Patrick and Sarah Conners of Machias, Me – Where did they come from?

After determining the approximate birth date for Betsey (Conners) Foss from the census, I went to the back to the Original Records of Maine Towns and Cities: The Town of Machias to find Betsey Conners birth and parents. After researching the census, her birth is estimated to be between July 16, 1786 and Jul 15, 1787. I was quickly able to locate what I needed to determine her birth date and parents.

On page 57 of the PDF I found the following:

Betsey Conners May 4 1787 Patrick & Sarah Conners
John Conners July 22 1789
Peggy Conners Aug 24 1791 Sept 24 1791
James Conners April 12 1793
Jerome Conners April 18 1795

After finding that I went back to the other Conners entry on page 55.

Holy Conners March 5 1785 Patrick & Sarah Conners

Interestingly, in both historical books that I have from Machias Betsey’s last name is written as Connors. Patrick Connors is also mentioned in the tax payers list. However, in the Machias VR the last name is spelled Conners. Which is right? Well what I did to determine the right spelling of the last name was to look at the grave records found in the Maine Old Cemetery Association for Washington County. I found two of Betsey’s brothers records. Both of the stones have the last named spelled as Conners.

Machias Cemetery, Court Street, Machias, Maine, Washington County

Page 573: Conners, John died 12-15-1855, Ae 66 Yrs.
Betsey, wf. died 3-4-1870, Ae 69 Yrs. 10 Months

Page 587: Conners, James F d. Sept. 8, 1865 Ae 72 yrs 5 mos.

I have not found the marriage record for Patrick and Sarah Conners. I was not able to find Sarah’s last name. Furthermore, I am unsure where they came from. This mystery will have to stay on the back burner for a little while.

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Original Records of Maine Towns and Cities: The Town of Machias [PDF]. (2005). Rockport, Maine: Picton Press.

Machias Cemetery, Court Street, Machias, Maine, Washington County. (2006). In WASHINGTON COUNTY, Maine Cemetery Inscriptions of. Maine Old Cemetery Association Special Publication No. 14 [PDF]. (pp. 564-608).

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One Response to Patrick and Sarah Conners of Machias, Me – Where did they come from?

  1. Dou Schneider says:

    Machias Marriages; 1767 – 1827; Danbury House, 2d Ed, 1994. Pg 1. For Patrick and Sarah. I have never found the origins of either except for a note that a Patrick Conners arrived from Ireland into Maine that I no longer have or can corroborate. The Swett genealogy does not mention Sarah.

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