|. Thomas Connelly/Connely, d before 1792
. poss s/o Thomas Conley
. author: Michael D. Nestor, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
B Thomas Connelly/Connely,4 ? (Thomas,3,Edmund,2,Constantine,1)
. d before 8 Dec 1792 Montgomery Co, Va. (poss b ca 1741, from Chester Co, Pa, see discussion below)
. This may be the legendary Thomas Conley, supposed father of Capt Henry Conley: Thomas Conley (#1), but he may be the
. Thomas Connelly, b ca 1741, of Chester Co, who may be Henry's older brother. Or he could be the s/o Arthur Conley (#E1) of
. Augusta Co, Va.
. I had previously surmised he was the "unknown" Connelly whose wife was Susannah Smith, of Montgomery Co, Va. Descendants
. of Garland Conley of Logan, his supposed son, and Thomas Hackett Conley, either his son of nephew, both of Logan Co, Va (WVa)
. have changed their website from "unknown" Conley to Thomas Conley, possibly after seeing my website that said the "unknown"
. may have been Thomas, or from their own deductions.
. m Susannah Smith.
. Wid, Susannah m(2) 5 May 1790 Montgomery Co, Va to Richard Chapman.
. Her 1790 2nd marriage date isn't necessarily inconsistent with her being Thomas' widow, since even though his estate's date was
. 1792, he may have died a few years earlier.
. Papers on Arthur Connelly of Augusta Co, Va claim that his son James Connelly was this unknown (to some) Conley that I had
. previously tentatively identifed as Thomas Connelly (see below).
. This Thomas was possibly the Thomas Connolly, age 17, from Chester Co, Pa, who served in the 1758 Forbes successful expedition
. against Fort Duquesne, after which its name was changed to Fort Pitt. This was 3 years after the disastrous 1755 Braddock's expedi-
. tion against Fort Duquesne.
. Thomas was possibly a s/o Edmund Connelly and the same Thomas who was later in Montgomery Co, Va. But the evidence is cir-
. cumstantial: namely that Capt Henry Conley was also in Montgomery Co for about 3 years, according to his pension application.
. Acc to family tradition, he was visiting relatives there. William Elsey Connelley, the ONLY historical source for the ancestry of Capt
. Henry Conley, says that Henry's father was Thomas and was a soldier in Braddock's 1755 expedition, and docments on that expedi-
. tion list a Thomas Connelly. The Thomas Connolly, mentioned below in documents on the later 1758 Forbes Expediton, was age 17,
. and obviously too young to be Henry's father, but may be an older brother. This Thomas was too young to have served in Brad-
. dock's 1755 expedition, so these records show that there were two different Thomas Conellys serving in the 1755 and 1758 expedi-
. From Pennsylvania Archives, Second Series, Vol II: www.usgwarchives.net/pa/1pa/paarchivesseries/series2/vol2/pass2-14.html
. Provincial Officers and Soldiers, 1757-1764:
. p 553 An Account of What Soldiers Captain John Singleton Inlisted from May the First to May the 8th 1758
. Privates: Connolly, Thomas, 17, Chester, Pennsylvania
. p 597 A Return of Recruits Inlisted for ye Pennsylvania Service, by Capt David Hunter, May 26, 1759
. Connolly, Thomas
. From: History of Delaware County, Pennsylvania / Henry Graham Ashmead
. Philadelphia: L.H. Everts & Co. 1884
. Chapter VI pg 36
. The Colonial History to the War of the Revolution
. In the summer of 1758, Brig-Gen John Forbes, as before stated, with three hundred and fifty Royal Americans, twelve
. hundred (thirteen companies) of Montgomery's Highlanders, twenty-six hundred Virginians, and twenty-seven hundred
. Pennsylvania Provincials, besides a thousand wagoners, 1 set out from Philadelphia intending the reduction of Fort Du
. Quesne. In the same month and year Capt. John Singleton enlisted a company of soldiers for Forbes' expedition. The
. list of that organization shows that the following men were certainly from Chester County, and probably the number from
. this location was greater than here represented:
. (includes) Thomas Connolly, aged 17, resident of Chester, Pa.
