Erwin McCoy Conner and Mary A. Rhodes (or Mary Williams) are my Great-Great-Great Grandparents.
Erwin McCoy Conner was born between 1839-1840 in Rutherford County, NC to Isaac Jackson Conner (DOB 1817-1820 in Rutherford County, NC; DOD After 1871 in Rutherford County, NC) and Adaline Thomason (DOB 1816-1826 in Rutherford County, NC; DOD After 1870 in Rutherford County, NC). Erwin McCoy Conner was the 2nd of 8 children. He had an older brother named James Conner. James was born about 1835 in Rutherford County, NC. He was with the family in the 1850 U.S. Census but I found no further record of him after that. It's possible he died before the War of Northern Aggression. It's also possible that he fought. Although there are some possibilities in the rosters of Confederate soldiers, none could be shown as definitively him.
Erwin McCoy Conner had 3 younger brothers named Joseph Washington "Wash" Conner, Thomas Conner and William M. Conner and 3 younger sisters named Martha "Mattie" Conner, Emily Conner and Ursilla/Lucilla Conner.
1) James Conner (DOB About 1835 in Rutherford County, NC; DOD ? in ? ) married ?.
2) Erwin McCoy Conner
3) Joseph Washington Conner (DOB 7/15/1845 in Rutherford County, NC; DOD 2/9/1917 in Bills Creek, Rutherford County, NC) married Cynthia Catherine Flynn (DOB 9/13/1848 in Rutherford County, NC; DOD 5/31/1937 in Bills Creek, Rutherford County, NC). They had 12 children: Serelda Evline Conner Robertson, John Alexander Conner, Lillian Adaline Conner Skipper, Louisa A. Conner Jackson, Major Henry Porter Conner, Ina Jane Conner Dalton, Mary Louvada Conner, Martha Ella Conner Robertson, Thomas Twitty Conner, Corris Columbus Conner, Sallie Matilda Conner Davis, Edgar Beam Conner.
4) Thomas Conner (DOB About 1847 in Rutherford County, NC; DOD ? in ? ) married Sarah A. ? (DOB About 1850 in Rutherford County, NC; DOD ? in ? ). They had one son that I know of named Joseph Conner (DOB About 1869 in Rutherford County, NC; DOD ? in ? ). I was able to follow him in the 1850, 1860 and 1870 U.S. Censuses but found no further record of this family after 1870.
5) Martha "Mattie" Conner (DOB About 1849 in Chimney Rock, Rutherford County, NC; DOD 1/22/1918 in Gilkey, Rutherford County, NC) married James Thomas Wilson (DOB 12/4/1846 in Rutherford County, NC; DOD 6/13/1923 in Clinchfield, Marion, McDowell County, NC). They had 6 children: Julia Ann Wilson Early, Dovie Lodicey Wilson Nix, Fannie Wilson, Sarah Wilson, George F. Wilson, Carado "Carrie" Wilson Seagle.
6) William M. Conner (DOB About 1850 in Rutherford County, NC; DOD ? in ? ) married Mary A. Nix (DOB About 1853 in Rutherford County, NC; DOD ? in ? ). They had 5 children that I am aware of: James Cletus Conner, Virgil C. Conner, Francis M. Henry Baxter Robert Conner, Samuel Conner and Thomas Edgar Conner. I was able to follow this family through 1860, 1870, 1880 U.S. Censuses but lost them after that. I was only able to find James Cletus Conner and his family until he died, Francis M. Henry Baxter Robert Conner until the 1910 U.S. Census (he must have died between 1910-1920 as his children are living with others in 1920) and Thomas Edgar Conner until his death. I couldn't find the other children or their parents after the 1880 U.S. Census.
7) Emily Conner (DOB ABout 1852 in Rutherford County, NC; DOD ? in ? ) married ?. I was only able to find her in the 1860 and 1870 U.S. Census. I couldn't find a marriage record of her.
