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William B. Kelly discharge papers

 Collection — Folder: S1909
Identifier: S1909

Scope and Contents

This collection includes several items regarding William B. Kelly's service in the Mexican-American War: a certificate of disability and discharge, dated August 8, 1846 and signed by Captain Stanislaus Lasselle and Col. James P. Drake and with stamps by the U.S. Pension Office dated December 13, 1913; a handwritten list of names of the men in his regiment; and a handwritten copy (written in pencil on the back page of the regiment list) of an August 9, 1846 letter signed by Col. Drake granting a discharge to Kelly due to sickness making him "unable to perform military duty." Also included is a photocopy of a one-page document containing genealogy information about the Kelly and Reder families that was created in 1979 by Mrs. Walter S. (Elda) Reder.


  • 1846-1979


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

William B. Kelly (or Kelley) was born on February 28, 1818 in Clark County, Ohio and later moved to Cass County, Indiana. On June 19, 1846, he enlisted in Company G, 1st Regiment of Indiana Volunteers during the Mexican-American War. Kelly was discharged due to disability less than two months later on August 8th for "pulmonary consumption." His profession was that of wagonmaker. Kelly married Mary E. Bradrick on April 21, 1857 and they had three daughters. He died on April 16, 1869. His widow Mary married George W. Reder in 1878 and they moved to Cheney, Kansas in 1884. The Kelly's daughter Almira married William H. Reder and their grandson Walter Smith Reder was the husband of the donor of this collection, Elda Pratt Reder.


Information found within collection. "William Kelly." 1860 United States Federal Census. Accessed August 17, 2020.

"Grandma Reder Passed Away Tueday Afternoon." The Cehney Sentinel (Mulvane, Kan.), January 20, 1916.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Mrs. Walter S. (Elda) Reder on 1979/04/11.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2020/08/18 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2020/08/18 by Laura Eliason.
William B. Kelly discharge papers
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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