Joseph A. McConnell

Last updated 16 Aug 2021 in Spear–Johnson Family.

Individual

Born: 26 Apr 1824 in , Belmont County, Ohio, United States

Died: 10 Oct 1899 in Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa, United States

Father: Robert McConnell (1790 – 1878)

Mother: Rebecca Talbott (1796 – 1891)

Supporting evidence for:
name

book-history-of-dakota-territory-v5-1915: George Washington Kingsbury, George Martin Smith (editor), History of Dakota Territory: South Dakota: Its History and Its People, Volume 5; Chicago: S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1915; book image (PDF), Google Books (http://books.google.com: accessed 21 Apr 2018), held by New York Public Library [This multi-volume series is a history of South Dakota. Volumes 4 and 5 are biographies of mostly contemporary notables.]

Additional detail for reference: Page 960 (PDF page 947)

Comment: Source includes name (Joseph A. McConnell).

census-us-1860-ps-il-henry-geneseo-22: 1860 U.S. Census, population schedule, Illinois, Henry County, Geneseo, page 22 (form) or 560 (alternate, not visible on page); 1860 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 21 Feb 2021) > "Illinois > Henry > Geneseo" image 23; citing “Eighth Census of the United States, 1860, NARA microfilm publication M653 (1438 rolls), roll 182, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 803182]

Additional detail for reference: Line 23, dwelling 170

Comment: Source includes name (J. A. McConnell).

census-us-1870-ps-il-henry-geneseo-13: 1870 U.S. Census, population schedule, Illinois, Henry County, Geneseo, page 13 (form) or page 454[A] (stamped); 1870 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 21 Feb 2021) > "Illinois > Henry > Geneseo" image 40; citing “Ninth Census of the United States, 1870, NARA microfilm publication M593, roll 229 (of 1761), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 545728]

Additional detail for reference: Line 2, dwelling 105

Comment: Source includes name (Joseph McConnell).

census-us-ia-1885-s1-guthrie-highland-297: 1885 Iowa State Census, Guthrie County, Highland Township, page 297; Iowa, State Census Collection, 1836–1925, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 23 Dec 2007) > "1885 > Guthrie > Highland" image 18; citing "Microfilm of Iowa State Censuses, 1856, 1885, 1895, 1905, 1915, 1925 as well various special censuses from 1836-1897 obtained from the State Historical Society of Iowa via Heritage Quest"

Additional detail for reference: Line 4, dwelling 98

Comment: Source includes name (Joseph A. McConnell).

marriage-george-mcconnell-1898: Marriage registry entry for William T. George and Ina B. McConnell (1898); Iowa, U.S., Marriage Records, 1880-1951, database with images, Ancestry (https://www.ancestry.com: accessed 20 May 2021) > "1898 > 396 (Page - Wright)" image 66, license 9996; citing "Iowa Marriage Records, 1880-1951, page 1119; Iowa Department of Public Health; State Historical Society of Iowa (Des Moines, Iowa), Record Group 048"

Comment: Source includes name (J. A. McConnell).

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birth

book-history-of-dakota-territory-v5-1915: George Washington Kingsbury, George Martin Smith (editor), History of Dakota Territory: South Dakota: Its History and Its People, Volume 5; Chicago: S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1915; book image (PDF), Google Books (http://books.google.com: accessed 21 Apr 2018), held by New York Public Library [This multi-volume series is a history of South Dakota. Volumes 4 and 5 are biographies of mostly contemporary notables.]

