I have been researching Dr. John Connolly, Jr.'s history with the objective of writing his biography for some four years now. John Connolly, Jr. was born at Wright's Ferry, York County, Pennsylvania in 1743 or 1744. His mother was Susannah Howard who was married three times: first to James Patterson, second to Thomas Ewing, and third to John Connolly, Sr., a retired surgeon in the British Army.
John Connally Sr., died in 1747, and Susannah died in 1755. Susannah named James Wright of Columbia, Penmnsylvania, guardian of John Connolly, Jr. in her will. John Connolley, Jr., was apprenticed to Dr. Cadwaller Evans of Philadelphia to stdy "physic". At some point in his studies he prevailed on his guardian to buy out the unexpired term of his apprenticehip so he could pursue a carreer as a soldier. He served in Martinque, and later with Boquet in Pontiac's rebellion. After this war, he became a trader in the Illinois Company and married Susan
Sometime during this imprisonment he ended his relationship with Susan Sample. A will, filed in Philadelphia, January 3, 1800, indicates that he probally married Sarah Francis (maiden name Sarah Mifflin) while imprisoned.
In London, he published a biography, presumedly to support his claims against the British government for property lost as a result of his service to the Crown. Included in this was a claim for 2000 acres at the present site of downtown Louisville. The Crown paid him a fraction of what he requested.
He returned to the New World, settling in Detroit, where he continued intermittant espionage work in behalf of the British. Later he moved to Montreal. Here he married for a third time. He died January 30, 1813, in Montreal.
With John Connolly almost anything is possible so perhaps there is a wife I have not identified so I do not dispute the relationship you suggest with Sarah Wilson. The John Connely you identified as having died in Wilkes County is not, however, Dr. John Connolly. More likely, he is a reelative (maybe Brother or cousin)of the famous Captain Henry Connelly who lived in Wilkes County at that time. Since Captain Henry is a relative of mine, I would deeply appreciate any addtitional information you may have about your John Connelly.
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