I'm not certain that Henry and Mary Ann Congrove are my gggrandparents, but I would like to try and figure it out.
Henry was on the 1850 WV Wood County Census with the following information:Henry CONGO 45, Rebecca 28, Abraham 16, Issac 13 George 12, Chares 10, Nancy 8, and Phebe 2.
Henry was on the 1860 Census Wood Co., WV as HENRY CONGROVE, married to Mary Ann, with same children listed.
In my family, my great-grandfather was Scott Winfield Congo.On his death certificate his birth date is listed as 1850, Wood County.There are no parents listed.He was born in Belleville, WV, lived in Reedsville, OH, Meigs County, Longbottom, OH, Meigs County, East Liverpool, OH, Columbiana Co., and Wellsville, OH, Columbiana Co.He died in Wellsville in 1933 while living with his son Fred Winfield Congo and is burried in the Oakridge Presbyterian Cemetery on RT 39, outside of Wellsville.
My mother who is 81 remembers Scott Congo, her grandfather, saying before he died "I was born a Congo, and I'll die a Congo", and "They're just trying to be uppity using Congrove cause they don't like Congo", whenever there was talk that some in the family had taken the name of Congrove, which this Henry did somewhere between 1850 and 1860.So, to that extent it ties in to my family.Mary Ann Pierson suggested Henry could possibly be a relative of mine.
My grandfather, Fred W. Congo, had a cousin named Woody Congrove who lived on Koontz Ave, Wellsville.We had always assumed Woody's family had changed their name from Congo, to Congrove.It is also possible that a Congo married a Congrove.Do you know anything about this situation?
Scott Winfield was married to a Jenny Smith (on death cert)