Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Elizabeth A. Conley and Sons

Elizabeth A.
Wife of
Neal Conley
Died June 9, 1879
57 yr's, 4 mo's, 12 D's

Buried in Smithland Cemetery, Smithland, Kentucky. Tombstone photographed 8 October 2014.

Elizabeth Blackstone married Neil [sic] Conley 15 December 1849 Livingston County, Kentucky.[1]  By 1860, Neil Conley had disappeared and Elizabeth was living in Smithland with their sons, Thomas M. and John D. Conley. [2] To date, no other record has been found for Neil Conley.

Thomas M. Conley is also buried in Smithland Cemetery.  John D. Conley was born 18 July 1854.[3]  He married Olive W. Reeves in 1880 Alexander County, Illinois[4] and was listed on the Alexander County census that year.  By  1905, John D. Conley had moved to Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota.  He continued to move across the country, finally ending up in Pierce County, Washington, where he was listed as a bartender in a saloon. [5] John D. Conley died 18 May 1915 Tacoma and was buried in Tacoma Cemetery.[6]

No additional information has been found on Elizabeth Blackstone Conley. She was definitely in Smithland in 1860, but does not appear on later census records.

[1] Joyce McCandless Woodyard. Livingston County, Kentucky Marriage Records Including Marriages of Freedmen, Vol. II (Aug 1839-Dec 1871), (Evansville, IN: Evansville Bindery, 1994), 59.
[2] 1860 Livingston County, Kentucky census, Roll M653-382, p. 285, Ancestry.com.  Elizabeth was age 36, born South Carolina.
[3] Kentucky Birth Records 1847-1911, Livingston County 1854, Jno. Dunn Conley, Ancestry.com.  Parents are listed as Neil Conley and Elizabeth Blackton.
[4] Illinois County Marriage Records 1800-1940, Alexander County 1880, Ancestry.com. The month and day are not given.
[5] 1910 Pierce County, Washington census, Tacoma Ward 6, Roll T624-1664, p. 5B, E.D. 274, Ancestry.com. He as born in Kentucky, his father was born in Ohio and his mother was born in South Carolina.
[6] Find A Grave Memorial #52815942, John D. Conley. His birth date is given as 18 July 1854.

Published 8 Jan 2019, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog, http://wkygenealogy.blogspot.com/

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