I am looking for the family of Elisha - Elijah - Elicia (Conley - Connelley - Coney - Cannelly - Connelly - Conly). It seems that his name changed with each census or document. I am unable to find any information prior to 1880. I have not been able to find any siblings or parents for him. By census reports he had at least 3 wives. In 1880 he was married to Nancy unknown. In 1900 he is married to an 18 year old named Amelia Connelly. Between those 2 wives, he married Matilda Jane Leggate (Leggett). Jane was my great-grandmother. MATHILDA JANE LEGGETT DOB - 22 Dec 1881 in Saint Landry Parish, Louisiana, daughter of LLEWELLYN LEGGETT and SAMANTHA SIMMONS. She died 1897 in Beaver Creek, Louisiana.
Depending on which census you believe, Elisha was born either in 1855 or 1847. He may have had 2 son's named after him or they listed the same son with different dates of birth. He has Elijah/Elisha Lucien born in either 1877 or 1883 or they are 2 different sons.
The children are:
DORA2 CONLEY, b. 1874, Louisiana.
ELISHA LUCIEN CONLEY, b. 01 Oct 1883, Louisiana; d. 25 Feb 1963, Orange, Texas.
ELIJAH2 CONLEY, b. 1877, Louisiana.
IDA ISBELLE CONLEY, b. 01 Nov 1887, Louisiana; d. 20 Sep 1974, Louisiana.
WILLIAM CONLEY, b. 07 May 1891, Oakdale, Allen Parish, Louisiana; d. 09 May 1994, Glenmora, Louisiana.
ALLAN CONLEY, b. 1892, Louisiana; d. New Orleans, Louisiana; m. MAE CATON.
HENRY CLEVELAND CONLEY, b. 02 Feb 1896, Beaver Creek, Louisiana; d. 31 Jan 1937, Alexandria, Louisiana Rapids Parish. He is called Cleveland. MY GRANDFATHER.
GROVER CLEVELAND CONLEY, b. 28 Jun 1909, Louisiana; d. 05 May 1985, Fresno, California.
LITTLE M CONLEY, b. 1894, Louisiana. Unclear on who this is.
My parent’s told me that Henry’s siblings are, “Kate, Leggy, Lize, Edward Albert, Bill, Bud, Allen, Ida, Dora, tinny, Henry, half brother Grover.”
If this is familiar to anyone? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
CENSUS AND OTHER DOCUMENTS
1880 Census Place: 6th Ward, St. Landry, Louisiana
Source: FHL Film 1254470 National Archives Film T9-0470 Page 383D
Relation Sex Marr Race Age Birthplace
Elisha CONLY Self M M W 25 LA Fa: LA Mo: LA
Occ: Works At Sawmill
Nancy CONLY Wife F M W 24 LA Fa: LA Mo: LA
Occ: Keeping House
Dora CONLY Dau F S W 6 LA Fa: LA Mo: LA
Elijah CONLY Son M S W 3 LA Fa: LA Mo: LA
1900 Census Ward 6, Rapides Parish, Calcasieu V.34, ED. 131, Sht 3 Line 5
Elijah Connelly age 53 b. 1847
Amelia Connelly age 18 (Wife)
Allen Connelly age 8
Little M age 6 (Who is Little M?)
Cleveland age 4
1900 United States Federal Census
about Elijah Cannelly
Name: Elijah Cannelly
Home in 1900: Calcasieu, Rapides, Louisiana
Estimated birth year: abt 1847
Relationship to head-of-house: Head
Spouse's name: Amelia
Occupation: View image
Neighbors: View others on page
Elijah Cannelly 53
Amelia Cannelly 18
Allen Cannelly 8
Little M Cannelly 6 (unknown who this is)
Cleveland Cannelly 4
1910 United States Federal Census
about Elicia Conley
Name: Elicia Conley
Age in 1910: 57
Estimated birth year: abt 1853
Relation to Head of House: Head
Mother's Birth Place: Louisiana
Spouse's name: Weltham
Home in 1910: Pitkin Ward 5, Vernon, Louisiana
Marital Status: Married
Elicia Conley 57
Weltham Conley 30 (Is this the 3rd wife)
Grover Conley 7/12 (This grover is older than our grover)
Louisiana Land Records
about Elisha Conley
Name: Elisha Conley
Land Office: NATCHITOCHES
Sequence #: 1
Document Number: 3626
Total Acres: 120.36
Misc. Doc. Nr.: 8319
Canceled Document: No
Issue Date: 27 May 1901
Mineral Rights Reserved: No
Metes and Bounds: No
Statutory Reference: 12 Stat. 392
Multiple Warantee Names: No
Act or Treaty: May 20, 1862
Multiple Patentee Names: No
Entry Classification: Homestead Entry Original
1 W½NW LOUISIANA No 1 N 4 W 3
2 NWSW LOUISIANA No 1 N 4 W 3
STATE OF LOUISIANA, PARISH OF ST. LANDRY
To any minister of the gospel of the Parish of St. Landry, Greetings:
You are hereby authorized and empowered to unite in the bonds of matrimony, according to law and established rules,
Mr. Elisha Connelley
and Miss Matilda Jane Leggate.
And when you shall have done do, that you make duplicate acts of the celebration thereof,
signed by yourself and three witnesses, as required by law, one which acts shall return within
thirty days to the office of (Cannot make out the name) in and for the Parish of St. Landry, together
with this license.
Given under my hand and seal of office, (cannot make out the name) Court, in and for
the Parish of St. Landry, the 22nd day of Dec 1881
No.__________ (Signed cannot make out signature)
STATE OF LOUISIANA, PARISH OF ST. LANDRY
KNOW ALL MEN BY THESE PRESENT. That we Elisha Connelley
.................as principal, and Nathan Enlich (I believe that is the name)
as security, are held and firmly bound unto the Governor of the State of Louisiana, in the sum of three
hundred dollars, for the payment of which we bind ourselves, our heirs, executors and administrators,
jointly and severally, by these present.
Dated at Opelousas, this 22nd day of Dec 1881
Whereas a license has been this day issued by the (cannot make out the title) of the
Court, in and for the Parish of St. Landry, to unite in the bonds of matrimony, the above bound
Elisha Connelley and Miss Matilda Jane Leggate
Now, therefore, the condition of the obligation is such, that if there should exist no legal
impediment to this alliance, then the above obligations to be null and void,else, to remain in full force and virtue.
Signed in the presence of Elisha his X mark Connelley
John Degurrie Nathan Enlich
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