THE CONNORS OF HARBOR GRACE, NEWFOUNDLAND
This is the part of the original text by Louis A. Kennedy on the history of the Connors/Kennedy family of Carbonear which deals with the Connors of Harbour Grace. The"AUNT LIL" mentioned is Elizabeth Lillian Kennedy dau. fo Skipper Terence and Mary Joy and the portion of the essay dealing with their ancestry is here
A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE CONNORS /KENNEDY FAMILIES.
In presenting this documentary it must be understood that I am
unable to authenticate or certify as to the accuracy of the
statements contained herein. It is based on here say from persons
whom I know to be entirely trustworthy and I have no reason to
doubt their stories.
My recollection is that your motherís grandfather Michael
Connors was born in County Kerry, Ireland. I knew him long before
your grandfather met Aunt Lil. He was a huge man, - over 300 lbs.
he was the foreman of a railroad track maintenance crew. Although
appearing to be very stern and rough with those who worked under
his direction, he was one of the kindest, soft-spoken and jolliest
men I ever knew. He married Margaret St. John for whom your mother
was named. Your grandfather had a brother, Patrick; they also had
a sister who died at an early age. Pat was a railroad station
master and telegrapher. Telegraphy was the only means of instant
long distance communication in those days.
Your grandfather (my Uncle Mike) was a highly competent Master
Mariner well skilled in ocean transportation and commerce and highly
respected by every member both in and out of his profession. He was
marine superintendent for the Bull-Insular Steamship Co. residing in
Puerto Rico for several years. He studied and became fluent in
spanish to better facilitate his work among the natives. The tropic-
climate was quite strenuous on you grandmother. Uncle Mike resigned
and returned to New York, a more equitable climate for the family.
1 Michael Connors (sr.) Railroad foremen born County Kerry married Margaret(
St. John ?)
2.Michael Nicholas Connors,Master Mariner, (jr.) b. 1879 Harbor
* Great Grand Uncle Lou recalls Mike Sr. marrying Margaret St. John (--my Unlce Jim recalls us being related to the St. John family--so I am unsure where about the Hearn/St. John