James Connolly (le Proinsias)

James Connolly with his wife Lillie and their two older daughters Mona and Nora. Mona later died of burns suffered while Connolly was in the United States.

Lillie ReynoldsAge: 69 years18691938

Name
Lillie Reynolds
Given names
Lillie
Surname
Reynolds
Also known as
Lily
Married name
Lillie Connolly
Birth 1869
Note: account of life in Ina Connolly Heron Witness Statement 919 Bureau of Military History, National Arc…
Religious marriageJames ‘Jim’ ConnollyView this family
30 April 1890 (Age 21 years)
Publication: appended to Ina Connolly Heron Witness Statement 919 Bureau of Military History, National Arcives, Dublin
Citation details: religious certificate of marriage of James Conolly Lily Reynolds appended to Ina Connolly Heron Witness Statement 919 Bureau of Military History, National Arcives, Dublin
Text:

Church of St. John the Baptist at Merville St., Perth in the diocese of Dunkeed

anno die 30 April ego

James Connolly Lily Reynolds

John & Margaret Connolly John & Margaret Reynolds

Pres. Test Jessie Mill Elizabeth Boyce

Witness my hand this day

30th April 1890

Note: Marriage in the district of Perth in the county of Perth

Birth of a daughter
#1
Ina Mary ‘Molly’ Connolly

Birth of a daughter
#2
Aideen Lily Connolly

Death of a fatherJohn Reynolds
1890 (Age 21 years)

Publication: http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/Search/results.aspx Gross data: 387/00 0070
Death of a motherMargaret Newman
1890 (Age 21 years)

Occupation
domestic servant
1890 (Age 21 years)

Occupation
domestic servant
March
Employer: Wilson Family
Residence 1890 (Age 21 years)
Address: 102 High Street Perth
Birth of a daughter
#3
Mona Connolly
18912h. 10m. (Age 22 years)
Note: account of life in Ina Connolly Heron Witness Statement 919 Bureau of Military History, National Arcives, Dublin
Census 1891 (Age 22 years) Age: 22
Address: 75 St Mary St, Edinburgh Old Church
Residence 1891 (Age 22 years)
Address: 75 St. Mary St. Edinburgh
Birth of a daughter
#4
Nora Margaret Connolly
14 November 18924h 30m (Age 23 years)
Address: Lothian Street, Edinburgh
Text:

name and surname: Nora Margaret Connolly when and where born: 1892 November 14th 4h 30m pm Lothian Street, Edinburgh sex: f name surname and rank or profession of father: James Connolly manure carter name and maiden name of mother: Lillie Connolly M.S. Reynolds date and place of marriage: April 1890 April 30th Perth signature and qualification of informant: James Connolly father present where and when registered: 1892 November 29th Edinburgh Blair assistant registrar

Note: account of life in Ina Connolly Heron Witness Statement 919 Bureau of Military History, National Arcives, Dublin
Residence 14 November 1892 (Age 23 years)
Address: Lothian Street, Edinburgh
Birth of a daughter
#5
Aideen Lily Connolly
3 March 18956h 20m (Age 26 years)

Address: 21 South College Street, Edinburgh
Text:

name and surname: Aideen Lily Connolly

when and where born: 1895 March 3rd 6h 20m am 21 South College Street, Edinburgh

sex:f

name, surname and rank of profession of father: James Connolly shoemaker

name and maiden name of mother: Lily Connolly M.S.Reynolds

date and place of marriage: 1890 April 30th Perth

signature and qualification of informant: James Connoly father

when and where registered: March 21st Edinburgh Thomas ?

