Monthly Archives: December 2012

1887 Letter from cousin Charley

Charles R. ‘Charley’ Bell, was the son of Thomas Thodore Bell and Harriet Dull. He was born in 1868 and died  at the age of 32 in 1901. Charley did a great deal of traveling as a train conductor and has been remembered by my family and our Bell cousins as a favored uncle who wrote regularly to his family members in Monroe. He was married to Lillian Miller in 1890 and they had three girls together; Lilian, Gertrude, Charley Mae and a son Harvey Allen.

Charles R. Bell to his cousin Georgiana Van Emburgh

Tucson, Arizona December 27, 1887 to Monroe, Louisiana

Dear Cousin

I thought I would drop you a few lines to let you know that I am well and hope thus to find the same with you all. I wrote to you sometime since but have not received an answer yet.

I send you a photo today for you and your mother also one for Aunt [Elizabeth Dul] but I forgot to put it in mas envelope and it is so far up town and it is late So I will ask you to hand it to her

X mas was dull with me as I was on the road all day but hope it was livelier with you all

give my love to your mother and William and the children and my best regards to the Old Man [Henry O’Kelly] Write Soon

Your Cousin

CR Bell


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1938 O’Kelly Christmas

A very merry Christmas with the O’Kelly children.

The O'Kelly Children

Left to right: Anita, Mary Lin, Bill and Alice O’Kelly. Descendants of William O’Kelly of Antrim, these children are the third and last generation of American O’Kelly’s in name.

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April 1868 Malinda and the Children

Malinda and her children

Left to right: James George, Malinda, and Georgiana Van Emburgh.
Taken by E.W. Mealy Monroe, Louisiana.

Upon learning of her son’s abandonment of his family, his mother Catherine Van Emburgh Demarest was anxious to receive another, more detailed, letter from her daughter-in-law Malinda and enclosed five dollars, instructing Malinda and the children to have their “carte-vistas” taken and sent with her response letter to New Jersey “immediately”. As per her mother-in-laws request, Malinda dressed herself and her two children in their best clothes and walked into town to pose for a family portrait at the recently established photography studio of E.W. Mealy. They had never had their images taken, war and poverty had had not allowed for such a luxury. Five dollars was a precious sum of money for Malinda to have been given and so she smartly paid for only one group photograph of her family, keeping a copy for herself, and put the remainder towards more practical needs.

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1893 The Home Insurance Company Insurance Policy

1893 The Home Insurance Company policy taken out to insure the O’Kelly store by William Abram O’Kelly Sr.        

$600 on the one story frame building, including frame gallery in front, with shingle roof, occupied for mercantile purposes and situated on west side of sixth street near DeSiard Street Monroe, La.      

The Home Insurance Co. of New Orleans

Heading of the insurance policy.

Close-up of the Port of New Orleans Illustration.

Close-up of the Port of New Orleans illustration.

The Home Insurance Co. 1893

Front cover of the policy.

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1754 Credit Agreement

Samuel Demarest married the daughter of Jacob Titsvort, Margrietje in about 1753. They are Georgiana Van Emburgh O’Kelly’s 4x’s great-grandparents whose families were pioneers of eastern New Jersey. The agreement is the earliest dated document in the family collection.

1745 credit agreement of Samuel Demarest and his father-in-law Jacob Titsvoort to Harme Lutkins

1754 Credit Agreement Header

Know all men by these presents that we Jacob Titsvort Esq. and Samuel DEMAREST Carpenter Both of Hamburgh in the county of Bergen and province of East New Jersey am holden and firmly bound unto Harme LUTKINS of the same place turner in the sum of Eighteen pounds Currant Money of New York to be paid to said Harme LUTKINS or to his certain attourney heirs Ex [Executors] Adms. [administrators] or assigns to the which payment will and truly to be made We do hereby bind ourselves Our heirs Ex Ad and each and Every of them firmly by this presents sealed with our seals dated this first day of May In the Twenty Seventh year of his Majesties rein.
Annoq Domini One thousand seven hundred and fifty four – New Stile
The Condition of this obligation is such that if the above Jacob TITSVORT and Samuel DEMAREST or either of them their or eyther of their heirs Ex Ad  do well and truely pay or cause to be paid unto the above name Harme LUTKINS or to his certain attourney Heirs Ext Ad or assigns the first and full sum of nine pounds of the like money as above said on or before the first day of May next evening the date hereof and that without fraud ,  [illegible] or further delay them this above written obligation shall be null and void and of none effect else same to stand and remain in full force and virtue
Sealed and Delivered in the presents of Yan VANDERBOEK and Guilliam BERTHOLF

1754 Credit Agreement Signatures

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1891 Meyer Bro. Credit Receipt

Meyer Brothers

Illustration closeup of the Meyer Brothers General Merchandise.

The Meyer brothers were Bavaria natives Solomon, Herman and Sigmund Meyer. The Meyer’s settled in Monroe around 1860 and  played a significant role in establishing Jewish roots and landmarks in the city. Sigmund served as a drummer in the Civil War and after returning from army life, he opened Sig Meyer Mercantile on the corner of DeSiard and Grammont streets. In 1876 he added to the business and went into partnership with his brothers and formed Meyer Bros. Mercantile. By the time this receipt was issued Meyer Brothers had consolidated as a general merchandise store that carried quite a bit of everything. Both the O’Kelly’s and Van Emburghs shopped at the store and it’s likely that most folks in Monroe did.

Meyer Brothers

Credit receipt issued to Malinda Van Emburgh

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1880 O’Kelly Store Newspaper Advertisement

Ouachita Telegraph February 20th 1880 Monroe, Louisiana

Henry’s teetotaler niece, Jennie, declared that liquor was never sold at the O’Kelly store. The O’Kelly family was to be admired for our ancestors refusal to make their money dealing in something so vulgar as the sale of spirits. As proven by the advertisement above, there was a bar and the “best brands of Wines, Brandies and Whiskies [were] kept constantly on hand.”

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