Edmund McConnell

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Individual

Born: Bet 1 Jan 1862 and 16 Apr 1862 in , , Illinois, United States

Died: 16 Apr 1888 in Burlington, Elbert County, Colorado, United States

Father: Joseph A. McConnell (1824 – 1899)

Mother: Sarah Fouts (1830 – ?)

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.]

Reference Detail: Page 960 (PDF page 947)

Comment Detail: Source includes name (Edmund [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]

Reference Detail: Line 4, dwelling 105

Comment Detail: Source includes name (⟨conflict⟩ 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"

Reference Detail: Line 6, dwelling 98

Comment Detail: Source includes name (Edmond McConnell).

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 Detail: Source includes name (⟨spelling⟩ B. McConnell). See research notes for spelling details.

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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.]

Reference Detail: Page 960 (PDF page 947)

Comment Detail: Source includes year (1862).

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]

Reference Detail: Line 4, dwelling 105

Comment Detail: Source includes age (8) and location (Ill [Illinois]). Using his age and the official census date of 1 Jun 1870 gives a birth date range from 2 Jun 1861 to 1 Jun 1862.

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"

Reference Detail: Line 6, dwelling 98

Comment Detail: Source includes age (22) and location (Illinois). Age is specified as of birthday in 1884, which gives a birth year of 1862.

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 Detail: Source includes age (26). Using his age and the death date of 16 Apr 1888 gives a birth date range from 17 Apr 1861 to 16 Apr 1862.

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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.]

Reference Detail: Page 960 (PDF page 947)

Comment Detail: Source includes year (1888).

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 Detail: Source includes date (April 16th, 1888) and location (Burlington, Col.).

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father

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.]

Reference Detail: Page 960 (PDF page 947)

Comment Detail: Source identifies Edmund [McConnell] as a biological child of Joseph McConnell.

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 Detail: Source identifies J. A. McConnell as the father Edmund B. McConnell. The source does not provide sufficient evidence to denote the type of parent/child relationship.

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mother

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.]

Reference Detail: Page 960 (PDF page 947)

Comment Detail: Source identifies Edmund [McConnell] as a biological child of Sarah (Fouts) McConnell.

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Miscellaneous Facts

Events

Organization: (the Odd Fellows)

Supporting evidence for:
events

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 Detail: Source notes he was a member of The Odd Fellows organization.

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Attributes

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

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]

Reference Detail: Line 4, dwelling 105

Comment Detail: 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"

Reference Detail: Line 6, dwelling 98

Comment Detail: 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"

Reference Detail: Line 6, dwelling 98

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

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Stories

Out in Colorado, Between Jaqua and Burlington

[It is roughly 27 miles overland from the ghost town of Jaqua, Kansas to Burlington, Colorado. Burlington and Cheyenne Wells are separated by another 33 miles. All of it is very flat. This story was printed by an anonymous author in the 26 Apr 1888 edition of The Blakeman Register from Blakeman, Kansas; for this story, paragraphs were separated, spelling corrected, and some minor punctuation adjusted.]

Out in Colorado, between Jaqua and Burlington, there lives (or lived) a man named Baker, whose whole life seemed devoted to turning the travel on a road that ran through his land. Last week, two men named McConnell and Morrison, who had hired a rig and driver at Wano , were going across the forbidden ground when Baker came out and emptied a double-barreled shot gun loaded with buck shot at them. In the excitement of the moment, neither noticed that he had been hurt until they had gone several rods when McConnell suddenly exclaimed, "I believe I am shot," then Morrison said, "So am I."

The driver ran his horses all the way to Burlington. McConnell died soon after reaching town; Morrison, though badly hurt, may recover. The sheriff went out, arrested Baker, and brought him into Burlington, but started with him for Cheyenne Wells immediately, on receipt of the intelligence that he would be lynched.

The mob searched every house in Burlington before they discovered that their bird had flown, and where. Extra teams were sent ahead as reliefs by both parties and the race was a most exciting one. After running down two teams, the sheriff reached Cheyenne Wells ahead, but only to find that the Denver train that would have carried the prisoner to safety, was three hours late. That sealed Baker's fate for the avengers arrived before the train and hung him to a coal chute.

McConnell was a wealthy, popular young man and was to have been married next month to a Rawlins county lady in whose favor he made his will just before his death.

Supporting evidence for:
stories

story-out-in-colorado-between-jaqua-and-burlington: (unknown author), “untitled,” transcribed by {private}; Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com: accessed 8 Mar 2021) ⟩ “United States of America ⟩ Kansas ⟩ The Blakeman Register ⟩ 1888 ⟩ 04 ⟩ 26” page 2; citing “The Blakeman Register (Blakeman, Kansas), 26 Apr 1888 (Thursday), page 2, column 1”

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General Notes and Anecdotes

Edmund was engaged to Belle Spear, with a wedding planned for May 1888, when he was shot and killed by Franklin Baker for trespassing on the latter's claim in April. [obituary-edmund-mcconnell-1888]

Edmund left to Belle all of his property, "which was no small amount." Baker, the shooter, was overtaken at Cheyenne Wells, Colorado where he was lynched by a posse out of Burlington, Colorado. [periodical-edmund-mcconnell-murder-1888]

Supporting evidence for:
general notes

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”

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periodical-edmund-mcconnell-murder-1888: Local news; Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com: accessed 8 Mar 2021) ⟩ “United States of America ⟩ Kansas ⟩ Oberlin ⟩ Oberlin Herald ⟩ 1888 ⟩ 05 ⟩ 03” page 6; citing “Oberlin Herald (Oberlin, Decatur County, Kansas), 3 May 1888 (Thursday), page 6, column 3” [The article begins with “–Blakeman Democrat: It is said McConnell.”]

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Research Notes (Conflicts/Spelling/Followup)

CONFLICTS

Given Name: This database uses Edmund. The 1870 U.S. Census uses Edward. [census-us-1870-ps-il-henry-geneseo-13]

SPELLING

Given name: This database uses Edmund. The newspaper article about his murder uses Edmond. [obituary-edmund-mcconnell-1888]

Supporting evidence for:
research notes

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]

Reference Detail: Line 4, dwelling 105

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”

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