Comment: The following continues info on Conreys whose ancestors have been traced to Monmouth County, NJ.
Other surnames mentioned:
Johnston, Baker, Stakes, Wells, Ferris, Allen, Stillwell, Cook, Clark, Hoffmire, Strickland, Carhart, Griffin, Wenman, Burdge,Meeks, Betts, Quick, Lawrence, Day, Thorne, Pierson, Duykinck, Fowler, Miller, Wright, Carman, Conway
POSSIBLE FATHER OF THOMAS CONREY (d 1795)
Previously concluded Wm (d 1817) prob an uncle of Thomas P. IF so, and IF Thomas (d 1795) was the fa of Thomas P then Thomas (d 1795) was a brother of Wm (d 1817 & a son of John Conrey (b bef est 1719). But Thomas (d 1795) not mentioned in John’s will. Besides Wm (d 1817), the other known sons of John (b est 1719) were Peter (d 1790) & Jonathan (d 1807). No Thomas listed in Peter or Jonathan’s wills.
ASSUMING Thomas (d 1795) was Thomas P’s fa, the only other Conrey found in North America currently known to this researcher, who was b early enough in the 1700’s to be the father of Thomas (d 1795) is a Daniel b est by 1711. Daniel’s dau Margaret christened 9 Nov 1729 at Christ (Episcopal) Church or Saint Peters, Philadelphia. Philadelphia is abt 90 miles from Middletown, Monmouth Co, NJ where Thomas P was b in 1761. A Daniel of unknown parents is listed as a grocer in the NYC 1801 dir. 1801 is the only year thru 1834 a Daniel Conrey/variation is mentioned in NYC dirs.
CHILDREN OF WM, PETER, JONATHAN
As mentioned above, Wm (d NYC 1817), Peter (d Monmouth Co.1790), & Jonathan (d NYC 1807) are the fa’s/grandfa’s of almost all pre 1830 NYC Conreys whose fathers/ grandfathers are known. Following is info on the known wives & children of Wm, Peter, & Jonathan.
WILLIAM (d 1817)
Assumed first wife= unknown & children unknown
Second wife believed to be Mary JOHNSTON m 9 Sep 1767. Know of two children alive at Wm’s 1817 d & two who d bef 1817. Aft his d, Wm’s real property was divided into seven parts. One part each went to William & Abraham.
-William, b by 1774 based on 1794 NYC dir listing. ASSUME, based on his first name, Wm was the first b male. D 9 Nov 1849 NYC. Will proved 22 Oct 1850. Cabinetmaker. M first wife –name unknown- by 1799 & first wife d bef 13 Apr 1802- one child (fem) listed in 1800 cen. Second wife = Charity BAKER, m 13 or 14 Apr 1802. Charity d NYC 4 July 1816; no known children. Third wife = Hester STAKES m 17Apr 1817 Christ Episcopal Ch, NYC; no known children.
-Thomas, b abt 23 May 1770; m unknown; d 23 Aug abt 1810 prob NYC; at least one child- a son b 1791-1799. Was sometimes a city marshal employed at pleasure of the Common Council, & a cabinetmaker. (Thomas b abt 1770 not found in 1810 cen. 1810 cen to be done abt Aug 6 but took abt 9 months to complete.)
-Demaris(e), b est by 1775; m William WELLS 18 Dec 1793 in NYC; Demaris(e) d aft 1809; Wm Wells prob d 1808-1810. No known children. Demaris(e) is the only known person of this first name among the Conreys of Monmouth, NJ before 1800 & of NYC before 1830. Therefore, believe Demaris(e) was the last name of an ancestor of Margaret Johnston. (Demaris has been found as a first name of non-Conveys.)
-Abraham, b bef 1778; m Congregational Ch, Stanwich, Connecticut or NYC Protestant Episcopal Church 5 June 1796 to Deborah FER®IS of Stanwich, Connecticut. Abraham & Deborah d aft 27 Oct 1836 & were apparently still m to each other. One known child- b 22 & d 26 March 1804 NYC, bur First Baptist Ch.
Also found a NYC Abraham CONREY, m to an Elizabeth. Believe Elizabeth is Deborah as only one Abraham is listed in NYC dirs 1793-1833. Every year listed Abraham = a shoemaker, & at only two addresses during that period.
