|. William Elsey Connelley, 1855 - 1930, s/o Constantine Conley
. author: Michael D. Nestor, email: email@example.com
D2311 William Elsey Connelley,8 D231 (Constantine,7,Henry,6,Thomas,5,Henry,4)
. b 15 Mar 1855 Jennies Creek, Johnson Co, Ky; d 15 Jul 1930 Topeka, Kans.
. m(1) 18 Feb 1874 Johnson Co to Julia Frances Witten, b ca 1857 Johnson Co, d 9 Apr 1881 Johnson Co, d/o William P. and
. Mary J. Witten.
. m(2) 13 Jan 1885 Council Bluffs, Iowa to Sarah Atalanta Fife, b 17 Jun 1858 Plymouth, Ind (b Jul 1858 acc to 1900 census).
. 1880 Johnson Co census, Paintsville, Pct 1, p 129D, #234/237, William E. Connelly,25 Ky (son-in-law), teacher, Julia F.,23
. Ky (dau), Bernadette,5 Ky (gd), Walter,10/12 Ky (gs, Aug), living with William P. and Mary J. Witten.
. 1900 Shawnee Co, Kans census, 4th Pct, ED 161, sheet 3B, 717 Clay St, #69/71, William L. Conneley, Mar 1855 Ky, book
. writer, Sarah A., Jul 1858 Ind (marr 15 yrs, 1 ch, 1 living), Martha E., Sep 92 Kans.
. 1910 Shawnee Co census, Topeka, Ward 6, ED 188, sheet 7B, 816 Lincoln St, #168/168, William E. Connelley,55 Ky (2nd
. marr, auther, historical wks, Sarah A.,52 Ind (marr 25 yrs, 2 ch, 1 living), Edith M.,17 Kans.
. 1920 Shawnee Co census, Topeka, Ward 6, ED 183, sheet 12B, 816 Lincoln St, #298/322, William E. Connelley,64 Ky, sec-
. retary, historical society, Sarah A.,59 Ind.
. 1930 Shawnee Co census, Topeka, 3rd Ward, ED 89-24, sheet 2A, 915 Topeka Ave, #25/40, William E. Connelly,75 Ind
. (marr age 25), secretary, historical society, Sarah A.,71 Ky (marr age 26), Edith Ross,36 Kans (dau, div), Elaine,12 Kans
. (gd), Edith Vaughn,27 Kans, lodger.
. 1. Bernadette Connelley, b 11 Aug 1875 Johnson Co, m(1) 17 Apr 1894 Johnson Co to James M. Coldiron, b Dec 1868
. Ky, s/o Jesse Coldiron and Levina Blanton. She m(2) ____ Lewis, and m(3) William Geibel, b ca 1872 Pa.
D23111 2. Walter Contantine Connelley (Dr), b 23 Aug 1879 Ky, m(1) Virgie Vencill, m(2) Grace Bayes, m(3) Lucy Dyer.
. Lived in Magoffin and Johnson Co's, Ky.
. 3. Edith Louise Connelley, b 28 Nov 1890 Christian Co, Mo, d 31 Dec 1892 Gage Co, Nebr.
. 4. Martha Edith Connelley (Edith), b 29 Sep 1892 Wyandotte Co, Kans, m August A. Ross, b 18 Sep 1888 Pottawatomie
. Co, Kans, d 1958, bur Topeka Cem, Topeka, Shawnee Co, Kans. They div by 1930.
. Her name given as Edith MacGregor Connelley by Ref 4 below.
. 1920 Shawnee Co census, Topeka, Ward 6, ED 184, sheet 4A, 1117 Arch, #88/91, August A. Ross,30 Kans, teacher,
. school, Edith,26 Kans, Elaine,1 9/12 Kans.
. a. Elaine Ross, b ca 1918 Kans.
. Ref: 1. "The Conley Clan of Eastern Kentucky", 1984, The Magoffin County Historical Society, Vol II, p 327-330.
. 2. Doug Conley's website: www.conleycorner.com, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
. 3. N. S. Ferguson's notes at www.rootsweb.com, email: email@example.com
. 4. Jerry Conley's website, Page127.html#2
. 5. The above William Elsey Connelley was the author who wrote down the early Connelly family history, and is
. quoted below in the following exerpts from his writings, plus his 1897 application to the Kansas SAS.
. 6. "Eastern Kentucky Papers, The Founding of Harman's Station, With an Account of the Indian Captivity of Mrs. Jennie
. Wiley and the Exploration and Settlement of the Big Sandy Valley in the Virginias and Kentucky, To Which is Affixed
. a Brief Account of the Connelly Family and Some Its Collateral and Related Families in America", 1910.
. p 95. "Thomas Connelly and his brother Edmund, and perhaps two other brothers, John and Henry, came from
. County Armagh, Ireland, and settled at Old Albemarle Point about the year 1689. This settlement moved
. later, to become Charlestown, in the colony of South Carolina; it is now the metropolis of the state of South
. Carolina, and the name is written Charleston."