Note: account of life in Ina Connolly Heron Witness Statement 919 Bureau of Military History, National Arcives, Dublin
Residence 3 March 1895 (Age 26 years)
Address: 21 South College Street, Edinburgh
Birth of a daughter
#6
Ina Mary ‘Molly’ Connolly
about 1896 (Age 27 years)
Note: no record of either civil or church registration of birth in Sctland's People database
Note: account of life in Ina Connolly Heron Witness Statement 919 Bureau of Military History, National Arcives, Dublin
Birth of a daughter
#7
Moira Elizabeth Connolly
about 12 January 1899 (Age 30 years)
Address: 3 Union Place, Grove Road, Rathmines
Residence
Residence 13 January 1899 (Age 30 years)
Address: 3 Union Place, Grove Road, Rathmines
Fact
Military Service Pension

Text:

Awarded £1,500 at time of James' execution by National Aid Association.

Pension of £180pa 5 Apl 1931- 1 Jun 1937 £500pa 2 Jun 1937- death. Daughter awarded pension of £40pa until aged eightenn 1928.

William O'Brien of ITGWU to Rd. Mulcahy, Mimister for Defence (IMA, MSPC, MSPF/ID1786 Feb 1924): 'She has found it rather difficult to make ends meet during recent years and at the moment is rather embarrassed for the want of some ready money. She has one daughter who is a medical student in her last year and it is hoped she will be qualified in the next six or eight months'. ( Diarmaid Ferriter: A Nation and Not a Rabble (2015, 323))

James Murphy, army sergeant's report 17 Feb 1924: 'she appears to be in comfortable circumstances as she has one daughter practicing medicine and a daughter a boarder at the Loreto Convent in North Great George's Street'.

Publication: Military Archives copies of Connolly Pension applications records payments REF NOS Lillie Reynolds: WID178JamesConnolly.pdf MoiraConnolly: WC5 JamesConnolly.pdf Fiona Connolly: WDP23745JamesConnolly.pdf Ina Connolly-Heron: WDP23746JamesConnolly.pdf Nora Connolly-O’Brien: WDP23807 JamesConnolly.pdf Roderick Connolly: WDP56841 JamesConnolly.pdf Aideen Connolly: WDP26349 JamesConnolly.pdf

Baptism of a daughterMoira Elizabeth Connolly
13 January 1899 (Age 30 years)
Address: 3 Union Place, Grove Road, Rathmines
Note: sponsor: MIchael Rofferty
Death of a sisterMargaret Maria Reynolds
4 January 19004. 30 am (Age 31 years) Age: 35
Address: 42 High st.,Edinburgh
Cause: syncope from child birth
Text:

Margaret Maria Reynolds

married to Wiliam Armstrong St.Clair Douglas

tobacco pipe maker

where and when died: 1900 January 4th 4h 30m am

40 High Street, Edinburgh

F.

age:35 yrs.

name and address and rank or profession of father: John Reynolds farm labourer (deceased)

name and maiden name of mother: Margaret Reynolds M.S. Nolan

cause of death: syncope from child birth

signature or qualification of informant: Wiliam Armstrong St.Clair Douglas widowere present

when and where registered: January 5th at Edinburgh

William G.McPhail, assist. registrar

Birth of a son
#8
Roderic James ‘Roddie’ Connolly
11 February 1901 (Age 32 years)
Publication: death of Roddy Connolly Irish Independent 17 Dec 1980
Note: account of birth in Ina Connolly Heron Witness Statement 919 Bureau of Military History, National Arcives, Dublin, p. 5-6
Census 31 March 1901 (Age 32 years) Age: 33
Address: 54.3 in Pimlico (1-24; 36-77) (Merchants Quay, Dublin)
Death of a daughterMona Connolly
4 August 1904 (Age 35 years)
Address: 54 Pimlico, Dublin
Cause: burning
Text:

Tragedy in the Connolly family Published in HISTORY IRELAND

20th-century / Contemporary History, Issue 3 (Autumn 2004), News, Volume 12 James Connolly and family c. mid-1890s — eldest daughter Mona is to the left. (George Morrison) The recollections of Ina Heron, fourth child of James Connolly, are preserved in the recently released Military Bureau collection of archives as document WS 919. As a member of Fianna Éireann she was involved in gunrunning in the preparations for the Easter Rising, and during the Rising she took dispatches into areas that men could not get through. In addition to providing very interesting accounts of the other leading rebel leaders, especially Countess Markievicz, Ina also recalls in her lucid and matter-of-fact style the details of a terrible personal tragedy for the Connollys.

