In 1870 in Indiana, George Washington Boyle (a/k/a Boyles) and his wife, Cecily Samantha Ann (Miller) Boyle, named a son Cyrenius Conover Boyle (or, possibly, Cecil Cyrenius Conover Boyle). The father of this George Washington Boyle was a Henry C. Boyle, born in 1820 in Jefferson County, Ohio to Alexander and Catharine (Grim) Boyle. I suspect that the middle initial "C." might have stood for Conover. Alexander Boyle's brother, a Henry Boyle, first married Mary Thompson in 1805 in Jefferson County, Ohio and named a son Henry C. Boyle in 1819. Again, I suspect that the middle initial "C." might have stood for Conover. Unfortunately, this Henry C. Boyle born in 1819 died in Columbiana County, Ohio in 1828, at the age of 9. Mary (Thompson) Boyle also died, and widower Henry Boyle remarried to a Kesiah (maiden name unknown) and again named a son Henry C. Boyle in 1829. Again, I suspect that the middle initial "C." might have stood for Conover.
Alexander and Henry Boyle had a sister, Susannah Boyle, who married William Amend in 1818 in Jefferson County, Ohio and they named a son Serenus (a spelling variant of Cyrenius) Conover Amend in 1831.
Why would the three siblings, Alexander, Henry and Susannah, all choose to use the name "Conover" as a middle name for offspring? One reasonable, and even probable, inference is that their mother's maiden name had been Conover.
These three Boyles were children of a Henry Boyle, who moved to Jefferson County, Ohio from Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania in the early 1800s. Henry appeared as the head of his household in the 1790 census for Huntingdon County, PA.
According to research Kip Conover (see his extensive website at http://www.conovergenealogy.com/conover-p/p619.htm)http://www.conovergenealogy.com/conover-p/p619.htm), also in Huntingdon County was the family of John Covenhoven, also known as John Crownover. He was born ca. 1745 at Penn's Neck, Hunterdon (now Mercer) County, New Jersey, the son of John and Lydia (Predmore) Covenhoven. The name of the wife of John (Jr.) is currently unknown. John and his wife had several children, including a Daniel (who appeared in the 1800 census for Huntingdon County as Daniel "Connover"). Apparently the original Dutch surname of "van Kouwenhoven" eventually evolved, in English-speaking New Jersey and Pennsylvania, into Conover in some lines of descent. This John Covenhoven (Jr.) also had a daughter named Elizabeth ("Betsy"). I am working on a theory that she was born about 1768 and married Henry Boyle in Huntingdon County, PA about 1786, and had several children, including Alexander, Henry and Susannah, who all passed their mother's maiden name, "Conover", to their descendants.
Does anyone have any information about this Elizabeth ("Betsy") Covenhoven/Crownover/Conover of Huntingdon County, PA? OR, does anybody have information concerning the Conover name being linked to Boyles, and the middle initial "C" for these three males named Henry C. Boyle?If so, please share by posting here or by contacting me directly at email@example.com.