Michael Connolly

about 1842–23 October 1885 (Age 43)

The Life of Michael

Michael Connolly was born about 1842, in Ireland. He married Bridget McAvaney about 1869, in Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 8 daughters. He died on 23 October 1885, in Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States, at the age of 43, and was buried in Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States.

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Family Time Line

Michael Connolly
Bridget McAvaney
Marriage: about 1869
Mary Bertille Connolly
Nellie L Connolly
Anne F Connolly
Bridget Etta L Connolly
Agnes R Connolly
Thomas Connolly
Anna F Connelly
Sarah Connolly
Sarah Conley
Michael Connolly

Spouse and Children


    Bridget McAvaney


about 1869
Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States


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World Events (8)


Age 3

The Irish Potato Famine. Many Irish emigrate to America. Irish population drops from 8 million to 6 million due to death from starvation or emigration.

Age 4

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.
1855 · Lager Beer Riot

Age 13

The Lager Beer Riot came at a time in Chicago's history where large waves of Irish and German immigrants moved to the city. The Riot was started because the Mayor of the city renewed enforcement of an old liquor ordinance mandating that taverns be closed on Sundays and to raise the cost of a license to sell liquor from $50 to $300 each year. This didn't sit well with the German immigrants because they felt like it was directed towards them and their heritage. There was only one death throughout the time of the riot, though protesters claimed that it was more.

Name Meaning

Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Conghaile ‘descendant of Conghal’, a name meaning ‘hound valiant’ or of Ó Conghalaigh ‘descendant of Conghalach’, a derivative of Conghal; the two surnames have long been confused. Another possible origin is the West Cork name Mac Coingheallaigh (or Ó Coingheallaigh) ‘son (or ‘descendant’) of Coingheallach’, a personal name meaning ‘faithful to pledges’.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Michael Conley, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Michael Camelly in entry for Nellie Sheehan, "Illinois, Cook County Deaths, 1878-1994"
  • Michael Bonnelly in entry for Nellie Sheehan, "Illinois Deaths and Stillbirths, 1916-1947"

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