Connors, Moses

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                                   PEOPLE FROM THE PAST
                                    Moses Connors

Moses Connors was a native of Ireland who emigrated to Miramichi in 1835. He had five children.

One daughter, Mother M. Cleophas, became a nun and spent much of her career in Bermuda. Two other daughters became nuns of the Religious Hospitallers of Saint Joseph and served in Chatham at Hotel Dieu Hospital. A son, W. T. Connors, served as customs officer in Chatham for twenty years. He also became the first town clerk in Chatham. A second son, James F. Connors, was educated at Chatham Grammar School. He later went on to study at St. Michael’s College in Chatham and thereafter studied at St. Joseph’s College at Memramcook. Then he undertook the study of law under R.R. Adams and at the Dalhousie University Law School, both of Halifax.

Following graduation from law school Moses Connors became clerk to the Hon. Judge Wilkinson. In 1893 he entered politics and was elected councillor for the parish of Chatham. In 1897 he was re-elected to that post. In January of 1898, Connors was unanimously elected Warden of Northumberland County. Later the same month he was elected Chatham Town Clerk.

On April 6, 1989, he resigned as town clerk to become Police Magistrate. He was the first Police Magistrate in New Brunswick to be appointed under the Town’s Incorporation Act.

In 1891 he took for his wife Louisa I., daughter of Charles Duffy of Fredericton.

by Andrew Fraser

Source: Northumberland News – June 15, 1983

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