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PREFACE. 

For a number of years, I have as occasion offered, collected data 
in regard to the branch of the CONOVER family to which I belong, 
intending as opportunity arose to amplify it and put it in presenta- 
ble form. 

This little book is the result. The accumulation and verifica- 
tion of the material has been a pleasant work, and I hope it may 
prove of interest to my children and their descendants. 

CHARLES HOPKINS CONOVER. 
December 1, 1911. 



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CHAPTER I. 
THE FIRST FOUR GENERATIONS OF THE FAMILY 

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1. WOLFERT GERRETSEN VAN COUWENHOVEN, 
or Wolphert Gerritse Van Couwenhoven, son of Gerrit, as the mid- 
dle name of Gerrit or Gerret, with the suffix "se'' or "sen" denotes, 
ancestor of all persons in America bearing the name of Conover, 
or, as it has been variously spelled, Kouwenhoven, Kovenhoven, 
Covenhoven, Couwenhoven and Covenor, emigrated to America, 
to that section then called New Netherlands, now New York State, 
in 1630, and settled with other hardy and courageous colonists at 
Rensselaerwyck, near Albany, then Fort Orange, where he held 
a very important position, that of Superintendent or Manager of 
Farms for the Patroon, He later removed to New Amsterdam, 
now New York City, where he cultivated the "Bouwery," or "Farm 
No. 6," in the company's employ. 

The old Dutch records show that he was one of the Burghers 
of New Amsterdam in 1657. 

Wolfert Gerretsen Van Couwenhoven was from Couwen- 
hoven, a little village or hamlet a short distance Northwest of 
Amersfoort, in the Province of Utrecht, in the Netherlands. This 
is shown by the "Van," which precedes Couwenhoven in his name. 
Historians claim, however, that he was born in Amersfoort, or 
Eemsfort, an ancient city, the name of which is derived from the 
River Eem, on which it is located. This city, which in 1841 con- 
tained twelve thousand eight hundred and eighty-nine inhabitants, 
was formerly surrounded by a wall with twenty embattled towers 
which were destroyed in 1829. 

On the 16th day of June, 1636, Wolfert Gerretsen and Andries 
Hudden bought from the Indians and obtained from Governor 
Van Twiller, on the 6th day of June, 1637, a Patent for the "West- 
ernmost of the three flats on Long Island, commonly known as 

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the little flats/' and called by them Castuteeuw, or Kaskateuw, 
which Patent was ratified on the 22nd day of August, 1658; to 
which premises Wolfert Gerretsen removed, and on which he im- 
mediately commenced a settlement, and where he died in 1662. 

On *7uly 26th, 1638, Andries Hudden sold to Gerret Wolfer- 
son (son of Wolfert Gerretsen), fifty morgens of (land, or) his one- 
half of the district of Achtervelt, Long Island, for fifty-two gallons 
of Hollands, which he owed Gerret." 

On ''August 2nd, 1639, Wolfert purchased of Hudden his in- 
terest in a house, barrack, barn and garden on said Patent, called 
'Achtervelt,' and, September 16, 1647, he purchased of Hudden all 
his interest, not previously disposed of, in the original Patent." 

"These buildings, erected prior to July 9th, 1638, and testified 
on the 22nd of March, 1639, by Gillis Pietersen Van de Gouw to 
have been built by himself and the Company's carpenters, were of 
the following dimensions: the house 26 feet long, 22 feet wide, 40 
feet deep, including a small chamber at the side, with the roof cov- 
ered above and around with plank, and having two lofts above one 
another, and also being set around with long palisades; the bam 
40 feet long, 18 feet wide, and 24 feet deep, all Dutch measure; a 
bergh with five posts 40 feet long/' 

"The following is a copy of the inventory of the chattels on the 
farm July 9th, 1638": 

"Three milch cows, 1 yearling cow, 1 young calf, 2 old mares, 
1 mare of one year old, 1 new wagon, and appurtenances, 1 iron 
harrow, 1 heifer of two years old, 2 old oxen, 1 young do., 1 stallion 
of three years, 1 gelding of four years old, 1 wheel plow and appur* 
tenance, some farming utensils necessary for the bouwery." 

"Also about sixteen morgens of land sowed with summer and 
winter wheat, and a garden stocked with a quantity of fruit trees; 
1 yawl with appurtenance." 

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"Wolfert Gerretsen's heirs conveyed, 25th of March, 1666, the 
main portion of these premises to Elbert Elbertse Stoothoff/' 

''The settlement was first named New Amersfoort, in honor 
of the place of Wolfert's nativity ; afterwards commonly known as 
the Baai, or Bay, and since as Flatlands/' 

"On March 18, 1647, Comdlis Jacobson Stille obtained a Pat- 
ent for Bouwery No. 6, previously occupied by Wolfert Gerretsen 
Van Couwenhoven, containing twenty-eight and a half morgens 
on Manhattan Island/' ' 

"It lay along the present south side of Chatham Square, com- 
ing down to Pearl Street, and was known as Bouwery No. 6." 

