|. Edmund Connelly, s/o Constantine Connelly
. author: Michael D. Nestor, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
. Edmund Connelly,2 (Constantine,1)
. The only source for the early Connelly generations is William Elsey Connelley (#D2311) (late 19th and early 20th centuries).
. According to him, the Connelly brothers Thomas, Edmund, and possibly John and Henry, came from County Armaugh, Ireland and
. ca 1689 settled at Old Albemarle Point, which became Charleston, SC. Edmund Connelly, the youngest son of Henry Connelly,
. supposedly married in SC to Mary Edgefield and had sons Thomas and Harmon. Harmon married the dau of a physician named
. Hicks and Thomas married a "Pennsylvania Dutch woman". Thomas died about two years after suffering wounds at the Battle of
. Kings Mountain (which was fought in Oct 1780). Thomas' son was Capt Henry Connelly/Conley (#D).
. Supposedly Edmund was b 2 Jul 1700 Charlestown, SC (or b 2 Jul 1688), and d ca 1750 Guilford Co, NC, and his wife was Mary
. Edgeield, b ca 1700 Charlestown, and d ca 1750 Guilford Co, d/o Col Arthur Edgefield. Edmund was supposedly the s/o Henry Con-
. nelly and Betsy Vaux Buckley, and supposedly this Henry was the s/o an older Henry Conley, of County Armaugh, Ireland. The
. source of these details are unknown and are oft repeated. I'm relegating most of these "legendary" Connelly/Conley history to the
. page: Henry Connelly, legendary ancestor of Eastern Ky Conleys.
. I am offering an alternative theory of Thomas' ancestry in the notes below, which at least has supporting documentation. Namely,
. Thomas' father Edmund was probably the same Edmund, s/o Constantine Connoly/Conelly, whose will was prob 1741 Chester Co,
. Pa, naming son Edmund as administrator. It is still possible that Thomas was in the lineage as Henry's father, meaning that he was
. in the Chester Co area around 1750, but left no record there other than the birth of a son Henry in 1751. Thomas was in the records
. of the Braddock 1755 expedition, apparently in the Western Maryland area. If so, then Thomas likely was born in 1720s or 30s, and
. Edmund born in the 1680s to 1700s, and Constantine born in the 1650s to 1670s, all possible, and making Constantine's age at death
. in the 60-90 range. Various sources say Thomas was b ca 1725, d ca 1783 and Edmund was b ca 1688, and one says Edmund was b
. 2 Jul 1700, d ca 1650. All the online sources claim the standard Connelly story that Edmund's father was Henry Connelly.
. 1715 Essex Co, Va: Quit Rent Roll: Edmond Connely, 200 acres. (May not be same Edmund)
. 1741, 16 Dec: prob of estate of Constantine Connoly, listing son Edmund as the administrator.
. The estate documents contain the following notes: "expense of John Cloather for coming from Maryland to give me an acct,
. my father was dead", and "To cash 8 days Riding to gether ye effects of ye Decd."
. 1742, 26 Jan: Inventory & appraisment of estate of Constantine Conelly, by Thomas Gregg and John Nickols, which included
. in his estate a number of items of Maryland money, plus the statement "what was brought to our view by Edmund Con-
. nelly administrator".
. 1747/48 Chester Co tax list, Kennet, Edmond Conoly.
. 1749/50 Chester Co tax list, Edmond Connelly.
. 1756 Chester Co tax list: Edmund/Edward Connelly.
. Acc to Capt Henry Conley's pension application, he moved with his father from Chester Co, Pa to Guilford Co, NC, where he was
. living at the time of entry into RW service. So far, no record of Edmund (or Thomas) Connelly in the Guilford Co, NC area has been
. issue: (possible list, but no public records found for proof)
B ? 1. Thomas Connelly, supposedly b ca 1725, and reputedly m Mary Van Harlingen.
. There was a Thomas Conley who d prior 1792 Montgomery Co, Va whose wife may have been Susannah Smith, who was the
. mother of Thomas and Garland Conley of Logan Co, Va (WVa) . Or he could be this Thomas, or the s/o Arthur Connely (#E1)
. of Augusta Co, Va.
. 1755, 14 May: records of the 48th Regmt, serving under Genl Braddock mention Thomas Connelly. See below.
. This is consistent with the family history by William Elsey Connelley who stated that Capt Henry Conley's supposed
. father Thomas Connelly served in "General Braddock's army in its disastrous march on Fort Du Quesne" in 1755. He
. also claimed that he was the same Thomas that "served during the winter of 1779-1780 in the First South Carolina Regi-
. miment, commanded by Col. Charles Cotesworth Pinckney...." Capt Henry Conley had relatives in Montgomery Co, Va
. acc to family tradition, and he lived there 3 years during the Rev War acc to his pension application.
