(Jan 1905)

Nellie H. McConnell


Born: 13 Sep 1866 in Illinois, USA

Died: 16 Jul 1946 in Santa Clara, Santa Clara County, California, USA

Father: Joseph A. McConnell (1824 – 1899)

Mother: Sarah Fouts (? – ?)

Family #1

Spouse/Partner: Emmor Bonsall Maris (1866 – ?)

Married: 5 May 1887 in Guthrie County, Iowa, USA

Child: Willis Leslie Maris (c. 1888 – 1889)

Child: Cecil W. Maris (c. 1890 – )

Child: Laura Belle Maris (1892 – )

Child: George Joseph Maris (1894 – 1920)


Nellie and Willis were twins. [History of Dakota Territory]

When she was 18, Nellie was working as a teacher in Iowa. [1885 IASC]

By 1920, Emmor and Nellie, along with son George (Joe), were living on a farm in Missouri. [1920USC]

Change Date

This data was last changed on 11 Jul 2009, and is stored in datafile B.

Primary and Secondary Sources

(see About Sources)

1885 Iowa State Census
[applies to name, birth]
1910 U.S. Federal Census (Population Schedule)
National Archives and Records Administration. [applies to name, birth, marriage, notes]
1920 U.S. Federal Census (Population Schedule)
National Archives and Records Administration. [applies to name, birth, notes]
History of Dakota Territory (Volume 5)
by George W. Kingsbury; Chicago: The S.J. Clarke Publishing Co., 1915. [applies to name, birth, notes]
Private (Spear Birth and Death Dates Notebook)
Handwritten pages, many hands, many inks. Fragile binding and paper, but with numerous names and dates of birth or death. [applies to name, birth]
Web: Ancestry Database (California Death Index, 1940-1997)
ancestry.com. [Original data: "California Death Index, 1940-1997"; State of California Department of Health Services, Center for Health Statistics; Sacramento, CA, USA. The original record can be requested from information in the index. (no document images)] [applies to name, birth, death]
Web: Ancestry Database (Iowa Marriages, 1851-1900)
ancestry.com. [Original data: "Dodd, Jordan, Liahona Research, comp.. Iowa Marriages, 1851-1900. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2000; Taken from microfilm copies of the original documents. (no document images)] [applies to marriage]

Research Notes (source comments, unreliable information)

The 1910 U.S. Census seems to give Nellie's middle initial as N. However, most other sources indicate it was H and a private communication indicates the full middle name was actually Hedges. She died after trying to cross a busy street in San Jose, CA. [personal communication from <private> Keesling]

Check California death certificate #46-55356.

The California Death Index (and presumably the actual record) incorrectly gives her birth state as Iowa.

Was Nellie born in Geneseo, Henry County, IL? This is implied by the history of Joseph McConnell in [History of Dakota Territory].