8) Ursilla Conner (aka Lucilla Conner Wilson)(DOB About 1855 in Rutherford County, NC; DOD ? in ? ) married Jonathon Wilson (DOB About 1852 in NC; DOD 4/9/1935 in Forest City, Rutherford County, NC). They were married 2/24/1875 in Rutherford County, NC. I found no further record of Ursilla after their marriage. I believe Jonathon Wilson remarried to Elizabeth "Lizzie" Dalton on 5/16/1877 in Rutherford County, NC. If that marriage record is the same Jonathon Wilson, then Ursilla died between 1875-1877.
Erwin McCoy Conner lived with his family in Rutherford County, NC.
1850 U.S. Census of Bills Creek, Rutherford County, North Carolina; Roll: M432_644; Page: 329B; Image: 205, Dwelling 1414 and 1415 and 1416 and 1419 and 1420, Family 1462 and 1463 and 1464 and 1667 and 1668, "Jackson Canner" and "Isaac Cornor" and "William Conner" (sic, it is Jackson Conner, Isaac Conner and William Conner), "Marcus Crawford", "Margaret Conner"
Jackson Cannor, 30 yrs old (DOB 1820), M(ale), W(hite), Labor, Real Estate Value $50, Born in NC
Adaline Cannor, 31 yrs old (DOB 1819), F, W, Born in NC
James Cannor, 15 yrs old DOB 1835), M, W, Born in NC, Attends school
Ervin Cannor, 10 yrs old (DOB 1840), M, W, Born in NC, Attends School
Joseph Cannor, 7 yrs old (DOB 1843), M, W, Born in NC
Thomas Cannor, 3 yrs old (DOB 1847), M, W, Born in NC
Martha Cannor, 1 yrs old (DOB 1849), F, W, Born in NC
Nancy Thomason, 65 yrs old (DOB 1785), F, W, Born in NC
Isaac Cannor, 49 yrs old (DOB 1801), M, W, Farmer, $100 Real Estate Value, Born in NC
Rosana Cannor, 45 yrs old (DOB 1805), F, W, Born in NC
Susannah Cannor, 17 yrs old (DOB 1833), F, W, Born in NC, Attends School
Cyntha Cannor, 14 yrs old (DOB 1836), F, W, Born in NC, Attends school
Samuel Cannor, 12 yrs old (DOB 1838), M, W, Born in NC, Attends school
William Cannor, 10 yrs old (DOB 1840), M, W, Born in NC, Attends school
Sophiar Cannor, 6 yrs old (DOB 1844), F, W, Born in NC
Calvin Cannor, 4 yrs old (DOB 1846), M, W, Born in NC
William Canner, 52 yrs old (DOB 1798), M, W, Farmer, $100 Real Estate Value, Born in NC
Elizabeth Conner, 52 yrs old (DOB 1798), F, W, Born in NC
Atta Conner, 17 yrs old (DOB 1833), F, W, Born in NC
Johnathon Conner, M, W, Born in NC
Albert Conner, 12 yrs old (DOB 1838), M, W, Born in NC
Marcus Crawford, 28 yrs old (DOB 1822), M(ale), W(hite), House carpenter, Born in NC
Martha Crawford, 25 yrs old (DOB 1825), F, W, Born in NC
Louisa Crawford, 4/12 mos old (DOB 1850), F, W, Born in NC
William Crawford, 12 yrs old (DOB 1838), M, W, Born in NC
Margaret Connor (sic), 30 yrs old (DOB 1820), F, W, Head, Born in NC
McCoy Conner married Mary A. between the 1850 and 1860 U.S. Censuses. Mary was born 1834-1836 in Henderson County, NC to unknown parents. You see, two of their sons have their mother with different names on their death certificate. Mack Coy Conner has his mother as Mary A. Rhodes and William Washington Conner's death certificate has his mother as Mary A. Williams. If her maiden name was Mary Rhodes than there is a possibility that her parents were a Chapman Rhodes and Cynthia Coggswell. But I don't know and I don't know who her parents could be if she was a Williams.
