Monday, December 7, 2015

Lewis Conner of Norfolk Virginia and Oak Island

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The Conner family was in Virginia during mid 1600s and they made quite a dent.  The patriot of the family was Lewis Conner, born ca 1690 who is visible in the Norfolk County records as well as Princess Anne.  He was the first owner of Oak Island in old Craven County, North Carolina, also owning lands in Jasper County and on Cape Hatteras.  This property was passed down through the family for generations before ot was finally sold. There is no evidence that Lewis Conner Sr. ever resided on Oak Island.  There is some difficulty tracing this family due to records lost, and one should also trace the Lawson family with it because of its connections. The Conner last wills and testaments are found on Virginia Pioneers and should be thoroughly examined to learn more answers, along with the friends and relatives mentioned.

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  1. I've looked into the Conner family off and on for 13 years. You have Lewis Conner b.abt.1690.
    Are you familiar with the will of Lewis Conner who died abt. 1700-1701. His will is torn, and he had son, Lewis. The will is not intact and only some words are readable. I do believe this older Lewis Conner was the first Lewis, who appears to have been a wealthy ship owner and owned much property.

    Who is the Lewis Conner who was granted 90 acres in 1704. I include the link for you to investigate.

    I have long believed my ancestor, Col. David O'Sheal married into the Conner family but due to burned counties in Virginia, I cannot prove or disprove a Conner connection.

    I do know one Lewis Conner granted 90 acres to the son of David O'Sheal, John O'Sheal, in 1720. I wonder if this was the same 90 acres granted in 1704.
    The O'Sheal family lived in Nansemond County, and David O'Sheal died 1745. The identity of his wife has never been proven.
    Your thoughts please.

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