The Connors Clan of Newfoundland
Connors of Harbour Grace
1940's letter from James McGrath to Joey Smallwood "the Barrelman" (before he was Prime Minister of Newfoundland). It discusses the early history of the Casey, Connors, Houlihan, McGrath families of Placentia Bay and the Casey relation to Bishop Michael Anthony Fleming. The woman Catherine Casey "Auld Kitty" was my ggggm (1Catherine Casey McGrath, 2Ann Casey Connors, 3Michael Connors, 4Lewis J. Connors, 5 John Kennedy Connors, 6Joanne Connors)
Photo of Argentia the area near Placentia Bay, Newfoundland where Catherine Casey and Richard McGrath settled (also known as "Oderin", from the patron Saint of Waterford) and where the Connors had already been working in the fishery alongside the Dunphy and Power families; the Kelly and the Fitzpatrick's as well. They were all involved with the Waterford firm of Sweetman and Saunders. The earliest Connors ancestor we know of was a Joachim oConnor, a teacher from Dublin who married a Margaret McGrath. He died and was buried in Marquise, near Argentia. The Connors had a house in Pond Head near Pt. Latine around 1850 and later it was floated over to Dunville on the mainland. It was said to be the oldest house in Dunville and lastly occupied by the Kerrivans. I checked with the historical society and was told it was no longer standing. Joachim oConnor was either father or brother to Thomas Connors who in 1835 wed Ann Casey, step dau of Richard McGrath. I believe he was from Newfoundland and sent to Dublin to study and then returned to Newfoundland to marry. It is possible that Margaret was either step sister to Ann and dau. of Catherine and Richard also or that Margaret McGrath was sister to Richard. The generations are not clear and the naming patterns don't help! Needless to say I am looking for a marriage of a Joachim oConnor and Margaret McGrath before 1835.
Newfoundland Connors from Ellis Island Records
Newfoundland Connors to Boston: Passenger and Immigration Lists 1821-1850
Index to Naturalization Records of KINGS County, New York (Brooklyn) for CONNORS
CONNORS News Bits Newfoundland and New York
Connors Wills, Newfoundland
Lou & Judy Connors go to Newfoundland 1997 includes photo of Placentia area and the Connors Building in St. John's.
Connors from Seary Book
Connors in Index to Registry of Deeds, 1888-1908, Newfoundland
Roger Forestal SWEETMAN and his Ships of Placentia Bay and Waterford, Ireland; there is a good chance the first Connors came over with the Sweetman and Saunders firm. On the list of Sweetman's ships is the Alert, a schooner by the same name is later owned by Baine Johnston & Co., operating in the coastal trade by a Captain Connors in 1864.
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