FAMILY OF
NICHOLAS O'CONNOR AND MARGARETFOLEY O'CONNOR
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ROOTS IN IRELAND
NICHOLAS' ROOTS:
Born Nicholas John O'Connor, mygreat grandfather's name was changed (at the time of enlistment into theU.S. Army) to CONNOR.  Research as of 2001 has not yielded informationas to the origins of the O'Connor Family in Ireland; however, Nicholas'daughter -in -law, Mary Agnes Egan Connor, asserted that they came fromCounty Sligo.  Mary Agnes, my grandmother, also reported that thefamily "subscribed" to the (in)famous "Milesian Tradition" (scoffed atby scholars) that the "O'Connors decended from Milesius (King of Spain)through his son, Heremon" during the early middle ages.  What is amazing,however, is that my grandmother (in her 80's at the time) could recitethis tradition, spelled correctly, just as it appears in Irish literature.

What is credible, however, is the scholarlyreport by Nicholas' Grandson, Larry "Bo" Connor, that Nicholas came withhis family as a youngster "from New York" to settle in Lafayette, Indiana. Details regarding the family's emigration have not yet been discovered;however, we can calculate from the tradition that "he was 18 at the timeof his military enlistment" on Feb. 15, 1867, that he was probably bornin 1849; and subsequent documents confirm that he was born in Ireland! The names (and origins) of his parents have not been passed down exceptas above; however there is a tradition that his father's given name wasalso Nicholas, and census data confirms the tradition that both his parentswere born in Ireland.

There is no tradition or research to indicatehow many siblings were in young Nicholas' family; but it is known thathe had sisters named Jane and Kate.  Jane married Peter Noonan; andKate Married Walter Clark.  [Ellen married TimSplann????]  (This latter assertion needs confirmation)

MARGARET'S ROOTS:
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                        (Patrick and Bridget Foley)

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TIPPECANOE COUNTY INDIANA


MILITARY SERVICE: NICHOLASCONNOR
Recalling that the Civil War ended in 1865,Nicholas "came of age" for military duty just two years later; as the U.S.military's focus and mission had turned to activities in "the west" ...genericallyreferred to as "Indian fighting."  The record shows that Nicholasenlisted for a 3 year "hitch" on February 15, 1867, suggesting (since itwas no longer wartime) that he had an "interest" in things military ...or,at least, in adventure.

It is rather unusual for the military recordof enlisted soldiers of this era to be recorded in detail; but the circumstancesof Nicholas' early death from a service-connected illness, and the documentationrequired to investigate his death and his widow's eligibility for a pension,prompted the U.S. War department to command a full summary of Nicholas'service which was forwarded to the pension authorities, and which has beenpreserved.CLICK HERE to see War department'sresponse and recital of Nicholas' military record.  A typewrittentranscription of that record is as follows:
 

WAR DEPARTMENT
ADJUTANT GENERAL'S OFFICE
Washington, D.C.  January 3rd, 1888

Respectfully returned to the Commissioner of Pensions

Nicholas Connor enlisted on the 15thday of February, 1867 and was assigned to Company I, 22nd Regiment of U.S.Infantry.  Was forwarded to Regiment from Newport Barracks, KentuckyFebruary 26th, 1867.  Detachment Roll February 28, 1867 reports him:"Present for duty" at Winona, Minnesota.  Muster roll of DetachmentApril 30, 1867, reports him: "Present for duty" on board steamer NorthernBelle, Mississippi River.  (Detachment was at Fort Snelling, Minnesota,from March 1, 1867 to April 29, 1867.)  Was assigned to and joinedCompany I May 23, 1867.

Transferred to Company A, same regimentin May 1869 by consolidation of companies.  Muster roll February 28,1870 reports him: "Discharged February 15, 1870 by expiration of serviceat Fort Sully, Dakota Territory, as Private."

Not reported sick on any muster roll duringservice.

Stations of Company:

  • Fort Randall, Dakota Territory: May 23-25,1867
  • Fort Rice, Dakota Territory: June 16, 1867to June 22, 1869.
  • Fort Sully Dakota Territory: June 23, 1869to date of discharge.

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    Report of the Surgeon General, U.S. Army herewith.... 
     [bottom of document seems to be clipped; but new & full recordsare being requested]

    CLICK HERE to see thecomplete history of the 22nd Infantry!