1860 U.S. Census of Fairview, Buncombe County, NC, Series M653, Roll 889, Pg 248, HeritageQuest.com, Dwelling 25, Family 25, Lines 16-18, "E. McConner", sic
E. McConner, 21 yrs old (DOB 1839), M(ale), W(hite), Farmer, $150 Real Estate Value, $200 Personal Estate Value, Born in NC, Cannot read or write
Mary McConner, 24 yrs old (DOB 1836), F, W, Domestic, Born in NC
Menerva McConner (sic), 1 yrs old (DOB 1859), F, W, Born in NC
Erwin McCoy and Mary Conner had 4 children:
1) Manerva Louisa Conner (aka Lou Conner)(DOB 10/20/1858 in Henderson County, NC; DOD 3/1/1931 in Gerton, Henderson County, NC) married W. John Mangus Bradley (DOB 7/16/1860 in Rutherford County, NC; DOD 2/10/1945 in Forest City, Rutherford County, NC). They had Burgin Lee Bradley, Floyd Washington Bradley, Grady Eli Bradley, Mollie M. Bradley, McCoy Bradley, Dollie Bradley Carver, Rhoda Bradley Wilkerson.
2) William Washington Conner (DOB 9/15/1860 in Madison County, NC; DOD 9/29/1939 in Madison County, NC) married Lydia Kate Fisher (DOB 1/1865 or 1/1867 in Rutherford County, NC; DOD 12/3/1939 in Alexander, Buncombe County, NC). They had Vesta M. Conner, John Bunyon Connor, Mollie Jennie Conner.
3) McCoy Conner (DOB 7/24/1861 in Henderson County, NC; DOD 2/7/1950 in Madison County, NC) married Margaret Alice Ensley (DOB 10/10/1859 in Madison County, NC; DOD 12/2/1938 in Bluff, Madison County, NC). They had Lillian Vianna Conner Reese, William S. Conner, Minnie Lee Conner Fowler, James Coy Connor, Hattie Louester Conner Keith Holt, Floyd Washington Connor, William Jeter Connor, Alice Conner, Fred Conner and Gertrude Conner Knipp. My direct ancestor being my Great Great Grandfather.
4) Grady Eli Connor (DOB 6/7/1866 in NC; DOD 8/29/1935 in Marshall, Madison County, NC) married Dosha Thula Lankford (DOB 12/14/1884 in Buncombe County, NC; DOD 6/17/1951 in Marshall, Madison County, NC). They had Charlie Plato Connor, Laura Grace Conner, Geneva Pearl Conner Tweed, General Vance Conner, Clara Lavina Conner Davis, Annie Lee Connor.
According to Erwin McCoy Conner's granddaughter, Lillian Vianna Conner Reese, Erwin McCoy Conner had a farm when the War of Northern Aggression started. He left his farm, livestock, home, and family to fight and never returned. She said he died of "fever".
He was a Private in the C.S.A. NC's 25th Infantry Regiment, Co. A. The 25th Infantry Regiment, formerly the 15th Volunteers, was assembled at Camp Patton, Asheville, North Carolina, in August, 1861. The following counties furnished companies for the regiment: Henderson, Jackson, Haywood, Cherokee, Transylvania, Clay, Macon, and Buncombe. It moved to Grahamville, South Carolina and remained there until March, 1862. The unit then moved back to North Carolina and arrived in Virginia on June 24. Serving in R. Ransom's and M.W. Ranson's Brigade, it fought with the army from the Seven Day's Battles to Fredericksburg, served in North Carolina, then saw action at Plymouth and Drewery's Bluff. Later the 25th participated in the long Petersburg siege south of the James River and the Appomattox Campaign. It reported 128 casualties during the Seven Days' Battles, 15 in the Maryland Campaign, 88 at Fredericksburg, and 103 at Plymouth. Many were disabled at Sayler's Creek, and on April 9, 1865, only 8 officers and 69 were present. The field officers were Colonels Thomas L. Clingman and Henry M. Rutledge; Lieutenant Colonels S.C. Bryson, St. Clair Dearing, and Matthew N. Love; and Majors John W. Francis, William S. Grady, and William Y. Morgan.