In the autumn of 1903 James, now the father of six children, had arrived in New York. If he had hoped for work as a printer for Daniel De Leon’s Socialist Labor Party he was disappointed, and only after moving inland to his cousin’s home in Troy did he find work, as an insurance collector for the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company. It took some time for him to save up enough to rent a house and send off tickets to his family, but in the summer of 1904 they were all set to sail and join him. Ina relates: ‘One of father’s very dear friends came to spend the last day with my mother and to help prepare us for sailing that night. As there seemed so many of us crowded in the one room falling over one another, each and all of us were afraid to put a nose outside the door in case we would be left behind. The thought of going out to play for an hour or so would not do. This thing—a trip across the Atlantic—was something new to us. We had not heard of this joyride before and one of us would make ourselves scarce and give a little more room for breathing space, until things got to such a pitch that this kindly friend offered to send my eldest sister [Mona] and me to her house which was on the other side of the city and see if we would tidy up her place for an hour or two. My eldest sister did not like the idea of deserting mother on her last day in Dublin and said so, but as she was ever obedient, she got me ready and we went forth on this errand of duty much against our wishes. We had to travel in the tram and she talked about it being our last trip across the city. “This time tomorrow we will be on the high seas on our way out to father. Will he think I’ve grown big? I wonder will he know me?” These were all her dreams. She had herself worn out thinking about him, longing to see him. To be near him for evermore was her last wish on earth. We found the street of my Aunt Alice’s house—as we called her. She had no children and was always interested in our family. My sister was disgusted to find there was no housework to do. Everything was in apple-pie order. She was very vexed. She felt she had been misled into believing that she was sent to be of some assistance instead of being put out of the way. This deception she very much resented as she had been always treated as an adult, and when reasoned with she always accepted the better judgement of her elders and would abide by their decision. She cried for a while and then thought better of it and, looking on the bright side of things, started to anticipate the joys that lay before her that night. “There is nothing to be done. How will we fill in our time for a couple of hours?” The poor child was all worked up with excitement of going aboard a boat tonight and could not sit still. It was really cruel to have sent her on this fool’s errand, she that was so sensitive. Little did her elders dream of the torments and trials she was passing through. She was no ordinary child and therefore needed the time and understanding not necessary for the average girl of her years. She went from one room to another. It was only a small house—a parlour and kitchen and two bedrooms and small garden back and front. When she discovered that the washing had not been done, “this”, she thought, “is the work for me to do”. The fire was in the kitchen range and, as any other little mháthirín would do, she got going on the washing, and, putting me beside her to help by the way—more likely to be better able to keep her eyes on me and keep me out of harm’s way—she let me dabble in the tub of water. Things were going very nicely; all was happy and well. She was one of those lovely people who, whatever she did she had to do well. The washing of clothes had its recompense. She had to boil what she thought called for that thoroughness before she would put them on the line. The largest saucepan procurable was filled with white articles and hot water on the floor. She then removed the ring cover on the top of the range and stooped down to lift up her saucepan which she held with her apron. This apron unfortunately became caught in under the saucepan and when she went to lift up the saucepan to release the apron she realised it had become ignited. I screamed when I saw her all in flames as the flimsiness of her attire was more responsible for the quickness of the conflagration than the fire would have been in the ordinary way. She bid me keep away from her and ran into the back garden where there was a water tap and bending down to reach the fall of water thereby putting the upper portion of her body in more danger and there exposed her breast and neck to the naked flames.

The cries and screams of me drew the attention of a man in a nearby garden. He could see the flames. He jumped the garden walls and came to our assistance, putting out the fire the best he could and then taking my poor unfortunate sister to hospital.

