John Waldo Connelly

John Waldo Connelly was born to a family of Scots-Irish. They had been Conleys, frontiersmen who had come from back east to Vincennes in 1823 to make claims on lands that he now left behind for hopefully for a better life.

He was educated, could add and subract and read and write. He and William both had taught in the schools, but the industry of reconstruction and the call of the railroads lured him south to Chattanooga.

He had his reasons for leaving, and they weren’t all good.