Erwin McCoy Conner was present and accounted for until he died 7/4/1862 in the Wilson Hospital Confederate Military No. 2, 401 Goldsboro Street South, Wilson, Wilson, NC. Built originally as the Wilson Female Seminary, the Italianate structure served as a Confederate hospital during the Civil War. After the war was over, 101 men who had died in the hospital and were interred locally were removed to the Maplewood Cemetery. In 1872, it became known as Wilson Collegiate Institute. It seems that it was divided up and made into 4 houses in 1898. On Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 11 am, there was an unveiling of the Civil War Trails marker for the Wilson Confederate Military Hospital Museum. It is located on 401 Goldsboro St. N. Wilson, NC 27893.
Department of Cultural Resources:
The Confederacy organized its Medical Department late in 1861 and within months, in April of 1862, the North Carolina General Military Hospital No. 2 was established in Wilson in what had once been the Wilson Female Seminary. Dr. Solomon Sampson Satchwell, who had graduated from Wake Forest College and studied medicine at New York University before serving as a military surgeon with the NC 25th Infantry, was appointed Surgeon-in-Charge. In the 1864 Confederate States Medical and Surgical Journal the Wilson hospital was listed as one of twenty-one principal hospitals in North Carolina. It served those wounded in fighting along the coast. Wilson's location on the busy Wilmington and Weldon Railroad made it a good place for a military hospital. On April 2, 1862, Confederate authorities seized the Wilson Female Academy building for that use. The 40 classrooms were turned into wards where soldiers were treated for wounds and disease. Many of the dead from the hospital were buried in nearby Maplewood Cemetery. The building here is the only surviving portion of the Academy.
Marker Text:"Confederate. Headed by Dr. S. S. Satchwell in building of the Wilson Female Seminary, which was chartered in 1859. Stood 1 1/2 blocks S.E."
The hospital made Wilson known outside of the state of North Carolina. Employing thirty-five to forty people, it also boosted the local economy. Most nurses and orderlies were unskilled soldiers; however, at least seven local women were known to have worked at the hospital as matrons. Their duties included food preparation and cleaning. The Atlantic Coast Line Railroad that ran through Wilson provided the military hospital with supplies, including ice and turpentine, used to treat fevers.
Fighting never broke out in Wilson, but, on July 20, 1863, “an immense armament of negroes and Yankees” advanced on Wilson. Reportedly, a group of invalids from the hospital and local militia defended Wilson by destroying the bridge over the Toisnot Swamp to halt the invaders. All of those who died at the hospital were buried in a mass grave. The hospital closed at the end of the war. When Wilson created a town cemetery, they were re-interred there with a Confederate monument erected over the site. Wilson Female Seminary reopened in the former hospital and received a charter as Wilson Collegiate Institute in 1872.
Confederate States Medical and Surgical Journal, vol. 1, no. 10 (1864)
History of Wilson County and its Families (1985)
Patrick Valentine, The Rise of a Southern Town: Wilson, North Carolina (2002)
William S. Powell, ed., Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, V, 284—sketch by W. Conard Gass
American Civil War Soldiers
McCoy Conner, Confederacy, Enlisted in Henderson County, NC as Private on 3/14/1862 at age 22, Died on 7/4/1862 at Hospital, Wilson, Sources 16
U.S. Civil War Soldiers Records and Profiles
McCoy Conner, Residence: Henderson County, NC, Enlisted 3/14/862 at 22 yrs old as Private, Did not survive the War, DOB about 1840, Mustered out on 7/4/1862 in Hospital at Wilson.