Deborah is so named in her wedding announcement & deeds. A & E had children Catharine (b cal 7 Mar1798) & Eliza (b cal 30 Apr 1800) baptized January 1808 in the Methodist Ch. No residence given. Abraham & Elizabeth were also prob the parents of a Peter & an Ellen who d 20 Dec 1815 at Hudson St & 2 Jan 1816 at Lombardy St, both abt one year old & bur in Methodist Episcopal cems. Sextons differed. Thomas Conrey (marshal) listed on Lombardy in 1809. No other Conrey listed on Hudson 1793-1833. Lombardy & Hudson could be addresses of Elizabeth’s siblings.
Deborah Ferris’ parents were James Ferris & Mary Mackay. Deborah’s brother, Lemuel Ferris, was listed two persons before Abraham Con (sic; Corr in Ancestry/HQ indexes) in the 1810 NYC seventh ward cen- the same ward in which Abraham is found in the 1820 & 30 censuses.
-Catharine, b est by 1780; m Samuel ALLEN (tailor) 22 July 1795 at First Baptist Ch; d prob aft 1798; no known children. (Samuel Allen, tailor, is listed in1800 NYC dir.)
-John, b cal 15 Oct 1781; d 5 June 1810 of NYC, bur First Baptist. Not known if m.
PETER (Bro of Wm d 1817)
B abt 1739 of Freehold, Monmouth Co, NJ; d btwn 1 January 1790- end of Feb 1790, Middletown, Monmouth. Will proved 23 Mar 1790, Monmouth. Peter appointed his “beloved brethren [presumably members of the same Church denomination] and trusty friends John STILLWELL, at Garret's Hill the Township of Middletown [,] County of Monmouth and State of New Jersey and John MORGAN Blacksmith of South Amboy in the County of Middlesex, Executor[s].” (Middlesex bordered Monmouth to the north & South Amboy was abt ten miles from the northern part of Middletown.) South Amboy is where Mary (d 1832) the presumed 2^nd wife of Wm (d 1817) was b. Will witnesses: John COOK, Nicholas CLARK, & Samuel HOFFMIRE. Samuel Hoffmire was the husband of Sarah, Peter’s half sister. Peter m Margaret Strickling (prob STRICKLAND)13 Oct 1760 in Freehold. Margaret d bef 1 Jan 1790- the date of Peter’s will.
-Ann or Anna (= ASSUME Nancy), b 5 March 1767; m Samuel CARHART (b 5 Feb 1770, d 21 Aug 1792); one known child- Peter b abt 1790-1793, d abt age 2 yr 2 mon. Samuel, Anna, & Peter are bur Mt Pleasant Cem, Matawan, Monmouth.
The other children mentioned in Peter’s January 1790 will are:
-Peggy, Peter, Amay (Amey?), Caty, & John all minors in 1790- i.e., less than 14 years old- giving a range of births from 1776 to 1790. BELIEVE cal b for John, the last child mentioned, is 1786. ASSUMING the children were listed oldest to youngest in the will, this suggests Peggy, Amay (Amey?), Peter & Caty were all b in Middletown prior to 1786.
One of the original members of the Freehold Baptist Ch (organized 1766) was Amey STRICKLAND. Peter CONREY lived in Freehold when he received his 1760 m license. NO proof – but Amey = possible mo of Peter’s wife, Margaret.
-John, b cal 1786 of Middletown; d NYC 25 March 1823, bur St Paul’s Protestant Episcopal Ch. NOT proved this is Peter’s son, but known info fits. The NYC d register indicates John was b NJ, & a 1786 cal b from the d register is consistent with John likely being the youngest of Peter’s children. Also- Peter CONREY & Thomas P CONREY are the only other male Conreys who have found in NJ in 1790. Will dated 15 Feb 1823
John m Prudence GRIFFIN 12 Apr 1809 at the First or Second Presbyterian Ch, NYC.
Prudence b NJ cal 1788; d 18 Feb 1878, NYC.
John carpenter/builder- rented out houses. In 1811 & 1812 John CONREY, ConVey, Connery listed as a second & then first lieutenant in the NY second regiment, first artillery brigade. In 1818, was a member of the loan committee of the Mechanics Society. In 1818 & 1820 appointed Inspector of Elections in NYC 5th Ward for Annual State and Charter Election. In Apr 1819 was elected one of the directors of the Washington Insurance Company for the “ensuing” year
Known children of John & Prudence:
-JOHN F CONREY (broker), b NYC 1811; d 16 Oct1879; bur Green-Wood Cem, Brooklyn, Kings, NY; btwn 1850 & 1857 m Margaret b Eng cal 1827; four known children – all b NY- Eliz b cal 1857, John b cal 1858, Cassy b cal 1850, Augusta b cal 1853.
