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CORA ALICE CONNER was Gene's grandmother. She was born 1892 at Brumley, Missouri and was the daughter of Amanda Clementine Martin and Walter Pleasant Conner. Cora married William Jackson Carroll in 1908 and they would become the parents of 15 children, some of whom died in infancy. Cora died in 1943 at Barnett, Missouri.
WALTER PLEASANT CONNER (pictured at right)was born 10 July 1861 at Bagnell, Missouri. He was the son of Amy McComb and Walter T. Conner. In 1888 Walter married his second cousin, Amanda Clementine Martin. They became the parents of seven children: Cora Alice (who married Wm. Carroll), Effie, Oma, Edith, Ed, Walter, & Autman. Walter(Sr.) died in 1945 in Kansas City, Missouri.
WALTER T. CONNER was born circa 1826 in Missouri. He was the son of Margaret Elizabeth Hines and John Conner. In 1844 in Miller County, Missouri Walter married Amy McComb. They had eight children: John L., William H., Jacob F., Sarah J., James T., David W., Mason M., & Walter Pleasant. Walter T. died in 1898 and is buried in Freedom Cemetery, Camden County, Missouri.
JOHN CONNER was born 1792/93 in Georgia. He was the son of Martha and Martin Conner. In 1824 in Cole County, Missouri John married Margaret Elizabeth HINES who was the daughter of Jacob HINES. John and Margaret became the parents of eight children: Sarah K., Walter T., Pleasant, Martha, Lucy, Susan, Elmina, & Martin. John died circa 1855 in Missouri. The famous Missouri outlaw, Jesse James, was also a HINES descendant so there is a good possibility that Gene Carroll is a blood relative of Jesse James. (Gene Carroll is also related to Jesse Jame by marriage. See Carroll surname for more information.)
MARTIN CONNER - Early information that I acquired from various Conner researchers many years ago indicated that Martin Conner was born in Ireland. It was said that he came to the United States in 1775 to fight in the American Revolution. He supposedly served under Gen. Lafayette. However I have recently been informed by another Conner researcher that Martin may have been born in Georgia so the previous information may not be entirely accurate. More research will be needed to verify.
The deposition of Magnus Tullock of Blount County Tennessee in 1832 regarding his service in the Revolutionary War mentions a Capt. Martin Coner:
At one time the name Conner is believed to have been spelled O'Conner. Martin's wife's name was Martha, maiden name unkown.
Martha and Martin were the parents of eleven children:
Martin Conner died in 1825 in Cooper County, Missouri.
DENNIS CONNER was born 1805 in Georgia and was the son of Martha and Martin Conner. Dennis was married to Susannah BERGER in 1830. They were the parents of eight children: Martha Ann, Joseph, Susan, Mary Elizabeth*, James, John, Josiah, Sabina. Susannah lived to be 102 - 105 years old. She was born in 1810 in Tennessee and died in 1912 or 1915 at Blue Springs, Miller County, Missouri. Dennis died in 1875 at Blue Springs, Miller County, Missouri.
MARY ELIZABETH CONNER was born 1839 and was the daughter of Susannah Berger and Dennis Conner. In 1856 she married Thomas W. Martin. Mary died in 1869 in Miller County, Missouri.
AMANDA CLEMENTINE MARTIN was born 1866 in Missouri. In 1888 she married her second cousin Walter Pleasant Conner. Amanda died in 1918 in Miller County, Missouri.
Susannah BERGER/ BURGER
According to Ancestry.com the Berger/Burger line is as follows:
John George BURGER
KATHERINE SHAW McCOMB was the mother of four sons who were born in Rocaven, Balanacard, Antrim, Ireland at the foot of Slemish Mountain. They were cousins of Alexander McComb who was in the United States Army.
Jacob Shaw McComb was born in 1774. He arrived in the United States in 1798. He was married to Sarah "Sally" Evans in 1800. They became the parents of 13 children. Jacob died in 1865 in Elmont, Texas, U.S.A.at the age of 91.
William McComb was born in Antrim, Ireland. He is believed to have married a woman who was from Georgia, U.S.A. & they had eleven children. William is supposed to have died in Knox County, Tennessee.
James McComb - nothing known about him at this time.
Thomas McComb died in Scotland.
JAMES WILLIAM McCOMB SR. was born 1792 in Knox County, Tennesse and was the son of William McComb. James married Elizabeth "Betsy" LEWIS in 1816 in Knox County. She was from Alabama. James and Elizabeth became the parents of ten children: William, Charles, Mary, Amy, Jacob, John, James, Jane, Elizabeth, David. James (Sr.) died in Morgan County, Missouri in 1837. He is buried on the Burnette Conner farm at Bagnell.
AMY E. McCOMB was born 1826 in Knox County, Tennessee. She was the daughter of Elizabeth Lewis and James McComb, Sr. Amy married Walter T. Conner in 1844 in Miller County, Missouri. They became the parents of eight children. Amy died in 1916 and is buried in Freedom Cemetery, Camden, Missouri.
GENE CARROLL RECEIVES MEMBERSHIP
By: Esther M. Ziock Carroll
Washington County resident, Willard Eugene Carroll, Potosi, recently received (1989) membership in the Civil War organizations of The Sons of Confederate Veterans and The Military Order of the Stars and Bars.
To be eligible for membership a person must be a lineal or collateral descendant of a Civil War ancestor who served with the Confederate Army and for the Military Order of the Stars and Bars descendancy must be from an officer. Carroll met these requirements through his collateral descendancy from Dr. James McComb, his great, great, great uncle, a resident of Laclede County, Missouri.
When the Civil War broke out in 1861 Dr. McComb, being a southern sympathizer, was driven from home when a neighbor came by one evening about sunset and informed him that he had heard orders given that Dr. McComb would be shot on sight and he must make his escape. Dr. McComb left and in a few days was appointed Assistant Regimental Surgeon in Gen. Parson's division of Gen. Price's Army. He was permitted to return home on the 2nd of May, 1862 having found the report that drove him away to be untrue.
He returned to his beloved wife and family and established a successful and prominent medical practice in Lebanon, Missouri. He was a typical old-fashioned family doctor in the days when they still made house calls. During his life he was a member of the Laclede County Medical Association, served one year as Vice President of the State Medical Association and was President of the United States Board of Medical Examiners and Pensions for several years. He was also local surgeon for Frisco Railroad and held other positions of trust and honor. Dr. McComb died on March 6th, 1926 at the age of 93 years.
CAPTAIN JOHN McCOMB was born in 1829. During the Civil War he served with the Confederate Army. He was killed in the battle of Lone Jack, Missouri in 1862. He is listed on Missouri's Confederate Roll of Honor.
Sources: Eva Lou Farnham, Martha Carroll Fenimore, Peggy Gregory; Ancestry.com;