"On April 27, 1662, Elbert Elberts6 Stoothoff purchased of the 
Executors of Wolfert Gerretsen Van Couwenhoven and his heirs, 
for five thousand guilders, in good, strong 'wompom,' payable in 
four years, one-fourth in each year, the lands and farm. With im- 
provements thereon, *known by the name of Achtervelt,' which the 
said Wolfert possessed; said land^ being the premises which An- 
dries Hudden and Wolfert Gerretsen Van Couwenhoven purchased 
of the Indians, and which are described as the 'Westernmost of 
the three flats named Kaskuteuw, lying on the isl?ind named by the 
Indians Suanhachy, between the Bay of the North River and the 
East River; in breadth from a certain meadow, or valley, and 
stretching about westerly to, and into the woods ; which lands were 
patented to them by Governor Wouter Van Twiller, 16th of June, 
1636, and by a confirmatory Patent of 22nd of August, 1658, grant- 
ed by Governor Stuyvesant to said Wolfert Gerretsen Vaa Cou- 
wenhoven/' 

"Elbert Elbertse Stoothoff obt;ained, 1st of November, 1667, 
from Governor NicoUs, a confirmatory Patent for the above prem- 
ises, and as pei^ recorded Deeds, wis in possession at the time of 
his death of at least six hundred acres of upland in Flatlands, being 

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the largest landholder in the place/' 

"There is no Patent for land on Long Island of an earlier date 
than that to Andries Hudden and Wolfert Gerretsen Van Couwen- 
hoven; and from papers among the descendants of Elbert Elbertse 
Stoothoff, it is evident that farm buildings were erected on the 
premises covered by the Patent prior to its date, showing an earlier 
occupation than 1636/' 

In the "Bergen Genealogy/' its author states — 
"It may be possible that Wolfert Gerritse, the ancestor of the 
Couwenhovens of this country, was of noble origin, but if he was, 
it is certain that he, like most of his companions, had not much of 
this world's goods to boast of, or he would not have taken the sit- 
uation of Overseer or Superintendent of the Patroon's farms at 
Rensselaerwyck/' 

The following is a facsimile of the signature of the common 
ancestor of the Couwenhoven or Conover family in this country : 

In volume I. N. Y. Col. Doc. pp. 191, 193, the name is found 
printed as follows : 

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To the compiler of this work it is not known that claims of 
noble blood were ever made for Wolfert Gerretsen. It is believed 
that this remark of Mr. Bergen was called forth by the perfectly 
legitimate claim to and use of armorial bearings by the Conover 
Family. Now, the right to bear arms is not a proof of noble de- 
scent, but merely an hereditary privilege bestowed upon the de- 
scendants of any man of the rank of gentleman or higher on whom 
a grant of arms was made. 

The situation of Superintendent of Farms for the Patroon was 
an highly important office and would not have been given to a man 
whose position in life had not accustomed him to command and to 
the handling of business affairs. 

Wolfert had five sons, none of whose birth dates are exactly 
known. The births occurred between 1610 and 1620, however, 
and an approximate date has been given to each in this work in 
the order in which they are supposed to have been born. 
Issue: 

2. GERRET WOLFERSEN COUWENHOVEN, born 
circa 1610. 

3. Jacob Wolfersen Couwenhoven, bom circa 1612. 

4. Derick Wolfersen Couwenhoven, born circa 1613. 

5. Peter Wolfersen Couwenhoven, born circa 1614. 

6. Jan Wolfersen Couwenhoven, bom circa 1616. 

2, GERRET WOLFERSEN COUWENHOVEN, eldest 
son of Wolfert or Wolphert Gerretsen Van Couwenhoven, No. 1, 
was bom in Holland about 1610, and removed to America with his 
father and brothers in 1630. He settled in Flatlands, Long Island, 
known during his occupancy of that section as New Amersfoort, 
Nassau Island, Kings County. His position here was that of the 
most prominent man in the settlement, he being the magistrate. 

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He married Altie Cornelius, daughter of Cornelius Lambertse Cool 
and his wife, Altieu Brackhonge. On her husband's demise Altieu 
Cool married William Bredenbent; and her daughter, Altie Cou- 
wenhoven, after the death of Gerret, in 1645, married Elbert El- 
bertse StoothofF. Cornelius Lambertse Cool was of Gowanus, 
Kings County, New York, where he purchased land in 1639. 

"In the year 1643, ^Gerret Wolfersen Couwenhoven, with oth- 
ers, signed a petition to Governor Kneift, of New Amsterdam, for 
leave to attack the Mareckkawich, or Brooklyn Indians, a branch 
of the Canarisie tribe. The Director, however, in consequence of 
the Indians having become peaceable, wisely refused to grant their 
request, but gave permission that *in case they evince a hostile dis- 
position, every man must do his best to defend himself.* " 

"The Patent to Gerret Wolfersen Couwenhoven, of March 11, 
3647, describes land lying at Recheweck — the Indian name of 
Brooklyn — both the Maize and the Woodland on the marsh of the 
Gowanus Kill, between the land of Jacob Stoffelsen and Frederick 
Lubbertsen, extending from the aforesaid Marsh till into the woods 
next the lands of said Frederick Lubbertsen till to the land of An- 
dries Hudden; northeast by north a little northerly one hundred 
and forty-eight rods ; behind through the woods till to the land of 
the aforesaid Jacob Stoffelsen, southeast by east eighty rods, next 
the land of Jacob Stoffelsen aforesaid, till to the aforesaid marsh 
southwest a little westerly, one hundred and sixty-five rods; along 
the valley to the place of beginning sixty rods, with a small pro- 
jecting point, amounting in all to nineteen morgens and three hun- 
dred and forty-one rods.'* 

"This plot evidently pointed on the main road leading from 
Flatbush and the village of Brooklyn to the Ferry, extending back 
to the Gowanus Creek, and is included in the plot designated as 
land of G. Martense on Butt's map of Brooklyn." 

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Issue: 

7. WILLEM, OR WILLIAM GERRETSE COUWEN- 
HOVEN, born at Flatlands, 1636. 

8* Jan or John Gerretse Couwenhovcn, born at Flatlands, 
1639. 

9. Neeltie Gerretse Couwenhoven, bom at Flatlands, Sep- 
tember 20, 1641. She married, 1660, Roelof Martense 
Schenck, of Flatlands, and died there in 1672. See rec- 
ord of Schenck family. 
10. Marretje Gerretse Couwenhoven, born at Flatlands, 1643. 
Was baptized April 10, 1644. Married in Flatlands, Coert 
Stephense Van Voorhees. Died before 1709. 