Name: McCoy Conner
Residence: Henderson County, North Carolina, North Carolina
Age at Enlistment: 22
Enlistment Date: 14 Mar 1862
Rank at enlistment: Private
Enlistment Place: Henderson County, North Carolina
State Served: North Carolina
Survived the War?: No
Service Record: Enlisted in Company A, North Carolina 25th Infantry Regiment on 14 Mar 1862. Mustered out on 04 Jul 1862 at Hosp, Wilson.
Birth Date: abt 1840
Sources: North Carolina Troops 1861-65, A Roster
U.S., Confederate Soldiers Compiled Service Records, 1861-1865
Name: McCoy Conner
Birth Date: abt 1840
Enlistment Date: 1862
Military Unit: Twenty-fifth Infantry
U.S. Civil War Soldiers, 1861-1865
McCoy Conner, Confederate, Enlisted in Co. A, 25th NC Infantry Regiment as a Private, Film #M230 Roll 8.
Name: McCoy Conner
Regiment State/Origin: North Carolina
Regiment Name: 25 North Carolina Infantry
Regiment Name Expanded: 25th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry
Rank In: Private
Rank In Expanded: Private
Rank Out: Private
Rank Out Expanded: Private
Film Number: M230 roll 8
The Roster of Confederate Soldiers
Vol. IV, Pg 79, "Conner, McCoy, NC 25th Inf, Co. A"
18. Conner, Francis M. died of wounds in a hospital outside of Petersburg, Va. The exact date of his death was not reported. He was transferred to the hospital (most likely at Richmond) on 6-18-1864. He was wounded 6-17-1864 at Meade’s Assaults (Second Battle of Petersburg) during the Siege of Petersburg. (Petersburg National Battlefield)
Died in War of Disease
19. Conner, Alexander died of disease 3-22-1862 at Grahamville, S.C.
Died during the War of Unspecified Causes
5. Conner, McCoy died 7-4-1862 in Wilson, N.C.
6. Conner, Robert J. died 4-22-1862 in Kinston, N.C. He was possibly wounded at the Battle of South Mills on 4-19-1862 in Camden County, N.C.
NC Troops, A Roster, McCoy Conner, Volume VII, Page 359
The French Broad hustler, October 08, 1908, Image 7, "Confederate Pensioners of Henderson County", Under Pensioners and Under "Widows", Line 7, Mary A. Conner, Widow of McCoy Conner, Co. A, NC 25th Regiment, Class 4, Died of Disease, Post Office Bear Wallow.
The French Broad hustler, October 08, 1908, Image 7, "Confederate Pensioners of Henderson County", Under Pensioners and Under "Widows"
Line 17, H.P. Connor, Co. A, NC 25th Regiment, Class 4, Wounds, Post Office Maxwell
Line 18, I.W. Conner, Co. E, NC 25th Regiment, Class 4, Sounds, Post Office Maxwell
Line 5, Adline Conner, Widow of J. Conner, Co. F, NC 62nd Regiment, Class 4, Died of (blank), Post Office Bear Wallow
Line 7, Mary A. Conner, Widow of McCoy Conner, Co. A, NC 25th Regiment, Class 4, Died of Disease, Post Office Bear Wallow
Line 8, Harriet Conner, Widow of W.A. Conner, Co. A, NC 25th Regiment, Class 4, Died of Disease, Post Office Bear Wallow
The French Broad Hustler, 10/11/1906, Image 8, "Confederate Pensioners of Henderson Co." Confederate Pensioners of Henderson Co.
