Mary Rodgers

Birth Name Mary Rodgers
Gender female
Age at Death 31 years, 8 months, 17 days


For more information about Mary Rodgers, including her stage career, see Mary (Rodgers) Kelly Anderson, of Cleveland, Ohio

A comment about Mary Rodgers at the Miko Family Tree at,, says this:

Vaudville performer

Mary's first husband was Pat Kelly who was a minor league baseball player. They had one child. Pat died tragically from being hit in the head by a thrown baseball. Upon his death, Mary follows her acting passion which takes her to NYC where she meets Dudley Anderson. They marry, have a child ,Edward ( my grandfather) and leave him with Pat Kelly's mother and pursue their Vaudville passion/money by moving to Butte, Montana where Dudly ends up having an affair with another performer and running off to Chicago to start a new life. He left Mary without funds where she eventually dies of Scarlet fever.

The comment was posted by the owner/maintainer of the tree, a great-grandson of Mary Rodgers, his user name at is Wambam911, and he posted the comment on 17 Apr 2011. The comment is no longer on


Event Date Place Description Sources
Birth February 23, 1866 Ballygowan Townland, Kilkeel Civil Parish, County Down, Ireland   1a

Superintendent Registrar's District: Kilkeel
Registrar's District: Kilkeel
District of Kilkeel
Union of Kilkeel
County: Down
Births: 227
February 23, 1866, Ballygowan, parish of Kilkeel
Mary [daughter of] Edward Rogers, a laborer of Ballymaderphy, and Ann Rogers, formerly Cunningham. informant: Edward +his mark+ Rogers, father, of Ballymaderphy

Census (Daughter) June 8, 1880 Newburgh, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, United States 1880 Edward Rodgers household 2

1880 United States Census, Newburgh Township, Cuyahoga, Ohio
Series T9, Roll 1009, Page 259B
June 8, 1880

Rogers, Edward, 42, head, works in iron mill, born in Ireland, parents also
Ann, 35, wife, keeping house, born in Ireland, parents also
Mary, 14, dau, at school, born in Ireland
Wiliam, 9, son, at school, born in Ireland
Ann, 7, dau, at home
Margaret, 5, dau, at home
Catherine, 3, dau, at home
Allice, 1, dau, at home

all other children born in Ohio

"United States Census, 1880," index and images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 21 Feb 2014), Edward Rogers, Newburgh, Cuyahoga, Ohio, United States; citing sheet 259B, family 0, NARA microfilm publication T9-1009

Residence (Daughter) June 8, 1880 Newburgh, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, United States in Newburgh Township 2

Living in Newburgh Township on the 1880 Census

Residence (Mother) December 4, 1885 Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, United States 1784 Harvard 3

Mary's first son Patrick Kelly was born at her parents' home at 1784 Harvard on this date. Both parents were said to be residing at that address.

Residence (Mother) August 16, 1888 Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, United States 1785 Harvard 3

Mary's second son, Edward Anderson, was born at her parents' home at 1785 Harvard on this date.

Death November 11, 1897 Butte, Silver Bow County, Montana, United States   4 5a
Event Note

This is Mary Rodgers' death record because:
Her second husband, Dudley Anderson, died in Chicago on March 19, 1932. Notes on the transcription of his death record say "alias Bobby Carroll." Mary and Dudley were theater performers. There are a number of news clippings advertising Bobby Carroll and Minnie Kelly on the same bill. I have found one as early as 1887 in Baltimore, Maryland, and as late as April 1893 in Deadwood, South Dakota. An April 22, 1893, clip from the Deadwood Black Hills Daily Times, calls her Mrs Bobbie Carroll, alias Minnie Kelly."
Montana County Births and Deaths,
State of Montana, Certificate of Death, File Number 3584
Butte, Silver Bow County, Montana
November 11, 1897
Minnie Kelley
age 27, white, female, married
occupation blank, date of birth blank
her birthplace blank
husband's name blank
parents' names and birthplaces blank
informant's name blank
cause of death: pneumonia
no autopsy
no statement by doctor saying "I attended her from .. to .. "
signed Renick, MD [or Reuich, Rauick, etc]
burial: Catholic
undertaker: Sherman


In August 2012, one of the McAnenys, a descendant of Mary's sister Catherine, told me in an email that he had always heard that Mary died in Butte, Montana, and was buried there.

See more in her Narrative notes.

Burial   Butte, Silver Bow County, Montana, United States   6

For place of burial, her death record said "Catholic." I think this would be St Patrick's Cemetery in Butte. She is not on findagrave for that cemetery as of May 9, 2022.

