Vol. 1 No. November 27, 1998
Connick Family Newsletter
Celebrating 175 Years on Prince Edward Island 

Family Reunion great success
Connicks from far and near gathered at the Kensington Rec. Centre on August 14-16 to celebrate 175 years of settlement on P.E.I.. From all reports, the Reunion was a resounding success. The weather cooperated, there was a very good turnout and everyone had a good time.

Registration Committee of Helena McCarvell, Ann Murphy, Barb Connick and Joan Hamilton welcomed 115 people registered for the Connick Family Reunion when they arrived. They handed out name tags and asked people to find their names on the family tree descendant charts which were posted on the wall. By high

lighting the names, it was obvious what a broad representation of the family was in attendance. It also allowed people to make correction to wrong information. Pope and Bill Connick, Clarence McCarvell and Hubert Murphy did a great job of patching the charts together and mounting them.

A lively social hour followed as people renewed acquaintances and looked through the photos and memorabilia that others had brought to share.

After a short welcome to Kensington from Mayor Gerald McCarville, local MLA and family member, Mitch Murphy, said a few words of welcome to the group. Helen Turner, MC, introduced the Family History portion of the evening. Someone from each branch of the family had been asked to share a little family history. Patricia Bradley and George Connick gave a little history of the descendants of Moses Connick and Catherine Hickey; Jean Tierney talked about the family of her grandfather, Jim "Ed" Connick, who had moved to Boston. The house he lived in was just down the street from where the Reunion was being held on School Street. Bill Connick spoke about the descendants of Matthew Connick and Bridget Brennan. Donna Hendrickson and Susan Ninow gave an account of the descendants of Martin Connick and Catherine Doyle from the Miramichi in New Brunswick.

Friday evening closed off with some entertainment by the group Not All There.

On Saturday afternoon, families enjoyed a special tour of Kensington Towers & Water Gardens in spite of the windy weather. Features included The Illuminations, Camelot and The Rambles. The Tipsy Turvey Exhibition Galleries lived up to the promotional material which said they were designed to send visitors away with a smile.

The children availed themselves of the swimming pool and face painting, although if there was one disappointment to the week-end, it was that there were so few children in attendance.

Saturday evening opened with a reception followed by a great roast beef dinner.


Awards were presented for the following categories:

There was also draws for door prizes donated by Peter Connick of Big Foot Video.


Marlys Hamilton entertained with highland and step dancing and sisters Tanya Kerwin, Tammy Gillis and Jolene Connick step danced. They were joined by their father, Delmar on the guitar, for some singing. Patricia Bradley sang a medley of Irish songs and Nancy Murphy entertained with a couple of songs as well. The Entertainment was followed by a dance with music provided by Joshua Hood, DJ. Ecumenical Church Service & Picnic

On Sunday, August 16 the family gathered for an Ecumenical Church Service at Historic St. Mary's Indian River. Rev. Joe Connick presided. (Homily is reproduced in full later in this newsletter). The choir was under the direction of Helen Turner with readings by Helena McCarvell and Jean Tierney. Barb Connick was the eucharistic minister.

After the service, the family gathered in the yard for a picnic and BBQ. It was also an opportunity for people to visit the church cemetery where many Connick ancestors are buried.

Some people were video taping and taking pictures and recording happenings on the week-end.


We would be remiss is we did not acknowledge the generous contributions that made the awards possible.
Although unable to attend personally, Henrietta Connick and Gary Connick both made generous contributions which were used to provide awards. Also, exchange on registrations paid for by our US guests, Dolores Conlin, and Jean and Catherine Tierney, worked in our favor. Thank you to Gerry Connick and Barb Connick for arranging the two 50/50 draws which helped us end up in the black.

As mentioned earlier, all the door prizes were donated by Peter Connick of Big Foot Video. Chris Murphy of Small Fry Chips also provided chips.

Mitch Murphy brought two souvenir P.E.I. books donated by the Premier's Office. They were given to Jean Tierney from North Quincy, MA and to Fr. Joe Connick from Burlington, ON.

The following inquiries were received recently:
  Looking for info. on Owen Thomas Connick, MD?  

Hello, My name is Eleanor Connick LeBourdais. I got your address from the PEI web site and am really hopeful that you can fill in the gaps and tell me whether any of the PEI Connicks are related to "my" Connicks.

