Our Family History
The unique McKelleb name has not been found elsewhere on the planet. It mysteriously appears with the birth of William McKelleb in 1787, 1788, or 1789, of unknown parents, and continued with one male each generation to carry on the family name - until now. Today there are five young McKelleb males to propagate the McKelleb line (the name will survive!). Known descendants currently live in Arizona, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Nevada, Texas, Utah, and the UK.
Our first listing of the Harmon family begins in Ireland in 1767 with the birth of Robert Harmon, who married and settled in Fleming County, Kentucky, where the Harmon line continues to this day. Descendants are known to be living in Arizona, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Nevada, and Utah.
Our first Kelsay listing is Robert Kelsay, born 1711 in Northern Ireland, an ancestor of Ruth Leah Kelsay McKelleb, in the photo above.
Joseph Porter, Sr., born 1739 in Ireland, is our first Porter entry, an ancestor of B. Kathryn (Katie) Harmon McKelleb.
Some family lines on the site may not be directly related to the families listed (side lines from marriage, for example).
Census records are a gold mine for genealogical research. However, the records from the 1700s until 1840 list by name only the head of household, with the number of household members. Assumed family relationships during that period are listed only after due diligence to support its listing.
This site is provided by the McKelleb Family Organization. Cynthia McKelleb Pursch is the research guru. Dave McKelleb (Scenic Color County) developed and supports the site.
If you have any questions or comments about the information on this site, please contact us. We will respond as quickly as possible.