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  • Maria Sexton Clanton (c.1820 - 1866)
  • Orval Allen Kelso (1903 - 1943)
    Civilian POW captured on Wake Island Orval Allen Kelso lay buried in a very shallow grave for about six years on a hill above SOTO DAM until claimed by his only child Walter Richard (Dick) Kelso now ...
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  • (1) Neil Kelso (1882 - 1940)
    NEIL KELSO (1882-1940) is the son of William Kelso and his wife, Flora Robertson. He was born at Corrie on the island of Arran, in Buteshire, Scotland, on 20 September 1882 and died at Vancouver in B...

About the Kelso surname

My father (Andrew R. Kelso), his parents (Catherine Craig and Andrew D.) and two older brothers (Robert and John) immigrated from their homeland Paisley Scotland United Kingdom to Kearny, New Jersey in the United States.

I've read many different claims to the origin of the surname Kelso: that the family name came from the Kelso Abbey name, that it originated from a village called Kelso, that it was originally Kelseau, French in origin, and may also have derived from the Celtic/Keltic term, among other theories.