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Chelf, William P.

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Chelf, William P.
February 20, 2007 08:44PM
Kentucky: A History of the State, Perrin, Battle, Kniffin, 4th ed., 1887,
Adair County.
WILLIAM P. CHELF was born in Taylor County, Ky., September 19, 1842, and
is the third of six children born to William J. and Rhoda A. (Baley)
Chelf, the former a native of Virginia and the latter of Marion County,
Ky., both of English descent. William J. Chelf was born April 19, 1818,
and at the age of eight years, in about 1826, came with his parents to
Kentucky, first settling in Marion County, where the family remained for
many years. There William J. grew to manhood, was married and soon after
moved to Taylor County, where he remained about six years. He then moved
to Adair County, where he bought a partially improved farm on Casey
Creek, near Roley, upon which he remained until 1861, when he sold out and
bought another farm some three miles further down the creek, upon which he
resided until his death, May 26, 1879. For several years he was engaged
in general merchandising in connection with farming, and also in buying
and shipping tobacco to Louisville, which at that day had to be hauled
all the way on wagons. For some three or four years he also operated and
owned a tanyard in connection with his other business. He and wife were
from early life members of the Christian Church, in which he was a ruling
elder for many years. He was also a member of the Masonic fraternity.
His father, Presley Chelf, was born and reared in Virginia, and was one
of the early settlers in Marion County, Ky. Afterward he removed to
Taylor County, remaining some ten years, and in his old age moved to Adair
County, where his death occurred in his sixty-fifth year in 1855. Mrs.
Rhoda A. (Baley) Chelf was born March 27, 1819. She is still living
and resides on the old home farm where he husband died. Her father,
Hezekiah Baley, was also born in Virginia, where he was educated and
married, and soon after immigrated to Marion County, Ky., being among the
early pioneers. Here he remained for many years. His death, however,
occurred in Adair, at the ripe old age of eighty-two or eighty-three years,
in May, 1863, to which county he had removed only a short time before.
William P. remained with his parents on the home farm until he attained
his majority. In September, 1863, he enlisted in Company I, Thirteenth
Kentucky Volunteer Cavalry (Federal) and served until the expiration of his
term of service, being mustered out at Camp Nelson, Ky., in January, 1865.
After his return from the army he farmed on rented lands for some five
years. He then bought a partially improved farm of 125 acres on Casey
Creek, in Adair County, and adjoining the old homestead, to which he has
since added other land, now owning a well improved farm of some 475 acres.
Here he has ever since been extensively and successfully engaged in
agricultural pursuits, and also in the live-stock trade, mainly in the
buying and selling of mules. The farm is not only well improved but is
also in a high state of cultivation. August 29, 1865, he married Miss
Louisa Hendrickson, a native of Adair County, born October 27, 1846. She
is a daughter of Felix and Mary A. (Monday) Hendrickson, both natives of
Adair County, and of the English descent. Nine children have blessed their
union, viz: Anna M.F., Sarah A., Perry A., Mary L., Felix J. and Laura E.
(twins), Jake, Patrick and Melcenia B. (deceased). Mr. Chelf and wife are
consistent members of the Christian Church. In politics he is a Democrat.
Chelf Baley Hendrickson Monday
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