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John McConnon
Born April 26, 1826
JOHN McCONNON, salesman and manager for William Proctor, general merchant, Monticello; is a native of Massachusetts, and was born in the city of Boston, April 26, 1826; when 7 years of age, he went to Claremont, N. H., and grew up to manhood there; he came West to Iowa, and arrived in Jones Co. in November, 1854, and located in Castle Grove Township, and engaged in farming; he continued farming for fifteen years, then removed to Monticello, and since then has been engaged in business here. Mr. McConnon has held the office of Township Trustee, and has served in the City Council for seven years; during the war, he was in the army, and served in Go. H, 31st I.V.I. Soon after coming to Jones Co., Mr. McConnon was united in marriage to Miss Sallie A. Graham, a native of New Hampshire, April 8, 1855; they have five children—William G., Anna G., John A., Nellie and Frank G.

Source: History of Jones County, Iowa, Western Historical Company, Chicago, 1879, page 674.

JOHN McCONNON, a highly respected resident of Monticello, is engaged in the flour and feed business, having a well stocked establishment, and follows a line of trade in which he is making a success. He was born in Boston, Mass., April 26, 1826, and is the son of Hugh and Ann (O'Donnell) McConnon, both of whom were natives of Ireland, and came to the United States in 1819, locating in Boston. The father worked as a slater while living in the Hub City, but after moving to New Hampshire carried on farm pursuits and there passed his last days.
Mrs. Ann McConnon came to Iowa in company with our subject in 1854, with whom she made her home until her decease in Monticello, in 1885, at the advanced age of eighty-seven years. Hugh McConnon was only forty-five at the time of his death. The parents reared a family of four children, May; John, of this sketch; Sarah, the wife of John Matthews of this city, and Ellen, the wife of W. H. Proctor, a merchant in Monticello.
The subject of this sketch was given a good education in Claremont, N. H., after which he passed his years on his father's farm, until coming to Iowa in 1854. He at once made his home in this city, and for eighteen years was teamster for his brother-in-law, W. H. Proctor. He then opened a flour and feed store, and since 1879 has been engaged in this line of business and thus commands a good trade.
John McConnon was married in 1855 to Miss Sally A., daughter of Alex and Betsey Graham. Their union has resulted in the birth of three sons and two daughters, namely: William, an electrician, who makes his home in Albany, N. Y.; John, who is also an electrician, and is engaged in business in New Orleans; Frank, who is a student in Ames, Iowa; Anna G., the wife of T. F. Bevington of Sioux City, this state, who died in 1888 when twenty-four years of age, and Nellie, who afterward married her brother-in-law, T. F. Bevington.
In politics Mr. McConnon is strongly in sympathy with the Prohibition party and always votes that ticket, believing that the day will soon come when they will elect a President. In religious affairs he is a devout member of the Catholic Church.

Source: Dubuque, Jones, and Clayton Counties History, 1894, pgs. 376-377
Submitted by: Becky Teubner


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