Kelly, John a minister of the Reformed Presbyterian Church, was born at Rocky Creek, Chester District, S. C., in 1772, and was educated abroad (at Glasgow College, Scotland), as was the custom and necessity in his' day.. His theological studies he pursued under the direction of the Rev. Dr. McMillan, of Stirling, Scotland. He returned to ;South Carolina' in 1808, and in June, 1809, was licensed to preach. Two years later he was ordained and appointed missionary in the Western States. and Territories, and settled finally at Beech Woods, Butler Co., Ohio. He was released from active service in 1837, but continued preaching up to the time of his death, Nov. 6,1842. "His life was one of most untiring activity, and under his faithful ministry many a spot in the wilderness was seen to bud and blossom as the rose." -Sprague, Annals, ix (Ref. Presb.), p. 63.