Clinton Kelly, born June 15, 1808, in Pulaski County, Kentucky. He first married Mary Baston in August of 1827. They had five children: Plympton, Archon, Hampton, Calmet, and Bengal. Mary died on June 14, 1837. He then married Jane Burns in June 1838, and had one daughter, Mary Jane, who married James Aiken. Jane died in 1840. Clinton's third wife was Moriah Malden Crain, whom he married in March 1841, and with whom he had an additional nine children: John, Sarah, Victoria, Raymond, Penumbra, Laura F., Emily, Fredericka, and Richmond. Moriah died in Portland in January 1863.
Reverend Kelly was a minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church and moved to Oregon so that his children might grow up away from the presence of slavery. By 1860, Rev. Kelly's homestead on Powell Boulevard was an unusually large, productive farm. He was a great benefactor of schools.