Family Stories

Ritchey’s Elusive Jolly Family

James Jolly, 1828-1905, 77 years, 8 days.  Martha J. Jolly, 1831-1890, 48 years, 11 months, 25 days.  Landrum Cemetery, Livingston County, Kentucky.

James Jolly, the oldest of the Jolly line we have yet found, was born in 1828 in Montgomery County, Tennessee.  From The Paducah Sun Democrat of Wednesday, December 13, 1905, we know that James Jolly’s funeral was held on that day.  Martha Jane Ross, the daughter of Andrew Ross and Sarah Higgins Walker, was born in Caldwell County, Kentucky, in 1831.  James and Martha married April 22, 1855, in Livingston County, Kentucky.  They had six children – George William, Thomas Andrew, Mary Penola, William Elvis, Charles Homer and C. E. (who died at 18 months).

George W. Jolly, husband of S. A. Jolly, February 26, 1856 – January 24, 1930.  Dixon Cemetery, Livingston County, Kentucky.

George William Jolly, son of James and Martha Jolly, married Serena Annora Jones, daughter of William Owen Jones and Rebecca Jane Bennett, on March 4, 1877, in Livingston County.  Serena was born October 1, 1858 and died May 2, 1941, in Santa Clara County, California (after George’s death she moved to California to be near several of her children).  They had nine children:  Elvis Edgar, Gilbert Chaldron, Armitta Jane, Maude Penola, Lula Owen, James Edwin, Alfred Bennett, Londa E., and Georgie Esther Jolly.

James Edwin Jolly

James Edwin Jolly, born May 28, 1893, son of George William and Serena Annora Jolly, married Esther Myra Hertz, September 28, 1921, in Kansas City, Kansas.  The couple lived in Kansas City, Missouri, until James returned to California.  They had one child, Rex Edwin Jolly, who after his mother’s death in 1924, was adopted by Edwin and Ora Brown.  We do not know the death date of James Edwin Jolly.

We were fortunate to visit Livingston County and photograph gravestones in three cemeteries.  This is just the Jolly line, others will follow shortly.


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