. Also there was a Thomas Connolly, b ca 1741, from Chester Co, Pa, who was too young to be Capt Henry's father, but who
. could have been a brother
. 1758: Thomas Connolly, age 17, from Chester Co, Pa, served in Genl Forbes expedition to Fort Duquesne.
. An otherwise undocumented family history by William Elsey Connelley is that Thomas Conley was the father of Capt Hen-
. ry Conley. Other sources say Thomas m Mary Van Harlingen. Later sources claim without documentation that he was b ca
. 1725 "Charlestown, SC". Both William Elsey Connelley and Capt Henry Conley's pension papers just say that Capt Henry's
. mother was a Pennsylvania Dutch woman. So the claim she was Mary Van Harlingen may be correct, but so far it is undocu-
. mented. In Note 5 below, I've recorded what Mr. Connelley said in his 1897 Kansas SAR application.
. The following shows that there was an older Thomas Connelly associated with Genl Braddock:
. From "History of Frederick County, Maryland, Braddock's Orderly Books", 1910, p 61: Camp at Fort Cumberland, Wednesday
. 14, May 1755: Thomas Connelly, James Fitzgerald and James Hughes, Soldiers of the 48th Regiment and tryed for theft by the
. said Court Martial whereof Maj Sparks was President, are by the sentence of the s'd Court Martial to suffer the following pun-
. ishment: Thomas Connelly, one thousand; James Fitzgerald, eight hundred; James Hughes, eight hundred, lashes at the Head of
. the Line. Also that they be obliged to make satisfaction for the Kegg of Beer stolen by them to the value of 33 shillings Mary-
. land Cury, and that proper stoppages be made out of their pay by their officers for that purpose. His Excellency [Genl Brad-
. dock] has approved the sentence but has been pleased to remit 100 lashes from the punishment of Connelly and 200 from each
. of the other two; Connelly is to receive 900 lashes at 3 different times, 300 each time....
. The above information is quoted verbatim in "History Of Washington County, Maryland", Vol 1, 1906, Thomas J. C. Williams,
. p 51.
. [Maj Gen Edward Braddock's expedition in Jul 1755 was also called the Battle of the Wilderness (Battle of Monongahela), and
. involved two regiments - the 44th and 48th]
. The following is the only source found (by me) so far consistent with a Thomas and Mary Connelly in SC:
. "South Carolina Estate Inventories and Bills of Sale", 1732-1872", p 313, South Carolina, 22 Nov 1781: Mary Connelly of
. Charles Town, wife of Thomas Connelly, late of North Carolina, for 15 pounds sterling, sold to John Mills, a Negro girl named
. Nancy, aged about 10 years.
A ? 2. John Connely, b 28 Jun 1744, m Sarah Wilson.
. Some descendants say he was born in Ireland. He is is listed as poss s/o Edmund Connelly, since along with Capt Henry
. Connelly/Conley, they both had descendants named Edmund and the unusual name Constantine.
. Moved to Ashe Co, NC, and descendants moved to Indiana and Illinois.
C ? 3. David Conley, b ca 1747, m Susannah ____.
. No proof of his ancestry, and he is listed as poss s/o Edmund Connelly, since he lived in the same area as Capt Henry Con-
. nelly/Conley. Evidence to the contrary is that the names Edmund, Henry, and Constantine were not used by descendants.
. Moved to Wilkes Co, NC, Russell Co, Va, and Floyd Co, Ky. Of the possible sons of Edmund listed on this page, David is
. the least likely, however there may be some more distant relationship, as David's son Carter marred Edmund Conley's daughter
. Mary, and lived near Edmund, indicating some connection between Capt Henry's and David's families.
D ? 4. Henry Connelly/Conley (Capt), b 2 May 1751 Chester Co, m(1) Ann MacGregor, m(2) Temperance Hitchcock (Tempy).
. Moved to Wilkes and Ashe Co, NC, Montgomery Co, Va, and Floyd Co, Ky.
. Note: Many (most) websites say Henry was born in 1752, but I have seen his actual pension application and it says 1751, and
. his tombstone says he was b 1751.
G ? 5. William Connelly, b early 1760's, d 25 Dec 1813, m 28 Nov 1788 Cambridge, Dorchester Co, Md to Priscilla ____.
. She was a resident of Worcester Co, Md when she filed for a widow's pension in 1841, mentioning Thomas Connelly a brother
. of her husband. (This could be Thomas the father of Capt Henry, or Thomas, b ca 1741, or neither.)
. The following are speculative, and not likely sons of Edmund Connelly, although could be brothers, but that is in the highly spec-
. ulative range, with no evidence:
. ? 1. Harmon Conley, m ____ Hicks.
