This page was done for the Irish Heritage Challenge at Heritage Scrap.
It was so much fun pulling out my research and putting it together on this page. The hard part was deciding what to leave out so it would all fit!
Journaling: The spiritual capital of Ireland for 1,500 years and the seat of both Protestant and Catholic archbishops, Armagh is the most venerated of Irish cities. St.Patrick called Armagh 'my sweet hill' and built his stone church on the hill where the Anglican cathedral now stands.
That's where my ancestor, Henry Connelly was born in 1656. According to the Irish Genealogical Association of Northern Ireland the Connelley family was one to be proud of and was well established in the City of Armagh. Sometime about 1680, Henry and his brothers emigrated to America.They landed at Albemarle Point, South Carolina, which is in the vicinity of present day Charleston. Ten years before that in 1670 Englishmen established the first permanent white settlement there. In 1663, King Charles II granted Carolina to eight English noblemen called Lords Proprietors. The Connelley brothers were men of fortune and affairs; they obtained large grants of land from the proprietors and set about developing it. It is thought they were very instrumental in the building of Charleston. They did a lot of merchandising by land and sea and also traded extensively with the Creek and Cherokee Indians. The Connelleys were in the advance guard of spreading civilization throughout America and were pioneers in a number of states.
Henry married Sally Vaux Buckley about 1684 in Charleston, South Carolina. To their union were born at least four sons: Thomas, Edmund, John and Henry.
Edmund Connelly married in South Carolina about 1710, Mary Edgefield, daughter of Colonel Arthur Edgefield. The family Edgefield came from England and was prominent in South Carolina. To this marriage were born at least two sons; Harmon and Thomas Connelly.
Thomas Connelly married Mary van Harlingen about 1746 in Chester County, Pennsylvania. He was wounded during the Battle of King's Mountain on October 7, 1780 and died three years later.
Their son, Captain Henry Connelly married Ann MacGregor. He served in the Colonial Army in North Carolina.
Their son, David H. Conley married Margaret "Peggy" Phillips Oct. 21, 1813 in Floyd County, KY. They had 10 children.
Their son, Sampson Conley married Sarah Elizabeth Morris. They had 8 children.
Their daughter, Arrena Conley married John C. Oney.
They were the parents of my great grandmother, Armenta Oney Erwin.
Armenta Oney married Steven Erwin, and they were the parents of my grandmother, Gracie Laurie Erwin, who married Everett Porter. My dad, Arney Porter, is their son, and I am his 'wee bit o' Irish daughter!
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