W.H. Kelsey was born in N.Y. in 1841. He enlisted in Co. B., 64th N.Y. Vol., in 1861, was discharged in 1862; re-enlisted in Co. B., 13th N.Y. Heavy Art. as a veteran, and was again discharged in 1865. He was one of five brothers, who enlisted; two were killed and the others disabled in the service. He came to Onawa in 1865. He was married in 1877.