John Conner Family Outline

This information was sent to us by Carolyn Conner Dietz wiggid1@hotmail.com

Generation No. 1 
 
1. JOHN2 CONNER (JOHN1 CONNER?) was born in So. Carolina?, and died Bet. 1844 - 1850 in MO or IL. He married CATHERINE. She was born Bet. 1804 - 1805 in VA, and died 12 April 1890 in Prophetstown, Whiteside Co, IL. 
 
Notes for JOHN CONNER: 
Died between Dec 1844 and Sept 1850. 
 
Sources: 1850 Fed census for Whiteside Co, IL; family 
 
Notes for CATHERINE: 
This family moved to Prophetstown, Whiteside Co, IL circa April 1850. This may have been after the death of husband, John. 
 
Catherine Conner died from injuries she sustained during a cyclone. 
 
Sources: 1860, 1870 & 1880 Fed census, Clinton Co, IA and Whiteside Co, IL; newspaper, Whiteside Sentinel, 17 Apr 1890, for death of Catherine; Prophetstown Cem records 
 
More About CATHERINE: 
Burial: April 1890, Prophetstown, Whiteside Co, IL 

Children of JOHN CONNER and CATHERINE are: 
2. i. EDWARD R.3 CONNER, b. 08 November 1821, Herculaneum, Jefferson Co, MO; d. 05 October 1897, Prophetstown, Whiteside Co, IL. 
ii. STEPHEN L. CONNER, b. Bet. 1824 - 1827, Herculaneum, Jefferson Co, MO; d. 30 December 1879, Morrison, Whiteside Co, IL. 
 
Notes for STEPHEN L. CONNER: 
Stephen was not married. His obit states he moved to Prophetstown, IL ca. April 1850. 
 
Sources: obit; Morrison Cem records 
 
More About STEPHEN L. CONNER: 
Burial: Morrison Cem, Morrison, Whiteside Co, IL 
 
3. iii. SOPHRONIA ANN CONNER, b. Bet. 29 April 1830 - 1832, Mo; d. Aft. January 1888. 
iv. AMANDA E. CONNER, b. Bet. 1833 - 1834, MO; d. 10 June 1929, Prophetstown, Whiteside Co, IL; m. CLARK G. REYNOLDS, 20 February 1862, Prophetstown, Whiteside Co, IL. 
 
Notes for AMANDA E. CONNER: 
Sources: IL Marriage Index 1763-1900, lic #0000072; IGI File for death date. 
 
Notes for CLARK G. REYNOLDS: 
Lived in Prophetstown, Whiteside Co, IL. His family were pioneers to the area in 1835. 
 
Sources: IL Mar. Index, 1763-1900, license #0000072 
 
4. v. SARAH MELINDA CONNER, b. 12 March 1836, MO; d. 24 March 1927, Sterling, Whiteside Co, IL. 
vi. GRANVILLE CONNER, b. Bet. 1838 - 1839, Washington Co, MO. 
 
Notes for GRANVILLE CONNER: 
Granville served in the Civil War on the Union side, as a private in Co C, 75th Infantry from Prophetstown, IL. He lived about 40 miles from Prophetstown and I don't believe he ever married. He enlisted 9 Aug 1862 At Prophetstown, IL, at the age of 23 years, and was listed as a farmer. He stood 5'7", had dark hair, blue eyes and had a dark complexion. His period of service was for 3 years and he was mustered out 12 June 1865. 
 
Sources: 1870 Fed census, Whiteside Co, IL; Civil War record at IL State Archives; muster roll of Co. A, 75th Regt of IL Volunteer Infantry 
 
 
5. vii. MINERVA CONNER, b. Bet. 1840 - 1841, MO; d. Abt. 1878. 
viii. STATIRA CONNER, b. Bet. 1842 - 1843, MO; d. Aft. January 1888; m. -?- SCHERER. 
 
Notes for STATIRA CONNER: 
Statira Conner Scherer lived in Tipton, Cedar Co, IA. 
 
