WASHINGTON COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY (Washington County, Utah)
CHARLES ALBERT CONNELLEY
(early settler, school teacher, postmaster)
BIOGRAPHYCharles Albert Connelley was born John Larkin Foote. He Changed his name to Charles Albert Connelley to escape detection after having been a Confederate sympathizer during the Civil War. There is some possibility that he was wanted by the Union Army for his actions to help the South in its cause to preserve the Confederacy and slavery.
Charles Albert Connelley and John Kemple were first cousins.
Charles taught school in Paragonah, where he met and married Jane Rowley. They received their endowments and sealings in the Endowment House in Salt Lake City under his rightful name of John Larkin Foote, for purpose of Temple work. He was given the legal right to continue to use the name of Connelley, to which he had it changed before he met and married (by a civil ceremony) Jane.
Charles Albert Connelley was one of the first 7 settlers to move from Harrisburg to Leeds. He and Jane were the first school teachers there. Charles also taught in Kanarra, New Harmony, and Harrisburg. Connelley filed on 160 acres of homestead land which through the years carried the name of Connelley Fields. When a post office was established in Leeds, Charles became the first postmaster
REFERENCESRowley Family Histories, pp. 262-275.
Wilma Cox Beal, "Leeds Historical Event in Bits & Pieces", pp. 46-47.