-Catharine Ann CONREY m Samuel P WENMAN (Samuel prob d 15 Apr 1840- 1 Aug 1850); Catharine may have d 1850-1860. Known children- all b NY: John C WENMAN b cal 1830; d aft 1860 cen; Samuel, b cal 1832; Everet, b cal 1834.
JONATHAN (b cal 1732, d 1807)(Bro of Wm d 1817)
B of Monmouth Co, est b bef 1741 based on 1760 b of first child. Jonathan was baptized Mar 1764 at the First Baptist Ch of NYC (Manhattan; hereafter referred to as FBC); d NYC (Manhattan) in 1807 aft 14 Aug; bur FBC cem. Jonathan & his family & other Conreys were involved in the FBC at least 1764-1830’s. The Conreys found in the records of the FBC during this period will be detailed together below.
Jonathan’s occupation from at least 9 May 1781- 1789 = cart man, 1790- shopkeeper, by March, 1795 = grocer (all per deeds) thru d. Chosen as deacon FBC 29 Aug 1788, but “on account of some circumstances declined.” By March, 1795 Jonathan was well off financially- paying 640 pounds for some NYC property
Jonathan’s known marriages:
-Jonathan of Middletown on 5 May 1759 obtained m license to marry Sarah Bur(d)ge of Shrewsbury, Monmouth, Co NJ.
Mick Burdge, a dedicated Burdge researcher, BELIEVES Sarah’s parents were Uriah Burdge, b abt 1701 Hempstead, Long Island, NY; d ca 1749 Middletown, Monmouth; m abt 1724 Sarah Morris.
-M Catharine cal b 18 Feb 1741, last name & m date unknown. Catharine d 18 Sep 1789 very prob in NYC.
(Jonathan’s last known child- Garrit- was b cal 14 Sep 1782. Do not know whether all of Jonathan’s children were b of Sarah, or whether any were b of Catharine.)
- M Priscilla MEEKS btwn 11 Nov 1789- 29 May 1793 of NYC- no known children. Priscilla b cal 1735, d 23 May 1825. Sharon Conrey Turnbull indicates Priscilla was b in Orange Co, NY & was bur in the FBC cem.
Known children of Jonathan d 1807
The first two known sons of Jonathan (d 1807) – John & Jonathan are the ancestors of the most frequently researched Conrey lines which trace back to Monmouth Co, NJ. John b 1760 left a very detailed Revolutionary War pension claim, John & Jonathan moved to Mason Co., Kentucky & then to the Midwest including Illinois, Ohio, & Indiana & preserved their Conrey identity.Sharon Conrey Turnbull has done extensive research on the descendants of John & Jonathan aft they left the NYC area & Sharon’s & others’ findings are not reviewed here. The below focuses on the Conreys in NYC & Monmouth Co with just enough other info to identify John & Jonathan to those who research them aft NYC.
Five of Jonathan’s children are mentioned in his1807 will:
-John (b 22 Apr 1760 Monmouth, d 12 Sept 1834 Illinois; m Sarah Calvin 15 Feb 1790 Kentucky)
-Jonathan (b 7 January 1767 Monmouth, d. 16 Oct 1841, Indiana, m16 Oct 1789 Nancy Downing in Kentucky.)
Jonathan (d 1807) had previously given the above two sons 500 & 640 acres in Kentucky to them, so he willed them less property in NYC. The two together received ownership of one half of a house & ground in Barley St.
-Peter - received a house in Roosevelt St & a house in Pearl St, & was also named one of the will’s executors.
-Michael (deceased); Michael’s two known children- John & Sarah- received 200/ per annum from their uncle, Peter, till they reached age 21. Michael b cal 1778, NJ; m Sarah BETTS of Coscob, 11 Dec 1797 prob Baptist Ch, definitely Coscob, Fairfield, Conn; d 26 March 1804. In Sept, 1793 Michael who was then apprenticed to a NYC hatter “ran away.” Described as abt six feet tall with brown hair & abt 19 (sic) yrs old. Listed at least 1800, 1802, & 1803 as hatter in NYC dirs. Sarah evidently m Abraham Quick aft Michael’s d.
-Sarah (Ann) the wife of Richard P LAWRENCE received houses in Chestnut & Gold Streets. Sarah b cal 1780, d NYC 16 Oct 1821; Richard P Lawrence was also named one of the wills executors. He was listed as a coach maker in NYC at least 1806-1809, 1812-1821 NYC dirs. Had at least three children- Mary Catharine, Richard P, & John K.
