Gilmore Franklin Connely came to Louisiana from Indiana on a surveying trip. He settled in Terrebonne Parish between 1835 and 1840, served in the Legislature and signed the Articles of Succession. That signature caused him to fall out with his parents back home in Indiana.
Connely built Mulberry Farm, which no longer stands. My dad grew up in Mulberry neighborhood, which is where the farm once was.
He married Lucy Leffingwell Kelley. They had four children:
- Arthur Warren
Arthur also led an interesting life. Young Arthur ran the blockade in 1863 to join the Confederate Army in north Louisiana. His Indiana cousins aided his efforts. He survived the war and became a sheriff.
Arthur married Clara Himel. They had 11 children:
- Edmund McCollam
- Arthur Warew
- William Alexander
- Clerville Himel
It was Arthur who sold the family farm. Apparently he wanted to live closer to town. He died in 1915.
Source: “The Houma Daily Courier and Terrebonne Press,” Oct. 8, 1972