6. ix. JABEZ W. CONNER, b. Bet. 26 September 1845 - 1846, Jefferson Co, MO; d. 19 May 1908, Lyons, Clinton Co, IA. 
 
 
Generation No. 2 
  
2. EDWARD R.3 CONNER (JOHN2, JOHN1 CONNER?) was born 08 November 1821 in Herculaneum, Jefferson Co, MO, and died 05 October 1897 in Prophetstown, Whiteside Co, IL. He married (1) BETSEY C. WILLIAMS 27 February 1862 in Whiteside Co, IL. She died 26 June 1864. He married (2) FIDELIA OLMSTEAD 09 April 1865. She was born June 1832 in Canada, and died 31 August 1915 in Prophetstown, Whiteside Co, IL. 
 
Notes for EDWARD R. CONNER: 
Edward R. Conner served in Co. A of the 140th Regt, IL Vol Inf, same company as his brother, Jabez. He enlisted 19 May 1864, for 100 days; mustered out 29 Oct 1864 at Camp Fry, Chicago, Cook Co, IL. According to the muster roll for this company, Edward was 41 years old at the time he enlisted. He stood 5'8" tall, had brown hair, gray eyes and had a dark complexion. The family lived in the 37th District, Whiteside Co, IL at the time of the 1850 census; same county, Prophetstown, IL in 1860. 
 
J. V Allison, Minister of the Gospel, was the person who officiated at Edward and Betsey's marriage. His 1st wife, Betsey, died while he was in the service, during the Civil War. After her death, Edward 2/m Fidelia Olmstead. They were married by Russell T. Dickinson, Justice of the Peace. She had previously been married to Jonathan G. Olmstead and had a daughter, Ida, who married Mr. Post. 
 
Edward was a retired grocer at the time he applied for a pension. He had moved to Prophetstown from Sterling, IL. 
 
Sources: IL Mar Index for both marriages; Civil War record at IL State Archives; letters in possession of Ruth Ryan written in 1880's; muster roll for Co. A, 140th Regt of IL Volunteers 
 
More About EDWARD R. CONNER: 
Burial: 07 October 1897, Prophetstown, Whiteside Co, IL 
 
Notes for BETSEY C. WILLIAMS: 
Betsey and Edward were married by J.V. Allison, Minister of the Gospel. 
 
Notes for FIDELIA OLMSTEAD: 
Fidelia (Phidelia) immigrated to the US from Canada in 1860. 
 
More About FIDELIA OLMSTEAD: 
Burial: Prophetstown, Whiteside Co, IL 

Children of EDWARD CONNER and FIDELIA OLMSTEAD are: 
i. ASA4 CONNER, b. 1866, IL. 
ii. ALBERT B. CONNER, b. 1871, IL. 
 
Notes for ALBERT B. CONNER: 
Albert Conner was given 160 acres in Lincoln Co, KS, through a deed of conveyance on 7 May 1907. Land was not given to him on his father's death because "certain social conditions" hadn't been met. 
 
 
3. SOPHRONIA ANN3 CONNER (JOHN2, JOHN1 CONNER?) was born Bet. 29 April 1830 - 1832 in Mo, and died Aft. January 1888. She married WILLIAM CHAMBERS HERRINGTON. 
 
Notes for SOPHRONIA ANN CONNER: 
Sophronia/Sophrona lived 21 Miles from St. Louis in Kimmswick, Jefferson Co, MO. 

Children of SOPHRONIA CONNER and WILLIAM HERRINGTON are: 
i. SARAH4 HERRINGTON, d. Aft. January 1888; m. -?- JACKSON. 
 
Notes for SARAH HERRINGTON: 
Sarah was the eldest girl. 
 
ii. VIOLA HERRINGTON, d. Aft. January 1888; m. -?- TAYLOR. 
 
Notes for VIOLA HERRINGTON: 
Viola was the 2nd eldest girl. 
 
iii. CORAH HERRINGTON, d. Aft. January 1888; m. -?- ELLIS. 
 
Notes for CORAH HERRINGTON: 
Corah (?) was the 3rd eldest girl. 
 
iv. MARY HERRINGTON, d. Aft. January 1888; m. -?- MCDONALD. 
 