Additional detail for reference: Page 960 (PDF page 947)

Comment: Source includes date (April 26, 1824) and location ("native of" Belmont county, Ohio).

census-us-1860-ps-il-henry-geneseo-22: 1860 U.S. Census, population schedule, Illinois, Henry County, Geneseo, page 22 (form) or 560 (alternate, not visible on page); 1860 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 21 Feb 2021) > "Illinois > Henry > Geneseo" image 23; citing “Eighth Census of the United States, 1860, NARA microfilm publication M653 (1438 rolls), roll 182, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 803182]

Additional detail for reference: Line 23, dwelling 170

Comment: Source includes age (<conflict>) and location (Ohio). See research notes for conflict details.

census-us-1870-ps-il-henry-geneseo-13: 1870 U.S. Census, population schedule, Illinois, Henry County, Geneseo, page 13 (form) or page 454[A] (stamped); 1870 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 21 Feb 2021) > "Illinois > Henry > Geneseo" image 40; citing “Ninth Census of the United States, 1870, NARA microfilm publication M593, roll 229 (of 1761), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 545728]

Additional detail for reference: Line 2, dwelling 105

Comment: Source includes age (46) and location (O. [Ohio]). Using his age and the official census date of 1 Jun 1870 gives a birth date range from 2 Jun 1823 to 1 Jun 1824.

census-us-ia-1885-s1-guthrie-highland-297: 1885 Iowa State Census, Guthrie County, Highland Township, page 297; Iowa, State Census Collection, 1836–1925, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 23 Dec 2007) > "1885 > Guthrie > Highland" image 18; citing "Microfilm of Iowa State Censuses, 1856, 1885, 1895, 1905, 1915, 1925 as well various special censuses from 1836-1897 obtained from the State Historical Society of Iowa via Heritage Quest"

Additional detail for reference: Line 4, dwelling 98

Comment: Source includes age (60) and location (Ohio). Age is specified as of birthday in 1884, which gives a birth year of 1824.

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death

book-history-of-dakota-territory-v5-1915: George Washington Kingsbury, George Martin Smith (editor), History of Dakota Territory: South Dakota: Its History and Its People, Volume 5; Chicago: S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1915; book image (PDF), Google Books (http://books.google.com: accessed 21 Apr 2018), held by New York Public Library [This multi-volume series is a history of South Dakota. Volumes 4 and 5 are biographies of mostly contemporary notables.]

Additional detail for reference: Page 960 (PDF page 947)

Comment: Source includes date (October 10, 1899) and location (Des Moines, Iowa).

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Family

Spouse/Partner: Sarah Fouts (1830 – ?)

Married: 4 May 1854 in McConnellsville, Morgan County, Ohio, United States

Supporting evidence for:
marriage

book-history-of-dakota-territory-v5-1915: George Washington Kingsbury, George Martin Smith (editor), History of Dakota Territory: South Dakota: Its History and Its People, Volume 5; Chicago: S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1915; book image (PDF), Google Books (http://books.google.com: accessed 21 Apr 2018), held by New York Public Library [This multi-volume series is a history of South Dakota. Volumes 4 and 5 are biographies of mostly contemporary notables.]

Additional detail for reference: Page 960 (PDF page 947)

Comment: Source includes date (4th day of May, 1854) and location ("at the Fouts homestead near McConnellsville, Ohio").

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Child: Ella McConnell (1855 – 1856)

Child: Millard McConnell (1857 – 1859)

Child: Robert A. McConnell (1860 – 1862)

Child: Edmund McConnell (1862 – 1888)

Child: William Grant McConnell (1864 – 1865)

Child: Nellie H. McConnell (1866 – 1946)

Child: Willis Talbott McConnell (1866 – ?)

Child: Arthur R. McConnell (1871 – ?)

Child: Ina Belle McConnell (1873 – ?)

Miscellaneous Facts

Events

Moved To Residence: Abt 1833 at McConnellsville, Morgan County, Ohio, United States

Organization: (the Masons)

Supporting evidence for:
events

book-history-of-dakota-territory-v5-1915: George Washington Kingsbury, George Martin Smith (editor), History of Dakota Territory: South Dakota: Its History and Its People, Volume 5; Chicago: S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1915; book image (PDF), Google Books (http://books.google.com: accessed 21 Apr 2018), held by New York Public Library [This multi-volume series is a history of South Dakota. Volumes 4 and 5 are biographies of mostly contemporary notables.]