The following disposition was made of the estate of Gerret 
Wolf ersen Couwenhoven : — 

"In 1646, after his marriage to the widow of Gerret Wolfertsc 
Van Couwenhoven, by an agreement with the guardian of Gerret 
Wolfertse's children, Elbert Elbertse Stoothoff took the whole of 
Gerret's estate, consisting of one hundred and twenty-three mor- 
gens of land on the southerly end of the 'Westernmost of the three 
flats known by the Indian name of Kaskutew,' on condition of pay- 
ing the debts, and bringing up and educating Gerret's children to 
read and write." 

"When of age or married, Elbert was to pay said children as 
follows : — 

Willem Gerretse, 200 Carolus Guilders. 

Jan Gerretse, 300 Carolus Guilders, he being allowed 100 more 
than his brother, because of not being in good health and weak in 
the limbs. 

Nceltjie Gerretse, 200 Carolus Guilders. 

Marretje Gerretse, 200 Carolus Guilders." 

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"From an entry in Elbert's books it appears that on the 14th 
of June, 1683, after the death of his second wife, Altie Comelis or 
Cornelius, he agreed to pay on the following 21st of December, to 
said Jan Gerretse, the sum of 2,000 guilders, in full for his share of 
the said Altie, his mother's, estate." 

Gerrit's name is found printed as follows in New York Colon- 
ial Documents : 

GEBUrr WOLPHSRTBS. WOLPHERTBEN, WOLBVERSSN. 
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7. WILLEM or WILLIAM GERRETSE COUWEN- 
HOVEN, eldest son of Gerret Wolfersen Couwenhoven, No. 2, was 
bom in Flatlands, Long Island, in 1636. He married, first, in 1660, 
Altie, daughter of Joris Dirksen Brinkerhoff, who died June 3, 1663, 
and, second, February 12, 1665, Jannetie, daughter of Peter Mon- 
foort, Monfort or Monford. 

Pieter or Peter Monfoort, the common ancestor of the family 
in this country emigrated at an early period from the Netherlands. 
He married, January 12, or 17, 1630, Sarah de Plancken (or Blank) 
at Amsterdam, Holland, prior to his emigration, who, after his 
death, married, second, Lambert Janse Bosch. Peter died January 
4, 1661. 

On May 29, 1641, he obtained a patent for a plantation at the 
Wallabout on which he resided, and for which he obtained a con- 
firmatory grant or patent on August 17, 1643, in which the quantity 
of land is given as 25 morgens. 

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He was a magistrate in 1658 and a Deacon in the church at 
the time of his death, which occurred in January, 1661. 

It was Peter Monfort's eldest child who marri?d William. The 
records show that her name was Janica, Jannetje or Jannetie Peel- 
ers, or Peters, Monfort and that she was baptized May 12, 1646. 
The marriage record styles William "William Gerritse Van 
Couwenhoven." 

William Gerretse Couwenhoven resided for a number of years 
in Brooklyn, where he was magistrate in 1661, 1662 and 1664, and 
a Deacon of the Dutch Reformed Church in 1663. From Brooklyn 
he removed to Flatlands, where his name appears in the Assess- 
ment Lists of 1675, 1683, and 1693. He was also an elder in the 
Dutch Reformed Church in Flatlands in 1677. 

In 1690, on November 1st, he sold his farm at Flatlands to his 
son William, and repaired to Monmouth County, New Jersey, 
where he passed his remaining years surrounded by ten of his chil- 
dren, dying at an advanced age, as he was still alive in 1727. 

Of his children, thirteen in number, only three, Gerret, Wil- 
liam and Altie, remained on Long Island. 

"April 23, 1701, William Couwenhoven, and Jonica, his wife — 
with others — ^as heirs at law, for 150 pounds sterling, conveyed Jan 
Monfort's Patent to Garret Couwenhoven, as per deed." 

"From proceedings before the public authorities (see Vol. IV., 
pages 183 and 184, of O'Callaghan's translation of 'Dutch Man- 
uscripts') on the 6th of July, 1644, in relation to an Englishman 
named 7^^^ Windwodt,' (probably Wentworth) a soldier who 
was accidentally shot in the house of Gerret Wolfersen Couwen- 
hoven, during an affray, by Thomas Mabs, also a soldier, it appears 
that Gerret resided in a clapboard house, situated on the flats where 
a garrison was stationed (for protection against the Indians) ; that 
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and that ^Ambrosious Lonnen' also had one, and there 'may have 

been others, forming a hamlet or village/' 

Issue: 

11. Gerret Willcmse Couwenhoven or Konwenhoven, bom 
in Brooklyn, January 4, 1662. He removed to Platlands 
and later to Monmouth County, New Jersey. He married, 
in the former place, circa 1685, Altie . 

12. Joris or George Willemse Couwenhoven or Kouwen- 
hoven, born in 1663. Not mentioned in the Bible record. 
Married AUetta or Altige Luyster. See Old Brick Church 
Records. 

13* Altie or Altieu Willemse Couwenhoven or Kouwenhoven, 
born on December 14, 1665. Married Comelis or Cor- 
nelius, son of Symon Van Arsdalen or Van Aertsdalen. 
She died before 1691. 

14. Neelte or Nelly Willemse Couwenhoven or Kouwen- 
hoven, born February 7, 1669. She married Jan, or John, 
son of Pieter Wyckoff, of Monmouth County, New 
Jersey. 

16. Pieter or Peter Willemse Couwenhoven or Kouwen- 
hoven, born February 12, 1671. Married Patience, daugh- 
ter of EHas Daws. Moved to Monmouth County in 1727. 

16. Comelis or Cornelius Willemse Couwenhoven or Kou- 
wenhoven, born November 20, 1672. He removed to Flat- 
lands and from there to Middletown, New Jersey, in 1700. 
He married, September 8, 1700, Margaretta, daughter of 
Roelof Schenck, who was born February 14, 1677, and 
who died December 16, 1751. 

