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Connick Family Newsletter
Vol. 3 No. 2 July 6, 2002

2nd Family Reunion Fast Approaching

What’s in this Issue:
Reunion Events
25 Registered to date
It's still a bargain
Sharing table
Saturday free for exploringSome people have been asking
There's been lots of research going on
How about this question
Over 20 years of Research
The death of Thomas Connick
Enquiry from Mississippi
Doing Research in Ireland
John Cennick, Hymn Writer 1718-1755

Reunion Events
Plan on coming, renewing acquaintances, sharing stories, enjoying good eats and a  few laughs.  If you can’t come to everything, come to what you can.

Friday, August 9th
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.  Registration
7:00 - 8:00 p.m.  Welcome and Social
8:00 - 8:30 p.m.  Family History/Lecture
8:30 - 9:30 p.m.  Bridget & Daughter
 9:30 - 9:45 p.m.  Announcements

Saturday, August 10th
5:30 - 6:00  p.m.  Reception
6:00 - 7:30  p.m.  Banquet and Awards
7:30 - 9:00  p.m.  Family Entertainment
9:00 - 12:00p.m.  Dance

Sunday, August 11
12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Church Service
1:30 - 2:30 p.m.   On-site picnic
2:30 p.m.       Family Farewell

* Please bring something for the Sunday picnic.

25 Registered to date
Almost half the people registered so far are coming from off-island, from New York, Massachusetts, Virginia, California and Ontario.

We are asking that you have your registration in by July 26 to allow the planning committee to make final arrangements.  If you lost your brochure or didn’t receive one contact Carol Connick at (902) 368-707, P. O. Box 3063, Charlottetown, PE   C1A 7N8 or

It’s still a bargain
Costs to hold the Connick Family Reunion were omitted on the original brochure so here they are for your information.  The registration fee of $10.00 applies to each adult.

Event                                                       Costs
Registration                                                $10
Adults                                                        $15
Children over 9                                          $15
Children under 9                                          $7.50

Sharing table
If you have up-dated information to share, please send it in early so we can incorporate it into the family trees. Also don’t forget to bring an old photo from childhood or early adulthood for a game of guessing. The person who correctly identifies the most people will be declared the winner and will be the respected and revered by everyone in the family.

Saturday free for exploring
We have left the day open on Saturday for personal pursuits - shopping, going to the beach, visiting family and  friends or historic places, golfing - you name it.  Members of the planning committee are busy preparing a map indicating grave yards and sites of interest to Connick descendants.

Some people have been asking:
Do you think that if I came to your reunion that I would learn anything more about my family? ... or is it only PEI Connicks who attend?

There’s been lots of research going on.
As a result of having help from the Province of Prince Edward Island to do our off-Island mailing, we were able to mail to many more people than we did for our last reunion.  Some of the notices were returned undeliverable but we have heard from many Connicks all over the country.  As well, Bill Connick called all the Connicks in Ontario on the telephone before he came to PEI for the summer.  Sandra Devlin carried the notice in her column twice and of course, a notice is also posted on several web sites.

As a result of this, Connicks in the west of Canada who were unaware that there were more Connicks in Canada...besides those in Alberta have sent me information to include in my Charlotte County group.  In answer to my question about Connick’s still living in Charlotte County, I am told that there are several Connicks still living there.  It would be great to have someone to check my research with.

I heard from Constance Wooldridge-Vincent.  Her  maiden name was Connick. Her paternal grandfather was Thomas Connick from South Nelson Road (near Miramichi City) in New Brunswick  and her great grandfather was Matthew Connick. I also heard from Lisa Kelly, grandaughter of Lester Connick; as a matter of fact, I heard from several descendants of Bryce Connick who moved to Minnesota.  His son George moved to Gull Lake, SK.  This is how the family tree grows.

How about this question from Christine Gorman:  Who is the Peter Connick, age 91, inmate of the Poor House, Charlottetown, Census 1901?  Christine is always sending little tidbits that she finds as she is doing her own research.