Here's what I have:

Eugenius Connick died in 1688 in County Wexford, Ireland.

His son Eugenius Thomas died in 1724.

His son Walter died in 1772.

His son Michael died in 1817.

His son Eugenius married Anastasia O'Neill (date unknown).

Their son Owen Thomas was born in 1818 in Kilbraney?, County Wexford. The family came to Canada. Location unknown.

Owen Thomas graduated in medicine from McGill University, Montreal, and practiced medicine in Perce, Quebec. He married Elizabeth Anne Flynn at Perce in 1846.

They had 9 children, 6 girls and 3 boys. One of the girls, Eleanor Connick (1857-1928) was my grandmother. She married Francois Adalbert LeBourdais (1859-1917) of L'Islet, Quebec, and their eldest son, Donat Marc Liberties (1887-1964) was my father. I was named after my grandmother Eleanor Connick.

I have been able to trace the Liberties in Quebec back to the arrival of the first one from France around 1700. However, I haven't been able to find anything about any Connicks in County Wexford, Ireland, or in Quebec. I had assumed the family settled in Quebec upon arrival from Ireland

because Owen Thomas married and raised his family there. Since learning that Connicks came to P.E.I. from Ireland, I now wonder if they lived somewhere in P.E.I. and Owen Thomas was the only one who went to Quebec?

I have found various Connick names in P.E.I. but am unable to connect them to anything I know so far. Does any of this match what you know? I am particularly interested in learning whether Owen Thomas had any siblings and what happened to my grand-mother's brothers and sisters. I have no names or dates for any of them.

I have been very proud to have my grandmother's name. She was a remarkable person as was her father. I really hope you will have interesting news :-)

Best regards, Eleanor LeBourdais.

What's in a name?

Hello Carol J Connick

I picked your home page up from FTW while doing a search for the name Conrick.

My name is William Kenneth Conrick and I am a 5th generation descendant of John Conrick and Mary Cahill of Clogheen, County Tipparary, Ireland. I live in a town called Emerald in Central Queensland, Australia.

I have been researching the name Conrick for a number of years and have fairly good records of the Conricks in Australia, New Zealand, some in the States and Canada and a few in Ireland.

My ancestors can be traced back to the Tipperary area of Ireland around 1800 to 1880.

It appears that nearly all of the Conricks moved to North America and Australia in this time. There has been a number of variations of the name such as Kendrick, Kowarick and Conreaux.

Do you think there is a possibility that the two names Conrick and Connick have the same origins.

I am using Family Tree Maker 4.0 but at this stage I can not load it directly to their web site. When I try and install FTW online it will not accept my Australian phone number.

Ken Conrick

Fr. Joe's Homily Connick Reunion: August 14-18/ 98

We are including Fr. Joe's homily for those who were unable to attend, and even for those of us there present to hear it, I think it can bear a reread.

We're all part of a chain. Every generation must make a choice. It can either destroy or plant. It can either leave an investment for our children or not. We're dependent on the past, and responsible for the future, for we're all part of a chain.

We are children of the past and parents of the future. Heirs. Benefactors. Recipients of the work done by those before us. Born into a forest we didn't seed.

As you stand on the land bequeathed by your ancestors, how does it look? How do you feel? Pride at legacy left? Perhaps. Some inherit nourished soil. Deeply rooted trees of conviction. Could be that you stand in the forest of your fathers with pride. If so, give thanks, for many don't.

Many aren't proud of their family tree: Poverty. Shame. Abuse. Perhaps they were reared in a home of bigotry; or in a home of greed or desire for possessions. Perhaps their childhood memories bring more hurt than inspiration. And now they try to find them selves trying to explain their past.

What would you do if you found out your great-grandfather was a horse thief, racist, or scoundrel? Would you follow suit? Some say you would.  "He's just like his father; a chip of the old block. I'm not surprised! "As some one said "I've known a lot of Murphies but none of them were ever any good!"

Today's first reading was the story of King Josiah. The world has seen wiser kings, wealthier kings, more powerful kings. But history has never seen a more courageous king than young Josiah. Born some 600 years before Jesus, Josiah inherited a fragile throne and a tarnished crown. The temple was in dis-array, the Law was lost and the people worshiped whatever god they desired. By the end of Josiah's thirty-one year reign, the temple had been rebuilt, the idols destroyed, and the law of God was once again elevated to a place of prominence and power. The forest had been reclaimed.

