Patrick Kelly

Birth Name Patrick Kelly
Gender male
Age at Death about 27 years


A comment on the Miko Family Tree at,, said this about Pat Kelly:
"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."
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 online.
I didn't find a match in the records for Patrick Kelly. He is not:
* Patrick Kelly, d 1887 Council Bluffs, Iowa. that man was born abt 1841 in Ireland and worked on the railroad
* Patrick Kelly, d Nashville, 15 Sep 1885, that man was single.
* Patrick J Kelley who died Dec 16, 1887. born in Cleveland,age 30, single, d on Huron St Hospital, Ward 1, of typhoid, buried Woodland Catholic. worked at the opera house.
he might be:
Patrick Kelly who died March 31, 1887, at a hospital in Cleveland, of an accident. He was married, age 30y 3m, born in Ireland, laborer, parents Michael and Mary

In the 1886 Cleveland City Directory there is this listing:
Patrick Kelly, catcher, r 2274 Fayette
Fayette became E 76th after 1906, so this was the Rodgers' neighborhood. But in 1887 there was no 2274 Fayette-the numbers ran from 15 to 50, so I couldn't convert the address to the post-1906 address.

If he was a ball player, he could have died anywhere. There are no records of him living in Cleveland - his son's birth record says Patrick was living at the Rodgers' address, 1784 Broadway, when his son was born, but he is not at that address in the city directory.

A descendant of Mary Rodgers' sister Ann looked through the rosters of the NL and the American Association of Baseball for 1886 and 1887. Also through the Cleveland Blues for the 1880s. She did not find a matching Patrick Kelly. The only Kelly found was pretty famous and did not die until 1920. So he might played in a local amateur league in Cleveland.


Event Date Place Description Sources
Birth about 1860 Tennessee, United States   1a
Event Note

His son Patrick Kelly's birth record in 1885 said Patrick was 25.
The 1900 census information for his son Patrick Kelly, said Patrick was born in Tennessee.


Residence December 4, 1885 Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, United States 1784 Harvard 2

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.

Death 1887     3 4
Event Note

is this him?
Cuyahoga County Death Records
Patrick Kelly
d March 31, 1887, at a hospital, of an accident
married, age 30y 3m, born in Ireland, laborer, parents Michael and Mary

In the 1886 Cleveland City Directory there is a listing for a Patrick Kelly, catcher, living at 2274 Fayette St. Fayette became E 76th after 1906. This was the Rodgers' neighborhood. In 1888 there is a Michael Kelly at that address, but his father's household in 1860 and 1880 did not include anyone named Patrick.


Family of Patrick Kelly and Mary Rodgers

Married Wife Mary Rodgers ( b. February 23, 1866 d. November 11, 1897 )
Event Date Place Description Sources
Marriage about 1885     1b
Name Birth Date Death Date
Patrick KellyDecember 3, 1885July 3, 1908


    1. Patrick Kelly
      1. Mary Rodgers
        1. Patrick Kelly

Source References

  1. 1900 United States Federal Census
      • Page: Cleveland, Ward 18, ED 70, sheet 6, family 133
      • Citation:

        "United States Census, 1900," index and images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 17 Feb 2014), Jas Mcaney in household of Lizzie Welch, Precinct D Cleveland City Ward 18, Cuyahoga, Ohio, United States; citing sheet , family 133, NARA microfilm publication T623, FHL microfilm 1241254.

      • Page: T623, roll 1257, page 77, 26th Ward, Cleveland
      • Confidence: Very High
      • General:

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

  2. Ohio Births and Christenings, 1821-1962
  3. Nan Gallagher's research
  4. family information