17. Sarah Willemse Couwenhoven or Kouwenhoven, born 
December 27, 1674. Married circa 1692, John, brother of 
Margaretta Schenck, who married Cornelius. Sarah died 

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January 31, 1761, in Monmouth County. 

18. ALBERT WILLEMSE COUWENHOVEN or KOU- 
WENHOVEN, born December 7, 1676. Of whom pres- 
ently in full. 

19. Jacob Willemse Couwenhoven or Kouwenhoven, bom 
January 29, 1679. 

20. Jan or John Willemse Couwenhoven or Kouwenhoven, 
born April 9, 1681. 

21. Annetie Willemse Couwenhoven or Kouwenhoven, bom 
April 13, 1683. Married, first, November 11, 1704, Aert 
Williamson. Married, second, Johannes Antonides, of 
Monmouth County. 

22. William Willemse Couwenhoven or Kouwenhoven, born 
March 7, 1686. 

23. Jacomina or Jacquemyntie Willemse Couwenhoven or 
Kouwenhoven, born December 28, 1689. She went to 
Monmouth County, New Jersey, with her father in 1727, 
where she resided with her husband, Elbert Willemse, 
whom she married June 5, 1709, in Flatlands. 

18. ALBERT WILLEMSE COUWENHOVEN or KOU- 
WENHOVEN, eighth child of William Gerretse Couwenhoven, 
No. 7, was born December 7, 1676, and died in September, 1748. 
He was born either in Brooklyn or Flatlands and moved to Mon- 
mouth County, New Jersey, where he settled in Marlboro, then in 
Freehold Township, on what is now the property of Mr. Selah 
Wells. 

His name first appears on the records of the Freehold Dutch 
Reformed Church in 1709. 

His name and that of Neeltje or Eleanor, daughter of Roelof 
Martense Schenck and his wife Annetje Wyckoff, are found among 

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the communicants of the Brick Church in 1709. His Dutch Bible 
is still in existence with the dates of the births of all his sons and 
daughters entered in his own handwriting. A copy of this record 
is given with other Bible records at the end of this work. Albert 
Welles, in his "Conover Family," 1881, gives the date of his mar- 
riage as 1701. Eleanor Schenck was born January 23, 1681, and 
died July 27, 1751. 
Issue: 

24. William Albertse Couwenhoven or Covenhoven, born 
March 2, 1702. Married Libertje, daughter of Benjamin 
Van Cleaf and his wife, Hank Sutphen. Libertje was 
baptized May 19, 1705. William settled in what is now 
Manalapan Township, New Jersey, and left a will record- 
ed in the Office of the Secretary of State. 

25. Ruliff or Roelof Albertse Covenhoven, born September 8, 
1703. Married Antje, daughter of Jan Strycker and Mar- 
garetta Schanck or Schenck, his wife. Antje was bap- 
tized December 20, 1708. 

26. Antie Albertse Covenhoven, born August 21, 1705. Mar- 
ried Abraham Polhemus, supposed to have been of the 
Somerset, Long Island, family of that name. 

27. Jannetje or Jane Albertse Covenhoven, born September 
30, 1707. Married Joseph Coenel. 

28. Altie Albertse Covenhoven, born January 20, 1709. Mar- 
ried Hendrick Hendrickson, who was born November 11, 
1706, and died July 28, 1783. 

"In book G of Deeds, pages 59 and 60, Monmouth 
County Clerk's Office, is record of a deed from Tunis Co- 
vert, of Freehold Township, to Cornelius Van Brunt and 
Hendrick Hendrickson, of New Utrecht, Long Island, for 
203J4 acres in Freehold Township. On pages 61 and 

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th • date of his mar- 
i' ary 23, 1681, and 



\ '/trnhoven, born 
ai;:,}iter of Benjamin 
i.icn. Lihcrtje was 



>hc communicants of the Brick Church in 1709. His Dutch Bible 
IS s. :H in existence with the dates «>f the births of all his sons and 
daught rs entered in his own handwriMnj:^. A copy of this record 
is eiven with other Bille records :'. ^»'e tnt' .:.| this work. Albert 
Welles, in h^s **Conover Family/* l'^^ 1, j vc: 
riago r.> ITOl. Eleanor Schenck v^a- ;> ri 
died July r:7, 1751. 
Issue: 

24. William Albcrtse C^Au-.-n;. 
March 2, 1702. Mar:,(Mi i. . 
\ an Clcaf and hi-^ v :i\ 1 • :l 
lu.pi.zcd May 19, 170.>. Vv.:;i..n ^ttlcd in what is now 
Manrilapan Townshin, N -w Jo - .^y, and left a will record- 
t ! in the Office of tlic h'- rotarv of S* te. 

25. Ku!i:/i)V^i^iyit^ September 8, 
l^ni;uiMairracil:A.rrtjT^»)/ft8Ba^^ and Mar- 
t'stretta Schanck or Schetick, I-:, v ife. Anlje was bap- 
tized December 20, 1708. 

26. Antie Aibertso Covenhc»'. 'M\ bc>'rn Aiuis^ •:!. .l^'/•*'^ Mar- 
ried Abialirtni Po:hci:;u<. ;^up]»f>^' 1 t*. 1 • ^ l;.::i of the 
bomiTSct, I,on>:r IslanJ, family %-.*' ': : \ anic. 

27. Jmnetio or Jane ^nhcrtsc C'.;\tnwwyoii, born Svnuniber 
3'\ Ti(}i. }.{hrv]v(l Jcr>e].h C«>etv.:l, 

28. /^ l!:^* A]l)ortse Covenl^own, born J.iiiu'iry 20, 170^. x\br- 
fled ilciidrick Ilcndrick^'-^n, who was born N«»vember 11, 
170G. and d^eH July 28. 1783. 