Early in his reign Josiah made a brave choice. "He lived as his ancestor David had lived, and he did not stop doing what was right" (2 Kings 22:2). He flipped through his family scrapbook until he found an ancestor worthy of emulation until he found David, and resolved "I'm going to be like him."

The thing is, we can't choose our parents but we can choose our mentors. And since Josiah chose David things began to happen. The people tore down the altars for the Baal gods as Josiah directed. Josiah cut down the incense altars, smashed the idols. Early in his reign he'd resolved to serve the God of his ancestor David. God was his God. David's faith was Josiah's faith. An entire generation received grace because of the integrity of one man. Could it be that God placed him on earth for that purpose'? Could it be that God placed you on earth for the same?

If such is the case put down the scrapbook and pick up your Bible. Go to John's Gospel and read Jesus' words: "Human life comes from human parents, but spiritual life comes from the Spirit." Think about it. Your parents may have given you genes, but God gives you grace. Your parents may be responsible for your body, but God has taken charge of your soul. You may get your good looks from your mother, but you get your eternity from your heavenly Father. God has not left you adrift on a sea of heredity. Just like Josiah, you cannot control the way of your forefathers. But you can control the way you respond to God. You have a voice in your destiny. You have a say in your path to life. Choose well and someday--- generations from now---your grandchildren and great-grandchildren will thank God for the seeds you sowed.

This brings us to the notion of relationships, and how we feel about ourselves and others:

Your feelings about your loved ones come from your thoughts. For example, a person may behave towards you in ways you find offensive. However, your relationship to that person is not determined by their behavior towards you, but rather how you choose to relate to that behavior. Their actions are their own. You can only react to them.

Your relationships are located in your thoughts. Your thoughts have no boundaries; nothing to prevent you from a blissful relationship to others, EXCEPT in how you use your thoughts.

If you are thinking of what's missing in the person to whom you are relating, that will be your experience of that person. That is what defines your relationship. You will get stuck in a mode of dislike and unpleasantness.

Remember, he or she is not creating the bad relationship. You are by the way you choose to respond. You could say: "He is on his own path now and this is how he must react, but there are so many outstanding qualities I love about him. And these are the thing I am going to focus on right now. "So it's more in my thinking than on the way he behaves or reacts."

Real magic in relationships means an absence of judgments of others. You really don't define others by your judgment. All you are doing is saying: "I need to judge." You must center on a relationship that is purposeful, rather than on one that is unpleasant.

Regardless of what the other person has to give, when you have love for yourself, that is what you have to give away. When you squeeze an orange you get what's inside. It has nothing to do with who does the squeezing, or the circumstances surrounding the squeezing. What comes out is what is inside. The same is true of your thoughts.

Your relationships travel the same course as you travel. If your way is questioning, blaming, criticizing, then your relationships are the same. If your life is on purpose your relationships are too. Purpose is about giving. You came into this world with nothing and you will leave with nothing. All you can do with your life is to give it away in the service of others.

How far you go in life depends on (1) your being tender with the young. (2) compassionate with the aged. (3) sympathetic with the striving and (4) tolerant with the weak and the strong. Because someday in life you will have been all of these.

If you respond with hatred and revenge, it is not because of what was directed towards you. It is because that's what's inside you. You can't get prune juice from an orange.

To love someone is the most important thing in life. But what do we mean by love? When you love someone because that person loves you in return, surely that's not love. That's a business deal. To love is to have that extraordinary feeling of affection, without asking anything in return.

You see your children not in terms of what they are doing or how they are behaving or misbehaving... but beyond that to the invisible part of them, the soul that is in that young body. If you meet that soul with love and radiate it outward to them, they will in turn respond with love. You have loving relationships with others because you bring love, rather than because you seek it from others. Relinquish your need to be right. Sometimes it is better to be kind than to be right.

Powerful relationships arise when two centered individuals commit themselves to unconditional love and to one another and to support each other's growth towards their full potential. Both give freely, without selfish motives or the desire to lock the relationship into any particular form. There are no boundaries when we fully embrace one another.

