Category Archives: Jane O’Kelly Calderwood

Born: August 1847 Port Gibson, Mississippi
Died: December 31,1880 Monroe Louisiana
Daughter of William O’Kelly and Mary Hester Swan. Wife of Dr. James Calderwood.

Called Jennie, Jane was sent to the Sacred Heart boarding school in Grand Coteau upon her mother’s death because her father just did not know what to do with his little girl. She married at Monroe, Louisiana in 1876 and moved to the home of her husband Dr. John Calderwood whose family had immigrated to Monroe from Kilmarnock, Avershire, Scotland when he was a boy of eight. Jennie passed away in her thirty fourth year at their plantation home after suffering for four months from a now unknown illness on December 31,1880. Complications from childbirth may have been the cause. Jennie and John buried an unnamed infant at St. Mathew’s cemetery dated December 1880. Their surviving child, Mary Esther was three years old and thereafter reared by her paternal aunt Mrs. Margaret Harris of Alexandria, Louisiana.

1881 Obituary & Death Notice of Jane O’Kelly Calderwood

Headstone of Jane O’Kelly Calderwood.
St. Matthew’s Catholic Cemetery Monroe, La.

The Ouachita Telegraph Friday, January 7, 1881

Mrs. Jennie Calderwood, wife of Dr. John Calderwood, died in this city the night of the 31st, after four months’ patient suffering, and but a few days after completing her 34th year.  Mrs. Calderwood was born in Port Gibson, Miss, and was the niece of Mr. Henry O’Kelly and the sister of William and Thomas O’Kelly.  She leaves a little girl three years old to be reared by some other than her mother, but fortunately by an aunt [Mrs. Margaret Calderwood Harris of Alexandria, La.] to whose affectionate keeping she will be consigned by the sorrowing father.  The “iron tongue of time” had not yet knelled the death of the Old Year, though but a few minutes were to elapse, when the dying mother, full of hope for the future and blessed with a resignation which comes alone from faith, called to her bedside him with whom she had hoped to live many years, old and new, and said to him, “I shall pass my New Year in heaven.”  In a little while, the gentle spirit took its flight, and, yet a few minutes more, the little clock on the mantel struck the hour of twelve.  Not in the cold, but in the warm earth, the kind mother of us all, this little mother was laid by sorrowing friends on New Year’s day.  Elsewhere, — out in the commons, not in the graveyard, — the snow lay light and soft, and so it will henceforth, old year and new, on the grave of this little mother.

The Ouachita Telegraph Friday, January 7, 1881 Page 3, Column 4

DIED. At the family residence, in the city of Monroe, December 31st, 1880, MRS.JENNIE CALDERWOOD, wife of Dr. John Calderwood, aged 34 years. Port Gibson Reveille and New Orleans papers please copy.

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1876 Calderwood & O’Kelly Wedding Annoucement

Ouachita Telegraph Monroe, Louisiana March 3, 1876

MARRIED. At the residence of Col. Henry O'Kelly by the Rev. Father Enaut, a t 10 o'clock, A. M., Thursday, 16th of March, 1876, Dr. John C. Calderwood and Miss Jane O'Kelley. No Cards.So he that could bear the ills of others must needs call for keep to bear his own, and she fair confiding maiden has found her "laddie" as "ilka lassie" mat. We drain a bumper to the long life and prosperity of both, now made "one and inseparable."

MARRIED. At the residence of Col. Henry O’Kelly by the Rev. Father Enaut, a t 10 o’clock, A. M., Thursday, 16th of March, 1876, Dr. John C. Calderwood and Miss Jane O’Kelley. No Cards.
So he that could bear the ills of others must needs call for keep to bear his own, and she fair confiding maiden has found her “laddie” as “ilka lassie” may. We drain a bumper to the long life and prosperity of both, now made “one and inseparable.”

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1915 Rex Ball Invitation

The grand ball was held at the Athenaeum which is known as New Orleans first auditorium. It was located on the corner of St. Charles Ave. and Clio street until it burned in 1937.

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November 1871 Death and Obituary of William O`Kelly

Following the loss of the Confederacy, William was left bankrupt and forced to take a job as a store- clerk in Port Gibson, Mississippi. Working for another man was a great trial for hot-tempered William and took a grave toll on his nerves. While in the store, a forgotten outrage occurred causing William to stomp his foot straight through the floor and tightened his heart so that he suffered an attack that would end his life a few hours later. My Mother and I always thought of Rumpelstiltskin, driving his foot so far into the ground that he created a chasm and fell into it, never to be seen again.

The Port Gibson Enterprise of the 29th of November 1871

Sudden Death of an Old Citizen It is with regret that we recall, and many will read that Mr. William O`Kelly so long and well known in this community departed this life. He suffered an attack while apparently in his usual health, on last Wednesday evening about one o`clock, he called for someone to call for him quick and about three hours later passed quietly away. Mr. O`Kelly was one of Port Gibson`s oldest citizens and at one time was the owner of a great deal of property and was one of the most popular merchant – planters of this place before the Civil War. He has in his later years been the victim of many financial disasters which resulted in his fortunes being completely broken. He had not recovered from the recent disaster at Grand Gulf where the Mississippi River wiped out  his  remaining fortune which left him much depressed at times. He leaves two sons Thomas Swan, William Abram, one daughter Jennie and a brother Henry to mourn his death.

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