'*In book G oi I)et;d.i, pacTcs 19 and 50, Monmouth 
County Clerk's Ol.lrc, is rec-in! of a d<. d fioni Tunis Co- 
vert, of Frcchrild ToAn-'.ip, to C(;rnel:us V?n Drunt and 
Hcndnck liendric'kfon. c.t' ^vow Utrecht, T-onjr L^land, fr»r 
2-Xy,< acres in Freehold Ti'wnship. On pa?cs 61 and 



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is s;.Il i:i exi^••;n;'^ v. h :ht L. s f : e Hri!;s ci h" r.*^ ^' -"^^ 
CAUi;hr. rs i*n:--'i in !:= t-^'. ; ! r " %: .r /. A tj py "i thi> r -^ 
if p'/f-n v\:*!i • ! • r 1/ \ r v - ' ^ cr.c! ot tM^ w ' k. A 
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died ju'- i;. rri 

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24. \Vi:;..T.: Al'cr-^e '." . A-.: /. - .-r Co.-n":.vrn. 

!. i\ i.) rJ^y 19, 1?:". \\;:m:i f ttltd I'l vv hat i> • 
^^K..'a: i: Twur-: i;\ N\ \ ;• : «. y. ;:n<l It:.- a will r- ' 
t ! 'r ^V . (' !\'o o^ 'he ^ ** -.T'* of St.r-re 

j: re.:a SJ\.n*k or S :.: ck, :,.^ ^\lfe. Antjt- w^s 

2il An;- A.:Hr^^.• C'-.^ \. , .r 'u. n Aiu.a^' 21. 17'i;-. >' 
'• . ; a:. :/:. ni i' .';».: •:> ^ .: '; -^ i t<-^ I'-r, .o '.o«"!J ^»i 
^-p . rs.t, ! or.-' 1/ I. !. . ::;'■♦*/*' t^At r.anit. 

27. jMv.ivtic (^r Ja .0 .V-^*^: C . vcri'.wvert, iK^rn ?^ jnt^.' 
2\ l.nr. ::*. r- tc ^ .^c ■: ^ .er"l. 

2^. ,^1:- a; t:vc •\-,\: :• v., 1, }•■ ^rr. Lmunry 20. -1700 >' 
ri-d !!i'.1-i k r..: l';;V-' »:i. \/!io wrtS born Kuvitttkhv: 
rOO. and d'c.l Tu!;- t?-. ITSv 

"In b.> k v.", oi ler.:., ra^es 59 and 60. Montnoi: 
C'>irity Clo:k > 0*'ro, i- rc-.^n: of a deed from Tunis v. 
vert, ci Frc Iv^cl '1 c-An-iir. to Cornelius Van Brunt a-- 
r.enartvk li?n- n.^vv>n. .-^f N-jw Utrecht. Long; Island. ■ 
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62 of the same book is a record of a deed dated May 1, 
1719, from Abraham Emans, of Freehold Township, to 
Hendrick Hendrickson and Jacques Denys, of New Ut- 
recht, Long Island, for a tract of 96 acres in Freehold 
Township." 

29. Margaret Albertse Covenhoven, born February 15, 1711. 
Married, December 8, 1731, Daniel, son of Johannes Pol- 
hemus. He was born in 1706 and died September 26, 
1763. She died June 7, 1780. Both are interred in the 
burial plot of the Polhemus family at Scobeyville, Atlan- 
tic Township, New Jersey. 

30. Sarah Albertse Covenhoven, born June 21, 1714. Mar- 
ried, May 19, 1737, Johannes, son of Benjamin Van Cleaf 
and Hank Sutphen, his wife. He was baptized June 3, 
1711 

31. Peter Albertse Covenhoven, born October 12, 1716. Mar- 
ried, May 19, 1740, WilHampe, daughter of Hendrick Van 
Voorhees and Jannetje Jansen, his wife. She was born 
January 25, 1722, and died August 12, 1803. Peter died 
October 1, 1771. Both are interred in the yard of the Old 
Brick Church at Marlboro. 

32. Nellie Albertse Covenhoven, born February 7, 1719. Died 
unmarried. Interred in the Schenck-Covenhoven Bury- 
ing Ground, Pleasant Valley, New Jersey. Pleasant Val- 
ley is in Holmdel Township. 

33. Garret Albertse Covenhoven, born June 18, 1721. Mar- 
ried, November 8, 1742, Sarah, daughter of said Hendrick 
Van Voorhees and wife aforesaid. 

34. JAN or JOHN ALBERTSE COVENHOVEN, born 
February 18, 1723. Married, October 19, 1744, Catherine, 

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daughter of said Hcndrick Van Voorhecs and wife afore- 
said. This Jan or John, ancestor of the compiler, will be 
treated of in full, with all of his descendants, in the second 
chapter following: 
35. Cornelius Albertse Covenhoven, born October 29, 1728. 
Married, in 1750, Antje, daughter of William Williamson 
and Antje Couwenhoven, his wife. Antje was bom Sep- 
tember 13, 1730, and died September 14, 1757, and was 
interred in Wyckoff Hill graveyard. Cornelius married, 
second, July 12, 1770, Mary Logan, who was born Au- 
gust 9, 1748. She died May 2, 1831. Cornelius died Jan- 
uary 23, 1802. 
Albert Willemse Couwenhoven and his wife, the parents of the 
above named children, were buried in the Schenck and Coven- 
hoven burying ground. See illustrations opposite pages 18 and 20. 
The inscriptions are here given : 

Here lies the 

Body of Albert 

Cowenhoven who Departed 

this life September the thirteenth 

Anno Domini One Thousand 

seven hundred forty Eight 

Aged Seventy two years 

nine months & six Days. 

Here 

lies the Body of 

Neltie wife of Albert 

Cowenhoven who Departed 

this life ye twenty seventh 

of July Anno Domini one 

Thousand seven hundred 

fifty-one Aged seventy. 

