Following are two papers on the Conner
Family given here in their entirety submitted by John McClure.
BIOGRAPHY OF THOMAS JASON CONNER
James Conner was born in Pennsylvania in the year
of 1805. Sarah Conner, his wife, died in 1850.
Thomas Jason Conner was born Oct. 14, 1841 in Guernsey County, Ohio
and died Oct. 27, 1916
at Marietta, Ohio
In 1844 he moved with his
father’s family to Washington County,
Ohio. His mother died in 1850,
leaving a family of nine children of whom Thomas was the seventh. His father
kept the children together for three years when the family was broken up;
Thomas making his home with an older brother for a few years, after which he
went among strangers to work his own way through life.
He carted salt barrel staves
from the works to the Ohio River for Thos.
Gregory where they were loaded on a flat boat and floated to Pomeroy, Ohio.
On one of these trips, Thomas made his first voyage upon the river.
He worked on a farm for Battelle
Bros. Also worked for Ebenezer at Newport
during the summer and fed cattle at Brim’s during the winter, and attended the Valley School
In the fall of 1860 he made a
trip to New Orleans
on a produce boat run by Battelle Bros. In the spring of 1861 he entered into a
partnership with Mr. Stevens to drill wells for oil. He was engaged in that
work at Holiday Cove, W. Va. when the civil
war began. He enlisted for three years service under the first call for three
year men to help defend the Union. He enlisted
in Co. B 39 0. V. I. He was sent west with the rank corporal. He was engaged in
twenty battles during the term of his enlistment.
At Iuka, Miss.,
in 1862 he was promoted to sergeant. At Athens,
Ala. was reduced to the ranks at
his own request, in 1864, as he felt the right belonged to those who reenlisted
for three years more, or during the war.
His term of enlistment expired
on the 19th day of August, 1864. He was sent from Atlanta, Ga.
to Chattanooga, Tenn., was mustered out, and sent home,
arriving there August 31st,
Rev. Geo. Gear, a comrade and
member of Co. B relates that, “Tom Conner, as he was called, was a brave
soldier, always ready to answer to the call of duty; and tried by his own
example to have the boys live upright lives of a soldier.”
In January 1860 he sold 40 acres
of land at an advance of $ 2100. (?) owing to the excitement over oil in Newport Township, Ohio.
In March he bought an interest in a store located at Newell’s Run, Ohio, at which place
later succeeded in getting a post office established.
On the first day of June he was
united in marriage to Miss Belle M. Dye, of Lawrence Township.
To this union two boys and two girls were born: Alden B. May 4th, 1866, Fannie, April 16, 1867, Friend, Mar 8th, 1869, Nellie, May 9th 1875, Alden died May 10th 1867.
In 1866 he sold the store and
leased a farm near Williamsport (?) Williamstown, W.Va; lived there two years,
and bought a farm at Moss Run, Ohio.
Engaged in farming until 1873 when he sold out, and reentered the mercantile
business at Moss Run.
In 1874 he bought the store of
J. P. Campbell at Cow Run, and moved there, where he continued in business with
S. S. McGee, and later with J. F. Hervey until July 1884; bought Hervey out and
continued the business alone until December 1884, when the store burned with a
loss of about $3,000 above insurance.
During the time spent in Lawrence Township, he held the office of Trustee
for three years, and the office of Treasurer one term; President of the Board
of Education two terms, and was post master at Cow Run.
On August 4th, 1881 his wife died. He continued
to keep house, his niece doing the
housework. On February 28th 1883, he was united in
marriage to Eleanora Hune, of Lawrence,
Ohio. To this union six children
were born. Harry H, 12/31/1883;
Maude, Sept 12th 1885,
Carrie, July 24th 1887,
Mabel, May 4th, 1889,
Clyde, November 6th, 1891, Dean, March 10th 1894. Dean died July 25th 1894.
In 1883 he bought the farm of
In the fall of 1883 he was
elected County Treasurer which office he held for two
terms, after which he returned to the farm where he lived until 1909, when he
moved to Marietta, Ohio.
In 1896 (?) during the campaign
in regard to monetary values, he cast his vote with the Democratic party, where
he continued to stand, reserving the right to cast his vote for the man of his
choice regardless of politics. In 1898 he was placed on the Democratic ticket
as candidate for Treasurer, made a good run, but was defeated.
