Photographs from the 1800s place faces on the names found in the registry of Zephaniah Conner’s Bible

Louisa Ann Godwin Conner in mourning for her husband Zephaniah Turner Conner, who died in 1866 in Macon, Georgia, after serving as a Colonel for the Confederacy

Diligently pursuing “Indian depredations” (by Native Americans who objected to the State of Texas having awarded their land to others) around the Coker Settlement on the north side of San Antonio, I paused to look for the copy of The Memoirs of Mary A. Maverick.

And there it was. Not the memoirs, but the small leather-bound, gilded album with photographs of the Conners. Seriously old photos, primarily taken in Macon, Georgia, between the 1860s and the late 1800s.

These will be of little interest to most people unless you are a Conner descendant, but for those, wherever they are, I wanted to post a few of the photos of family members whose births and departures are recorded in Zephaniah Conner’s Family Bible – the behemoth one dating from 1831 featured in this “Older than Methuselah” blogpost, in which you can find out more about this particular branch of the Mister’s ancestors.

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Now, where was I with those restless natives in Texas?

Maybe it will be less distracting to read Mary Maverick’s memoirs online….

July 7, 2016, Update: John Banks wrote a wonderful piece on his blog addressing the Civil War experiences of William Allis Hopson fighting for the South and his younger brother, Edward, fighting for the Union.

5 thoughts on “Photographs from the 1800s place faces on the names found in the registry of Zephaniah Conner’s Bible

  1. Barbara Lamar says:

    How do I capture single photos for my own records? They keep moving along. I particularly want the one of Georgia Hopson as a baby, but also the others as well.

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  2. jbankstx says:

    Gayle: My name is John Banks…and I was pretty excited to find your blog yesterday. I am in the process of writing another Civil War book. One of the stories is on the Hopson brothers — Ned, who fought for the North, and William, who fought for the South. I noticed you are a descendant of William Hopson, whose image is included in an album on this post. I’d love to talk to you about the Hopsons and that image. I am a former Texan, having lived in Dallas and Plano for 20 years. Here’s a link to my extensive Civil War blog: http://john-banks.blogspot.com/ I hope to hear from you soon!

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  3. “With you I look upon the last dark stormy years as a hideous dream…. A strange, wild experience – Heaven grant it may be the last.” William Allis Hopson, 1865. John – Thanks so much for sharing these eloquent post-Civil-War thoughts with Hopson descendants and on your blog. http://john-banks.blogspot.com/2015/03/a-beautiful-haunting-post-war-letter.html

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  4. Mike Singleton says:

    Happened upon the photos of Z.T. Conner and family that you posted last year. Conner was, at one point, the field commander of the Twelfth Georgia Regiment that fought under Lee and Stonewall Jackson in Virginia. I would really appreciate a file of his photo. I enjoyed your post. Thanks.

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