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daig} 'ei of *«aid Hendrick Van Voorhecs and wife afore- 
:>iiu\, Th\T^ j'dii or John, ancestor of the compiler, will be 
tie«ite«! of in full, with all of his descendants, in the second 
ch:.pt( f t ill".vin^: 

rr>. Cornc u<? Albertse Covenhoven, born October 29, 1728. 
Marr t*d, m 1750, Antje, daughter of William Williamson 
an I Anije Couwenhoven, his wife. Antje was born Sep- 
ten.her 13. 1730, and died September 14, 1757, and was 
int .iri'l in Wyckoflf HI graveyard. Cornelius married, 
st^^-'iid, Ji:lyl2. 177'), Mary Logan, who was born Au- 
jju :: 9. 1748. Sle di.d May 2, 183L Cornelius died Jan- 
uary 23, 180? 

AHh rt \v ilkm e C* j venhoven and his wife, the j^arents of the 

*^ ./<M: buivitv^ " ' ' ^KP illuS'ration< oi .^^^ .'v ;«at:es 18 and 20. 
I u' IM>';. .; 1 •' . " • n«;'ejjivea: 

Here lies 

Rody of A . - 

Cowenhoven ••> ■ ..;;arted 

ihi.s life Septcm-' • 'he tliirteenth 

Anno Donjii 5 <.Miv* Thonsard 

seven bi::»ii-..l forty F/irht 

Aj;e{! Sisenfy two years 

ni-'C "]'»*iths t^' six Da^ s. 

Here 

lies the V>o<W of 

Neltie wi/e of A'bert 

Cowenhoven who Departci 

this life ye tv/eniy seventh 

ol July Anno T"<)m]ai c>ne 

Thousand seven hundred 

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CHAPTER II. 

THE ANCESTORS OF NEELTJE SCHENCK, ANCESTRESS OF THE 

COMPILER OF THIS WORK. NEELTJE WAS THE DAUGHTER 

OF ROELOF MARTENSE SCHENCK AND WIFE OF 

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"The Schenck family claims a remote antiquity and traces its 
descent through the Barons of Toutenberg to A. D. 330. The fam- 
ily is said to have derived its name from Edgar de Schwencken, 
chief butler to Charlemagne, Emperor of Germany and France, 
who, about 798 A. D., granted to Edgar a title of nobility and as- 
signed him a coat of arms." 

"Coming down through the centuries we find Christian 
Schenck, whose descendants were known as Schenck Van Nydeck 
from the town of Nydeggan on the river Roer eighteen miles east 
of Aix la Chapelle. Among these was General Peter Schenck Van 
Nydeck, the progenitor of those bearing the name in America.'' 

The Pedigree. 

1. Reynier Schenck, Baron van Toutenberg, cup bearer to 
Count Van Julich, residing at Nydeggan Castle. 

2. Christianus Schenck, his son. 

3. Wilthelmus, son of Christianus, died previous to A. D. 
1292. He married Mechtildis, who died in 1271. In 
1275, Wilthelmus was Justice of the Peace. 

4. Hendrick, grandson of Wilthelmus, was Lord of Affenden 
and Walbeck. He married Aleid Van Rayde. 

5. Heinrick, his son, was a knight, and Lord of Affenden 
and Walbeck and Blymbeck and Feoffer of Gelden. He 
died December 8, 1542. Married Alcheid Van Goen Van 
Keldenbock, daughter of Allard, Lord Keldenbock and 
his wife, Anna Montfoort. 

6. Diederick, his son, was a knight. Lord of Affenden, etc. 
He died in 1487. By his wife, Aleid, daughter of Johann 
Van Buren and Aleid Van Arendahl, he had a son — 

7. Derick, who married Alheid Custers, and died August 3, 
1525. 

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8. Derick, his son, was bom in 1485. He married Maria 
Van Galen, and had — 

9. Dederick, who was born in 1507. He married Anna Van 
Berlaer. His son — 

10. General Peter Schenck Van Nydeck was born at Goch, 
Holland, A. D. 1547. He was a brother of Sir Martis 
Schenck, an active partizan of the Revolution in Holland, 
brave, courageous and daring, who was drowned through 
the weight of his armour while conducting an attack by 
water on the city of Nymegen in 1589. General Peter 
Schenck married, May 17, 1580, Johanna Scherpenziel, by 
whom he had a son — 

11. Martin Peterson Schenck, bom at Doesberg, in the Prov- 
ince of Guilderland, Holland, A. D. 1584, who was the 
father of Roeloff, Jan and Annetje Martense Schenck, 
who came to America in 1650. 

12. Roeloff Martense Schenck was bom at Doesberg, Prov- 
ince of Guilderland, Holland, in 1620, and died at Flat- 
lands, New York, in 1705. He came to America in 1650 
and was among the first enrolled as a member of the 
Church. 

On January 29, 1661, he obtained a Patent of lands at 
Flatlands, Long Island. He was a leading man in the 
community, being several times Justice of the Peace and 
once a Judge. 

He was appointed by Govemor Lusler, Captain of 
Cavalry of Kings County. In 1660, he married Neeltje 
Gerretsen Van Couwenhoven. She died in 1672, and in 
1675 he married Annetje Peterse Wyckoff. She died in 
1686, and on October 30, 1688, he married Catrina Cre- 
quers, widow of Scoffel Hoodlandt. His eighth child 

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was — 
13. Neeltje Roelofse Schenck, who was born January 23, 
1681, and died July 27, 1761 On October 2, 1701, she 
married Albert Willemse, son of William Gerrctse Cou- 
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34 JAN or JOHN ALBERTSE COVENHOVEN, eleventh 
child of Albert Willemsc Covenhoven, No. 18, was born February 
18, 1723. He married, October 19, 1744, Catherine, daughter of 
Hendrick Van Voorhees and Jannetje Jansen, who died August 4, 
1794. John was bom in Freehold Township, New Jersey, and 
that he was living there in 1753 is shown by the following record in 
the register of the Old Tennant Church : 

"John Cowenhoven, son of Albert, had baptized David, March 
4, 1753." 

