Conn family of Essex

The Conn families of Essex

Research by Ian Robinson

The earliest mention of the Conn family in the Essex area was in 1677 with the birth of Edmund the son of John Con at Stapleford Tawney (IGI). Whilst tentative family links can be made in this early period, it isn't until 1743 that genuine family connections have been made. The villages of Stapleford Tawney, Greensted and Stanford Rivers are all within a couple of miles of one another, whilst Ongar and Norton Mandeville are about 5 miles away. Some 15 miles to the south are Hornchurch and Upminster. Although I have divided these families into three groups, it seems likely that they all have a common origin.

17 Mar 1677. Bap of Edmund the son of John Con of Stapleford Tawney.
1680. bap of Francis the son of John Con of Stapleford Tawney.
11 Mar 1716. Bap of Elizabeth the daughter of Edmund and Elizabeth Conn of Greensted.
10 Nov 1717. Bap of Edmund the son of Edmund and Elizabeth Conn of Greensted.
13 Sep 1719. Bap of Mary the daughter of Edmund and Elizabeth Conn of Greensted.
18 Oct 1724. Bap of Francis the son of Edmund and Elizabeth Conn of Greensted.

Edward (Edmund) Conn married Sarah Lucas at High Ongar on 23 Jan 1743.
In the IGI Edmund is the usual name given, although Edmond or Edward are used. He is called Edward at his marriage to both Sarah and to Ann.

They had 5 children:-

Edward (Edmund) Conn married Ann, date unknown.
It looks as if Sarah died after 1756 and Edward married Ann and had 3 further children

Samuel Conn (1750-1838) married Hannah Doe (1750-1833) at Stanford Rivers, 13 Aug 1775.

They had 5 children.

  1. Samuel, bap. 24 Dec 1775 at Stanford Rivers, bu 11 Oct 1853.
  2. Sarah bap 1778 at Stanford Rivers
  3. John bap 1779 at High Ongar, bu 1 Jan 1865
  4. Ann bap 1784 at High Ongar
  5. William bap 23 Aug 1789 at High Ongar, bu 13 Feb 1791.

The two main family lines are the descendants of Samuel Conn and of John Conn. Each will be dealt with separately. A third family line commencing with William Conn in 1799 at Upminster can also be found, although how he is related to Samuel or John is not known.

Samuel Conn    John Conn   William Conn