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John Connelly (son of Bryan O'Connelly and Mary)163 was born August 01, 1744 in Ireland163, and died July 16, 1826 in Near Catawba River, North Carolina163. He married Jane Ballew on August 1772 in Rowan County, North Carolina163, daughter of Joseph Ballew and Elizabeth.

 Includes NotesNotes for John Connelly:
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CAPTAIN JOHN CONNELLY TOOK THE FIRST BURKE COUNTY CENSUS IN 1790.
HE ALSO COMMANDED A REGIMENT AT THE BATTLE OF KINGS MOUNTAIN.
ACCORDING TO THE 1790 CENSUS. BURKE COUNTY WAS DIVIDED INTO THIRTEEN
COMPANIES OR MILITIA. THE SECOND COMPANY CONSISTED OF SEVENTY -EIGHT
HEADS OF HOUSEHOLD AND WAS COMMANDED BY CAPTAIN JOHN CONNELLLY.

SOURCES: NANCY ALEXANDER, HERE WILL I DWELL. 1956; CONNELLY GENEALOGICAL
PAPERS COMPILED BY ANNE ABERNATHY CONNELLY; INTERVIEW WITH PAUL GILES:
PAPERS COMPILED BY PAUL GILES; EDWARD W. PHIFER JR., BURKE: THE HISTORY
OF A NORTH CAROLINA COUNTY; AND COL. T.G. WALTON, SKETCHES OF THE
PIONEERS IN BURKE COUNTY HISTORY.

John Connelly was an officer in the North Carolina
Militia and served as a Captain in the American Revolutionary
War. He commanded a company of cavalry that traveled from
Rowan County, North Carolina, with General Rutherford to the
Cherokee Nation, a trip that may not have been of considerable
distance as he maintained his home and raised his family near
the frontier bordering the Indian Nation. The service of John
Connelly in the Revolutionary War entitled his widow to a
Pension. The documents filed by her in 1844 refer to her
husband as both John Connelly and John Conley. The Pension
Declaration of John Connelly of July 3, 1844 states that the
residence of John Conley and Jane Conley was in Burke County
North Carolina and that John Connelly died on July 16, 1826,
facts consistent with other reliable records.

Captain John Connelly had three brothers who also
lived in America: William Connelly, Hugh Connelly and James
Connelly. The story of four Connelly brothers who came from
Ireland and settled in North Carolina has been told to each
generation of this family. Although not totally documented,
reliable records reveal that these four brothers were the sons
of Bryan O'Connelly, an Irish Immigrant, who settled in North
Carolina in the 1760's and died there in 1795. The name of Bryan
Connelly is listed in the tax records of Rowan County, North
Carolina in 1770 and these records further note that three maile
Adults above the age of twenty-one were residing with him. In
1770, the western section of Rowan County included an area which
is now Burke County. The family name was changed from
O'Connelly to Connelly after Bryan O'Connelly settled in North
Carolina.

William Connelly, one of the sons of Bryan Connelly,
and a brother of Captain John Conley, purchased the homeplace of
Bryan Connelly from the other heirs in 1796. This land was sold
in 1797 by William Connelly to Groves Bowman, the husband of
Mary Conley. These records of the transfer of the real estate
of Bryan Connelly among his heirs further support the
documentation by respected genealogists of that area that Bryan
O'Connelly, an Irish immigrant, was the father of John Conley
and the grandfather of John Wesley Conley. Also, family records
of William Connelly, document that Caleb Bowman was a descendant
of Groves Bowman, William Conley, and John Conley. Other family
records document that Mary Conley, born in 1776, and the daughter
of John Connelly and Jane Ballew Connelly, married Groves Bowman
in 1796. The oldest son of Captain John Conley, William (born
in 1774), continued to use the name Connelly; however, many of
his descendants, including Pickens, used the name Conley.
William Lewis Connelly of Connelly's Springs did not use the name
Conley, although he was a brother of Pickens Conley.

Any reference to the ancestors of John Wesley Conley
would be incomplete without recognition of the extraordinary
qualities of his mother, Jane Ballew Conley. She had eleven
children, four of whom were born near the time of the American
War of Independence, and all lived to be adults; she maintained
a home near the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and in an
area not far from the frontier and the Cherokee Nation. The
settlers in that area were required to fight both the British
and the Indians. She resided in the North Carolina back country
while her husband was often absent in service with the Militia,
a fact which would not endear her to either the Indians or the
British. In 1781, the British troops led by general Cornwallis,
following defeat at King's Mountain, marched into the western
counties of North Carolina near the Catawba River. His troops
moved into this area prior to turning east to engage in the
battle at Guilford's Courthouse in March of 1781, where the
British enjoyed initial victory followed by heavy losses. With
three small children in the home, crops in the field, restless
Indians to the west, British troops approaching from the south
and east, and a husband engaged in battles in various areas of
North Carolina, Jane Conley's thoughts of a country free from
British taxation would have been replaced by prayers and hopes
for survival. In the Spring of 1781, Jane Conley most likely
failed to notice the majestic beauty of the fertile valleys
bordering the Catawba River not far from the Ble ridge
Mountains. Colonial troops, aided by North Carolina Militia,
drove the British into southern Virginia where they surrendered
later that year at Yorktown. Following the War, Captain John

Conley, although he remained in the local Militia, was at home
frequently enough to assist Jane in adding eight additional
children to the three who had survived the hardships of War.
Their fourth child and the first to be born following the War
was John Wesley Conley. Jane Conley's devotion to family,
strength of character, and willingness to engage in hard work
are attributes which Conley women have possessed for several
generations. Her accomplishments appear to be even more
remarkable in view of the fact that she was illiterate as
evidenced by her application for a Revolutionary War pension
signed by her mark, "X".

More About John Connelly:
Date born 2: August 01, 1744, IRE/PENNSYLVANIA.164
Burial: Unknown, Methodist Church Cemetery near Sevier and North Cove in McDowell County North Carolina.
Died 2: July 16, 1826, BURKE COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA.164
Fact 1: Capt. in Amer.Rev. War.165
Fact 2: July 03, 1844, Pension Declaration.165

More About John Connelly and Jane Ballew:
Marriage 1: August 1772, Rowan County, North Carolina.165
Marriage 2: August 1773, ROWAN CO., N.C..166

Children of John Connelly and Jane Ballew are:
  1. William Conley, b. June 22, 1764, d. date unknown.
  2. Mary Conley, b. October 09, 1776, d. date unknown.
  3. Elizabeth Conley, b. 1778, d. date unknown.
  4. +John Wesley Conley, b. January 19, 1784, Burke County, North Carolina167, d. April 13, 1869, Crockett County, Tennessee167.
  5. Susannah Conley, b. 1785, d. date unknown.
  6. Jane Conley, b. 1787, d. date unknown.
  7. George Conley, b. 1789, d. date unknown.
  8. Joshua Conley, b. 1792, d. date unknown.
  9. Allen Conley, b. 1795, d. date unknown.
  10. Caleb Conley, b. 1798, d. date unknown.
  11. Joseph Conley, b. 1801, d. date unknown.
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