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The Conn Family of Whitby 

Researched and Contributed by David Conn

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Between 1600 and 1900 Whitby was one of the major ports on the east coast of England. People migrated there to find work usually in the shipping industry, but often because it was a staging post in the coal trade between Newcastle and London. George Conn, who was born in Upleatham, appeared in Whitby in about 1714, and his descendants lived there until about 1800.
George on moving to Whitby became a sailor, but subsequently is mentioned as a merchant, shopkeeper or tobacconist. In 1720 he sold his property in Upleatham to a Richard Scrafton of Marske (Dundas Archives, ZNK 178/9).

All of the following records coloured blue are to be found in the Whitby Parish Registers.

The family of George Conn and Hester Pearson.

29 Jul 1714. Marriage of George Conn, sailor, to Hester Pearson.

bullet25 Dec 1715. Baptism of George, the son of George Conn.
bullet27 Oct 1717. Baptism of Robert, son of George Conn, merchant.
bullet24 Apr 1720. Baptism of Thomas, son of George Conn.
bullet27 Dec 1720. Burial of Thomas, son of George Conn.
bullet31 May 1724. Baptism of Hester, daughter of George Conn.
bullet3 Oct 1725. Burial of Hester, daughter of George Conn.
bullet26 Jun 1726. Baptism of Esther, daughter of George Conn.
bullet7 Oct 1729. Baptism of Peter, son of George Conn (b. Jul 1728).
bullet7 Oct 1729. Baptism of William, son of George Conn.
bullet12 Oct 1732. Baptism of Pearson, son of George Conn.
bullet22 Nov 1733. Burial of Peter, son of George Conn.
bullet19 Feb 1735. Burial of Pearson, son of George Conn.
bullet23 Mar 1735. Burial of William, son of George Conn.
bullet8 Apr 1735. Burial of Robert, son of George Conn.
bullet18 Jul 1736. Baptism of Pearson, son of George Conn, tobacconist.
bullet21 Aug 1737. Burial of Pearson, son of George Conn, tobacconist.

It has not been proven, but the following George must be the son of the previous George Conn.

28 Feb 1767. Marriage of George Conn, carpenter, to Jane Story.

bullet22 Oct 1770. Baptism of Peter, son of George & Jane Conn, carpenter (Born 1 Oct)
bullet26 Apr 1773. Baptism of Elizabeth Story, daughter of George & Jane Conn, carpenter (born 24 Mar).
bullet3 Oct 1775. Baptism of Thomas, son of George & Jane Conn, sailor (born 25 Sep).
bullet24 Jun 1777. Burial of Elizabeth Story, daughter of George & Jane Conn, aged 4 years.
bullet2 May 1778. Baptism of Jane, daughter of George & Jane Conn, carpenter (born 28 Feb).

It has not been proven, but the following Peter must be the son of the previous George.

30 Nov 1792. Marriage of Peter Conn, sailor of Goathland Banks, to Ann Chapman.

bullet9 Sep 1793. Baptism of Jane , daughter of Peter & Ann Conn at Whitby.
bullet1 Sep 1795. Baptism of Mary, daughter of Peter & Ann Conn at Whitby.
bullet2 Dec 1797. Baptism of George Chapman, son of Peter & Ann Conn at Whitby.
bullet24 Sep 1801. Burial of George Chapman, son of Peter & Ann Conn at South Shields.
bullet29 Jul 1806. Burial of Ann, daughter of Peter & Ann Conn, aged 6 at South Shields.
bullet5 Jul 1807. Burial of Elizabeth, daughter of Peter & Ann Conn, aged 18 months at South Shields.
bullet19 Feb 1809. Baptism of Peter, son of Peter & Ann Conn, South Shields.
bullet6 Sep 1811. Baptism of Ann, daughter of Peter & Ann Conn, South Shields.

The following records can be provisionally linked to other families.

The following Thomas Conn probably belongs to the Pickering family, and this was a second marriage after the death of Jane Chapman. There are still question marks about this association.

bullet4 Mar 1723 Burial of Robert, son of Thomas Conn of Sleights.
bullet12 Aug 1728. Marriage of Thomas Conn of Sleights to Barbara Richmond of Fyling.
bullet4 Dec 1731. Burial of Robert, son of Thomas Conn of Fyling.
bullet21 Dec 1760. Burial of Barbara, wife of Thomas Conn of Thorpe in the parish of Fylingdales.

The following Thomas Conn probably belongs to the Pickering family, and was born in Pickering in 1702. He can be found in Sunderland in the 1740s with his wife Rachel. Their son Robert died in 1740.

bullet27 Apr 1725. Burial of Timothy, son of Robert Conn of Whitby.
bullet5 Apr 1727. Baptism of Robert, son of Robert Conn of Whitby.

The following Matthew Conn was the son of Robert Conn, and was born in 1750 in Sunderland. His death has not been found.

bullet8 Aug 1788. Marriage of Matthew Conn, bachelor, mariner and Rachel Sneaton, spinster, both of this parish.
bullet22 Jun 1779. Baptism of Elizabeth, daughter of Matthew and Rachel Conn, sailor of Whitby.
bullet29 Feb 1792. Burial of Rachel, aged 49, widow of Matthew Conn, sailor of Whitby.

The following records cannot as yet be placed into a family tree.

bullet23 Nov 1768. Marriage of William Conn, labourer, and Mary Ventriss, both of this parish.
bullet15 Jul 1773. Baptism of Jane, daughter of William & Mary Conn, carpenter (born 24 Jun).
bullet8 Sep 1777. Baptism of Mary, daughter of William & Mary Conn. carpenter (born 7 Sep).
bullet18 Feb 1787. Burial of Jane, aged 9 years, daughter of William & Mary Conn, a poor carpenter.

 

 

   
 

 

 

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