James Hoey Connor
James was an executive at the Union Pacific RR. He was the General Superintendent
of Motive Power. He retired from the UP in Sept. 1934.
James dictated a wonderful biography about his family and ancestors, written in 1942 right before his death. I know many family members, including myself, ended up with a copy. It was dictated to his daughter Eleanor, who was a secretary and typist. There seems to be some errors on it, but it was a great help while researching the Connor family.
It showed his name on the letter as James M. Connor. I have noticed that many records has his name James Hoey Connor. In this letter, he mentions that he saw his birth record while visiting in Ireland. I'm assuming that it showed "M". Also, knowing how the Catholic Irish named their children, rarely was any word other than a Christian name, used. In his later years, I know he preferred to go by James Hoey Connor. This is what is on his grave, at the Holy Sepulcher Cemetery, in Omaha, NE.
His dictation was filled with many facts and exact locations of where they lived in Ireland. I only can wish that all my great grandparents could have done the same as James Connor did.
As near as James could remember, he left Liverpool about October 8, 1882 and arrived in Castle Garden on October 22, 1882 with his sister ,Rose Connor.
According to Margaret Fangman, James came to US at about age 24.
In 1889 he lived at 2924 Indiana.
I visited Dromiskin, and Cullenstown, County Louth, Ireland on two occasions. I met a local historian that actually lived in Cullenstown named Alfie O'Rielly. Cullenstown is not on any maps. Like Kennystown, in County Wicklow, Ireland, it is a small townland, except Cullenstown resembles more of a village that Kennystown does because it has several houses all in a row, where in Kennystown, it is more of a rural settling.
Alfie showed me many of the old places, including where the Connors lived. The buildings are all gone now, but there are old foundations still visible right near a large cow pasture.
The old Darver Cemetery was a fun place to visit. Alfie transcribed all the grave stones there. Within this cemetery, it is believe that many Connors and many Hoeys are buried. Unfortunately, if the Connors are there, they are in unmarked graves, though I personally saw several members of the Hoey family there. The Cemetery has a mystical air about it. As I drove up, I saw the stone and gated cemetery with a large ruin of a church right in the middle. The day was gloomy and there were about 100 large ravens that made the cemetery its residence. Across the street was Darver Castle, were John Connor, James' father, once worked as a gardener.