. Undocumented claim by William Elsey Connelley that he was a brother of Thomas Connelly/Conley and was b ca 1722 Charles-
. town, SC, d 1794, and m Mary Hicks, and served in the RW. No public record of him has ever been located.
X ? 2. John Connelly, b 1720 Fairfax Co, Va, m Mary Virginia Ramey.
. There is no proof of this relationship, but it is insinuated by William Elsey Connelley's (#D2311) claim that Capt Henry
. Conley (#D) was either a brother or 1st cousin of John Donaldson Connelly (#X3), the father of Henry B. Connelly
. (#X32), the 1st governor of NM. Since John Donaldson Connelly wasn't Capt Henry's brother, then he "must" have been his
. 1st cousin, assuming that Mr. Connelley's claims are correct, although there is no independent information to prove or disprove
. this. Capt Henry's brother was apparently John Connely (#A) of Ashe Co, NC. Possibly contradicting the theory that John
. Connelly, b 1720 is related to Edmund is the claim by one of his descendants (Ref 6 below) that John and his brother Sanford
. came from Ireland "at an early day", which is inconsistent with the claim that Edmund and his brothers came to Charleston, SC
. about 1689, which is 30 years before John's birth.
. The following are claimed to be sons of Edmund Connelly and Mary Edgefield, by the descendants of Arthur Connelly/Conley. I
. cannot verify if they have documented knowledge of this, or if this is another example of common claims of descent from this same
. Edmund Connelly family. This is from "The History Of the Pioneer Families of Conley and Sage", Glen Harrison Sage. Other
. sources say Arthur Conley was b 1730 Ireland, which is inconsistent with him being the s/o Edmund Connelly and Mary Edgefield.
. Acc to Roger Connelly, taken from the bible of Gilmore Franklin Connely: "Thomas Connely, his brother Arthur & sister Mary,
. together with their father & mother, emigrated from Ireland to the State of Virginia.."
. These seem highly unlikely to be sons of Edmund:
. 1. James Conley. In Augusta Co, Va as early as 1746, d 1751 Augusta Co (murdered). No descendants.
. 1752, Aug and part Nov: Draper vs Connolly and Breckinridge - Eleanor Draper complains of John Collony, otherwise John
. Connolly, and George Breckenridge, administrator of James Connolly (or Collony). Bond d 1749.
. [From "Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish Settlement in Virginia", Vol 1, Augusta Co, Va, p 306]
. 2. John Conley. Went from Augusta Co, Va to North Carolina. Supposedly had no descendants.
E1 3. Arthur Conley Sr, b 1730 Ireland, m Jean ____.
. Reportedly named after his grandfather "General" Arthur Edgefield.
. Lived in Augusta Co, Va.
E2 4. Thomas Conley, b ca 1740, m prior 1767 in Augusta Co, Va to Margaret Walker.
. He lived in Augusta Co, Va.
. Note: Further detailed research in early Maryland and Virginia records may provide more clues on this family, but no broad, detailed
. searches have yet been undertaken. There is a Charlestown in Chester Co, Pa, and perhaps this was where the Connelly's
. lived, and not Charleston, SC. There is also a Charlestown in Cecil Co, Maryland, providing more possible confusion. In the
. late 1600s and 1700s there are a number of refernces to Conley/Connellys with similar names in the eastern Virginia area.
. Such as the will of Edmond Connelly in 1738 in Essex Co, Va. One online source claims that Edward (Edmund) Conolly, b ca
. 1665 Armagh, d after 1704 Essex Co, Va, was s/o Henry Conolly, b ca 1630 Armagh, and Edward/Edmund's sons were of his
. sons were Thomas Connoly, b ca 1685 Essex Co, who m Anne Mayfield, and Edmund, b ca 1697, d 1738, and John, b ca
. Ref: 1. Sharon May Thasen has recorded on her web site more info on early Conley generations:
. www.geocities.com/sharont3/Conley.html On this site, she states that Thomas Conley's prob son David Conley
. was born in "Fairfax, Albermarle, Va," raising the possibility that the story that the early Connellys actually settled
. in Albemarle Co, Va (Charlottesville area), instead of Albemarle Point, SC. There is an Albemarle Parish in Surry Co,
. Va, also another possible area of search.
. 2. Barbara L. Weir, 402 Rockland Ave, West Chester, Pa 19380.
. She was a professional genealogist, who researched the Connelly/Conley family in 1981.
. 3. Arnold R. Kegel, 12125-29th Ave, SE, Everett, Wash 98204. In 1980, provided me with info on the Connelly/Conley
. family in Chester Co, Pa and in the Wilkes/Ashe Co, NC area.
