Rosetta McLEESE

Female - Yes, date unknown


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  • Name Rosetta McLEESE 
    Gender Female 
    Died Yes, date unknown 
    Person ID I5328  Colston & Wenck families in Australia
    Last Modified 8 Jun 2007 

    Family 1 James Morgan KELLEY,   b. 8 Jul 1899, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married Townsville, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Last Modified 8 Jun 2007 
    Family ID F1761  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Alfred SMITH,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married
    • From Jody Bell:
      Rosetta McLeese was married to a James Morgan Kelley so therefore her surname changed to Kelley due to marriage. We're not sure what happened to James Kelley, ie divorce, separation, death. The lines of information we have on this couple were they were married in Townsville and living in Rosetta's aunt's boarding house on Melton Hill. The aunt sold that boarding house and purchased another in Rockhampton. The next information finds Rosetta living in her aunt's boarding house in Rockhampton with no James Kelley. Rosetta never changed her surname back. Rosetta met an Alfred Smith. Alfred asked Rosetta to marry him but she declined. They had 2 children who took on her surname which was Kelley at the time. When Rosetta was on her death bed she asked Alf to marry her (perhaps to secure some kind of inheritance or security for the children) but he declined this time as he saw no point to it. The sad thing was that my grandfather [Clive Kelley] never knew the truth and spent his whole life angry at Alf thinking he didn't want to make an "honourable woman" of his mother. The opposite was the case!

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    This couple did not marry: N means not married
    Children 
    +1. Clive KELLEY,   b. Sep 1926, Cardwell, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1995, Townsville, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 68 years)
    Last Modified 8 Jun 2007 
    Family ID F1760  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsMarried - - Townsville, Queensland, Australia Link to Google Earth
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    Pin Legend Address Cemetery Farm Town Parish City County/Shire State/Province Country Region Not Set

  • Sources 
    1. [S244] Jody Bell, "Re: Kelley/Bell family", e-mail message to Jennifer Crockett, 7 Jun 2007.