My name is Loren Kelly and I Am Nanticoke Moor: "I am one of those so-called Delaware Moors. My heritage is Nanticoke Moor. I walk between many fires, meaning I have ties to the Nanticoke, "PEOPLE of the TIDEWATERS" and the Great Nation of the Lenape, "THE PEOPLE," as well as my Irish-Canadian and unknown Moor ancestry. I was never told that I was Native American or Moor. Without our ancestors we would be nothing. They must be honored."
We Are The Chosen: We are the story tellers of the tribe. All tribes have one. We have been called, as it were, by our genes. Those who have gone before cry out to us: "Tell our story." So, we do. In finding them, we somehow find ourselves. It is of equal pride and love that our mothers struggled to give us birth, without them we could not exist, and so we love each one, as far back as we can reach. That we might be born who we are. That we might remember them. So we do.
Fathers and Sons: I saw behind me those who had gone, and before me those who are to come. I looked back and saw my father, and his father, and all our fathers, and in front to see my son, and his son, and the sons upon sons beyond. And their eyes were my eyes.
We Are Driven Back: "We are driven back," said an old warrior, "until we can retreat no farther - our hatchets are broken, our bows are snapped, our fires are nearly extinguished - a little longer and the white man will cease to persecute us, for we shall cease to exist!" Nanticoke Representative 1769
Kelly Motto: "Turis - Fortis - Mihi - Deus!" "God Is My Tower of Strength!" Loren G.Kelly, Researching KELLY; TOMPKINS; STATELER; BROWN; WILLIAMS; PARRISH; MILLER & CARNEY
What do you want to know about the Parrish family? As the area we live in is named after the local Parrish family...could I be related to them? You might check out the Parrish cemetery. I spend some time out there and it has some very interesting graves...and a LOT of Parrishes! Row up on row of them! There is also a Parrish, Alabama...I've driven near there but not stopped.
Oh, a question for you. Per Laura Chestnut childhood stories, did you know Grandpa Kelly was sent to Canada from England as part of an orphan-placement program utilized in England at the time? Orphans were sent to Canada and Australia. He was placed with a family in Canada named Kelly and, unlike many of the orphans, he was treated well by them. So well in fact, that he chose to adopt their surname. I do not know what his original surname in England was, unfortunately.