Over 20 years of Research
It is hard to believe but I have been working on the Connick Family history since November, 1981 with an occasional hiatus of varying lengths of time.  Much of the information I got by contacting family members and their sharing what they knew and referring me to someone else.  Sadly, many of those people have now died. Thankfully, genealogy is a lifetime pursuit and it is nice to keep in touch with people from the pre-internet days.  One of those people is William T. Burke.  Margaret Jenkins talked with Bill Burke recently. He and his wife Therese are unable to make the reunion because their daughter graduated from medical school in May in Minnesota.  Congratulations, Bill and Therese!
Enquiry from MississippiI got an enquiry from Richard Clarke Handy who is trying to locate information on his grandfather, Melvin Lawson Connick’s mother and father. Melvin was born in Halifax, NS Canada in 1879. His father was Benjamin F. Connick and was born in Moore’s Mills, NB. Benjamin's wife's name was Adelaide Bootlegger born in St. Margaret Bay, NS Canada. That's all the information he had.  So now here is the interesting part.  Margaret Jenkins had send me pages of births, marriages and deaths which she transcribed from the Massachusetts Vital Records.  Turns out several of the children of Melvin L Connick and Mary Clark were born in New Bedford. I remembered them because it was unusual to have Connicks from NS who did not originate in Prince Edward Island.

The death of Thomas Connick, March 20, 1905 in Boston, Emergency Hospital.  Residence “Unknown” E. Boston, age 45.  Male, white, married.  Born PEI.  Occupation Sailor.  Cause of death: Oedema of the Lungs, 2 days.  Contributory: Peri-bronchial tumor, probably tubrecular, 3 months.  Recorded March 26, 1905.  Buried Hyde Park, Fairview Cemetery.  Father Thomas Connick, born PEI.

Doing Research in Ireland
According to Matthew Connick’s tombstone, he was from Waterford, Ireland.  Waterford Heritage Services hold the records that can enable us to find an individual, if he/she was recorded in County Waterford or the Suir Valley area of Co Tipperary. Michael O'Connor writes that they have all the relevant records for this area,, Civil & Church, for the time prior to 1911.  I intend to put in an application to find out any information that would help us sort out the relationships of the early Connicks who settled on PEI.

They  search the primary sources available for Co Waterford and the Diocese of Waterford & Lismore to establish, if possible, the location of origin of a given ancestor for a basic fee which is (80Euro) or other currency equivalent.

Since eight weeks are needed for the completion of the work involved, results of the search will not be available for the reunion but maybe by the next newsletter we will have some information.  Since a trip to Ireland is not likely to happen any time soon, commissioning some research seems like a good alternative.


John Cennick, Hymn Writer
1718- 1755
Born: December 12, 1718, Reading, England.
Died: July 4, 1755, London, England.
Buried: Moravian Burial Ground (Sharon’s Garden), Chelsea, England

Cennick had thought of becoming a surveyor, but after meeting the Wesleys, he joined them in their work. In 1740, he became a teacher at Kingswood, England, on the recommendation of John Wesley. Later, he joined the Moravians, and visited their headquarters at Herrnhut, but he spent much of his time as an itinerant evangelist in England. Cennick’s works include:
• Sacred Hymns, for the Children of God in the Days of Their Pilgrimage, 1741
• Sacred Hymns for the Use of Religious Societies, 1743
• A Collection of Sacred Hymns, 1749
• Hymns to the Honour of Jesus Christ, Composed for Such Little Children as Desire to Be Saved, 1754

Additional works appeared posthumously in J. Swertner’s Moravian Hymn Book, 1789.
• Be Present at Our Table, Lord
• Brethren, Let Us Join to Bless
• Children of the Heavenly King
• Ere I Sleep, for Every Favor
• Jesus, My All, to Heaven is Gone
• Lo, He Comes with Clouds Descending
• Lo, He Cometh, Countless Trumpets
• Savior and Regenerator
• We Sing to Thee, Thou Son of God We Thank Thee, Lord

A search of the internet came up with another:
• Happy in our Lord

Children of the Heavenly King is sung at the beginning and end of the 1942 Academy Award winning movie “Mrs. Miniver.”
His hymns with some music can be found at

Graeme Watson of Reading says that Cennick’s grandfather, according to the records of the Quaker meeting to which he was a member, was Thomas Connick.