J. Q. A. Conner, a prominent farmer of Monroe Township, was born in Upper St. Clair Township, Allegheny Co., Penn., in 1827, a son of John and Sarah Ann (Adams) Conner, both of Allegheny County. John Conner was a carpenter and school-teacher, and was a well-to-do citizen. He had a family of twelve children, five of whom are living: J.Q. A. Eliza, Ann, Hiram and Ellen (twins).
J.Q.A. Conner was given good educational advantages, remaining at home until twenty-one years of age, when he began farming on his own account. In 1877 he moved to Holmes County, Ohio, and bought 125 acres of land, which was formerly the Phillips property. Mr. Conner was married, in 1852, to Margaret, daughter of William and Catherine (Porter) McMillen, prominent citizens of Allegheny County. Mrs. Conner is one of a family of twelve children, the remaining eleven being Sarah, Elizabeth, Rachel, Ann, William, James, Alexander, Nancy, Caroline, Thomas and Catherine. Mr. and Mrs. Conner have had the following named children: William, who died in his twenty-third year; John Henry, Annie Catherine, who died in her fifteenth year; Sarah Lizzie, who died in her seventeenth year; Wilson Lesnett, who died in his fourth year; Winfield Scott, Elmer and Nora (twins), Thomas, Clarence and Orland Hartford. Six of the family died in childhood. Mr. Conner enlisted in the War of the Rebellion, in 1865, a member of the Fourth Pennsylvania Cavalry, and served five months. He and his wife are members of the Presbyterian Church; in politics he is a Republican.
Biographical Record of Holmes County, 1889