Notes for MARY HERRINGTON: 
Mary was the 4th eldest girl. 
 
v. JOHN HERRINGTON, d. Aft. January 1888. 
 
Notes for JOHN HERRINGTON: 
John was the eldest boy. 
 
vi. GEORGE P.B. HERRINGTON, d. Aft. January 1888. 
 
Notes for GEORGE P.B. HERRINGTON: 
George was the 2nd eldest boy. 
 
vii. ORVILLE HERRINGTON, d. Aft. January 1888. 
 
Notes for ORVILLE HERRINGTON: 
Orville was the 3rd eldest boy. 
 
 
4. SARAH MELINDA3 CONNER (JOHN2, JOHN1 CONNER?) was born 12 March 1836 in MO, and died 24 March 1927 in Sterling, Whiteside Co, IL. She married LINUS C. REYNOLDS Bet. 22 December 1857 - 1858 in Prophetstown, Whiteside Co, IL, son of NATHANIEL REYNOLDS and PHOEBE BRACE. 
 
Notes for SARAH MELINDA CONNER: 
Sources: IL Mar Index 1763-1900; letters in possession of Ruth Ryan, written in 1880's; IGI File for birth-mar-death info. 

Children of SARAH CONNER and LINUS REYNOLDS are: 
i. BURR4 REYNOLDS. 
ii. EARL REYNOLDS. 
iii. BELLE REYNOLDS. 
iv. FRED REYNOLDS. 
 
Notes for FRED REYNOLDS: 
Fred Reynolds later lived in Nebraska. 
 
 
 
5. MINERVA3 CONNER (JOHN2, JOHN1 CONNER?) was born Bet. 1840 - 1841 in MO, and died Abt. 1878. She married JAMES SCARRITT, JR 12 February 1867 in Whiteside Co, IL, son of JAMES SCARRITT and HARRIETT. He was born 1845 in CN. 
 
Notes for MINERVA CONNER: 
Sources: IL Mar Index 1763-1900, lic #0000176 
 
Notes for JAMES SCARRITT, JR: 
Name sometimes spelled Scarrett. 
 
Sources: IL Mar. Index, 1763-1900, license #0000176 

Child of MINERVA CONNER and JAMES SCARRITT is: 
i. JENNIE4 SCARRITT, b. Bet. 1866 - 1867, IL. 
 
Notes for JENNIE SCARRITT: 
Jennie was living with her uncle, Jabez Conner, and his family on the 1880 census, Clinton Co, IA. Her mother had died. The child's father, I believe, returned to live with his parents. 
 
 
 
6. JABEZ W.3 CONNER (JOHN2, JOHN1 CONNER?) was born Bet. 26 September 1845 - 1846 in Jefferson Co, MO, and died 19 May 1908 in Lyons, Clinton Co, IA. He married ANNA MILAN 01 March 1876 in Dunlap, Harrison Co, IA, daughter of EDWARD MILAN and HANNAH RECORD. She was born 21 March 1852 in Bellevue, Jackson Co, IA, and died 23 August 1909 in Lyons, Clinton Co, IA. 
 
Notes for JABEZ W. CONNER: 
Jabez enlisted with the Union Army 19 May 1864 at Sterling, Whiteside Co, IL for service of 100 days. Mustered in at Camp Butler, IL 18 June 1864; discharged at Camp Fry, Chicago, Cook Co, IL 29 Oct 1864. Served in the 140th Regt, IL Vol. Inf, Co. A, in the rank of: Drummer - Musician. At the time of his enlistment he listed himself as a farmer, 18 years of age, 5' 5-1/2", light complexion, blue eyes, with light hair. 
 
His family lived in Prophetstown, Whiteside Co, IL. He had worked for the railroad and also was a house painter. Played the violin. 
 
Jabez and Anna were staying in the home of his sister and brother-in-law, Clark and Amanda Conner Reynolds, in Prophetstown, IL at the time of their son, John Houston's, birth. 
 
On the 1880 census, Jabez' mother, Catherine, age 75, is listed as living in their home. 
 
