1860. and was held a prisoner for ten months, and was horribly treated and suffered everything, but lived through it and was exchanged July 4, 1864; he was in the service three and a half years; he returned and engaged in farming, and owns 120 acres of land just outside of the city limits. In 1867, he married Miss Sarah Ely, a native of Pennsylvania; they have four children—William H., Alva G., James D., and Mattie May; they have lost one daughter—Nellie May.

Source: History of Jones County, Iowa, 1879, page 680.
Submitted by: Lori J. Mentzel
Note: Gravestones, etc. spell the name Skelley.

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