In his will, which appears in the appendix of this work, Jan 
calls himself "John Covenhoven," and gives his residence as 
"Somerset County, Province of East New Jersey," and mentions 
two children — 

36. David Conover, baptized March 4, 1753. 

37. JOHN CONOVER, born February 1, 1760; died 
September 9, 1812. 

37. JOHN CONOVER, second son of John Albertse Coven- 
hoven, No. 34, was born February 1, 1760, in Freehold Township. 
He married. May 30, 1782, Martha Higgins, who was born August 
28, 1762, and died February 25, 1833. John died September 9, 
1812. John undoubtedly lived in Somerset County with his father, 
and as there was no land owned by the Conover family in Hunter- 
don County prior to 1800^ and as the Higgins family were large 
property holders near Copper Hill in that County, it was through 
Martha Higgins that John removed to that section. In the office 
of the Secretary of State (No. 2524) is the "Inventory of the 
Estate of John Covenhavcn, Late of Hunterdon County'* (for a 
copy of which document see appendix) filed December 8, 1812. 

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Martha, his wife, and Jonathan Higgins Conover, his son, were 
respectively Administratrix and Administrator. 

John and his wife were interred in the "Barber Burying 
Ground*' together with two of their children, David and Nancy. 
The accompanying illustration shows the graves, and reading from 
right to left the inscriptions are as follows — 

1. In Memory of 

John Covenhoven 
who departed this 

Life September 9th, 1812, aged 

52 years 7 months 

and 9 days. 

2. In Memory of 
Martha Covenhoven 

wife of 

John Covenhoven 

who died 

February 25th, A. D. 1833 

in the 76th year 

of her age. 

3. In Memory of 
Nancy Covenhoven 

who departed this life 

October the 1st, 1801 

aged 16 years 8 months 

and 6 days. 

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A' <••'.:. lii> \\ifr, and J^mathan fb.sfg^ins Conover, his son, were 
ft :H«:":'c*y Ax!iinni>tratrix and Administrator. 

Jo! V. anti his wife were interred in the **Barber Burying 
r.rf und'* 1 ct'ier with two of their children, David and Nancy. 
1 '■ • . '. r: '^ • ■u<: illustration shows the graves, and reading from 
r . 'it t^- '.♦' x\'i' it. .'::i;»tiv'ns are as follows — 

! In Memory of 

John Covcnh(»veri 

v.ho dcpari«:d this 

l.ile Scr'trr:ber 9th, 181^^ ^^^^ 

fv? vcars 7 months 
/lHV()iIZHv//()'j /xHOl 
M»!0 s a.i> -. 

•?. la Mt:»:K»rv tr 

Martha ^mx^USlW^a 

John C'.>vt'r.h^>ven 

who died 

FebriKiry ^:oih, A. D. 1S33 

in the 76: h year 

of her aiij-c. 

In Memory of 

Narcy Covenhovcn 

who departed this iife 

October the 3st, ISOl 

oged 15 yj-ars 8 months 

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4. In Memory of 

David Covenhoven 

who departed this life 

September the 8th, 1801 

aged 17 years and 10 months. 

Issue of John Conover, No. 37: 

38. David Conover, born November 7, 1783. Died Septem- 
ber 8, 1801. 

39. Nancy Conover, born January 25, 1786. Died October 
1, 1801. 

40. JONATHAN HIGGINS CONOVER, bom October 18, 
1787. Died Dec. 17, 1849. 

4L Catharine Hill Conover, born December 10, 1789. Died 
May 20, 1826. 

42. John Conover, bom January 20, 1792. Died April 26, 
1854. 

43. Isaac B. Conover, born July 4, 1794. Died Febraary 28, 
1883. 

44. Elias H. Conover, bom September 11, 1796. Died July 
4, 1871. 

40. JONATHAN HIGGINS CONOVER, third child of 
John Conover, No. 37, was born near Copper Hill, Hunterdon 
County, New Jersey, October 18, 1787. He married, first, June 22, 
1816, Ann Schenck, who was born October 18, 1787, and died Sep- ' 
tember 16, 1831, and, second, he married, Febraary 1, 1838, Ann 
Sutphin, who was born in April, 1794, and died December 31, 1867. 
Jonathan died December 17, 1849. 
Issue (by his first wife only) : 

45. John J. Conover, bom March 25, 1817. Died, unmarried, 
March 1, 1885. 

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46. WILLIAM SCHENCK CONOVER, born December 8, 
1818. Died February 1, 1850. 

47. Mary Conover, bom November 2, 1820. Married, 1841, 
Isaac Young. Died November 11, 1849. 

48. David Conover, bom May 24, 1825. Died July 20, 1897. 

49. Martha Conover, bom May 22, 1829. Died April 25, 
1830. 

46. WILLIAM SCHENCK CONOVER, second child of 
Jonathan Higgins Conover, No. 40, was born December 8, 1818, 
on the home farm near Copper Hill, Hunterdon County, New Jer- 
sey. Later he removed to Easton, Pennsylvania, where he mar- 
ried, April 12, 1846, Elizabeth, daughter of Jacob Gangwer, who 
was born February 27, 1791, and died in 1872, and his wife, Mary 
Shook. Elizabeth was born December 8, 1821. She remarried 
Fayette Rumsey, of Buffalo, New York, and removed to that city, 
where she died June 29, 1872. William died February 1, 1850. 

