Hi! I'm hoping someone here can help me link together what I think are the same family.
My great-great-great grandfather, John Y. Comley, was born in 1832 in Lower Mount Bethel Township in Northampton County, Pa. The records all have his name spelled differently (Connley on 1850 Census, Comleu on 1866 IRS form, Conley on 1870 Census). I have found records of his family -- father William and mother Mary and nine siblings on the 1850 census. After this, the family is nowhere to be found in Northampton County.
However, I have found a William and Mary Conly who first appear on the 1860 census in Monroe Township, Snyder County, Pa. John Y. and his brother Thomas are not there, however, but all the rest of siblings are there (with nearly exact years) plus four new siblings. Could it be possible that between 1850 and 1860, this family moved 120 miles from Norhampton County to Snyder County? John Y. looks like he stopped halfway there, settling in Mahanoy Township, Schuylkill County, by 1866, where all my relatives descend from.
I just need that one elusive piece of information to confirm that these two families are the same. No records I have found will state that the Snyder County Conleys were actually born there, so I'm hopeful that they are in fact the same family
Here's a breakdown of the family with names and birth years as seen on the 1850 Census in Northampton County and the 1860 Census in Snyder County. What do you think?
Father: William Connley, born abt. 1803 (1850 Cen.) and abt. 1812 (1860 Cen.)
Mother: Mary Connley, born abt. 1809 (1850) and 1812 (1860)
-- Thomas Connley, born abt. 1831, only appears in 1850
-- John Connley, born abt. 1832, only appears in 1850, later shows up in Schuylkill County in 1866
-- William Connley, born abt. 1834 (1850) and abt. 1844 (1860)
-- Elizabeth/Elsie/Ellesy Connley, born abt. 1837 (1850) and abt. 1834 (1860)
-- Susan Connley, born abt. 1839 (1850) and abt. 1838 (1860)
-- Hannah Connley, born abt. 1840, only appears on 1850 Census
-- Amanda Connley, born abt. 1842 (1850) and abt. 1845 (1860)
-- Frederick Connley, born abt. 1845 (1850) and abt. 1846 (1860)
-- Jeremiah Connley, born abt. 1847 (1850) and abt. 1848 (1860)
-- George E. Connley, born abt. 1849 (1850) and abt. 1850 (1860)
-- Catharine Conly, born abt. 1851, on 1860 Census only
-- Sophia Conly, born abt. 1853, on 1860 Census only
-- Clara Conly, born abt. 1855, on 1860 Census only
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