Additional detail for reference: Page 960 (PDF page 947)

Comment: Source includes approximate year (1833) and location (near McConnellsville [, Morgan county, Ohio]). The year is based on the statement "when [Joseph McConnell] was about nine years of age" and Joseph's birth date of April 26, 1824, given in the same paragraph.

obituary-edmund-mcconnell-1888: Obituary for Edmund B. McConnell (1888); “Died,” Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com: accessed 20 Feb 2021), image “United States of America > Kansas > Atwood > The Atwood Journal > 1988 > 04 > 25" page 1; citing “The Atwood Journal (Atwood, Rawlins County, Kansas), 25 Apr 1888 (Wednesday), page 1, column 4”

Comment: Source identifies J. A. McConnell as a member of an organization (Masonic order).

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Attributes

Residence: 1854 at Rock Island, Rock Island County, Illinois, United States

Occupation: (school teacher) 1 Jun 1860

Residence: 1 Jun 1860 at Geneseo, Henry County, Illinois, United States

Occupation: (miller) 1 Jun 1870

Residence: 1 Jun 1870 at Geneseo, Henry County, Illinois, United States

Occupation: (farmer) 1 Jan 1885

Residence: 1 Jan 1885 at Highland Township, Guthrie County, Iowa, United States

Supporting evidence for:
attributes

book-history-of-dakota-territory-v5-1915: George Washington Kingsbury, George Martin Smith (editor), History of Dakota Territory: South Dakota: Its History and Its People, Volume 5; Chicago: S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1915; book image (PDF), Google Books (http://books.google.com: accessed 21 Apr 2018), held by New York Public Library [This multi-volume series is a history of South Dakota. Volumes 4 and 5 are biographies of mostly contemporary notables.]

Additional detail for reference: Page 960 (PDF page 947)

Comment: Source includes year (1854) and location (Rock Island [, Illinois]).

census-us-1860-ps-il-henry-geneseo-22: 1860 U.S. Census, population schedule, Illinois, Henry County, Geneseo, page 22 (form) or 560 (alternate, not visible on page); 1860 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 21 Feb 2021) > "Illinois > Henry > Geneseo" image 23; citing “Eighth Census of the United States, 1860, NARA microfilm publication M653 (1438 rolls), roll 182, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 803182]

Additional detail for reference: Line 23, dwelling 170

Comment: Source includes census date (1 Jun 1860) and occupation (School teacher).

census-us-1860-ps-il-henry-geneseo-22: 1860 U.S. Census, population schedule, Illinois, Henry County, Geneseo, page 22 (form) or 560 (alternate, not visible on page); 1860 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 21 Feb 2021) > "Illinois > Henry > Geneseo" image 23; citing “Eighth Census of the United States, 1860, NARA microfilm publication M653 (1438 rolls), roll 182, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 803182]

Additional detail for reference: Line 23, dwelling 170

Comment: Source includes census date (1 Jun 1860) and location (the [?] town of Geneseo in the County of Henry, State of Illinois).

census-us-1870-ps-il-henry-geneseo-13: 1870 U.S. Census, population schedule, Illinois, Henry County, Geneseo, page 13 (form) or page 454[A] (stamped); 1870 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 21 Feb 2021) > "Illinois > Henry > Geneseo" image 40; citing “Ninth Census of the United States, 1870, NARA microfilm publication M593, roll 229 (of 1761), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 545728]

Additional detail for reference: Line 2, dwelling 105

Comment: Source includes official census date (1 Jun 1870) and occupation (Milling).

census-us-1870-ps-il-henry-geneseo-13: 1870 U.S. Census, population schedule, Illinois, Henry County, Geneseo, page 13 (form) or page 454[A] (stamped); 1870 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 21 Feb 2021) > "Illinois > Henry > Geneseo" image 40; citing “Ninth Census of the United States, 1870, NARA microfilm publication M593, roll 229 (of 1761), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 545728]

Additional detail for reference: Line 2, dwelling 105

Comment: Source includes official census date (1 Jun 1870) and location (Geneseo City, in the County of Henry, State of Ill's [Illinois]).

