KELLY, JAMES YATEMAN, JR., an enterprising and successful attorney of Springfield, Ill., was born at Georgetown, Scott County, Ky., July 17, 1878, and is a son of James Yateman and Ruth Warfield (Smith) Kelly. The father was born in Scott County, Ky., May 11, 1831, and the mother was born at Island Grove, Sangamon County, Ill., January 25, 1850. The father of the subject of this sketch James Y. Kelly, Sr., is of Scotch-Irish descent, and his father, Thomas Conway Kelly, was born in Virginia, in 1799, and afterwards emigrated to Kentucky, where he died, in 1889, in Georgetown. Thomas C. Kelly was a son of John Kelly, who was born in Virginia.
Ruth Warfield Smith is a member of the Brown-Smith family of Island Grove, Sangamon County, daughter of James D. Smith, Sr., who was born in Harrison County, Ky., in 1805, and removed to island Grove in 1833. Mr. Smith became one of the prominent farmers of the county, where he spent the remainder of his life, and died in 1871, honored and respected by all who knew him. His widow survived him about one year. Ruth W. Smith was married to James Y. Kelly, Sr., September 24, 1874, and removed with him to his home in Georgetown, Ky. Seven children were born of this union, as follows: Thomas Conway, of Cincinnati, Ohio; William S., of Georgetown, Ky.; James Y., of this review; Mrs. Lillian A. Bohon, of Harrodsburg, Ky.; Ruth W., Mrs. Graves, of Georgetown, Ky., and Helen and Eliza, of Georgetown.
James Yateman Kelly Jr., was educated in Georgetown College, a Baptist institution of that city, from which he graduated in 1899, with the degree of Master of Arts, after which he read law in the office of his brother, William S., of Georgetown, being admitted to the Bar in Kentucky in 1900. He located in Springfield, Ill., the following year, and was soon after admitted to the Bar in Illinois. He has established a good practice and has won a reputation for ability in his profession and honesty and integrity of purpose. Mr. Kelly is a member of the Christian Church and in politics is a Republican.
Mr. Kelly was married, at Mt. Sterling, Ky., October 14, 1903, to Miss Alice E. Chenault, who was born in Montgomery County, Ky., February 27, 1884. The Chenaults were early settlers in Kentucky and many of the family reside in Montgomery County and vicinity. They have always been prominent in church, political and social life in central Kentucky. Two children have blessed the union of Mr. Kelly and his wife, namely: Emma Chenault, born in Springfield, May 14, 1905; Alice Elizabeth, born February 1, 1907. The family reside at Springfield, Ill. Mr. Kelly's father was an attorney and banker, and carried on his profession and business at Georgetown, Ky. Mr. Kelly is a member of the Christian Church, of the A.F. and A.M., and is a Democrat in politics, although independent in local affairs, voting for the men and measures he thinks are for the best interests of the people.