Jabez died from injuries received in a fall while painting. He fell, striking some sort of case on the way down, breaking a rib. This punctured his lung. His widow, filed for a pension due to his service in the Civil War. Stated that she did not have any marriage license as it had burned in a house fire. 
 
Sources: family; death cert; military and pension records; 1880 Fed census for Clinton Co, IA; discharge papers from Civil War; muster roll of Co. A, 140th Regt of IL Volunteers. 
 
 
More About JABEZ W. CONNER: 
Burial: 21 May 1908, Oakland Cem, Lyons, Clinton Co, IA 
 
Notes for ANNA MILAN: 
Anna Milan Conner smoked a clay pipe. She could not read or write. Might have spelled her name "Moylan". 
 
Sources: family; death cert; obit; pension application 
 
More About ANNA MILAN: 
Burial: August 1909, Oakland Cem, Lyons, Clinton Co, IA 

Children of JABEZ CONNER and ANNA MILAN are: 
7. i. EDWARD MATTHEW4 CONNER, b. 01 June 1878, Lyons, Clinton Co, IA; d. 04 July 1961, Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie, IA. 
ii. TIM JABEZ CONNER, b. 18 September 1882, Clinton, Clinton Co, IA; d. 27 July 1944, Clinton, Clinton Co, IA; m. (1) KATHERINE KINNEY; m. (2) ELVA RATHBUN, 29 December 1934; d. 15 December 1999, Clinton, Clinton Co, IA. 
 
Notes for TIM JABEZ CONNER: 
TJ had no children, either marriage. He was a Catholic. 
 
Sources: bapt cert; his 2nd wife, Elva 
 
More About TIM JABEZ CONNER: 
Burial: Oakland Cem, Lyons, Clinton Co, IA 
 
8. iii. MARGARET CONNER, b. Abt. 11 January 1883, Clinton, Clinton Co, IA; d. Aft. 1944. 
9. iv. JOHN HOUSTON CONNER, b. 31 March 1884, Prophetstown, Whiteside Co, IL; d. 10 April 1953, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Co, CA. 
10. v. ROSE CONNER, b. 16 March 1890, Lyons, Clinton Co, IA; d. September 1928, Davenport Scott, IA. 
vi. MICHAEL NICHOLAS CONNER, b. 12 August 1892, Clinton, Clinton Co, IA; d. 30 August 1943, Clinton, Clinton Co, IA; m. FRANCES KROGMAN, 03 May 1916, Clinton, Clinton Co, IA. 
 
Notes for MICHAEL NICHOLAS CONNER: 
Called Nick. He was a Catholic along with siblings TJ and Rose. Others were not. 
 
The rectory of St. Irenaeus Cem. is at 2807 N. 2nd St, Clinton , IA 52732 
 
 
More About MICHAEL NICHOLAS CONNER: 
Burial: 02 September 1943, St. Irenaeus Cem, Clinton, Clinton Co, IA 
 
 
Generation No. 3 
 
7. EDWARD MATTHEW4 CONNER (JABEZ W.3, JOHN2, JOHN1 CONNER?) was born 01 June 1878 in Lyons, Clinton Co, IA, and died 04 July 1961 in Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie, IA. He married MARY EDNA WILMOT 15 June 1904. She was born 1884, and died 12 February 1967. 
 
Notes for EDWARD MATTHEW CONNER: 
Mary had been divorced at the time of her marriage to Edward and Edward was denied communion. The story is he was excommunicated but this hasn't been proven. Edward and Mary lived in Council Bluffs, IA. He worked for the Illinois Central Railroad. 
 