Such confusion that followed can hardly be described, but it was kept evergreen in my memory from listening to my mother’s reminiscences. I was too upset to be able to give my name or address or even talk, as, on this day of all days, the one subject that I heard the most was America, and that did not make sense to all these kindly people who were anxious to get in touch with the patient’s parents. Nothing could be done. I wouldn’t talk sense. If I could eat something or drink tea or milk I might settle down and they could get some information from me—but no.

Meanwhile my mother was feeling uncomfortable at our not returning. Time was slipping by and no sign of us turning up. Then mother came to the conclusion that Aunt Alice’s husband probably returned home earlier than usual with the intention of coming to the boat and seeing us off and that any moment he would appear with both of us in his care. Well, this did not happen, and in an hour’s time Aunt Alice decided she would go and fetch us. There was no need to worry, everything was in order. There was nothing to do; the cabman would call and bring us to the boat and a neighbour was supplying the family with tea. She left in the best of spirits, quite satisfied she had accomplished a good day’s work for her friend. She felt very pleased that things turned out so well. She was happy that we looked so good and more than anxious that we should be a credit to her dear friend in America. Curiously enough, she simultaneously arrived at her door as her husband did to be encountered by a few neighbours who had me in their keeping, and when they got an account of the accident, learned of the child in hospital, their first thoughts flew to mother. What a catastrophe! She, sitting with her brood waiting to go aboard ship that night! How would they tell her? Who would break the news? Taking me in their arms, they both made their way towards returning to mother immediately—to bring her to the hospital there to see her firstborn child lying unconscious, all wrapped in bandages, with her dreams she never lived to see come true, in a sleep she would never come out of. She had passed out of all her suffering and left mother with more cares and heartbreaks than she would ever have wished, had she but known.’ The records of Glasnevin Cemetery confirm that Mona Connolly, aged 13, died of burns in Drumcondra Hospital on Thursday 4 August 1904. She was buried two days later. The address of her mother, Lillian, is given as 54 Pimlico. The bitter poverty that the family lived in at that time is revealed by the fact that Mona is buried in an unmarked pauper’s grave, plot number JL 174. The family took the sailing the following week. We believe that a proper commemorative stone should be erected on the plot site. Interested organisations or individuals can contact 1916@indigo.ie. Lorcan Collins, Conor Kostick and Shane Mac Thomáis are tour guides with the 1916 Walking Tour. '

Residence 4 August 1904 (Age 35 years)
Residence August 1904 (week) (Age 35 years)
Address: Fitzwilliam Sq., Dublin
Residence 1904 (Age 35 years)
Residence 1905 (Age 36 years)
Residence 1906 (Age 37 years)
Birth of a daughter
#9
Fiona Anne Connolly
22 August 1907 (Age 38 years)
Text:

1910 United States Census

New York New York Bronx Assembly District 33 District 1508

f w(hite) single date of immigration: (none given - indicating birth in United States)

Census 1910 (Age 41 years) Age: 41
Address: New York New York Bronx Assembly District 33 District 1508
Residence 1910 (Age 41 years)
Census 1911 (Age 42 years) Age: 43
Note: Birthplace: Co. Wicklow
Residence 1911 (Age 42 years)
Address: 70 South Lotts Road South, Pembroke West, Dublin
Residence 1911 (Age 42 years)
Death of a husbandJames ‘Jim’ Connolly
12 May 1916 (Age 47 years) Age: 47
Cause: execution by military firing squad
Note: official transcript/account of James Connolly's court martial:
Note: Irish Independent 19 May 2014
Note: Somhairle MacGill-Eàin

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OWXnzZXJaas

James Connolly Socialist and Revolutionary Part Five

Burial of a husbandJames ‘Jim’ Connolly
12 May 1916 (Age 47 years)

Residence 1916 (Age 47 years)
Address: Three Rock Cottage, Barnacullia, Co. Dublin
Note: cottage owned by Citizens' Army leader Countess Markievicz.
Marriage of a childSeamus O'BrienNora Margaret ConnollyView this family
1922 (Age 53 years)

