On the 1881 Census the Conning family where living at Cowldyke Farm, Great Edstone. George Marton who lived at Trowbridge farm, Muscoates married Tamar Conning (born approx 1855). They had 2 sons and 1 daughter. Their son Thomas Marton married into my family. Hope this helps. Johanna
When I used to stay with my grandparents in the 1950's, we would go into Kirby on Wednesdays and some times would visit a hardressers in Piercy End. I thought that Gran refered to the hairdresser as Joyce Cunningham but I have recently found out that my grandmother's grandmother was named Ann Conning and I am wondering if there could be any connection there.
Also, if I may, I would like to find out about another shop in Piercy End, it was a shoe shop and the owner was a friend of my Gran's and was always called Ginny. I can't remember the surname of the lady, 9 year olds don't always pay much attention!
My ancestors are one branch of the connings from kirby moorside.
John Conning born 1764 married Elizabeth Buck. In 1784 they had a child called Thomas Conning (born in kirkdale yorkshire) who married Ann Dowel in 1827. They had 9 children, one of which was John Conning (born in kirkdale in 1838). John Conning married Martha Sigsworth and left yorkshire for liverpool. On the 1871 census John is a railway labourer living in 11 derby Place in Liverpool. They had 4 children, one of whom is William Dowel Conning who was born in Liverpool in 1866. All remaining connings in Liverpool descend from this branch of Connings who originally came from Kirby Moorside. This was easy to trace due to the conning trait of giving children the maiden name of their mother/grandmother as a middle name. The Yorkshire Connings were all mainly Quakers(see the extract below). I have lots more information on my family tree and if you post the name of your ancestors on this site i will gladly provide you with the information i hold and the sources they came from (mostly internet based) so you can check out the records for yourself.
The third family named, that of Conning or Coning, had another
fine record of service as quakers(19). One branch resided in Bilsdale, where
William (1717-1783) was the first of whom we hear. A grand
daughter of his, by name Sarah, married Thomas Thompson of
Leyburn in 1800, and thereafter he, too, became a grocer in Helms--
ley. The other branch was at East Moor, where John Conning
(1714-1796) lived, followed by his son John (1746-1816), who also
had a son of the same name. Old John had a second son, Joseph
(1749-1803), who farmed at Howl Wood nearby. (The names
Coning's Bank and Coning's Birks appear on the 1 in. Ordnance
Survey map near Howl Wood, between Pockley Grange and Cow-
house Bank). All the Connings were active Quakers, and the burial
record of the Laskill Meeting House, not so far away across the
moors, shows that of some 50 adult burials there between the year
1759 (when the first of the name was buried) and 1829 one-third
bore the name of Conning.
"A History of Helmsley, Rievaulx and District", CHAPTER XII.
NONCONFORMITY, by A.Law, BSc.
John Conning (who married Martha) also had a brother Jacob. Jacob also went to Lancashire with his family, also at least one of his children had middle name of Dowell. This is the branch I descend from. Any one know what made them move to Lancashire?
This is correct, Thomas Connning and Ann Dowel had 9 children and Jacob was one of them. On my tree I have that he was born in 1831 and christened in 1846. By 1881 he was married to lady called Jane and was working at Sherdley Hall St Helens. Jacob had 3 children that I know of, John (born 1862),mary(born 1868)and jacob (born 1872). The only other thing I know is that Jacob born in 1872 married a lady called agnes roscoe and they had a child called Edgar in 1900. I dont know what the push was that made them move to Lancashire, at that time I can only imagine that it was easier to find work there through the growth of Liverpool as a port. On my family tree we have traced this line of the Connings back to 1714 in Yorkshire. My mum has been in contact with some of the connings in yorkshire through Genes Reunited and she has pictures of the shops they owned. Please feel free to e mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will gladly give you any information that I have about the conning line. Which one of Jacobs children do you descend from?
Thanks for responding.
I have an ancestor whose maiden name was Mary Conning. She married Charles P. Grannan and they had a son, a Catholic priest, (also Charles P.) who was b. in 1846 in Wisconsin territory (USA). Another son was named Edward. I believe Mary emigrated to the US but I don't have any information on her origin. Any suggestions? Is Conning a British name, and Irish name or both? I know Grannan can be both.