Jonathan (d 1807) had at least two other children not mentioned in his will:
-Margaret died Feb. 21, 1784 at age 15y, 3mo = cal b 21 Nov 1768- prob NYC
-Garrit died May 3, 1789 at age 6y, 7mo, 19 days= cal b 14 Sep 1782- prob NYC
Further info on Peter child of Jonathan (d 1807)
Peter b cal 1770 NY- prob NYC; d NYC 23 May 1842, bur FBC per Sharon Turnbull. Will proved NYC 19 July 1842; cabinetmaker (1795-1804) / inspector of lumber (appointed position) 1802- at least 1833. Baptized FBC 31 Aug.1787. Served as a FBC deacon from bef 17 May 1808 thru at least 1813 or 1818. Served as chorister of FBC for 32 years (the last 10 without remuneration). Elected 1816 as NYC fourth ward Republican alderman (the top ward position). 1818 appointed one of fifth ward inspectors of the state & NYC elections.
First known wife of the Peter who d 23 May 1842.
m unknown by est 1790.
Two known children by this wife- Garret & Catharine A.
-Garret b NY cal 1791; m Ann W DAY 7 May 1814 in a Presbyterian Ch; d 12 Sep 1823 Belleville, NJ- listed NYC d register; Grad of Columbia University, first an attorney & later also a Bapt minister who was not associated in 1823 with a specific ch. Garret & three of his sons d one a month over a four month period (prob all of typhus). All bur Oliver St Baptist Ch. These sons b NY, d NYC: d 8 June 1823- David Conrey, one yr, four months, two days; d 22 July 1823- William Conrey, 3 yrs, 3 months, 9 days; d 6 Aug 1823- Peter Conrey, seven yrs (no months or days given); d 12 Sep 1823 – Garret Conrey. Other children of Garret: prob Samuel B Conrey, who was residing in New Orleans, Louisiana when his grandfa’s will was written Nov 1841; Catharine m Alexander S PIERSON 19 Aug 1836 in Bergen, NJ; resided in Newark, NJ Nov 1841 when her grandfa’s will was written.)
-Catharine A. m 4 Dec 1819 William E THORNE at Fayette (later called Oliver St) Bapt Ch, NYC. Catharine d aft 1860 Brooklyn, NY cen. Wm prob d 1850-1860 in Brooklyn. At least five children: Wm b abt 1820, Emily b abt 1825, Mary b abt 1830, Sarah b abt 1828, Ogden (spelling?) b abt 1832, Louisa b abt 1835.)
Second known wife of the Peter who d 23 May 1842.
Helena / Elenah DUYKINCK, m 9 Apr 1796 FBC. Two, possibly three known children:
-Sarah b NY abt 1797, m John FOWLER 31 Aug 1816 prob Rutgers Presbyterian Ch; (m definitely in NYC). Had at least three children Sarah C, John, Mary E.
-Jonathan, b NYC abt 1797, m Sarah MILLER 17 Apr 1812 FBC; d aft 23 May 1842, possibly 1872.
Served 7 June 1818 on a Belleville, NJ committee for celebrating Independence. Belleville is where his half bro Garret d 12 Sep 1823. Do not know why either was in Belleville. Wife Sarah b cal 1797 Dutchess Co, NY , d 11 Sep 1827, bur FBC.
Know of one ASSUMED dau: Susan, b cal 25 Sep 1825, d NYC 25 Jun 1827, bur FBC
Jonathan m second Harriet WRIGHT 19 Nov 1828 Methodist Episcopal Ch, NYC. Harriet b cal 1795, bur 25 Sep 1855 Green-Wood Cem, Brooklyn, Kings, NY. Prob children John G & Peter, both bur 17 Jan 1863 in same lot/section as Harriet (9453-49)Green-Wood Cem as Jonathan bur 13 Feb 1872, Harriet W, & a Hannah bur 9 Dec 1908.
-Peter- ASSUMED child of the Peter who d 23 May 1842: a Peter “jr” listed 1821 & 1822 NYC dirs.
Third known wife of the Peter who d 23 May 1842.
M Elizabeth CARMAN by cal 1809 based on b of dau Hannah Carman Conrey.
Elizabeth Carman b Cal 26 Aug 1774 NY, d NYC 12 May 1820, bur FBC.
Parents William Carman & Hannah. Other known children of William & Elizabeth = Marie, Ezekiel, Susannah, George W, Jacob, Wm per 17 Nov 1817 NYC deed.
Hannah Carman Conrey m Samuel G(ilbert) Purdy who resided in Brooklyn in Nov, 1841.
Fourth known wife of the Peter who d 23 May 1842.
Hannah (maiden name) CONWAY (a widow of Jones), m 27 Aug 1820 very prob at FBC- no known children