Residence 1925 (Age 56 years)
Address: 36 Belgrave Square, Rathmines, Dublin
Marriage of a childLeonard Frederick Wilson Fiona Anne ConnollyView this family
28 March 1934 (Age 65 years)

Publication: Exhibition Dun Laoghaire Library 2005 article re same History Ireland published in 20th-century / Contemporary History, Issue 4 (Jul/Aug 2005), News, News, Volume 13
Residence 1938 (Age 69 years)
Address: 36 Belgrave Square Dublin
Death 22 January 1938 (Age 69 years) Age: 68
Address: 36 Belgrave Square, Rathmines, Dublin
Cause of death: ill for some time

Burial 23 January 1938 (1 day after death)
Address: Mount Argus cemetery Dublin
Family with parents - View this family
father
mother
Marriage:
herself
-3 years
elder sister
Family with James ‘Jim’ Connolly - View this family
husband
herself
Marriage: 30 April 1890The Catholic church Perth Edinburgh
20 months
daughter
James Connolly with his wife Lillie and their two older daughters Mona and Nora. Mona later died of burns suffered while Connolly was in the United States.Mona Connolly
Birth: 1891 22 2275 St. Mary St. Edinburgh
Death: 4 August 1904Drumcondra Hospital
6 years
daughter
-3 years
daughter
2 years
daughter
4 years
daughter
2 years
son
7 years
daughter

Marriagereligious certificate of marriage of James Connollt Lillie Reynolds
Publication: appended to Ina Connolly Heron Witness Statement 919 Bureau of Military History, National Arcives, Dublin
Citation details: religious certificate of marriage of James Conolly Lily Reynolds appended to Ina Connolly Heron Witness Statement 919 Bureau of Military History, National Arcives, Dublin
Text:

Church of St. John the Baptist at Merville St., Perth in the diocese of Dunkeed

anno die 30 April ego

James Connolly Lily Reynolds

John & Margaret Connolly John & Margaret Reynolds

Pres. Test Jessie Mill Elizabeth Boyce

Witness my hand this day

30th April 1890

ResidenceIrish Miltary Archive Miltary Service Pension Committee Military Service Pension File /ID178 James Connolly: William O'Brien to Richard Mulcahy, 6 Feb 1924
FactIrish Miltary Archive Miltary Service Pension Committee Military Service Pension File /ID178 James Connolly: William O'Brien to Richard Mulcahy, 6 Feb 1924
Birth

account of life in Ina Connolly Heron Witness Statement 919 Bureau of Military History, National Arcives, Dublin

certificate of marriage to James Connolly 30 APL 1890 gives age as 22

Marriage

Marriage in the district of Perth in the county of Perth

When and where and how married:

1890 on the thirtieth of April The Catholic church Perth after publication according to the forms of the Roman Catholic church

Signature of parties: James Connolly carter (bachelor) age: 21 usual address: 22 West Port Edinburgh name, surname and rank or profession of father: John Connolly carter name and maiden name of mother: Mary Connolly M.C. McGinn

Signature of parties: Lily Reynolds domestic servant (spinster) age: 22 usual address: 102 High Street Perth name, surname and rank or profession of father: John Reynolds farm labourer (dead) name and maiden name of mother: Margaret Reynolds Margaret Newman

If regular marriage signature of officiating minister and witness: John Turner signed: Jessie Mill witness Eliza Boyce witness

Census

Birthplace: Co. Wicklow

read and write

religion: Church of Ireland

Residence

cottage owned by Citizens' Army leader Countess Markievicz.

Lillie Connolly and children brought there from Belfast in anticipation of the Rising.

Marriagecivil certificate of church marriage of James Connolly Lily Reynoldscivil certificate of church marriage of James Connolly Lily Reynolds
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DeathIrish Press 24 Jan 1938 Tribute to Lillie Reynolds
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Citation details: Ina Connoly Heron statement 199 Bureau of Military History National Archives Dublin 25 Jan 1954