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I am participating in a genealogy blog challenge called 52 ancestors in 52 weeks. You would have never guessed that the goal is to discuss one ancestor a week, every week for the year. I am late getting started, so will have double up on a couple. To start the challenge, I begin with John Francis Connelly, because today is his birthday.

John Francis Connelly was born  17 January 1877 in New York City to parents Owen Connelly and Margaret Melvin. I believe his mother died shortly after his birth. There are a couple of possible matches in the NYC death certificates, but can not confirm either is she. Advertisement for John Francis Connelly’s printing business in the 1910-1911 Bangor City Directory.JF Connelly ad

In 1880, at just 3 years old, John was living in Bangor Maine with his uncle Patrick Connelly and family. His older brother William was also with them. He and William were enumerator in the census as  Patrick’s “sons” rather than nephews.

John F. was raised in Bangor and became a printer by trade. He was an officer with the Typographical Union, and was appointed as the Maine Commissioner of Labor and Industry in 1911, a position he held until 1915. During his tenure, he was known for his strong support and enforcement of the state’s child labor laws. After leaving office, we continued the printing business in Portland.

John died in Portland in 1960. His wife Katherine had pre-deceased him. He was survived by sons Paul and John Owen.