Imagine a mother chandelling her child. Know that you have all the ingredients of that same relationship. A mother doesn't get mothering lessons from any human teacher. She simply knows what is required for a perfect, natural, miraculous relationship. She gives unconditionally of her own body so that her child may live. She asks nothing in return. She is totally committed to that child. She knows within exactly what to do ... to give without any expectations. She is willing to take the worst that the child has to give and to respond only with love and affection. She looks past the inconveniences and the flaws, and has only love to offer. She is on purpose.

So God has given us the perfect model of how to relate right from our birth. Give nothing but love. Ask nothing in return for your love. And the great irony is that you would, without question, lay down your life for that person. That is your model, and you can create the same magical, perfect relationships everywhere in your world, if you simply follow the natural, intuitive, awareness that is present within every cell of your being.

Where did the Connick's originate?

According to The Ancient History of the Distinguished Surname Connick, the first record of the name Connick was found in Cornwall where they were seated from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William of Hastings in 1066 AD.

Although the name Connick occurred in many references, from time to time the surname appeared with the spellings of Conock, Conick, Connick, Connock, and these changes in spelling frequently occurred, even between father and son. It was not uncommon for a person to be born with one spelling, married with another, and yet another appeared on his headstone. Preferences for different spelling variations usually either resulted from loyalty to a branch of the family, adherence to a religious cause, or from patriotic reasons.

During the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries England was ravaged by religious conflict. Cornwall was strongly Methodist, and fervently loyal to the crown of England. The surname Connick was amongst the many who were freely "encouraged" to migrate to Ireland, or to the "colonies". Cornish and Devon people along with settlers from the Channel Islands formed much of the population of Newfoundland on Canada's east coast from the 17th century onward.

According to The Hall of Names Canada, there is no record of this distinguished family migrating to Ireland, however, we know that the headstone of Matthew Connick indicates that he was born in Waterford, Ireland.

This may also explain the comment that William T. Connick did not like the Irish very much and disassociated himself from them, including some members of his own family, and moved from Norboro to Corran Ban over 60 years ago.

In North America, one of the first migrants which could be considered a kinsman of the family name Connick, of that same family was John, Patrick and Walter Connick, arrived in Philadelphia in 1853.

There were, and are, many prominent contemporaries of this name Connick, John Connick, Ph. D and Author being one.

The most ancient grant of a Coat of Arms found was: Silver with a horizontal stripe between three red eagles. The Crest was: An eagles' head and wings emerging from a crown.

Histories and Bibliography 1984-1989
Prepared by:
The Hall of Names Canada
P. O. Box 664
Cambridge, ON N1R 5W6
(519) 650-3003

Naming Conventions  

My curiosity was aroused by Susan Ninow talking about naming conventions. According to my research the naming patterns of England and Wales from 1700-1875:

Naming patters 1700 - 1875:
The first son was named after the father's father, the second son after the mother's father, the third son after the father, the fourth son after the father's eldest brother,

the first daughter after the mother's mother, the second daughter after the father's mother,

the third daughter after the mother, the fourth daughter after the mother's eldest sister.
An exception would be made when the naming system produced a duplication of names. In that case, the next name of the list would be used; i.e., if the eldest son was names John after the father's father, and the mother's father was also John, then the second son could not be named after him and was, therefore, named after the father.
In the event of a death a subsequent child could be given the same name, making it essential to check the deaths as well as the births.

  Family History

Many people expressed an interest in receiving a copy of my research. If you would like a copy please let me know.

Carol Connick
P. O. Box 3063, Charlottetown, PE, C1A 7N8
or cconnick(atsign)hc.itas.net

I have only to figure out a way to get it into a more manageable format that those big charts we had at the reunion. The cost will be for photocopying and postage.

Also, if your find all this family history 'stuff' annoying and want to be removed from this list, please let me know. If you know of anyone else who would like to receive a copy, please send me their address.

The family is planning for another reunion in 2002.


The 2nd Connick Family Reunion is being planned for Aug. 9 - 11, 2002,
at the Kinkora Community Centre in Kinkora, PEI. 


Carol Connick                 Ph: 1 (902) 368-7078
Charlottetown                 Fx:  1 (902) 566-2143
Prince Edward Island      E-mail:
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Canada   C1A 4H7