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Connick Family Newsletter
Vol. 3 No. 1 October 1, 2001
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What’s in this Issue:

Greetings from another Connick! - Denzil Connick, South Wales, UK
Owen Thomas Connick, MD - John LeGarignon and Eleanor Connick LeBourdais
Cennick/Connick/Cwnick/Kinnock - Graeme Watson, Reading, England
Connick/Hickey Connection - Dan MacDonald, Moncton, NB
Peter Connick/Johanna May - Chris Gorman, Amherst, NS
Send pictures, please - Carol Connick, Charlottetown, PE Website - Tim Connick, Lynn, MA
(neurostimulator note on bottom of page)*
Connick Family Reunion is - being planned for Aug. 9 - 11, 2002

Greetings from another Connick!

I am new at searching for my ancestors and finding out all sorts of interesting bits of information. My name is Denzil Connick and I was born (and still live) in South Wales, UK.
My father and grandfather were both born in South Wales and they are buried at Aberfan Cemetery, MerthyrVale. This is the very sad cemetery where all the children are buried following the 'Aberfan Disaster' in the 1960's when waste coal slag slipped and covered a school and part of the village. All except a few cousins and my brothers (one brother in USA) remain now in South Wales and I am desperate to find out more about my line. My brothers and I (there are four boys), from our father Ernest James Connick, were too young to remember those little bits about our family when they were talked about by our grandparents, parents and uncles. Now they are gone, I'm looking for information...typical eh?
My grandfather, William John Connick had brothers and sisters who were born and lived in South Wales, some from the west and others settled in Glamorganshire. My grand-dad was a bit of a hard man, though a great character and I have fond memories. He did, while with the Merchant Navy, remain some time in the US and worked the travelling fair grounds where he earned his keep painting the rides and fighting in the boxing booths (bare knuckle)! He did become a Nationalized American, then returned home to his native Wales to work the coal mines, where most men here worked through the industrial revolution.
As for myself, I was born in December 1956 in Tredegar, South Wales. I joined the army age just 15 and became a paratrooper with the Parachute Regiment. I was wounded seriously during the Falklands war of 82 and was discharged from the military in 1984. I am married with two boys, Matthew and Stephen Connick. I now work as Secretary to the South Atlantic Medal Association that I co-founded. This is an association for veterans and families of the Falkland Islands war. You can learn more about my activities with this on our web site at
Well, you have a start from me, please feel free to pass this letter to any other Connick's with my compliments and best wishes.
Yours Aye, Denzil Connick
Owen Thomas Connick, MD

John Le Garignon wrote to inquire about Owen Thomas Connick, MD, who was his great-great-grandfather; looking to get in touch with Elizabeth Le Bourdais so they could exchange notes and information.
Eleanor Connick LeBourdais responded as follows: Carol, thanks so much for passing this on. He did get in touch with me and has been able to provide me with the names of two of my grandmother's sisters,Anastasia Connick and Mathilda Connick and may be able to get more info about the family from other relatives of his. The trail to "my" Connicks seems to be very cold. I have about given up on being able to learn anything about them by the usual searching methods. Probably the only way will be from people such as John, who read about my quest and recognized the name Connick in his own family tree. Hopefully there will be more like that - I still have my grandmother's other 3 sisters and 3 brothers to go! The brothers supposedly went to the US.
Saddened and Gladdened

We are always saddened when someone we love joins the assembly of saints. Since the last newsletter Noreen Peters and Burnetta LeBlanc have died.
We were gladdened by a visit by Jim Ackerman and his wife, Leena, from New Jersey. Thanks to a probate of a will, we were able to tie Thomas Connick, ship’s carpenter from Summerside into the family of Matthew Connick. We are expecting a visit from Victoria Fisher of BC who is researching the family of Michael B. Connick.
Graeme Watson wrote from Reading, Berkshire, England and he is doing some research into the life of the 18th century hymn writer John Cennick. He plans to publish a selection of his hymns. Cennick was born in Reading and his grandfather, according Quaker records, of which he was a member, was Thomas Connick. Graeme wants to trace the origin of this name as Moravian writers on John Cennick (he later became a Moravian, after starting as one of the first English Methodist lay preachers) like to claim that the name Cennick was original-ly from Moravia. This seems improbable and he is interested in the suggestion that the name originated in Cornwall. This would make sense, suggesting that Thomas Connick drifted westward to Reading to find employment in the booming 17th century weaving industry in Reading. Graeme went to the local library and looked up all the telephone directories for the West Country (eg Plymouth, Falmouth & other towns) - in each of them he found a sprinkling of Connicks, Connocks or Cunnicks. He took samples from books listing telephone numbers in other regions and didn't find a single Connick, Connock or Cunnick. This appears to be proof enough that the name was - and still is - a regional surname. It doesn't sound "English", but the indigenous language of the region was Cornish (similar to Welsh) which wasn't finally killed off (sadly) until the 18th century. He thinks that there are scholars of Cornish who could identify its derivation. He attached a draft of the introduction to his selection of Cennick's hymns which is to be published on December 1st this year.
Graeme’s response to posting on Connick etymology
It's interesting that the material you sent me again links the name to the Irish word for 'dog'. The Welsh surname book that I consulted makes the same point. It seems to me that the surname probably orginated separately in Ireland, Wales and Cornwall -all regions with distinct, but related Celtic languages. The modern Welsh for 'No Dogs' is "Dim Cyn" (pronounced 'Kin') - I saw one of these signs recently & had a sudden flash of inspiration! (though it's probably of zero interest to most New World Connicks) ... leader of the British Labour Party through was a Welsh politician called Neil Kinnock - he reshaped the party, though never achieved power, so his name is probably not familiar to most Americans/ Canadians. It occurred to me that his name is probably a modern Welsh version of the Cwnick/Connick surname. I've looked it up in a couple of Welsh surname dictionaries - but 'Kinnock' doesn't appear. Nevertheless, I feel fairly sure that his name is, as I've suggested, related to your own & you might want to add him to your role call of famous Connicks!
I realize that you - and most New World Connicks - are probably of Irish origin - but you shouldn't ignore your Welsh/Cornish cousins! - there are certainly, as I've written in the material already sent to you, a good few still living in their ancestral heartlands of Cornwall.
Yours sincerely,
Graeme Watson.

