Irish Origins of the Connors of Newfoundland

Chuck Connors line of Placentia Bay, NL

James McGrath 1940s Letter 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)

Pond Head 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, dau of Old Kit Casey McGrath step dau of Richard McGrath.

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 Obituaries

Connors Wills, Newfoundland

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.

Connors of Harbour Grace, NL