JOSEPH McCONNELL, an honored and influential citizen of Cross Creek township, was born April 23, 1824, where he now resides. He is the son of RObert and Jane (Hawk) McConnell, of Irish descent. Robert was born in Chester county, Penn., September 17, 1803, the son of Joseph and Jane (McConnell) McConnell, natives of Ireland, who were married in that land, and subsequently, emigrated to America. They settled first in Pennsylvania, then in Virginia, and in 1811 came to Cross Creek township, where Joseph McConnell followed the vocation of farming until his death, February 5, 1814. Robert after receiving his education in the public schools, also engaged in farming, which was his life occupation. He was married April 3, 1823, to Jane, daughter of Robert Hawk, a native of Ireland, and to them seven children were born: Joseph, Robert H., Hannah R., Eliza J., Nancy E., Thomas, now deceased, and one that died in infancy. Robert McConnell died October 13, 1875, and his wife survived until February 23, 1883. Joseph McConnell, first mentioned above, after his school days were over, engaged in farming in the township of which he has been a life long resident and that is still his occupation. He was first married on June 24, 1858, to Mary E. Thompson, daughter of Isaiah and Ellen G. Thompson. SHe was born about 1823 and died September 14, 1869. To them were born four children: Robert T., Jane R., Ellen G. and Joseph W. Subsequent to her death Mr. McConnell was married to Rebecca, daughter of James and Martha (Ramsey) McClure, born November 24, 1836. Mr. McConnell is a member of the United Presbyterian church of Steubenville and in politics is a democrat.
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