Peter Connick/Johanna May
James May came over from Ireland with wife, unknown, sons Michael and William, daughters Bridget and Johanna. He farmed in Lot 67, near Martin Connick. James lent Michael money and the Bond for Support and Maintenance is the only one I've seen
registered. But I guess James figured that Michael was "tricky." Michael married Catherine Delaney, who died, and then he married, in 1858, Mary Brennan. The story still lives in the community, that Michael brought Mary along the road to show her new home; but it was the lovely home of a neighbor who was absent. Then they went off and got married, and then he took her a little further down the road to his own less than fancy home.
Johanna May was married to Michael Barrett, and in Ireland, another sister married another May. When Michael Barrett died in 1837 in Lot 19, she was widowed with two small sons, John and Thomas Barrett. The details of the marriage of Peter Connick and Johanna May, recorded 23 April, 1838 at the church in Rustico, indicate that "Peter, son of John Connick and Catherine Tobin, and Johanna May, also of Indian River, widow of the late Michael Barret.(sic) Witnesses: Martin Connick and Margaret Connick". In the
1841 Census of Lot 22 the two boys are living with their mother and Peter Connick.
In the latest Newsletter of the PEI Genealogy Scoiety, there is a listing of the students at the Prince Town Grammar School
1825-1826. This is from the Smith-Alley papers, Accession No. 2702, Item 475. In 1825-1826 Peter Connack began school on May 17, 1825, age 7; (surname as written here) Martin Connock began school March 14, 1826, age 10; John Connock began school March 14, 1826, age 12. I assume that they were born in Ireland (this gives you some idea of WHEN) and that they were brothers! Peter could have started to school in May because the work load allowed them to let a 7 year old go to school. The older brothers would have started in March (and imagine the roads) because the work load in that month would have eased off. It doesn't say how long they were there! Peter studied the alphabet and stayed one quarter; John and Martin studied Murray's first book and stayed less than a quarter.
There was also a Moses Connock, 13, (with a question mark after the Connock) who stayed 2 quarters, starting on June 27th, 1825, and he studied Murray's Spelling book. There were about 120 children registered.
Chris Gorman
Send pictures, please
Since the last Newsletter went out in November 27, 1999 there has been lots of activities. I did a lot of work on the family
history but got bogged down when the pictures I have were not good enough quality to reproduce. Having pictures scanned and converted to .jpg files and e-mailed to me one-by-one would be the best way to get them. I am sure some people are saying that they hope they live long enough to get this family history. Do you have pictures of the last reunion to post with an announcement of the next one?
Carol Connick
-------------------------------------------------------------------- Website
The website is up and running. As a registered domain it now has a permanent home.
Email now can be addressed directly to the site:
How many people have internet access?
There are a lot of email addresses for Connicks on various lists and someone could invite them to check in with us on their family trees. I did a dozen last year, got four answers and one was related to people we'd already found. There are snail mail addresses also. We should end up with replies and some online contacts once they know where to find us. Any volunteers for that?
Looking for old family stories
One thing that everybody talks about (but nobody does) is write down old family stories. We hear of a John Connick, a man so large that he kept the largest horses in his area and was asked to help the army with their uncontrollable beasts. After a tour of duty, battles and travels he returned safely to his home. The following day while covering a horse he let a corner of the blanket snag on a hoof and the beast toppled over on him. He died the following day, and it was said that if not for his great strength and size, he wouldn't have lasted that long. Now can't we find a lot of Connicks with tales like that?


* If you have questions in regard to the October 2005 New Yorker article,
or the January 2006 NBC program, I can be contacted at this address:

Tim Connick
Lynn, MA.

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