Samuel Elonzo Connell
was born dune 14, 1866 in Shelby County, Texas, the son of John William Connell and his first wife, Mary Elizabeth (Hickerson) Connell. John William Connell was born May 1, 1821, in Pike County, Georgia. He moved to Shelby County, Texas in 1848 and died there September 1907. His grandfather emigrated to America from Ireland, the name being originally "O’Connell". Mary Elizabeth Hickerson was born in Pike County, Georgia July 23, 1828. She died in Shelby County, Texas, August 1869.
Samuel Elonzo Connell came to Nevada County, Arkansas, November 16, 1885. He was married near Prescott, December 24, 1891, to Docia Ward (b. Sept 2, 1869) daughter of John W. Ward and his wife, Amedis (Stone) Ward. The Wards came to Arkansas from Minden, Louisiana and the Stones refugeed here from Kentucky some time during the Civil War.
S.E. Connell is a successful farmer. He has always been actively interested in the politics of his county. He was a member of the Populist (or People's) Party, casting his first vote with that, organization. After the dismemberment of that party, he affiliated with the Socialists for several years. In 1929, he was elected by the Democrats to represent Nevada County in the Arkansas state Legislature.
Mr. Connell has been a member of the Church of Christ for the past 20 years. His wife is also a member of that church.
Nine children were born to Samuel Connell and his wife, Docia (Ward) Connell. They are:
Mattie who married J.H. Ellis
Allen who married Winnie Butcher
Tommie Marie who married Jesse Smith
Carl who is single
John who was killed in Terra Rouge Bottom by a falling tree in 1917.
The remaining four children died in infancy.
Date for this sketch were given me Oct. 1939 by the Subject. He died November 24, 1939, at his home in the Hickory Grove Community. Buried At Midway on the Blevins Pike.
More InformationHere is a web page with more information:
https://www.depotmuseum.org/images/Nevada_County_Personal_Histories.pdf (click link to open in a new window).