In church work he united with
the M. E. Church at Williamstown, W. Va. in
1867; was transferred to the Congregational church at Moss Run. After moving to
Cow Run was transferred to Cow Run Congregational church. Owing to removal of
the residents that church discontinued. Reunited with the M. E. church at Cow
Run. After removing to Marietta,
he united with the M. E. Church at Norwood.
October 1915 a small lump appeared under his left armpit which continued to
develop into a lymphatic cancer. No doctor would attempt an operation. All that
medical science and loving hands could do to relieve his sufferings was done.
He passed beyond at 11:15,
October 27th, 1916.
William Conner lived in New York State and later in Pennsylvania. His son James Conner was born in
Pa. in the
year 1805 and moved to Guernsey County,
Ohio where he operated a blacksmith
shop on the National Highway
Sarah Macon of Pennsylvania Dutch descent was the wife of James Conner. Their
son, Thomas Jason was the seventh of a family of nine children. He was horn Oct. 14, 1841.
In 1844 he moved to Newell’s Run
with his parents, where his father had a shop. His mother died in 1850. The
family lived together for three years, when Thomas made his home with an older
brother, John, and then went among strangers. He carted salt barrel staves to
the Ohio river and made a trip to Pomeroy, Ohio
with a cargo of staves. He worked for Ebenezer Battelle in Newport, O. and for Brim Battelle attending
the Valley School. In the fall of 1860 he made a
trip to New Orleans
on a flatboat loaded with produce. In. the spring of 1861 entered into a
partnership with a Mr. Stevens to drill oil wells by springpole method and was
engaged in this work at Hollidays Cove, W. Va.
When the Civil war began he enlisted under the first call in. Co. B 39th O. V.
I. Drilled at the Marietta
fairground and was sent west with the rank of Corporal. He spent some time in Missouri and went to Tenn. He was engaged in more
than twenty battles; New Madrid, Island N. 10, Iuka, Corinth, Parkers Cross
Roads, Tuscumbie, Colliersville. Moscoe, Decatur, Rocky Face Ridge, Resaca,
Rome, Kingston, Dallas, Kennesaw Mt., Marietta, Ga., Big Shanty, Pine Mt.,
Golgatha, culps House, Powder Springs, Nickajack Creek, Chattachooche, Peach
Tree Creek, Atlanta, Decatur, and siege of Atlanta. At Iuka he was promoted to
sergeant and at Athens, Ga. was reduced to the ranks at his own
request. Mustered out at Chattanooga,
Tenn. Aug. 19, 1864 and arrived home Aug. 31, 1864. Rev. Geo.
Gear, chaplain of Co. B 39th, related that Tom Conner was a brave
soldier, always ready to answer the call to duty and tried by his own example
to live an upright life. In March he bought a store at the mouth of Newell’s
and had a P.O. established there. On the first day of June 1865 he was married
to Belle M. Dye of Lawrence
Township. To this union
two boys and two girls were born; Alden B., May 4th 1866, Fannie, April 16, 1867, Friend, March 8th 1869 and Nellie, May 10th 1875. Alden died
May 10th .1867; Friend ___________. In 1866 sold the store
and leased a farm below Williams
town, W. Va. in the brick house below town. Lived there two years when he
bought a farm at Moss Run, Ohio.
Sold out in l867 and engaged in the store business at Moss Run, Ohio at the present site
of the home of Frank Weinstock. In 18?4 bought the store of J. P. Cambell at
Cow Run and formed a partnership with S.S. McGee and later with John Hervey.
In 1884 the store burned with a
Loss of $3,000 above insurance. On Aug 4th 1881 his wife died and was buried at
Moss Run. In 1883 bought the Moffit Dye farm near the mouth of Cow Run. On Feb. 28th 1883 was united
in marriage with Eleanora A. Hune of Lawrence,
Ohio. To this union six children
were born: Harry, Dec. 31,
1883, Maude, Sept
12th, 1885, Carrie, July
24th 1887, Mabel,
May 4th 1889,
Clyde, Nov. 8th 1881, Dean, March 10th 1894
Dean, died July 25th
1894. In the fall of 1885 Thomas J. Conner was elected Treasurer of
Washington County, Ohio and held this office four years. He returned to the
farm and lived there until 1909 when he moved to Marietta and lived there o his death on Oct. 27th 1916.
