|. Constantine Connelly, d 1741, of Chester Co, Pa
. author: Michael D. Nestor, email: email@example.com
. Constantine Connelly,1 (ancestry unknown)
. The traditional history of the ancestry of Thomas Conley (#1), father of Capt Henry Conley (#D) of Floyd Co, Ky) is that his
. parents were Edmund Connelly and Mary Edgefield. The source for this history is William Elsey Connelley (#D2311) (1855-
. 1930) who supplied the names and the story (see note below). He claimed that Edmund Connelly, his brother Thomas, and pos-
. sibly brothers John and Henry, supposedly came to Charlestown, SC ca 1689. Edmund, s/o Henry Connelly, marr Mary Edge-
. field. Others, unidentified, have added detailed birth years, and miscellaneous other factoids for Thomas, his brother Harmon, and
. their ancestors, all of which are undocumented and apparently not in the public records. These have been blindly copied and
. recopied by many genealogists and are on many internet sites, as well in the LDS records. Supposedly Edmund was b 2 Jul 1700
. Charlestown, SC (or b ca 1688), and d ca 1750 Guilford Co, NC, and his wife Mary Edgefield, was b ca 1700 Charlestown, and d ca
. 1750 Guilford Co, and Mary's father was Col Arthur Edgefield. Edmund was supposedly the s/o Henry Connelly and Betsy Vaux
. Buckley. There is no documentation offered to support any of this, although there are likely elements of truth in that lineage. I am
. offering an alternative theory of Thomas' ancestry, namely: Edmund was probably the s/o Constantine Connelly, whose will was
. prob 1741 Chester Co, Pa, naming son Edmund as administrator (see below). Besides the fact that Capt Henry Conley's pension
. application stated that he was born in Chester Co in 1751, both Capt Henry and his apparent brother John Connely (#A) had
. descendants named the very unusual name Constantine. A professional genealogist, Mrs Weir, searched the Chester Co records
. in the 1980's, and Karen Higgins searched again in 2008, and found no other records of the Connelly's. Perhaps some of the Con-
. nelly's were living in nearby Maryland. 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.
. 1741, 16 Dec: prob of estate of Constantine Connoly, listing son Edmund as the administrator.
. His 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."
. These papers clearly show that Constantine was living in Maryland when he died.
. 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-
. elly administrator".
. 1. Edmund Connoly. He may be Edmund Connelly who married in SC to Mary Edgefield acc to Mr. Connelley. Acc to other
. undocumented sources he was born ca 1788 or 2 Jul 1700 Charlestown, SC.
. 1747/48 Chester Co tax list, Kennet Twp, p 30, Edmond Conoly, 0160.
. (Kennet Twp is adjacent to New Castle Co, Del, and about 15 miles NE of Cecil Co, Md)
. 1749/50 Chester Co tax list, Kennet Twp, p 20, Edmond Connelly, 8003.
. 1756 Chester Co tax list: Edmund/Edward Connelly.
. Other individuals of same last name in early Chester Co, Pa, but no proof of any connection to the above family::
. Rachel Connoly: listed as d/o David Meredith in his will of 20 Apr 1754, prob 13 Dec 1754 Chester Co WB C, p 521.
. Wife Sarah, and other children Joseph, William, David, Rebecca Jenkins, Hannah Guest, and Mary Bane listed.
. John Connolly, d 1747, marr Susanna Howard, d 1753, d/o Gordon Howard Sr. She had m(1) James Patterson and m(2) Thomas
. Ewing, b ca 1700, d 1741.
. John's and Susanna's wills were recorded in Lancaster Co, Pa. Susanna named children James Ewing, John Ewing, Rebecca Poulson,
. son-in-law James Lowry, and her son George Poulson. And son-in-law Benjamin Chambers, grandson James Chambers s/o Ben-
. jamin, and son John Connolly. John Connolly's will mentions "friend" Dennis Connolly.
. 1747, 9 Jul: Susanna Lowry & husband James and Rebecca Patteron (spinster) all of Lancaster Co, Pa to John Connolly, share of
. 200 acres in Conestoga Manor. Susanna's 3rd husband was John Connolly, d 1747.
. 1747 John Connolly's will: Lancanster Co, Pa Will Bk A, p 141.
. 1753 Susanna Connolly's wlll: Lancaster Co Will Bk B, Vol 1, p 13: names sons John Ewing, James Ewising, John Connolly (< age
. 21), dau Rebecca Poulson, son-in-law James Lowry. The administration of Susanna's estate is mixed with her husband John
. Connolly's. Included in that is a note of Dennis Connolly and James Miller. Dennis was mentioned in John's will as a friend.
. Dr. John Connolly was the half-brother of General Ewing associated with Lord Dunmore and his "War".
. Arthur Connally: 1747/48 Chester Co tax list, Kennet, 0600.
. Terance Conley.
. 1753 Chester Co, Pa tax list, Whiteland Twp, Terance Conley.
. (this is part of the Welsh Tract and is adjacent to Charlestown Twp)
. John Connolly, d 1747.
. 1. William Elsey Connelley, the prime source for the early Connelly generations, only states in his papers that Edmund Con-
. nelley was one of four brothers, but did not state their father's name. So my theory that Constantine Connelly of Chester
. Co, Pa is the father of Edmund Conley, father of both Thomas and Capt Henry, is inconsistent with Mr. Connelley's papers.