Sources: family, records of John Eugene Conner, grandson 
 
More About EDWARD MATTHEW CONNER: 
Burial: July 1961, IA 

Children of EDWARD CONNER and MARY WILMOT are: 
i. CLIFFORD EUGENE5 CONNER, b. 21 May 1926, Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie Co, IA; d. 30 May 1997; m. MARIE AVIS PONCELOW, 01 June 1946, Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie Co, IA; b. 11 February 1928. 
ii. ELNORA CONNER, m. WILLIAM STODGEL. 
iii. LORENE CONNER, m. -?- WHITBECK. 
iv. VIOLA CONNER, m. ED MILLER. 
v. FERN CONNER, b. 1909; d. 1992; m. GLENN LEYTHAM; b. 1907; d. 1979. 
vi. BERNADETTE CONNER, b. 1912; m. (1) GEORGE H. LEE; b. 1911; d. 1943; m. (2) LAWRENCE LEE; b. 1905; d. 1987. 
 
Notes for BERNADETTE CONNER: 
Toni is a twin of her sister, Arlene. Toni had a child out of wedlock. This is Lane who was stillborn. She 1/mar George Lee, then 2/mar his brother, Lawrence Lee. 
 
vii. ARLENE CONNER, b. 1912; m. CARL LEE. 
 
Notes for ARLENE CONNER: 
Arlene is a twin of her sister, Bernadette "Toni". 
 
Notes for CARL LEE: 
Carl is a brother of George and Lawrence Lee, the 2 husbands of Toni, his wife's sister. 
 
viii. EVELYN CONNER, b. 1916; d. 1918, Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie Co, IA. 
 
More About EVELYN CONNER: 
Burial: Fairview Cemetery, Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie Co, IA 
 
ix. DONALD CONNER. 
 
 
8. MARGARET4 CONNER (JABEZ W.3, JOHN2, JOHN1 CONNER?) was born Abt. 11 January 1883 in Clinton, Clinton Co, IA, and died Aft. 1944. She married (1) RAY KOISTIEN. She married (2) O. J. KLEPPEN. 
 
Notes for RAY KOISTIEN: 
Ray Koistien and Dolly lived in Ft. Madison, Lee Co, IA with their two sons. Both boys and their father worked at Iowa State Penitentiary at Ft. Madison. 
 
Notes for O. J. KLEPPEN: 
O.J. and Dolly lived in the San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles Co, CA. 

Children of MARGARET CONNER and RAY KOISTIEN are: 
i. BOY5 KOISTIEN. 
ii. RAY KOISTIEN. 
 
 
9. JOHN HOUSTON4 CONNER (JABEZ W.3, JOHN2, JOHN1 CONNER?) was born 31 March 1884 in Prophetstown, Whiteside Co, IL, and died 10 April 1953 in Los Angeles, Los Angeles Co, CA. He married MARTHA ALMA FRIEDCHEN SCHUMACHER 16 August 1905 in Clinton, Clinton Co, IA, daughter of CARL SCHUMACHER and MARIE TIMM. She was born 19 September 1882 in Clinton, Clinton Co, IA, and died 01 March 1978 in Los Angeles, Los Angeles Co, CA. 
 
Notes for JOHN HOUSTON CONNER: 
John Conner and Martha were married in the church parlor of the Evangelical Lutheran Zionskirche, Clinton, Iowa, 12 days before the birth of their first child. When asked about this Grandma Martha Conner said she didn't want to get married then but her mother insisted. She said that no grandchild of hers was going to be born without a marriage first. 
 
Jack, as his friends called him, worked for the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad in Iowa, but moved to Los Angeles, CA in 1940, for health reasons. He then went to work for the Standard Oil Refinery in El Segundo, CA. This refinery was called El Segundo, Spanish for the second, as it was Standard's second refinery. 
 
Sources: family; birth cert; mar license; funeral card; property title in Iowa 
 
More About JOHN HOUSTON CONNER: 
Burial: 14 April 1953, Woodlawn Cem, Santa Monica, Los Angeles Co, CA 
 
Notes for MARTHA ALMA FRIEDCHEN SCHUMACHER: 
Martha's family immigrated to America from Germany 14 April 1882. Her mother was pregnant with her at the time so she was this family's first child born in America. She was baptized, in Clinton, IA, by Professor G. Fritschel, from Mendota, IL. 
 
After her father's death, she and her sisters sold milk door-to-door, from her family's cow. When her husband, Jack, was very sick she became a seamstress to bring in money. Was able to pay their house off in no time at all. 
 
