Caswell County Genealogy
1849 - 1914 (65 years)
||Connally, Henry Thomas [1, 2, 3] |
||1 Apr 1849
||Halifax County, Virginia
||11 Aug 1914
||Caswell County, North Carolina
||13 Oct 2023 |
||Connally, George Franklin, b. 1814, Halifax County, Virginia d. Aft 1870, Mt. Carmel, Halifax County, Virginia (Age > 57 years) |
||Lewis, Mildred Hundley, b. Abt 1818 |
||24 Dec 1834
||Charlotte County, Virginia 
||Group Sheet | Family Chart
||Pulliam, Sarah Jane, b. 30 Sep 1848, North Carolina d. 31 May 1925, Leasburg, Caswell County, North Carolina (Age 76 years) |
||1 Jun 1871
||Leasburg, Caswell County, North Carolina 
| ||1. Connally, George Berryman, b. 10 Aug 1873, North Carolina d. 16 Oct 1956, Roxboro, Person County, North Carolina (Age 83 years) [Father: natural] [Mother: natural]|
| ||2. Connally, Edgar Taylor, b. 1876, North Carolina d. 20 Apr 1960, Roxboro, Person County, North Carolina (Age 84 years) [Father: natural] [Mother: natural]|
|+||3. Connally, Walter Eugene, b. 10 May 1878, North Carolina d. 17 Jan 1956, Roxboro Township, Person County, North Carolina (Age 77 years) [Father: natural] [Mother: natural]|
|+||4. Connally, Mary Lewis, b. 19 Aug 1882, North Carolina d. 28 Mar 1974, Garner, Wake County, North Carolina (Age 91 years) [Father: natural] [Mother: natural]|
| ||5. Connally, Helen Pulliam, b. 17 Dec 1884, Leasburg, Caswell County, North Carolina d. 23 Nov 1887, Leasburg, Caswell County, North Carolina (Age 2 years) [Father: natural] [Mother: natural]|
| ||6. Connally, Mildred Williams, b. 3 Aug 1889, North Carolina d. 23 Feb 1972, Roxboro, Person County, North Carolina (Age 82 years) [Father: natural] [Mother: natural]|
||Group Sheet | Family Chart
||13 Oct 2023 |
- Henry T. Connally (1848-1914)
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He operated Connally's Store in Leasburg, Caswell County, North Carolina, which earlier had been Pulliam's Store. His wife was Sarah Jane Pulliam. Note that some records show his birth state as North Carolina, others show Virginia.
In the 1870 US Census (Leasburg, Caswell County, North Carolina) 21-year-old Henry Connally was shown as part of the Green Pulliam household and described as a retail dry goods merchant, born in Virginia. Part of this household was one Sally Pulliam, who was Sarah Jane Pulliam and became the wife of Henry T. Connally. Twenty-year-old Joseph Pulliam, brother of Sarah Jane (Sallie) Pulliam, was shown as a clerk in a dry goods store. Query whether he was employed by his brother-in-law to-be.
The following is from The Leasburg I Knew, William S. Dixon (1968):
Up the hill was Connally's store, managed by Mr. H. T. Connally, and adjacent, was the Connally home, one of the finer homes in Leasburg. Here lived fiery, but likeable, Mr. Henry Connally, wife Sallie, daughters Mary and Mildred, and sons, George, Edgar and Walter. None married, although later on Miss Mary was married to Judge Womack and Walter married the school "marm," as I shall relate later, and lived across the "street."
Connally's store was mainly operated by George, the bachelor son. George was a favorite with lady customers, for he carried a good selection of dress goods and accessories and he had a knowledge of just which of such items would be becoming to his customers. He kept individual tastes in mind when he made buying trips to Richmond. He also had a pleasant manner and voice, which customers appreciated. I would be amiss not to mention the great service George Connally gave the church. He took it on himself to act as custodian and kept the church spic-and-span condition, rang the bell, provided and arranged flowers for services, and on cold days, started fires in the two stoves that heated the building. He was also Sunday School Secretary, and part of the time, was Treasurer. Mr. Henry Connally was a bit eccentric at times. I have heard a story of how a crotchety old negro argued with him over a thirteen-cent item that was marked two-for-a-quarter. Mr. Connally grabbed a penny, went out to the woodpile, laid the penny on a block and chopped it in half and handed the negro a half and told him to "get." He put in a soda fountain for his own pleasure, but we youngsters revelled in it too.
Connally's store was rallying point for the young men on Saturday afternoon when farmers took off and came to town. The baseball field was across the street, in the factory lot, and in the summer this was the center of interest. The field was shortened in center field by the old factory building. Many hotly contested games were played between Leasburg and surrounding communities. These communities centered around a country store usually, such as Hester's Store, Edgewood, and Bushy Fork. The teams were mainly made up of farmer boys who had worked hard all week. But we knew nothing better and thought it was good baseball.
