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Re: Info on Patrick Connell 1860's Hampton, CT
Posted by: David Boylan (ID *****3424) Date: May 25, 2008 at 08:14:49
In Reply to: Info on Patrick Connell 1860's Hampton, CT by Thomas Thatcher of 584

Hello Thomas,

Have you obtained the death records of Patrick Connell and his wife Ellen Kelly?, as their death records may possibly tell you where they were born in Ireland. Patrick's death record may also provide you wth the names of his parents.

Even the name of their county or counties of birth would be a help in your search for their origins in Ireland.

There's no guarantee however, the death records would give you this information, but may only state "Ireland" as a place of birth. It's also possible the death records may not give the names of their parents at all, but it would be worth the time and small expense to obtain these records, if you haven't already done so.

In additon, have you obtaind the death and birth records of the 10 Connell children? The death and birth records of the Connell children could provide at least a county of birth in Ireland for their father Patrick and mother Ellen.

Of course, you would have to know where and when each of the Connell children died in order to obtain their death records.

But, the Latter Day Saints (LDS) have filmed the birth records for Hampton, Windham County, CT for the years 1838-1901. The births of the Connell children will likely be on this film. The film also includes marriages and deaths, which means if Patrick and Ellen were married in Hampton, their marriage could have been recorded as well.

Information and microfilm number for the Hampton vital records follows:

Records of births, marriages, and deaths, 1838-1901
Authors Hampton (Connecticut). Town Clerk


Film: 1450841 Items 3-4

Order microfilm number 1450841 from your local Family History Center to view the Hampton vital records of births, marriages, and deaths.

Concerning other records, I found Patrick, Ellen, and three of their children in the 1870 census for Hampton, which shows that Patrick held real estate to the value of $300.

The 1870 census, which comes from the subscription website, follows:

1870 United States Federal Census

Hampton, Windham, Connecticut

Enumerated by me of the 17th day of June, 1870, R.P. Peck, Ass't Marshal

Post Office: Hampton

Name, Age, Sex, Color, Occupation, Value of Real Estate, Vlaue of Personal Estate, Where Born, Father of Foreign Birth, Mother of Foreign Birth, If Born Within the Year State Month, Attended School Within the Year, Cannot Read, Cannot Write, Male Citizen of U.S.

Patrick Connell, 35, Male, White, Works on Railroad, $300, $0, Ireland, Parents Foreign Born, Cannot Write
Ellen Connell, 27, Female, White, Ireland, Parents Forein Born, Cannot Read, Cannot Write
James Connell, 5, Male, White, Connecticut, Parents Foreign Born, Attended School Withn the Year,
Mary Connell, 3, Female, White, Connecticut, Parents Foreign Born
Ellen T Connell, 7/12, Female, White, Connecticut, Parents Foreign Born, Born November

Patrick may have purchased land in Hampton during the time he and his wife and children lived there.

The LDS have filmed land record indexes and land records for Hampton during the time period the Connell family lived there.

The indexes are on one film, while the land records are on two films, one of which covers the years 1854-1881, and the other 1874-1898.

While land records may not tell you where Patrick and Ellen were born, they may give you information about the family in Hampton that you were unaware of.

Information and film numbers follow:

Land records, 1786-1907; general index, 1786-1930
Authors Hampton (Connecticut). Town Clerk (Main Author)

Notes Microfilm of original records in the Town Hall, Hampton, Connecticut.

Additional indexes within most volumes.

General index to v. B-S (surnames A-M) 1786-1930 FHL US/CAN Film 1450879

Land records, v. K-M(p.250) 1854-1881 FHL US/CAN Film 1450880 Items 2-4

Land records, v. M(p.250)-O(p.251) 1874-1898 FHL US/CAN Film 1450881

The Hampton indexes are on microfilm number 1450879, while the land records are on films 1450880 and 1450881 respectively.


You didn't mention the religious denomination of Patrick, Ellen and the children, but if they belonged to the Roman Catholic Church, there may be baptism records for the younger children, as a Catholic Church was established in Hampton in 1877. However, before 1877, Catholics met in private homes in Hampton with Mass said by priests from other areas of Connecticut and Massachusetts.

The Catholic Church in Hampton is Our Lady of Lourdes Church, located on Cedar Swamp Road.

I don't know if baptism and marriage records were kept by Hampton Catholics before 1877, but you can write to the church and ask, and also enquire if there are baptism records for the children of Patrick and Ellen Connell.

If church records were kept before 1877, and if Patrick and Ellen were living in Hampton when they were married, there may also be a marriage record for them.

