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2015 Reunion
08-13-2015, 06:57 PM
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2015 Reunion
A gathering of the family’s to preserve family history
By Donald N. Conoly
In "Virginia Valley Records", by John W. Wayland, pub. BGFCo., 1965, p. 224, it states that the name Connelly/Conoley was descended from Mileseus, King of Spain, through his son Heremon. The founder of the family was Eogan, ancestor of the Northern Hy Nials, the son of Neal-of-Nine-Hostages, King of Ireland, 379 A.D. The ancient name was Conally and signifies "a light". The possessions of the Clan were located in the present counties of Galway, Meath, and Donnegal. The Connelly’s were also Chiefs in Fermanagh.
The spelling on the name has had many variants Conally, Conley, Conoly, Conoley, Connelly, Connolly etc. The Conoly, Conoley, etc. family has been gathering each year for the past fifty five years. The idea of a clan gathering was started by the late John Duncan McMillan a business owner of Raeford. They are descendants of a Scotsman Daniel Conley and Nancy Campbell.
Daniel Conley (1768-1849) and wife, Nancy Campbell (1770-1851) were natives of Scotland, where they were born, reared and married on 23 June 1792 at Bowmore Parish (now Kilarrow), Isle of Islay. A few days after the marriage they left their native country for the United States, settling in the Cape Fear River basin of Robeson Co., NC with a Scotch colony, with which he came to this country, and spent the rest of their lives in Robeson County. He was an educated farmer and landowner in the Lumber Bridge/Shannon area. Their family consisted of six sons and four daughters. Elements of the family moved to lower Georgia, Alabama, and Texas. Some of the descendants became quite prominent.
The clan gathering draws family from afar. Family members from South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, Tennessee, Florida, Texas, California, Kentucky, Kansas, Missouri and South Dakota have attended in the past. Are you family or friend? If you think you might be a descendant of Daniel Conley and Nancy Campbell you are welcome to attend the gathering. Some family names include: Blue, Brown, Caldwell, Carlisle, Cobb, Conoley, Conoly, Currie, Elliott, Fiveash, Galbreath, Hodgin, Holland, Humphrey, Johnson, Jones, Laughlin, Livingston, Mathews, McBryde, McDonald, McDougald, McEachern, McIntyre, McLauchlin, McLean, McMillan, McNeill, McPhail, McPhaul, Melvin, Moffitt, Monroe, Nye, Parker, Patterson, Prevatte, Scott, Sinclair, Stiles, Sumner, Thompson, Wallace, Williams, Wood and over 1200 other surnames. All are invited to attend.
This year the 55th gathering will be held during the North Carolina Turkey Festival in Raeford, NC. The Festival includes food, crafts, bands, parades, and other events, as there is much to see and be a part of. Visit the website for more information on the events at On Saturday September 19th 2015, a cook out will be held at the Raeford-Hoke Museum 5:00-7:00 pm. On Sunday September 20th, 2015 at Antioch Presbyterian Church services will be followed by a meeting and covered dish lunch provided by attendees.
On the Saturday, September 19th, 2015, from 1pm-4pm before the cook out, Don Conoly, the family historian will be taking those interested on a tour of the area. We will meet on the Court House steps on Main Street at 1pm. Then we will go to old home sites, gravesites, and discuss the history of the families and the area. It will be a transition back in time, bring your camera to take back memories. He has written two books on the family history during over forty years of research. Ask him about them.
Contact for details or questions: or Don Conoly (336) 483-6858.
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