It feel the turn of the Ebenezer Church to have the Association. Crowds came from far and near to attend; some with honorable motives; some not so honorable. In town, Connally's Store was busy. Some of the second variety were on hand there. One of these was a Warren from out south in the Hester's Store area. He was a noted trouble maker and fight picker. He was on horse back that day and mean drunk. He rode his horse up the front steps of the porch and tried to urge him inside. Mr. Henry Connally would not back down from any man; he came out of the store with a pick handle and drove them back down the steps. So Warren dismounted and entered the store on foot. He staggered and stuck his elbow through a show case. He then took a swing at Fate Brooks, a much smaller man, also from the South Country. He had picked on the wrong man that day; Fate drew his pocket knife and with one swipe slashed Warren across the chest. Warren walked slowly down the road in the direction of Ebenezer. A negro took him in his buggy to the church grounds.
This was all reported to me by eye witnesses. But about this time, my father decided he and I needed some association atmosphere, so we drove out there. Not too far from the church I saw Warren reclining against a big oak with his bloody chest exposed. Dr. Love, with customary cigar in his mouth, was stooped in front of him sewing up the gash, that looked at least a foot long and more than half an inch deep. I thought "you are wasting time -- he can't live." But he did live, and I heard that he was in another fight six months later.
The Pulliam & Connally General Store was owned, and operated, by Berryman Green ("B. G.") Pulliam (1801-1877) and Henry Thomas ("H. T.") Connally (1849-1914). These two men were important individuals within the Leasburg community: storeowners, plantation owners and, in Connally's case, a church leader, a miller and an informal local banker. Pulliam and Connally shared both a business and a familial relationship. They were partners in the store as well as being in-laws; Connally married Pulliam's oldest daughter Sarah Jane ("Sallie").
Source: From a Needle to an Anvil, Come and See Me, and You Can Find It (The Connally General Store and Leasburg, Caswell County, North Carolina as Seen Through the Store's Records, 1881 and 1895) by Timothy S. Bottoms (1991)(University of North Carolina at Greensboro Masters Degree Thesis) at 28. See: H. T. Connally Store Master's Degree Thesis.
Note that the foregoing source also gives the birth date of Henry Thomas Connally as 1 April 1849.
H. T. Connally Store (Leasburg, NC): The photograph caption (from 1985) indicates that many of store's contents ended up in a "Greensboro Museum." This is the Greensboro Historical Museum, which acquired the Connally Store items around 1961. Here is a statement from the Curator of Collections at the Greensboro Historical Museum:
"The Connally General Store was on display at the Greensboro Historical Museum from 1961 to 2005. Last year , we completed a major renovation of the 2nd floor of the Summit Building and several of the previous displays including the General Store were removed and put in storage. Several of the wall cabinets and counters are rather large. . . ."
Title: Pulliam and Connally
Call Number: AB.112
MARS Id: 3012 (Record Group)
Quantity: 3 Volume(s)
Scope / Contents: General merchandise. Daybooks.
Subjects: Merchants, Consumer Goods, Stores, Mercantile Business
Personal Names: Pulliam, _____; Connally, _____
Corporate Names: Pulliam and Connally
Geographical Names: Caswell County; Leasburg
Housed: North Carolina Archives
1880 United States Federal Census
Name: Henry T. Connally
Home in 1880: Leasburg, Caswell, North Carolina
Estimated birth year: abt 1848
Birthplace: North Carolina
Relation to head-of-household: Self (Head)
Spouse's name: Sallie J.
Father's birthplace: North Carolina
Mother's birthplace: North Carolina
Occupation: Merchant & Farmer
Marital Status: Married
Household Members: Name Age
Henry T. Connally 32
Sallie J. Connally 30
George B. Connally 7
Edgar T. Connally 5
Walter E. Connally 2
1900 United States Federal Census
Name: Henry Connally
Home in 1900: Leasburg, Caswell, North Carolina
Estimated birth year: abt 1848
Relationship to head-of-house: Head
Spouse's name: Sallie J
Household Members: Name Age
Henry Connally 52
Sallie J Connally 51
George B Connally 27
Edger T Connally 24
Walter E Connally 22
Mary L Connally 17
Mildred Connally 10
North Carolina Death Collection, 1908-1996
Name: Henry T Connally
Death Date: 11 Aug 1914
Death County: Caswell
Death State: North Carolina
Death Age: 66
Birth Date: 1848
Source: NC State Archives. North Carolina Deaths, 1908-67
- Details: The Heritage of Caswell County, North Carolina, Jeannine D. Whitlow, Editor (1985) at 442 (Article #577 "Berryman Green Pulliam" by Mrs. Ruth Newman Foushee).
- Details: The Leasburg I Knew, William S. Dixon (1968).
- Details: North Carolina Death Certificate of Walter Eugene Connally (1878-1956).
- Details: Bradsher and Allied Families [Roots Web Family Tree No Longer Available. See Bradsher 2009 on Ancestry.com].
- Details: From a Needle to an Anvil, Come and See Me, and You Can Find It (The Connally General Store and Leasburg, Caswell County, North Carolina as Seen Through the Store's Records, 1881 and 1895) by Timothy S. Bottoms (1991)(University of North Carolina at Greensboro Masters Degree Thesis) at 34.