Event Note

Butte Daily Post, 15 November 1897, page 3
There were four funerals yesterday. ... Minnie Kelly, formerly a variety actress at the Casino, from Sherman's undertaking rooms.



Relation to main person Name Birth date Death date Relation within this family (if not by birth)
Father Edward “Ned” RodgersAugust 30, 1838November 16, 1916
Mother Ann Cunninghamfrom 1843 to 1845September 28, 1925
         Mary Rodgers February 23, 1866 November 11, 1897
    Brother     Hugh Rodgers about January 12, 1868 August 12, 1869
    Brother     William J Rodgers July 29, 1870 April 23, 1915
    Sister     Ann E Rodgers March 3, 1873 October 28, 1950
    Sister     Margaret Rodgers August 20, 1874 September 24, 1943
    Sister     Catherine Rodgers May 1, 1877 April 18, 1966
    Sister     Helen Beatrice Rodgers August 9, 1878 April 25, 1954
    Sister     Lucy T Rodgers June 7, 1880 October 12, 1970
    Sister     Delia Rodgers May 28, 1882 October 2, 1926


Family of Patrick Kelly and Mary Rodgers

Married Husband Patrick Kelly ( b. about 1860 d. 1887 )
Event Date Place Description Sources
Marriage about 1885     7a
Name Birth Date Death Date
Patrick KellyDecember 3, 1885July 3, 1908

Family of William Dudley Anderson and Mary Rodgers

Married Husband William Dudley Anderson ( b. April 23, 1867 d. March 19, 1932 )
Event Date Place Description Sources
Marriage June 28, 1887 Oil City, Venango County, Pennsylvania, United States   7b 8

Application for Marriage License:

parties are unrelated by blood or marriage
Dudley Anderson, age 21, residing in Baltimore, Maryland; parents:. M. J. Morrow -H T Anderson (dec'd)
Mary Kelly, age 21, residing in Cleveland, Ohio; parents: P.H. Kelly (father) Mrs E Rodgers
Date of death of woman's former husband, if any: None
Date of death of divorce of woman at any time: None
[similar information for groom]
Occupation of man: Performer in show
Occupation of woman: Performer in show

Dudley Anderson and Mary Kelly, appeared before me [and swore the above statements are true], a Justice of the Peace, County of Venango, at Oil City, 28th of Jun AD 1887, signed J. L Dorworth, Dudley Anderson, and Mary Kelly. Filed Jun 28, 1887.

According to Dudley Anderson/Robert Carroll's 1930 census, Dudley was married first at age 21, making this marriage to Mary Rodgers his first one.

Marriage Certificate
I Jno N. MacGonigle, hereby certify, that on the 28th day of June, one thousand eight hundred and eighty-seven, at Oil City, Dudley Anderson and Mary Kelly were by me united in marriage in accordance ...
Signed Jno N MacGonigle, filed Jun 29th, 1887


"Pennsylvania, County Marriages, 1885-1950," index and images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 21 Feb 2014), Dudley Anderson and Mary Kelly, 28 Jun 1887; citing , Venango, Pennsylvania, United States, ; FHL microfilm 912285.

Name Birth Date Death Date
Edward Andrew AndersonAugust 16, 1888May 20, 1970

Source References

  1. Irish Civil Registration Records, Births
      • Page: Mary Rodgers, Births: 227, February 23, 1866, Kilkeel Dist, in Ballygowan
  2. National Archives and Records Administration: 1880 United States Census
  3. Ohio Births and Christenings, 1821-1962
  4. Nan Gallagher's research
  5. Montana, County Births and Deaths, 1840-2004
      • Page: Minnie Kelley, November 11, 1897, Butte MT
      • Citation:

        "Montana, County Births and Deaths, 1840-2004," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 18 February 2021), Minnie Kelley, 11 Nov 1897; citing Death, Butte, Silver Bow, Montana, United States, various county recorder offices; FHL microfilm 2,311,359.

  6. family information
  7. 1900 United States Federal Census
      • Page: T623, roll 1257, page 77, 26th Ward, Cleveland
      • Confidence: Very High
      • General:

        Marriage date estimated from son Patrick's age on this census.

      • Page: T623, roll 1257, page 177, 26th Ward, Cleveland
      • Confidence: Very High
      • General:

        Marriage date estimated from son Eddie's age on this census.

  8. Pennsylvania County Marriages, 1885 - 1950