     MARRIAGE, FAMILY,AND CHILDREN
    Nicholas Connor (formerly O'Connor)married Margaret ("Maggie") Foley April 24, 1876, in St. Ann's CatholicChurch in Lafayette, Indiana.  He was 27; she was 19.  Five monthslater, their first child, John, was born.  Seven other children followed,one of whom, May, died as an infant, and Gertrude, the second child, diedat the age of 6.
    THE 1880 U.S. CENSUS FORNICHOLAS AND MARGARET O'CONNOR
    NameAgeRelationshipOccupationBirthplaceFather's BirthplaceMother's Birthplace
    Nicholas....IrelandIreland
    Margaret...IndianaIrelandIreland
    John.son.Indiana.Indiana
    Gertie.son.Indiana.Indiana
    Harry.son.Indiana.Indiana

    SUMMARY OF 8 CHILDREN OFNICHOLAS & MARGARET O'CONNOR
     
    JohnOctober 1, 1876
    Gertrude1878Died at age 6
    Henry ("Harry") NicholasJanuary 3, 1879 - July 3, 1940
    Arthur ("Tommy")January 4, 1881
    May???Died in infancy
    FlorenceAugust 9, 1884
    FrankMarch 15, 1886 -
    NicholasFebruary 16, 1888 -

    Work Notes:
  • After the death of Nicholas Connor, the familyhad to be split up!

  •         Harry Connor quit school after grade 3 and went to live with the Splann's.
             Tim "Cap" Splann became Harry's surrogate father and role model.
  • Peter Noonan married Jane (O')Connor, sister of Nicholas Connor. [BoConnor]

  •          Corroborates: Noonan affidavit: "My first wife was sister of said soldier"
  • Nicolas's sister "Kate" married Walter Clark.  [BoConnor]

  •            CorroboratesClark affidavit!
  • Steve Hannigan, (Harry Connor's uncle)  was married to MargaretFoley's sister Sally.  [Rita and Bo concuron this]

  •         NicholasJr. was raised (in Lafayette) by Steve and Sally Foley Hannigan.
  • QUESTION: Who was Mrs. Walter Gay?  "Gram Connor" kept in touchwith her and sent me her address in 1970 as someone who was a relativeand who might know something of the family history.  Anyone with info,please CLICKHERE and tell me whatever you know via Email!
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    DEATH OF NICHOLAS O'CONNOR

    The entire "affair" of Nicholas' disability,his post war activities, and death is probably best summarized in the "addendum"to "Bo" Connors book, Hampton Court, which I take the liberty toadapt as follows:  Nicholas' name was changed from O'Connor to Connorat the time of his enlistment.  He was discharged as a private afterserving a three year hitch.  Joining the service proved to be a mistake. He contracted "lung fever" in the harsh winter at Fort Rice in the DakotaTerritory (where he spent the vast majority of his time in the service.) This was followed by acute rheumatism due to exposure.  After hisdischarge from service, he became a railroader but for the rest of hislife he was bothered by pain in his hips and legs, often being forced tospend weeks in bed, until he died in 1887 at the age of 38.  The TippecanoeHealth Department listed his death as due to typho-malarial fever.
    CLICK HERE to see Nicholas O'Connor'sdeath certificate.
     

    MAGGIE'S TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS

    PHOTOS OF THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTSARE ON LINE:
    Maggie's affidavit regarding Nicholas'illness and her request to locate his military commanders.
    War department's response and recitalof Nicholas' military record
    Maggy's official application for Widow'spension for her 4 children. [Still pregnant with Nick Jr.]

    In 1895, Maggie was apparently required to furnish more proof of hereligibility for widow's pension.  By this time, her eldest son, Johnwould have been 19 and her youngest, Nick Jr. would have been just 7.  The family was still living in Lafayette, Tippecanoe County.  Maggieapparently had no problem rounding up relatives to provide the necessarysworn statements (Affidavits.)

    PHOTOS OF THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTSARE ON LINE:
    Affidavit by Catherine Clark in supportof Maggie's claim.
    Affidavit by Lawrence Clark in supportof Maggie's claim
    Affidavit by Stephen Hannagan in supportof Maggie's claim.
    Affidavit by Peter Noonan in support of Maggie'sclaim
    Affidavit by Timothy Splan in support ofMaggie's claim


    MAGGIE'S LIFE WITH GROWNCHILDREN


    DEATH OF MAGGIE CONNOR

    At the time of Maggie's death, a "drop report" was generated by theIndianapolis office that managed her pension payments.  CLICKHERE to see a copy of that report.