census-us-ia-1885-s1-guthrie-highland-297: 1885 Iowa State Census, Guthrie County, Highland Township, page 297; Iowa, State Census Collection, 1836–1925, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 23 Dec 2007) > "1885 > Guthrie > Highland" image 18; citing "Microfilm of Iowa State Censuses, 1856, 1885, 1895, 1905, 1915, 1925 as well various special censuses from 1836-1897 obtained from the State Historical Society of Iowa via Heritage Quest"

Additional detail for reference: Line 4, dwelling 98

Comment: Source includes date (1 Jan 1885) and occupation (farmer).

census-us-ia-1885-s1-guthrie-highland-297: 1885 Iowa State Census, Guthrie County, Highland Township, page 297; Iowa, State Census Collection, 1836–1925, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 23 Dec 2007) > "1885 > Guthrie > Highland" image 18; citing "Microfilm of Iowa State Censuses, 1856, 1885, 1895, 1905, 1915, 1925 as well various special censuses from 1836-1897 obtained from the State Historical Society of Iowa via Heritage Quest"

Additional detail for reference: Line 4, dwelling 98

Comment: Source includes date (1 Jan 1885) and location (Highland, Guthrie County, Iowa).

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General Notes and Anecdotes

The town of McConnellsville, Ohio was founded by members of Joseph's family. [book-history-of-dakota-territory-v5-1915]

At Rock Island, Joseph tried teaching for a while, but then turned his attention to the wholesale harness and saddlery business. He later moved to Geneseo, Henry County, Illinois and had interests in mining, mercantile and other businesses. He stayed in Henry County for about 25 years before moving to Guthrie County, Iowa. In Iowa he lived on several hundred acres he had purchased and his activities set the standard for agricultural development among his neighbors. [book-history-of-dakota-territory-v5-1915]

Supporting evidence for:
general notes

book-history-of-dakota-territory-v5-1915: George Washington Kingsbury, George Martin Smith (editor), History of Dakota Territory: South Dakota: Its History and Its People, Volume 5; Chicago: S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1915; book image (PDF), Google Books (http://books.google.com: accessed 21 Apr 2018), held by New York Public Library [This multi-volume series is a history of South Dakota. Volumes 4 and 5 are biographies of mostly contemporary notables.]

Additional detail for reference: Page 960 (PDF page 947)

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Research Notes (Conflicts/Spelling/Followup)

CONFLICTS

Birth Date: This database uses 26 Apr 1824. The 1860 U.S. Census gives an age of (35), which, when applied to the official census date of 1 Jun 1860 gives a birth date range from 2 Jun 1824 to 1 Jun 1825. [census-us-1860-ps-il-henry-geneseo-22]

FOLLOWUP

In 1870, Augusta Nelson (age 19, seamstress, born in Sweden), Etzy[?] Fouts (age 41, carpenter, born in Ohio), and Lewis Border (age 26, carpenter, born in Ohio) were also living with Joseph and Sarah's family. Etzy Fouts was probably Sarah's brother, and Lewis may have married Belle Spear (T. J. Spear's daughter) in 1922, though why he was boarding with Joseph and Sarah, or if he knew them, is unknown. It is also unknown who Augusta was. [census-us-1870-ps-il-henry-geneseo-13]

Joseph may have been buried in Gutherie County, Iowa.

Supporting evidence for:
research notes

census-us-1860-ps-il-henry-geneseo-22: 1860 U.S. Census, population schedule, Illinois, Henry County, Geneseo, page 22 (form) or 560 (alternate, not visible on page); 1860 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 21 Feb 2021) > "Illinois > Henry > Geneseo" image 23; citing “Eighth Census of the United States, 1860, NARA microfilm publication M653 (1438 rolls), roll 182, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 803182]

Additional detail for reference: Line 23, dwelling 170

census-us-1870-ps-il-henry-geneseo-13: 1870 U.S. Census, population schedule, Illinois, Henry County, Geneseo, page 13 (form) or page 454[A] (stamped); 1870 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 21 Feb 2021) > "Illinois > Henry > Geneseo" image 40; citing “Ninth Census of the United States, 1870, NARA microfilm publication M593, roll 229 (of 1761), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 545728]

Additional detail for reference: Line 6, dwelling 105

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