20 and 21, 2014
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It's Our 54th Annual
Come Join Us!
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An Update from Don Conoly:
- July 28, 2014
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NEWS FLASH !!
A gathering of the family’s
to preserve family history
By Donald N. Conoly
The spelling on the name has had many variants Conally, Conley,
Conoly, Conoley, Connelly, Connolly etc. The Conoly, Conoley, etc.
family has been gathering each year for the past fifty four years.
The idea of a clan gathering was started by the late John Duncan
McMillan a business owner of Raeford. They are descendants of a Scotsman
Daniel Conley and Nancy Campbell.
Daniel Conley (1768-1849) and wife, Nancy Campbell (1770-1851) were
natives of Scotland, where they were born, reared and married on 23
June 1792 at Bowmore Parish (now Kilarrow), on the Isle of Islay. A
few days after the marriage they left their native country for the
United States, settling in the Cape Fear River basin of Robeson Co.,
NC with a Scotch colony, with which he came to this country, and
spent the rest of their lives in Robeson County. He was an educated
person, a farmer and landowner in the Lumber Bridge/Shannon area.
Their family consisted of six sons and four daughters. Elements of
the family moved to lower Georgia, Alabama, and Texas. Some of the
descendants became quite prominent.
The clan gathering draws family from afar. Family members from
South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, Tennessee, Florida, Texas,
California, Kentucky, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and South Dakota
have attended in the past. Are you family or friend? If you think you
might be a descendant of Daniel Conley and Nancy Campbell you are
welcome to attend the gathering. Some family names include: Blue,
Brown, Caldwell, Carlisle, Cobb, Conoley, Conoly, Currie, Elliott,
Fiveash, Galbreath, Hodgin, Holland, Humphrey, Johnson, Jones, Laughlin,
Livingston, Mathews, McBryde, McDonald, McDougald, McEachern,
McIntyre, McLauchlin, McLean, McMillan, McNeill, McPhail, McPhaul,
Melvin, Moffitt, Monroe, Nye, Parker, Patterson, Prevatte, Scott,
Sinclair, Stiles, Sumner, Thompson, Wallace, Williams, Wood and over
1200 other surnames.
This year the 54th gathering
will be held during the North Carolina Turkey Festival in Raeford,
NC. The Festival includes food, crafts, bands, parades, and other
events, as there is much to see and be a part of. Visit the website
for more information on the events at
On Saturday September 20,
2014 a cook out is scheduled to be held at the Raeford-Hoke Museum
5:00-7:00 pm. The Museum is suffering in donations and we have been
asked to pay for the usage
this time. We don’t make money on the event and our bank balance is
below what you might spend at the grocery store. So if we want to use
the Museum this year we need donations from the families. Mail your
donations to Conoly/Conoley Reunion, 6798 N. Old Wire Rd., Lumber
Bridge, NC 28357. The supper will be $10.00 a person to help offset
expenses. On Sunday September 21, 2014 at Antioch Presbyterian Church
services will be followed by a meeting and covered dish lunch
provided by attendees. Donations are needed to keep the tradition
going. Are you going to help? Or do we have to make this a one day
event at the Antioch Presbyterian Church on Sunday. We need your
On the Saturday, September 20, 2014, from 1pm-4pm before the scheduled
cook out, Don Conoly, the family historian will be taking those
interested on a tour of the area. We will meet on the Court House
steps on Main Street at 1pm. Then we will go to old home sites,
gravesites, and discuss the history of the families and the area. It
will be a transition back in time, bring your camera to take back
memories. He has written two books on the family history during over
forty years of research. Ask him about them.
Contact for details or questions: www.conolyclan.com
or Don Conoly (336) 682-0132.
Share this information with others and come and be a part of this
NC Turkey Festival 2014
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