McConkey's Ferry line confusion
I've read the postings here on the William McConkey who rowed George Washington across the Delaware River on Christmas Eve, 1776, in preparation for the sneak attack on Trenton.
I have a problem, though.The National Park Service and several history sites for Bucks Co., PA, say that the William who rowed the boat (well, he helped -- it took several men to row one of those boats!) was the son of the owner of the ferry and inn, a man named Samuel McConkey.
However, several others here say that Willliam was the brother of Alexander McConkey (son of Thomas)who came from Ireland with his wife Margaret McDonald.There apparently was even a newspaper article last year in Springfield OH about the Alexander line that also made this claim.
Now, the National Park Service would never state that Samuel was the owner and father of William without thorough investigation.Does anyone know what they have as proof?Or does anyone in the Alexander line have any proof other than family lore and this article -- like an old letter or Revolutionary War pension claim?
I descend from the Alexander line, and of course, would love for this branch of the McConkey's to be related to the McConkey's Ferry branch, since I am pretty sure we also are related to the Conkey's Tavern of Shay's Rebellion fame, but what matters is the truth.
Isn't that what we all seek?
Cindi Allen Schmerber
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