. 1788, 17 Mar: Montgomery Co tax list: Thomas Connely, no WM 16-21, no slaves, 1 horse.
. 1792, 8 Dec: Montgomery Co: Apr of estate ret, Thomas Connelly.
. 1793, 1 Jan: Montgomery Co Will Bk B, p 190: Appraisement of estate of Thomas Connely.
. 1793 Montgomery Co Court Order Bk 6, p 63: Inv and Appr of estate of Thomas Connelly.
. 1793 Montgomery Co Court Order Bk 7, p 94: Appr of estate of Thomas Connelly.
. The family tradition of the Conley family of Logan Co, Va (WVa) states that they came from Montgomery Co, Va, and that Thom-
. as, b ca 1770, was born in Dublin, Ireland, and his father's name unknown. One source says this family went to Dublin, Pulaski Co.
. This raises the possibility that Thomas (#B) is this unknown Conley (#Z), who apparently died in the 1780's in Montgomery Co.
. Currently there is scant evidence available for these early Conley generations. If Thomas Conley, b ca 1770, was actually born in
. Ireland, that would contradict the theory that his father was Thomas Conley, probable brother of Capt Henry Connelly/Conley
. (#D), who was on the 1789 Montgomery Co tax list. But if the family tradition is in error, and actually there was a true Irish con-
. nection, but Thomas himself was of Dublin, Pulaski Co, Va, although not born there since the area wasn't settled that early, then my
. theory could be correct. Another supporting clue is that the sons of this unknown Conley were named Thomas and Garland and
. Garland had sons Henry and Thomas. This family moved from Montgomery Co to Logan Co, Va (WVa).
. See more discussion below.
. 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]
. issue: (supposedly, plus possibly others - see theory above)
Z1 1. Thomas Hackett Conley (Hackett,Tom), b ca 1770 Va, m(1) Susannah White (Susan), m(2) ____ Brumfield.
. Actually, supposedly a cousin to Garland Conley, below. Also supposedly born in Dublin, Ireland, but perhaps Dublin, Pulas-
. ki Co, Va, adjacent to Montgomery Co, is where he was born.
Z2 2. Garland Conley, b ca 1777-82 Montgomery Co, Va, m Elizabeth Farley (Betty).
. 3. Bailey Conley. Supposedly b ca 1775-78 and poss the Bailey Conley who m ____ Hatfield, d/o James C. Hatfield and Zurilda
. 4. Obedience Bridget Conley (Biddy), b 1780 supposedly in Montgomery Co, m Robert Lilly.
. ? 5. Fluvania Conley, m John Payne. Acc to one source.
. other possible issue (plus possibly others - see below)
. ? 6. John Connely.
. There were two John Connelly/Conley's in the Montgomery Co area. One m 18 Jul 1808 Montgomery Co, Va to Delilah Ship,
. Francis Munsey surety. This John is probably the one referred to in "The Conley Clan of Eastern Kentucky", p 554.
. Another is:
B1 John Connelly/Connely/Conley, b ca 1775 Montgomery Co, Va, m Mary Munsey.
. Moved to Giles Co, Va.
. Note: Other SW Virginia Conley's/Connely's, relationship to Thomas, if any, unknown:
. 1. Solomon Connely, m 6 Sep 1825 Montgomery Co to Mary Brown, Thomas Brown surety.
. Poss s/o John Conley, above. He isn't located in the 1830, 1840, or 1850 census'.
. 2. Wesley Connely, b ca 1802 Montgomery Co, m 6 Sep 1825 Montgomery Co to Elizabeth Anderson, John Scott surety.
. Poss s/o one of the above John Conley's, but not the one who m Mary Munsey.
. More info on the page for John Connelly (#B1) above.
. 3. Daniel Conley, b 1780's, and Alexander Conley, b ca 1810.
