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Anna Euphemia (Fish) McConney (1840 - 1904)

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Anna Euphemia "Phemy" McConney formerly Fish aka MacConney
Born in Mainemap
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married 24 Jun 1860 in Abington, Plymouth, Massachusettsmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Rockland, Massachusettsmap
Profile last modified 1 Dec 2019 | Created 5 Oct 2018 | Last significant change: 1 Dec 2019
16:07: Cheri (Hallisey) Ryals-Hallisey edited the Biography for Anna Euphemia (Fish) McConney (1840-1904). (Added note about cousin Marjorie : )) [Thank Cheri for this]
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Anna (Fish) McConney was a Native American and member of the Mi'kmaq tribe.

Anna was born about 1840. She passed away 1905.


20 July 1850: Euphemia is living with parents and sister Nancy in Turner, Oxford, Maine [1]

Marriage Record

  • 24 June 1860: Anna E. Fish is 21 years old when married to James who is 19yo.
Married in Abington, Plymouth, Mass.
Record shows Anna's birthplace as Turner, Maine.
No parents listed for Anna on this record.[2]


  • 1905: Buried with husband James F. MacConney and sons Frank and J Archer at Mount Pleasant Cemetery Rockland, Massachusetts.
  • This Memorial gives Anna's birthplace as Massachusetts (Not Maine?)[3]

Research Notes

My mother Sylvia Stetson-1577 says Euphemia Fish was a full Mi'kmaq Native American as told to her by her mother Lottie Torrey-703. Euphemia Fish was Lottie's grandmother and our family called her Phemy. Mom was very close to her mother Lottie and was her caretaker until she passed away in 1996 at almost 101 years old. Gramma Lottie had an excellent memory and could recite the alphabet backwards. Euphemia passed away in 1904 when Lottie was almost 9 years old, her knowledge of our Native American ancestry is from personal recollection and what information was told to her by her mother Amy Frances (MacConney) Torrey. Although many genealogists feel that oral history are just myths until proven on paper, I can't help but believe my Gramma Lottie. Why would they admit to this if it wasn't true? Especially since Euphemia's life span (1840-1904) was during the time when our Native Americans were being forced to live on reservations if they didn't accept Christianity and assume a Christian name.

  • This is where Euphemia's paper trail falls short so far. According to the extensive research done by a cousin posted in this blog, no birth record has been found for Euphemia Fish.
  • Why aren't Euphemia's parents listed on her marriage record?
  • Why did some of her paternal Uncles change their last name?
  • Why is Euphemia's grandmother "Fear" aka: Fear Bump assumed to be "Elethea"?
  • What does M.N. stand for? Sylvia M.N. is listed as the mother of Euphemia's husband James MacConney on their marriage record. Do we assume it stands for "maiden name"? Then why isn't there a question mark? Could M.N. possibly stand for "Mi'kmaq Nation"? Was Sylvia also Native American? There was a time in history that the Native Americans were referred to by their first name and their last name was their tribal name. I'm not grasping at straws here. I'm finding more connections in our family tree that show compassion for our Native Americans. Especially among my Irish/ Scotch-Irish family.
  • Searching for proof. As the old saying goes, "to assume" will only make a "ass-u-me".
  • Many Scottish immigrants respected our Native Americans and felt a connection to them and their love for their country. Many also didn't come to take their land. They asked the Natives if they could buy it from them. This made for good relationships with the Natives. I will search for the reference to this and link it here. It was definitely a good read.
  • Why so much missing information when Massachusetts in particular is known for their excellent record keeping?
  • By 1860, some of Euphemia's paternal Uncles had changed their last name from Fish to Morris. WHY?[4]

Maine name change law enacted in Year (?)[5]

Note Mom Stetson-1577 told me that Euphemia went to Law school but wasn't allowed to practice law so she became a teacher. I recall seeing a Census of (was it Euphemia?) working in a law office. Needs more research. (Hallisey-27 12:54, 19 November 2019 (UTC))

Note My 3rd cousin, Marjorie (Fish) Luce had also heard that one of our ancestors married a Native American woman. This is great news since Marjorie and I didn't know of each other until we connected while I was researching my tree. ~Cheri


  1. "United States Census, 1850," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 12 April 2016), Euphemia Fish in household of John C Fish, Turner, Oxford, Maine, United States; citing family 26, NARA microfilm publication M432 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  2. [1]
  3. Find A Grave, database and images ( accessed 19 November 2019), memorial page for Ann Euphemia Fish MacConney (1840–1905), Find A Grave: Memorial #98797802, citing Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Rockland, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by mcconihe (contributor 46999474).

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On 30 Aug 2019 at 21:46 GMT Patricia Hawkins wrote:

There is a good deal about Anna Euphemia Fish and her family and ancestors at the following link. Looks like it's by a cousin. Note that it has the most recent posting at the top, so for Part 1, her birth, you need to go to the bottom of the page.

Anna is 18 degrees from Mags Gaulden, 16 degrees from Dennis Wilson and 16 degrees from Henry VIII of England on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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