Burial in Oak Grove Cemetery.
In church work he united with M.E.
Church at Williamstown, W. Va., in 1867 transferred to the Congregational Church
at Moss Run, Later to Cow Run and still later to the M E Church in Norwood. (Marietta) Eleanora Adaline Hune was born at Lawrence, Washington
County, William H. T. Hune and Christina Meyers Hune. After the death of her
husband she lived in Marietta
until her death on Dec.
12th 1926. William Henry Theodore Hune was born at Gottingen, Germany
on Nov. 5th, 1822 and emigrated to Baltimore with his parents, brother, Edward
and sister Nora when he, William was 13 years old He lived in Baltimore until 21 and learned the
trade of cigar roller. At the age of 21 he came to New Cottingen, Guernsey Co.,
bought tobacco in parts of Noble and Guernsey
counties. In 1848 he came to Washington
County and engaged in the
tobacco and mercantile business in Lawrence
township. He married Christina Meyers Oct. 24th 1858 and to this union twelve
children were born, Ella, William, Charles, Carrie, Sophia,
Mary, Herman, Harry, Florence,
and Edward, Otto. William Hume and wife are buried in Lawrence, Ohio.
William Hume, the elder, was an artist. Christina Meyers was three quarters
Weekly Leader, Tuesday, June 9, 1885
father of T. J. Conner, Esq., of Cow Run, died at his home near Newell’s Run,
on Monday. He was one of the pioneers of that locality.
Weekly Leader, Tuesday, June 9, 1885
June 1st, Mr. James Conner, aged 80 years. The funeral services were
conducted at the Beech
by Rev. Athey.
Marietta Times, Saturday Evening, July 8, 1915
WASHINGTON CO. RESIDENT WHO HAS
PASSED THREE SCORE AND TEN
T. J. Conner
Conner, and ex-county treasurer was born in Guernsey County., O., Oct. 14,
1841, and came to Washington County when three years of age. He has spent
practically his entire life here. In 1861 he enlisted in company 8, 39th
three years, and took part in a number of important battles. Mr. Conner resides
at 105 Court Street, Marietta.
October 28, 1916
DEATH TAKES T.J. CONNER, WAR
Mt. Thomas J. Conner, Civil War
veteran and ex-county treasurer a man widely known and highly respected in this
city and vicinity passed away at his home at No. 105 Court Street, East End,
Friday night at 11:45 o’clock after an illness of six months duration. He had
been bed-fast during the entire illness. Death was due to cancer.
The last son of Mr. and Mrs.
James Conner, the deceased was born in Guernsey
county, October 14th
1841. He was past 75 years of age. He had spent his entire life in Washington County, and had resided in Marietta for the past
At the outbreak of the Civil
War, Mr. Conner enlisted in Company B, 39th Ohio Volunteer Infantry.
He served for three years, during which time he saw service in a number of
Mr. Conner served two terms in
the office of treasurer of Washington
county, being elected tot hath office for the first time in 1880.
The deceased was first married
in 1865 to Miss Belle M. Dye, in Lawrence
township. He wife died in 1881 and he was untied in marriage a second time on February 28, 1883, to Miss
Ellanora Hune, near Marietta.
Four children were born to his first wife, three of whom are living and six
children to his second wife. Five of whom are now living. Mr. Conner was a
member of the Methodist Episcopal Church of the city. When actively engaged, he
had followed agricultural pursuits. He is survived by eight children: Mrs.
Frances Elliot of Lewiston,
Idaho; Mrs. Nellie McCune of Portland, Ore.;
Friend Conner of Reinbeck, Iowa;
Mrs. F. J. McClure of Marietta;
Mrs. Earl Shiers of Akron;
H.H. Conner of Cushing, Okla.; Carrie and Clyde Conner, at home. He
also leaves two sisters, Mrs. Sam Johnson of Bellaire and Mrs. Martha Hinton of
brothers have preceded him to the grave.