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GEN. JOHN KELSO, deceased, was born in Cumberland Co., Penn., in 1766, son of William Kelso, of the same county. He was reared on a farm, attended the common schools of his native county, and came to Erie Co. in 1798, settling in Erie about 1800. He was a land agent, and for many years Associate Judge; also occupied the position of Prothonotary of Erie Co. During the war of 1812, he was Brigadier General and officer in charge at Erie. The General was married in Dauphin Co., Penn., to Sarah Willis Carson, born in 1776, died in Fairview, Erie Co., in 1842. To this union were born seven children, three now living: Albert J., a farmer in Mill Creek Township, this county; Caroline E., wife of Hon. Elijah Babbitt, of Erie, and William C., an influential Attorney-at-law in Erie. The General, who died in 1819, left a name truly honored and highly respected. He was free and upright in all his duties, and bore a character well worthy of emulation.