Catholic Church registers of baptism and marriage in America do not traditionally give the foreign-born birthplace of the communicants, but if you do not have at least the baptism records of the Connell children, you can write to Our Lady of Lourdes to see if they exist, as these records would be a valuable part of your genealogical record.

The address and phone number for Our Lady of Lourdes is:

Our Lady of Lourdes Church
41 Cedar Swamp Rd
Hampton, CT 06247

(860) 455-9897

You can read a very intersting history of Our Lady of Lourdes Church from a booklet prepared in 2002 for the 125th anniversary of the church at the following website:

More information about Hampton, CT and the Catholic Church there can be found in Richard M. Bayles's, "History of Windham County, Connecticut," published by W.W. Preston in 1889. This history can be found at:

Below is an excerpt about the Hampton Catholic Church from Bayles's:

"A large and handsome Roman Catholic church occupies a commanding position on the crown of the " Hill." It was built in the fall of 1877, and finished in the following spring. An acre of ground was given them for its site by Hon. E. S. Cleveland.

The cost of the building was about $4,000. At the time the church was built there were thirty-four families belonging to it. They have lost six families by removals to localities more favorable to the employment of younger members in factories.

For a time there was a resident priest, but services are now conducted on alternate Sundays by the priest from Danielsonville.
No cemetery has as yet been established here by the sect."

You can veiw thumbnail photos of landmarks in Hampton, including the church door for Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, the Congregational Church, post office, town hall, general store, Fletcher Memorial Library, and gravestones at Jerry Dougherty's Connecticut at:

The thumbnail photos at this website can be enlarged for easier viewing.

Next is the 1880 census for Patrick, Ellen, and seven of their children, including your great grandfather, 4 year old Patrick, living in Hampton, CT:


Name, Relation, Marital Status, Gender, Race, Age, Birthplace, Occupation, Father's Birthplace, Mother's Birthplace

Patrick CONNELL Self M Male W 48 IRE Farmer IRE IRE
Ellen CONNELL Wife M Female W 38 IRE Keeping House IRE IRE
James CONNELL Son S Male W 15 CT Laborer IRE IRE
Mary CONNELL Dau S Female W 13 CT At School IRE IRE
Ellen CONNELL Dau S Female W 10 CT At School IRE IRE
Sarah CONNELL Dau S Female W 5 CT IRE IRE
Patrick CONNELL Son S Male W 4 CT IRE IRE

Source Information:
Census Place Hampton, Windham, Connecticut
Family History Library Film 1254110
NA Film Number T9-0110
Page Number 685D

If Patrick became a citizen of the U.S., his naturalization records may give more information about where he came from in Ireland, though again there's no guarantee that his naturalization record will give an exact place of birth, that is, county, parish, or townland of his birth in Ireland.

But, Patrick's naturalization record would be worth obtaining as a family historical document, even if it doesn't tell you where he was born in Ireland.

Two of the major citizenship documents are "Declarations of Intention" and the Naturalization records themselves.

Declarations of Intention, also called "First Papers," are what a person filled out to start the naturalization process, and may include more information about an immigrant than the final naturalization record.

Because Patrick and his family had lived in Hampton, Windham County CT for several years, it is possible that he applied for citizenship while living there.

The LDS have filmed Declarations of Intention for Windham County for the years 1855-1892 on one microfilm reel, and Windham County naturalization records for much of the latter half of the 1800s on two microfilm reels.

Information and film numbers for these records follow:

Declarations of intentions, 1855-1906
Authors Connecticut. Superior Court (Windham County) (Main Author)
Connecticut. County Court (Windham County) (Added Author)

Notes Microfilm of original records in the Superior Court, Putnam, Connecticut.

Indexes are found within each volume.

Includes records of the County Court, 1855-1856.

Declarations of intentions 1855-1892 FHL US/CAN Film 1378200 Items 4-5

Naturalizations, 1855-1906
Authors Connecticut. Superior Court (Windham County) (Main Author)

Notes Microfilm of original records in the Superior Court, Putnam, Connecticut.

Indexes included within each volume.

Naturalizations, 1855-1863 FHL US/CAN Film 1378199 Item 1

Naturalizations, v. 3-4(p.1-427), 1866-1888 FHL US/CAN Film 1378199 Items 3 - 4

The Windham County Declarations of Intention can be found on LDS microfilm number 1378200. The naturalization records can be found on LDS film numbers 1378199 and 1378199 respectively.

Best of Luck with your research Thomas,

Dave Boylan

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