What the State Democracy is Doing for Heroes of the Lost Cause and Surviving Widows in this Immediate Section
$3,242.00 Now Annually Distributed Here
114 Soldiers and 57 Widows the Beneficiaries of a Great State's Generocity, Complete List on File in Office of the State Auditor; Many Republicans Among the Number
14, Jonathon Conner, Co. F, NC 62nd, Class 4, Died of Disease, Post Office Bat Cave
19, I.W. Conner, Co. E, NC 25th, Class 4, Wounds, Post Office Maxwell
6, Adline Conner, Widow of J. Conner, Co. F, NC 62nd, Post Office Bear Wallow
8, Mary A. Conner, Widow of McCoy Conner, Co. A, NC 25th, Died of Disease, Post Office Bear Wallow
9, Harriett Conner, Widow of W.A. Conner, Co. A, NC 25th, Died of Disease, Post Office Bear Wallow
29, R.M. Garren, Widow of A.W. Conner, Co. H. NC 25th, Post Office Fletcher
1870 U.S. Census of Fairview Township #7, Asheville, Buncombe County, NC, Roll M593-1125, Pg 161, Image 326, Ancestry.com, Lines 34-38, Dwelling 21, Family 21, "Mary Conner"
Mary Conner, 36 yrs old (DOB 1834), F(emale), W(hite), Keeping House, $0 Real Estate Value, $0 Personal Estate Value, Born in NC
Louise Conner, 13 yrs old (DOB 1857), F, W, At Home, Born in NC
Washington Conner, 10 yrs old (DOB 1860), M, W, At Home, Born in NC
William Conner, 8 yrs old (DOB 1862), M, W, At Home, Born in NC
Eli Conner, 4 yrs old (DOB 1866), M, W, At Home, Born in NC
1880 U.S. Census of Edneyville, Henderson County, NC, Roll T9_967, Family History Film 1254967, Pg 237.4000; ED 95, Image 0468, Ancestry.com, House #14350987, "Mary Cormer" (sic, should be Mary Conner), Ancestry.com had her indexed but the "original image" attached to the record was incorrect. I had to go to HeritageQuest.com and found her there at Series T9, Roll 967, Pg 239, ED 95, Lines 24-26 (all the same references as Ancestry.com but the wrong original image attached to that reference)
Mary Cormer (sic, should be Mary Conner), F(emale), W(hite), 44 yrs old (DOB 1836), Widowed, Keeping House, Born in NC, Father born in NC, Mother born in NC
Lou M. Cormer (sic, Minerva Louisa Conner), F, W, 21 yrs old (DOB 1859), Daughter, Single, Born in NC, Father born in NC, Mother born in NC
Eli Cormer (sic, Eli Conner), M, W, 13 yrs old (DOB 1867), Son, Farm hand, Attends school, Born in NC, Father born in NC, Mother born in NC
1900 U.S. Census of Fairview, Buncombe County, NC, Roll T623_1184, Pg 4B, ED 144, Ancestry.com, Lines 85-90, Dwelling 78, Family 72, "Elie Conner" (sic)
Elie Conner (sic, should be Eli), Head, W(hite), M(ale), Born June 1867, 32 yrs old, Married 1 yrs, Born in NC, Father born in NC, Mother born in NC, Farmer, Can read & write, Rents farm
Karthula T. Conner (sic, should be Darthula T. Conner), Wife, W, F, Born Dec, 1885, 26 yrs old, Married 1 yrs, 0 children, Born in NC, Father born in NC, Mother born in NC
Maud L. Conner, Daughter, W, F, Born Sept, 1892, 8 yrs old, Born in NC, Father born in NC, Mother born in NC
Jeray Conner (sic, should be Leroy), Son, W, M, Born Jan, 1893, 7 yrs old, born in NC, Father born in NC, Mother born in NC
Hector E. Conner (sic, Doctor E. Conner) Son, W, M, Born June, 1897, 2 yrs old, Born in NC, Father born in NC, Mother born in NC
Mary A. Conner, Mother, W, F, Born unknown, unknown age, Widow, 1 child, 1 still living, Born in NC, Father born in NC, Mother born in NC
Mary Conner died between 1906-1910. She was not in the 1910 U.S. Census. She is buried at Bear Wallow Baptist Cemetery, 194 Bear Wallow Road, Gerton, Henderson County, NC Latitude: 35° 28' 51.19" N , Longitude: 82° 21' 2.81" W (35.480885 , -82.350781).
For more on Erwin McCoy Conner and Mary A. Rhodes/Williams, see Part I.