Francis M Conley married Zerilda Willcoxen in Fulton County Illinois in 1856. They had three children. Two of them we do not know the names of. The third, Mary Charlotte Conley, was born in 1863 in Lewistown Fulton County, Illinois. Zerilda died later in 1863.
Mary Charlotte Conley died in Tacoma Washington in 1941. Her obituary mentions a half sister, a MRS. BECKERDITE, from Illinois. Family lore also verifies Mary was raised by a stepmother.
I suspect that the Effie Connely you refer to may be the child of Francis M Connely and a second wife. Do you know who Effie's parents were? Do you have any idea where Effie was born or where they might have lived? Thanks for your attention. Jim Green