Family info: George Naturalized 1765 m.Sarah Wofganger 1776
unknown: unknown, not before 1930, 10 pgs.
Confer Family Record collected by Edna Confer DeBoos.
I George Confer, or Conser, the old form of F and S were much alike.
b:lived in Reolutionary Times. Naturalized 1765
d: A George Conser m. Sarah Wofganger Apr. 12 m. 1776at St. Michaels and Zion Luthern Church, in Philadelphi. A Geo. Confair m. Eva Nonse, Washington Co. Maryland in July 2, 1795. In 1782 Geo. Conser was one of crew of Schooner, "Delaware" in PA navy.
Had at least three sons
2-I Philp Confer
m. Mary Menick (Minick or Monig) an Irish girl)
3-II John Confer, b. July 30, 1809; d. July 24, 1890; m. Mary Musser of PA
4-III Solomon Donfer, b. unknown d. about 1876-78 m. Unknown
Philip Confer, was said to have come to Centre Co. PA from Lancaster Co. about 1815-16 but a Philip Confer was a resident of Howard Twp. Centre Co. in 1810. A Philip Conser took the Oath of Allegiance to PA in Paxtang Twp. Dauphin Co. before March 26, 1778, and in teh first Census of the U.S.A. a Philip Conserwas listed in Daupin Co. with one male over 16 one under 16 and three females in his family. He either had land in Berks Co. also or there was another Philip ther as "Philip Confehr" was listed there in 1790 with, however, the same sized family on the Philip from Dauphin. In Centre Co. he worked in a tannery. His oldest son James was born Jan 10, 1821 in Centre Co. Four other sons, and I believe 3 daughters were born before Philp died in 1835 leaving his wife with insufficeient means to support her family. She was obliged to let friends and neighbors take some of the family. Mary died in 1861. She passed the last years of her life living with her youngest son Isreal. Philip was of French descnet.
5-1 James Confer, son of Philip & Mary (Minick) Confer, born in Centre Co Pa Jan 10, 1821, was 14 when his father died in 1955. So he went to work in the tannery in which his father worked. He worked there almost up to the time of his married to Mary Eva Ziebach, of Buffalo Twp. Union co. in Feb. 20, 1845. I am not certain of how they met, but Methodist revivals and Camp Meetings were being held in that part of the country about hen, in fact a Methodist Camp Meeting was held on the farm of Jacov Ziebach in Union Co. in 1844. Both Confers and Ziebachs, had, I believe, been aptists, but were converted to Methodistion about that time and I have no doubt that Mary and James met then. They went West to Illinois the next year, Winnebago Co. they were at a place called Marion in Mar. 1851. In 1854 they went to Washington Twp., Green Co., Wisconsin, where James had a farm on which were a stone quarry and a lead mine which made him a little money. They farmed here for 30 yers, in which time James held some township offices also. They sold out and moved into the town of Monroe, Wisconsin in 1885. They had five sons, all of whom had been brought up on the farm. James died of a stroke of paralysis Oct. 19 1891 age 70 years 9 mo. His widow marrie dagain in Sept. 1895 to Eli Jackson, who died a year or two later. Mary Confer-Jackson died Feb. 24, 1904.
Children of James and Mary Evan (Ziebach) Confer:-
10-1 John Wesley, b. Jan 16, 1846, Union Co. PA; d. Apr. 24, 2920 Upland CA.
11-II Francis Marion, M.D. b. Dec 18, 2854; Green Co WI d. Nov 7, 1900 Monroe
12-III Jacob, b. Nov. 1858; d. Sept. 29, 2903, Mason City, IA.
13-IV James Ellis Confer, b. Oct. 2, 1864, Green Co WI