Thanks to an e-mail from another researcher, I was directed to some links with newspaper articles on General Patrick Edward Connor. After also searching the newspaper transcriptions on Utah Digital Newspapers and Newspaper Abstracts, General Connor left an extensive paper trail in local media.  Only a few of the articles relate to anything genealogical. Most of the articles fall under the category of  “human interest”, due to General’s Connor prominence and notoriety in the military. His military bravado in conflicts rooted in nativist attitudes and his actions would empower the popular notion of manifest destiny.

Stockton Daily Argus
Wednesday, 14 Oct 1857

INJURED — A little son of Capt. P.E. CONNOR fell through the sidewalk on Sutter street near Main, yesterday evening, severely injuring his head. There has been several others caught in this same trap.

Stockton Daily Independent
Tuesday, 15 Apr 1862

SUDDEN DEATH — A dispatch was received in this city yesterday, announcing the sudden death, at Benicia, of the eldest son of Colonel P.E. CONNOR, aged 7 years.  His disease was scarlet fever. He was a promising lad and a universal favorite among his schoolfellows and playmates in this city, who will deeply regret his absence from their circles.

Stockton Daily Independent

Wednesday, 16 Apr 1862

DIED — in Benicia, on the morning of the 14thinst., of scarlet fever, Thomas, eldest son of Col. P. Edward CONNOR, aged about 7 years. [‘Little Tommy’ was a boy of remarkable qualities — amiable, very intelligent for his years, and possessing a heart of unbounded liberality and generosity. In his death, hundreds will sympathize with his sadly bereaved parents.]

Stockton Daily Independent


BIRTH — at Salt Lake, June 26th, to the wife of General P. Edward CONNOR, of a son.

Stockton Daily Independent

Monday 16 April 1866

MUSTERED OUT — Among the Brigadier Generals of Volunteers mustered out of the United States service, on the 10th instant, as reported by telegraph, we notice the name of General P. Edward CONNOR. General CONNOR entered the service in this city in August 1861, as Colonel of the 3rd Regiment, of California Volunteers, was transferred to the Department of Utah, with his command, in October of the same year, and soon afterwards promoted to the position of a Brigadier General of Volunteers and appointed to the command of the Department, where he has done good service to his country and gained for himself an enviable reputation as a soldier and a gentleman. General CONNOR is now in Washington where he was summoned before the Committee on the Conduct of the War, and expects to be in Stockton during the coming month of May.

The rest of the articles are on his visits to Stockton, California and his attendance to town/meetings and events. General Connor made a lot of contributions to Stockton and was always welcomed back.

The articles on Utah Digital Newspapers are digitized versions of the newspaper rather then transcriptions, so I will post the links. Most of the articles I have found on General Connor on Utah Digital Newspapers are posthumously to General Connor, either as obituaries or tributes.

General Connor’s Obituary

Monument to General Connor

General Connor Dead

Fort Douglas (Talks about repairs that need to be made to Fort Douglas and how General Connor initially formed Fort Douglas)

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