Birth: August 4, 1832
Death: January 5, 1911
Extracted partly from: Memorial and Biographical History of Navarro, Henderson, Anderson, Limestone, Freestone, and Leon Counties, Texas - Illustrated - Chicago: "The Lewis Publishing Company, 1893.
Civil War Veteran
An early settler and honored citizen of Navarro County, the son of Thomas Conner.
Edward Conner mother was Rosanna Parkinson Conner, she was a daughter of Colonel D. M. Parkinson. Her mother was a full cousin of Wade Hampton. Edward was born in Illinois in 1832, and came with his parents to Texas in 1856.
He was engaged in blacksmithing in connection with farming 18--, but since that time has given his attention exclusively to agricultural pursuits. He located where he now lives in 1866. In 1862, he enlisted in the Confederate service in Comapny F, Morgan's battalion, and served to the close of the struggle. The subject of this sketch was thrown upon his own resources when young, with no financial assistance, but by economy and good management has acquired a competency, now being the owner of 190 acres of land, aside from 160 acres which he has given his children. He is truly devoted to his home and the general interest of his county, is a man of good information, and for some time occupied the position of Lecturer and President of the Alliance. In 1855
Mr. Conner married Miss Mary Diamond, a daughter of Samuel and Catherine (Jones) Diamond. Mrs. Conner was a devoted member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and her death occurred in 1863. To this union were born four children: Rosanna, Samuel, Lucy and Eliza, all now deceased. Lucy was the wife of John T. Bragg, a sketch of whom is given. Our subject was again married, in 1868, to Mrs. Sharp, a daughter of David and Mary (Dew) Cockrell, natives respectively of North Carolina and Tennessee. The father was a son of -- and Elizabeth (Pillar) Cockrell, and the mother was a sister of "Billy" Pillar, who gained notoriety in the Seminole war of Florida and also in the war of 1812. She was an aunt of General Pillar. Mr. and Mrs. Conner have had eight children, viz.: Anna, wife of J. H. Garner, of Navarro County; Elizabeth and Edward, deceased, Louisa, at home; Orlena, deceased in infancy; Matilda and Thomas, twins, the later deceased and the former at home; and Nathaniel. In his political views, our subject is independent. Before the war he served three years as Bailiff, and has also held the positions of Assessor and Collector. He has been a member of the I.O.O.F. since twenty-two years of age, and also affiliates with the Masonic order.
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