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Samuel S., Ralph R. and William Conover

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Samuel S., Ralph R. and William Conover

Posted: 21 Dec 2012 11:24AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Conover,Covenhoven, Smock, Snedeker, Warth, Weeks,Wendt, Baumgartner
I am researching for the parents of Samuel S., Ralph R./ Rafe and William CONOVER. Would appreciate help from Middlesex County and surrounding NJ counties for Covenhoven and Snedeker research as well as Baumgartner researches from Essex and Union Co., New Jersey. Some research leans toward Harman Covenhoven / Conover of Cranbury, New Jersey but there is limited documentation for his sons.
Some Evidence:
Samuel S. was born in New Jersey in 1811 or 1812. Ralph R. b. Middlesex County, NJ in 1811 or 1812, Baptist,possibly a twin of Samuel S. Conover. William, Methodist, b.Cranbury, Middlesex Co., New Jersey, Sept., 1816.
Have proof that Ralph R. and Samuel S. are brothers but no relationship for William. They all were in Terre Haute, Vigo Co., Indiana by 1856/57. Ralph,brickmason, left Newark, New Jersey between 1837 and 1841. I have several deeds that show his name for Newark, NJ where he was involved in suits over property and notices in Terre Haute for mail as well as Vigo Co., IN histories that place him in Indiana and Newark between 1837 and 1841. Samuel S. Conover and his wife Sarah Frances Weeks, b. New York, married in 1835 in Newark,NJ at Ralph R.'s house, returned to NJ from Vigo Co.,IN after 1880 and settled in Rahway where they are buried in the Rahway Cemetery. Ralph R.,very likely his name is Ralph Phillip Lott Conover, and his wife Ellen/ Elnore Snedeker are buried with William Conover and his wife Anna Catherine E. Warth in Terre Haute,Vigo Co.,Indiana. I have other documents that link the Conover men to inlaws of the Warth family who were immigrants to America about 1833/34 from Glarus, Switzerland and from Germany. Johan Ernst Frederick Wendt( German immigrant) and Hilarious/ Lawrence Baumgartner. Samuel S. Conover, blacksmith/ springmaker, lived in Rahway, NJ from sometime near 1850 until he left for Indiana. Lawrance/ Larry Baumgartner, blacksmith, settled in Rahway and married Elizabeth Warth,sister of William Conover's wife, bur. Rahway Cemetery. Fredrick Wendt, blacksmith, worked in Newark, NJ with Ralph R. Conover until about 1839 when he and his wife, Verena Warth, sister of William Conover's wife,and William Conover's family moved to Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio. The Wendt line stayed for many years and settled across the Ohio River in Newport,Kentucky. In 1856/57, William Conover moved his family to Terre Haute, Indiana. Only William Conover had a death record that stated any thing about parents: father born Washington Co, PA and mother Anna J. Keer.On all census where state of parents birth was asked each Conover man gave New Jersey. The only parents we can prove are those of Elnore Snedeker, John Snedeker and Margaret Smock of Cranbury area, Middlesex Co., NJ and the Warth family of Switzerland. It is evident the Warth girls were in the area of Newark but the Warth parents had moved to Lee, New York. Thank you. rreedy@mics.net

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