. p 97: Referring to Dr. Henry Connelly, governor of NM: "His father was John Donaldson Connelly, born in Vir-
. ginia, and either a brother or first cousin to Capt Henry Connelly...."
. This was John Donaldson Conley (#X3) and since Capt Henry's brother was apparently John Connely
. (#A) of Ashe Co, NC, and if Mr. Connelley was correct, then John Donaldson Connelly would be Capt
. Henry's 1st cousin, and a grandson of Edmund Connelly. That is, Henry B.'s grandfather John Connelly
. (#X), b 1720 Fairfax Co, Va, was Edmund's son. However if the quote in Mr. Connelley's other writing
. below is true, namely that Dr. Henry Connelly was a descendant of Thomas, Edmund's brother, then Dr.
. Henry was Capt Henry's 2nd cousin.
. p 98: "Edmund Connelly, the youngest son of Henry Connelly, is said to have married, in South Carolina, a lady
. named Mary Edgefield. They left sons and daughters, among them, Harmon and Thomas. Harmon Connelly
. moved to North Carolina, where he owned lands on the frontier. Tradition says that he there married the
. daughter of a physician named Hicks."
. p 99: Referring toThomas Connelly: "Whom he married is not known, but in the light of recent reliable information
. it must have been a Pennsylvania Dutch woman." Footnote on that page: "Before coming into possession of
. all these facts and when I supposed I had obtained complete infomation I believed Harmon and Thomas mar-
. ried sisters, daughters of this Dr. Hicks, and so wrote it in my application for memership in the Society of
. the Sons of the American Revolution. The family Bible of Captain Henry Connelly disproves this, and I had
. learned before seeing it, from the pension papers of the Captain, that this was an error." Another footnote:
. "Uncle Edmund Connellly, son of Captain Henry Connelly, always said that his grandmother was a Penn-
. sylvania Dutch woman. We never gave it credit until I saw the pension papers of Captain Henry Connelly."
. p 100: "Captain Henry Connelly, the Revolutionary Soldier, was the son of the above mentioned Thomas Connelly.
. He was born in Chester County, Pennsylvania, and came with his father to Guilford County, North Caro-
. lina, while yet a child, probably soon after Braddock's defeat. Thomas Connelly was a soldier in Braddock's
. defeat. And it is probable that it was the expedion and its disastrous results which caused him to return to
. North Carolina."
. 7. "Doniphan's Expedition and the Conquest of New Mexico and California", John Taylor Hughes, William Elsey Con-
. nelley, 1907.
. p 177. Referring to Dr. Henry B. Connelly, the first Governor of NM: "The descendants of Thomas are far more
. numerous than those of Edmund. Dr. Henry Connelly was one of the descendants of Thomas."
. p 279: with respect to John Donaldson Connelly and Sanford Ramey Connelly: "I have not succeeded in securing
. the records of the family, and cannot state positively which one of a number of brothers was their father.
. However, there is little doubt that it was Thomas....."
. 8. Other quotes from Mr. Connelley:
. Thomas Connelly served in "General Braddock's army in its disastrous march on Fort Du Quesne." He also claimed
. that he was the same Thomas that "served during the winter of 1779-1780 in the First South Carolina Regiment,
. commanded by Col. Charles Cotesworth Pinckney...." On page 279 in "Doniphan's Expedition...." above: ..
. "Thomas, who, in his old age, visited Charleston, South Carolina, to look after some property or business connected
. with large tracts of land in South Carolina. While about this business the British threatened Charleston, and he
. enrolled himself in Captain Linning's company, and served under his friend and attorney, Charles Cotesworth
. Pinckney, in the defense of the city."
. 9. 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
. 1910 Mr. Connelley published his book (see Ref 5 above), 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 Connelly was in Braddock's 1755 expedition to Fort Duquesne, which is consistent with the records
. of that expedition, which mention Thomas Connelly, on 14 May 1755, when he was tried for theft of beer.
. 10. William Elsey Connelley entered what he says is his copy of "Swift's Journal" in "The Border Settlers of North-
. western Virginia, from 1768-1795", p 398, 1915. by Lucullus Virgil McWhorter. This concerns a legendary silver
. mine in Eastern Kentucky. I've entered all of this material on a 2nd page addendum of this page at:
. Note: Other unknown individuals have added dates and other names to Mr. Connelley's writings, with respect to the early
. Connellys in NC and SC. The dates apparently coming from simple estimates based on average ages of having child-
. ren, and none of the added material seems to come from the public records. Therefore much of the online information
. is without source or documentation, but is still copied and recopied and seems to grow over time, as I've seen in books,
. letters, and recently online, over the past 30 years. The details of these Connelly families and their children, including
. the dates of births and deaths, are so different from source to source, that one can only conclude that there is no true
. original source, else they would all be similar.