Sources: confirmation; mar license; funeral card 
 
More About MARTHA ALMA FRIEDCHEN SCHUMACHER: 
Burial: 03 March 1978, Woodlawn Cem, Santa Monica, Los Angeles Co, CA 
Christening: 11 April 1883, Danish Lutheran Church, Clinton, IA 
Confirmation: 11 April 1897, Evangelical Lutheran Zionskirche, Clinton, IA 

Children of JOHN CONNER and MARTHA SCHUMACHER are: 
i. EDWARD ARTHUR5 CONNER, b. 28 August 1905, Clinton, Clinton Co, IA; d. 20 March 1983, Washington, Washington Co, IA; m. CLARA BLANCHE SHALLA, 23 February 1929; b. 15 August 1904; d. 06 July 2001, Washington, Washington Co, IA. 
ii. HARRY CARL CONNER, b. 28 April 1908, Clinton, Clinton Co, IA; d. 17 May 1994, Laguna Hills, Orange Co, CA; m. DOROTHY JANETTE HUDSON, 17 March 1940, Oakland, Coles Co, IL; b. 04 November 1918, Oakland, Coles Co, IL. 
 
Notes for HARRY CARL CONNER: 
Harry was born in the Conner house at 408 Oak St, Clinton, IA. 
 
He was Asst. Manager of the J.C. Penney store in Bloomington, IL when he met Dorothy. She was a customer. They lived in Bloomington then, during World War II, he moved his family to California where they settled in Palms, Los Angeles Co. At that time he worked for Bechtel, at the El Segundo Refinery. In 1949, the family moved to West Los Angeles where they lived until he and Dorothy moved to a retirement community in Laguna Niguel, Orange Co, CA. 
 
Harry died after being diagnosed with lymphoma at the age of 86 yrs. Prior to his death he had lost a lot of weight and resembled his father, John H. Conner. They both bore a striking resemblance to Abraham Lincoln. 
 
Sources: Social Security; death cert 
 
More About HARRY CARL CONNER: 
Burial: Cremated 
Cause of Death: Lymphoma 
 
Notes for DOROTHY JANETTE HUDSON: 
Dorothy is a twin to Clarence Dale. Was called Dottie by her friends in school but Harry never liked it so she was Dorothy from their marriage on. 
 
Sources: family; high school diploma 
 
iii. RUSSELL ALFRED CONNER, b. Bet. 12 - 21 February 1912, Clinton, Clinton Co, IA; d. 07 March 1957, Loma Linda, San Bernardino Co, CA; m. MARIE PICCI, 01 September 1946. 
 
Notes for RUSSELL ALFRED CONNER: 
Rusty, as he was called, served in the US Army during World War II. He was a Staff Sergeant before it was over. 
 
Sources: birth cert; family 
 
 
10. ROSE4 CONNER (JABEZ W.3, JOHN2, JOHN1 CONNER?) was born 16 March 1890 in Lyons, Clinton Co, IA, and died September 1928 in Davenport Scott, IA. She married RAPHAEL DURAN Aft. August 1909. 
 
Notes for ROSE CONNER: 
Rose suffered prejudice in the family because of her marriage to Raphael Duran, a Latino. She died while giving birth to her last child, Nicholas. He was adopted by her brother, Nick. Rose was a Catholic. 
 
 
Notes for RAPHAEL DURAN: 
Raphael lived in Ottumwa, IA in 1943. 
 
More About RAPHAEL DURAN: 
Lived: 1943, Ottumwa, IA 

Children of ROSE CONNER and RAPHAEL DURAN are: 
i. ANDRELITA5 DURAN. 
ii. CARMELITA DURAN. 
iii. PAUL DURAN. 
iv. NICHOLAS DURAN, b. September 1928; d. Bet. 1943 - 1944, IA. 
 
Notes for NICHOLAS DURAN: 
Nicholas was killed during summer vacation at age 15-16. He must have fallen asleep while on a barge on the Mississippi River, fell off and drowned. His body was found the next day. 
 
More About NICHOLAS DURAN: 
Cause of Death: Drowning