. Unnamed others have claimed the four brother's father was Henry Conley. Some sources interpret Mr. Connelley's papers as
. meaning that Thomas was s/o Edmund, who was son of Henry, one of the four brothers, instead of Thomas' father Edmund
. being one of the four original brothers, whose father was Henry. There are no currently known public documents supporting
. Mr. Connelley's version. The quite numerous online early Conley lineages are nothing more than restatements of Mr. Con-
. nelley's papers, with no public documents cited. However many undocumented details of siblings of that lineage have been
. added by persons unknown, with detailed birth and death dates that appear to be no more than estimates.
. 2. Edmond Connelly:
. Essex Co, Va Wills and Administrations (1692-1800), p 137-138: Inv & appr, rec 18 Jul 1738.
. p 147-148: Accounts, rec 19 Sep 1738.
. Wills No 6, 1735-1743 (Reel 42).
. Albemarle Parish is in Sussex Co.
. 3. Bryant Conolly, b 1714, s/o Thomas Conolly (b ca 1685 Essex Co, Va, d 9 Apr 1713 Lancaster Co, Va, and Anne Mayfield,
. b ca 1690). Thomas s/o Edward/Edmund Conolly (b ca 1665 Armagh, Ulster, Ire, d 1704 Essex Co, Va). Edward/Edmund s/o
. Henry Conolly (b ca 1730 Armagh). Bryant m Elizabeth Hopkins.
. Another version: Bryant Conolly, b ca 1780. Had son Bryant Conolly, b ca 1710, d 21 Jun 1784 Goochland Co, Va, m
. Elizabeth Hopkins. Ref: http://hindskw.com/KennethHinds/1153.html
. Another source said he was b ca 1704 and had children born 1730-34.
. He was supposedly born in Prince William Co, Va.
. 4. Thomas Connally, b 1680 Essex Co, Va, d ca 1713 Lancaster Co, Va, m 3 Dec 1614 Essex Co to Anne Mayfield, b 1786
. Essex Co, d/o Robert Mayfield and Sarah Harner.
. Thomas s/o Edward Conally, b ca 1665 Armagh, Ulster Co, Ire, d ca 1704 Essex Co, Va. Edward s/o Henry Conally (b ca
. 1630 Armagh) and Polly Hawes. Henry s/o John D. Connelly, b 1610 Armagh, who was s/o Henry Conley, b 1585 Ire.
. a. Bryant Conally Jr, b ca 1710 Prince William Co, Va, d 21 Jan 1784 Goochland Co, m Elizabeth Hopkins, d 1808 Gooch-
. land Co, d/o George Hopkins and ____ Taylor.
. This source says Henry, b ca 1630, had children:
. a. Henry Connelly, b 1662 Ire; d 1687 Charlestown, SC.
. b. Thomas Connelly, b 1665 Ire.
. c. Edmund Connelly, b 1665 Charlestown, SC, d 1750 Charlestown, SC.
. d. John Connelly, b 28 Jun 1744 Ire, d 24 Jul 1798 Roaring River, Wilkes Co, NC.
. (dates identical for John Connely (#A). (his birth date too late to be a son of this family)
. 5. James Connally was father of Thomas Connally, b 1648 Ire, who m Ann Mayfield. Other sources give Thomas' birth year
. as 1673.
. 6. Edward (Edmund) Conolly, b ca 1665 Armagh, d after 1704 Essex Co, Va, was s/o Henry Conolly, b ca 1630 Armagh.
. Edmund Connelly m 10 Jan 1692 Essex Co to Margaret Noel, b 1671 Essex Co, d/o Cornelius Noel and Elizabeth Page.
. a. Thomas Conolly, b ca 1685 Essex Co, d bef 9 Apr 1713 Lancaster Co, Va, m ____ Mayfield.
. b. Edmund Conolly, b ca 1697 Armagh, d 1738 Essex Co.
. 1715 Essex Co: Quit Rent Roll: Edmund Connely, 200 acres.
. c. John Conolly, b ca 1700 Armagh, m(1) 22 Jun 1724 Stafford Co, Va to Hellen Foy. He m(2) 13 Jun 1725 Stafford Co, Va
. to Elenor Ormond.
. 7. 1790 Huntingdon Co, Pa census, p 123, Thomas Connely, 1 WM > 16, 3 WM < 16, 2 females.
. 8. Thomas Connelly served in the RW, from Maryland.
. 9. Pension application of Jane Connelly, widow of Capt John Connelly, b 1737, d 1826. In a 1937 letter from his great-granddau
. Mrs. C.H. Conley to the Veterans Administration, and now in John's pension file, she lists the children of John Connelly and
. his wife Jane Ballew:
. a. John Wesley Connelly. Grandfather of Mrs. C. H. Conley (Mary Lee Conley)
. b. William Connelly.
. c. Jane Connelly, m ____ Cobb.
. d. Susan Connelly, m ____ Sherrod.
. e. Joshua Connelly.
. f. Betsy Connelly.
. g. Mary Connelly, m ____ Bowman.
. h. George Connelly. [m Myra Perkins]
. i. Calib Connelly. Single.
. j. Allen Connelly. Alive in 1876. [m Elizabeth Perkins]
. k. Joseph Connelly. Alive in 1876.
. In her letter she says: "I have been told that he was decendent of one of FOUR brothers who came to old Albermale Point (now
. Charleston, S.C.) in 1680. The name was O'Congalaigh (meanng a light) and changed to Connelly and then to Conley. Was he
. a descendnt of one of these four brothers? If so, which one?".
. Another letter in same file says that John Conley, d 16 Jul 1826, m Aug 1773 Rowan Co, NC o Jane Bellew, b 31 Oct 1851
. McDowell Co, NC.
. 10. Thomas Connelly, b 1648 Ireland, d Lancaaster, Va.