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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Andrew Harrison Connolly - A Hicksville Soldier

Andrew Harrison Connolly joined the 68th Regiment. Company E of the Ohio Volunteer Infantry on December 13, 1861.  The group mustered in at Camp Latty, Napoleon, and went on to fight in many skirmishes and the large battles at Vicksburg and others during the Siege of Atlanta.  Andrew was 24 when he joined for the three year term, but then reenlisted as a veteran and stayed on until the end of the war, mustering out in Louisville, Kentucky, on July 10, 1865.


He and his wife, Mary, spent many years after the war settled in the Hicksville area, and it was there he was enumerated on the 1890 Veterans' Census.  He died on March 29, 1915.  His obituary appeared in the Hicksville Tribune on April 8, 1915:

"CONNOLLY

Andrew Harrison Connolly was born in Seneca Co., Ohio, July 5, 1837, and died at his home on Spencerville street, Hicksville, March 29, 1915, aged 77 years, 8 months and 24 days.

His parents, David and Sarah Connolly left Seneca Co. when he was three years of age and settled at Mount Salem, Williams Co.  His father's family consisted of twelve children, six boys and six girls.  Two sisters are living.

At the breaking out of the Civil War, Mr. Connolly enlisted in the 68 O.V.I. and served for three years and nine months.  

He was married to Mary Ann Fieckenstine, April 28, 1867.  To this union were born seven children, five sons and two daughters.  Two sons, Harry Earl and John O., and one daughter, Mrs. Carrie Pearl Bailey, preceded him to the future home.  The sons died in infancy and the daughter twelve years ago.

Mr. Connolly joined the Presbyterian church in 1866, continuing a faithful member for 49 years.  He came to HIcksville Feb. 1879.  He soon transfered his church membership to the Presbyterian church of this city where he was Elder for a time.  
He leaves a widow, Dave H., Rome F., and Eugene B., Mrs. Charles Gusler of Antwerp, O.  Two sisters and a host of friends to mourn.  The city has lost a fine Christian gentleman and friend.  Blessed by his memory."

Forest Hill Cemetery
 Mary Connolly lived on until 1931.

September 28, 1931

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