County Westmeath, Ireland
|Death: ||Apr. 22, 1807|
Birth: 1718 in , , Maryland
•Death: 22 Apr 1807 in Mt. Clemens, Macomb, Michigan
Note: Richard bought Margaret Boyer for $200 from the Shawnee Indians. The Indians were to get the first born. When James was born, he was delivered to the Indians. Richard's father died in 1721. Two uncles, John and William immigrated to the U.S. from Ireland with his father.
Richard and Henry Connor
None of us all remained behind," says Zeisberger, "save Conner's family, who himself knew not whether to go nor what to do." He was the sole Moravian layman who had been allowed to settle there. Richard Conner (originally O'Conner) was a native of Ireland, but had migrated from Maryland to the wilderness west and married a white girl who had been a captive among the Shawanese. After Lord Dunmore's campaign against the Ohio Indians (1764), they settled in Pittsburg, but went to the Moravian town of Schonbrunn to seek their son, who was now himself a captive. Here they so commended themselves that, against Moravian usage, they were permitted to remain. June 14, 1782, they followed the missionaries to Detroit in a ship from Sandusky "on account of the unrest caused by war," but did not go to the mission till the last of March, 1783. The rest of Conner's life was spent at the Moravian site, where he died April 17, 1808. He left four sons, James, John, William, and Henry, who became somewhat notable in the pioneer days of eastern Michigan, and are well remembered by a few of the old citizens of Detroit. The last named, called Wah-be-sken-dip by the Indians, was renowned for his great strength, and was a superior interpreter and trader among the savages. He fought with Harrison in the battle of the Thames, and was present at the death of Tecumseh. Richard Conner's only daughter, Susanna, was born at the mission Dec. 16, 1837, the first child of white parents born within the limits of the present Macomb county. She married the late Judge Elisha Harrington, whose farm covered the site of the old mission. A part of the tract was subdivided in 1837, during the internal improvement mania, to form the village at the beginning of the, Clinton & Kalamazoo canal, at first called Casino, but later known as Frederick. A few ruinous houses are all that now remain of it.--Detroit Tribune.
ELISHA HARRINGTON (1776-1848)
Born in Massachusetts; came to Macomb County in 1806. Married Susanna, (d.1849) daughter of
Richard and Margaret Conner. Settled at the site known as the Moravian Mission and later known as
the town of Frederick. His home still stands on the site.
RICHARD CONNER (CONNOR) (ca.1719-1808)
Born in Maryland; settled as a neighbor of the Indians in 1813. Married Margaret (Bovier) (Bauer)
(d.1913). Seems to have lived with William Tucker. Margaret was captured by Indians at the age of 4.
Conner bought her from them. As a part of the bargain, Conner was to give to the Indians, James, their
first born son, and James was later redeemed by Richard. Their daughter, Susanna, was the first born
white child of English speaking parents born in Macomb County.
Conner's remains were moved to
Clinton Grove Cemetery by a member of the Harrington family after the establishment of the cemetery.
The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Piety Hill Chapter, Birmingham,
Michigan, installed the historic plaque in his honor. The family has the earliest marker (1808) in the
...my 4th Great Grandfather...
Margaret Boyer Conner (1750 - 1813)*
William H Conner (1777 - 1855)*
Clinton Grove Cemetery
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Record added: Mar 14, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 66921267
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Sue Conner-Massey, from Indiana
Added: Oct. 26, 2014
Richard Conner, or O'Conner, father of William H. Conner. The following is a small bio. of him. It can be found on "Wikipecia"William Conner (December 10, 1777 – August 28, 1855) was an American trader, interpreter, scout, community leader, entrepreneur, ...(Read more)|
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