. 1810 Montgomery Co census, p 4, Daniel Conley, 10010-40010-00.
. 1820 Washington Co, Va census, p 929, Daniel Conley, 101101-23010.
. 1830 census, Daniel not located.
. 1840 Washington Co, Va census, p 208, Daniel Connelly, 00010001-00010001.
. 1840 Washington Co census, p 208, Alexander Connelly, 20001-00001. (listed adj to Daniel)
. 1850 Washington Co census, Dist 67, p 184, #1699/1699, Alexander Connally,40 Va, farmer, Rosana,30 Va, Daniel,14 Va,
. Barbary,10 Va, Joseph,5 Va, Susan,1 Va.
. 4. Susannah, Nancy, and Easter Conley: They are probably closely related to this Conley family, since Susannah and
. Nancy were living with John Conley Jr (s/o the above John Conley) in their later years, and Susannah and Easter were
. connected in a law case.
. 1805 Russell Co, Va Law Order Bk 3, p 372: Susanna and Easter Conley were plaintiffs in case against Ambrose Harmon.
. This case was dismissed, Bk 3, p 388. (David Conley (#C) and his wife Susannah were living in Russell Co, Va
. during this time, but they were in Floyd Co, Ky in the 1810, 20, and 30 census'.)
. 1804 Russell Co Law Order Bk 3, p 290: Easter Conley: "theft-acquit".
. 1820 Giles Co census, p 114, Susannah Conley, 100000-00210.
. 1830 Giles Co census, p 217, Susanah Conly, 001-1100111.
. 1840 census, Susannah and Nancy not located.
. 1850 Giles Co census, 20th Dist, p 408, #566/560, Susanah Conly,65, Nancy,46, living with the above John Conley's son
. John's family.
. 1860 Giles Co census, p 911, # 977/898, Susannah Conley,75, ---, $100, superanuated, Nancy Conley,60, $1500, $100,
. living with John Conley's family.
. 5. Mary Conley, b ca 1775, d before 1850 Giles Co, Va, m 18 Sep 1792 Montgomery Co to Zachariah Perdue, b ca 1765 Lunen-
. burg Co, Va, d 1863 Giles Co, Va, prob s/o William Perdue.
. Thomas Conley, b ca 1770, and Garland Conley, b ca 1777: Living in Logan Co, Va in 1830, and ancestors of the Logan Co,
. WVa Conley clan, which also includes Thomas Jr and Henry, who were all listed in Logan Co in 1830. None of these were lis-
. ted in the 1820 census. Logan Co was formed in 1824 from Giles, Tazewell, Kanawha, and Cabell Co's. There was a Thomas
. Connelly of the right age, and with a number of sons of the right age, living in Halifax Co, Va in 1820, listed near a George C.
. Connelly. Anderson Connelly was also in Halifax Co in 1820. This Thomas was supposedly born in Dublin, Ireland, and d
. after 1860 in Logan Co. Garland was supposedly born ca 1777 in Montgomery Co, Va, where his son Col Henry Conley was
. also born. Thomas, Garland, Bailey, and Obedience Bridget (Biddy) were children of Susannah Smith Conley and an unknown
. Conley. Susannah m(2) 5 May 1790 Montgomery Co to Richard Chapman. This marriage date isn't necessarily inconsistent
. with her being Thomas' widow, since even though his estate's date was 1792, he may have died a few years earlier.
. Ref: 1. Info on the Logan Co Conleys from Joel Hager's notes at www.rootsweb.com, email: email@example.com
. 2. http://www.genfan.com/getperson.php?personID=I31626&tree=MASTER states the Garland Conley was a s/o
. Thomas Conley and Susannah Smith.
. I don't know if this claim comes from my own website speculations, deductions by that author, or another source. Joel
. Hagar is quoted as a source. Also cited as a reference: Sue Conley: firstname.lastname@example.org
. This site says that Thomas' children were Thomas, Bailey, Garland, and Bridget.