. 4. Jerry Conley (email: email@example.com) has an excellent website on the Conley family:
. 5. Doug Conley (email: firstname.lastname@example.org), also has an excellent website on the Conley family.
. 6. James Connelly Duncan, "An Historical Account of the Duncan Family", 1902:
. 7. Mandy Colgan's email: email@example.com She has recently found info in the Chester Co area that could relate to the
. Connelly family.
. 8. "U.S., Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970". See Note 5 below.
. 9. "A Hidden Phase of American History", Michael J. O'Brien, 1919, lists officers and enlisted men of Irish descent who were
. soldiers in the Rev War. These total about 90, for the name Connelly and similar spellings, from NC, Va, Penn, and Mary-
. land, plus many more from other states.
. 10. "South Carolina Estate Inventories and Bills of Sale", 1732-1872", p 313, South Carolina, 22 Nov 1781: Mary Connelly of
. Charles Town, wife of Thomas Connelly, late of North Carolina, for 15 pounds sterling, sold to John Mills, a Negro girl
. named Nancy, aged about 10 years.
. Note: 1. I've listed Capt Henry's ancestry as Edmund, s/o Constantine, but with no proof. This differs from William Elsey Con-
. nelley's version, in that it eliminates Thomas in the direct line. Because of the name Constantine being used by the
. descendants of both Capt Henry Conley (#D) and his apparent brother John Connely (#A), it is likely that they are
. descendants of Constantine Connelly of Chester Co, Pa, and probably through his son Edmund mentioned in Constan-
. tine's 1741 estate. The elimination of Thomas is based on the evidence that he was born ca 1741, too young to be Hen-
. ry's father.
. 2. Since the estate of Constantine Connelly, prob 16 Dec 1741 Chester Co, Pa, lists son Edmund as the administrator,
. and Capt Henry Conley says he was born in Chester Co, I think there is the strong possibility that Thomas' father was
. Edmund, son of Constantine, instead of the traditional anestry of Thomas being son of Edmund, son of Henry. The
. fact that the unusual name Constantine was used by Capt Henry's descendants and Capt Henry's apparent brother
. John's descendants, adds weight to this possibility. Constantine's estate documents contain the following notes:
. "expense of John Cloather for coming from Maryland to give me an acct, my father was dead," and "To cash 8 days
. Riding to gether ye effects of ye Decd." Perhaps some of the Connelly's were living in Maryland then. Mrs Weir's
. (above) search of the Chester Co records found no other records of this Conelly family, except that Edmond Conoly
. was listed in Kennett in the 1747/48 tax list and Edmond Connelly was listed in 1749/50. Kennet Twp is adjacent to
. New Castle Co, Del, and about 15 miles NE of Cecil Co, Md.
. 3. Supposedly Thomas Connelly and his brother Harmon were in a party that explored the Big Sandy Valley of Kentucky
. in 1763, which included Daniel Boone.
. 4. Ernest Watson stated that Capt Henry Conley (#D) may have been a s/o Edmund, not Thomas, who may have been
. his uncle, and who may have raised him. This line of reasoning is based on the fact that Henry named his eldest son
. Edmund, and lack of evidence that Thomas was his father, other than Mr. W. E. Connelley's claim. Ernest died prior to
. providing me his documentation to support his reasoning. I have altered Ernest's theory by speculating that Thomas
. was Henry's older brother, and it may be he who took Henry to NC and Virginia.
. 5. 1897 Kansas City, Mo, William Elsey Connelley himself filed an application with The Kansas Society of the Sons of the
. American Revolution. He gives an alternative Connelly family ancestry, not exactly the same as other versions,
. namely he lists the wife of Thomas Conley, son of Capt Henry, as Susan Gians, as opposed to the name Joynes
. normally assigned to her. He also lists Capt Henry's wife as Mary (Roberston or Robinson), and Henry's father
. Thomas' wife as Mary Hicks. Then he lists Edumd's wife as the standard version Mary Edgefield.
. 1910 Mr. Connelley published his book "Eastern Kentucky Papers, The Founding of Harmon's Station....", 13 years after
. he filed the above SAR application. In it he said his previous info that Henry and his brother Harmon married
. sisters, dau's of Dr. Hicks, was in error. He also said that Henry's son "uncle" Edmund Connelly was the source of
. the claim that Capt Henry married a " Pennsylvania Dutch woman". Actually Edmund was William Elsey's great
. uncle. He also lists Capt Henry's son Thomas' wife as Susan Joynes, who had an uncle Henry Guyan. This book
. also says Thomas Conley was in Braddock's 1755 expedition to Fort Duquesne, which is consistent with the
. records of the 48th Regmt, under Genl Braddock, listing a Thomas Connelly.