Issue: 

50. CHARLES HOPKINS CONOVER, bom July 12, 1847. 

51. Henry Conover, born February 13, 1849. Died July 24, 
1885. 

48. David Conover, fourth child of Jonathan Higgins Con- 
over, No. 40, was born May 24, 1825, at Copper Hill, New Jersey. 
He married, October 6, 1857, Henrietta V. D. Williamson, who 
was born February 7, 1837, at Montgomery, New Jersey, and died 
April 26, 1891. David died July 20, 1897. He lived all his life on 
the home farm near Copper Hill, Hunterdon County, New Jersey, 
and all of his children were born at that place. 

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46. W 1 1. LI AM SCHENCK CONOVER, born December 8, 
1x18. Died February 1, 1850. 

47. M.try CoiioviT. born November 2, 1820. Married, 1841, 
I-aac Youn^'. Died November 11, 1849. 

48. David C..nover, bom May 24, 1825. Died July 20, 1897. 

49. iM .ft I. a Conover, born May 22, 1829. Died April 25, 
1S:0 

46. V. il.I.r.XM SCHENCK CONOVER, second child of 
Jonatliaii H <;r,ins Conover, No. 40, was born December 8, 1818, 
on the iion.-v i.» m near Copper Hill, Hunterdon County, New Jer- 
sey. I,a*cr i\c removed to Easton, Pennsylvania, where he mar- 
ricd. Apr.l ;. \ r^^G Eliz^hclb^^^^^^^ Gangwer, who 

\,. s t ivv. : i * u.i;\ 4i, liJi, nun dica ni 1:^//. and his wife, Mary 
Fho .k \': :A.i:\W''4:ir'i^^^^ ISSf*/ '''^HM' remarried 

litv*. ^.<- Uii: ^'v, ni T);jft*alo, Ntvv York, and removed to that city, 
^^hc•.- >.:i: :i cd junv 2U. 18Tri. \villum died February 1, 1850. 

r,w. CHARLES HOPKINS CONOVER. born July 12, 1847. 
T)!. Henry Conover. born February 13, 1849. Died July 24, 



AS, David CoMovcr, f(,urth child of J.>nathan Higgins Con- 
over, Xo. 40, was born Mr^y 24. 3825. at Cr.pper Hill, New Jersey. 
He- marri^id, October 6, 1S57, Henrierta V. D. Williamson, who 
vas born Ft:hfu:»ry 7, 3837, at Montgoiner), New Jersey, and died 
April 2(\ l^rn. I)avid died July 20, 1897. He lived all his life on 
li'C b' n»o farm nc^u- CoppiT Mill, Hunterdon County, New Jersey, 
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Issue: 

62. William W. Conover, born May 15, 1861. Died May 7, 
1910. 

53. Jonathan Higgins Conover, born June 28, 1863. 

54. Robert Manning Conover, born February 23, 1870. 

55. Howard Conover, born May 19, 1875. Died May 20, 1875. 

56. Jesse Bodine Conover, born February 3, 1877. 

50. CHARLES HOPKINS CONOVER, eldest child of 
William Schenck Conover, No. 46, was born July 12, 1847, 
at Easton, Pennsylvania. Upon the second marriage of his 
mother he removed to Buffalo, New York, remaining there until 
1871, when he went to Chicago, Illinois, and engaged in business. 
He married, December 7, 1881, Delia Louise Boardman, who was 
born October 31, 1859, at Marshalltown, Iowa. 

Issue : 

57. Elinor Conover, born May 15, 1885, in Chicago. 

58. Delia Boardman Conover, born May 20, 1887, in Chicago. 

59. Margaret Boardman Conover, born September 1, 1888, 
in Chicago. 

60. HENRY BOARDMAN CONOVER, born January 19, 
1892, in Chicago. 

51. Henry Conover, second son of William Schenck Con- 
over, No. 46, was born February 13, 1849, at Easton, Pennsylvania, 
and died July 24, 1885. He married. May 18, 1871, Kate Barton 
Armstrong, who was born September 17, 1851, at Buffalo, New 
York. He resided in Buffalo until the time of his death. 

Issue : 

61. Louise Vail Conover, born April 14, 1872, at Buffalo, 
New York. Married, at Buffalo, February 8, 1905, 

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William Kent Gibboney, who was born October 23, 1872, 
at Gibboney, Pennsylvania. 
62. William W. Conover, eldest child of David Conover, No. 
48, was bom May 15, 1861, and died May 7, 1910. He married, 
November 24, 1887, Mary J. Housel, who was born August 3, 1861, 
at Hampton's Corner, New Jersey. 
Issue: 

62. Charles Hopkins Conover, born October 26, 1889, at Rea- 
ville, New Jersey. 



63. Jonathan Higgins Conover, second son of David Con- 
over, No. 48, was born June 28, 1863. He married, August 21, 
1889, Lillian Arnwine, who was born at Baptistown, New Jersey. 



S4. Robert Manning Conover, third child of David Conover, 
No. 46; was born February 23, 1870. He married, March 24, 1897, 
Lavinia Little, who was born June 30, 1872, at Reaville, New Jersey. 



56. Jesse Bodine Conover, fifth child of David Conover, No. 
48, was born February 3, 1877. He married, July 27, 1905, Gertrude 
C. Sullivan, who was born April 22, 1885, at Pottsville, 
Pennsylvania. 

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57. Elinor Conover, eldest child of Charles Hopkins Con- 
over, No. 50, was born May 15, 1885, at Chicago, Illinois. She 
married, June 21, 1910, Ralph Woodland Owen, who was bom 
May 26, 1884, at Eau Claire, Wisconsin. 
Issue: 

63. Cora Rust Owen, born June 22, 1911, at Madison, Wis- 
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58. Delia Boardman Conover, second child of Charles Hop- 
kins Conover, was born May 20, 1887, in Chicago. She married, 
March 29, 1910, Eugene Solomon Talbot, Jr., who was bom Au- 
gust 6, 1884, at Chicago. 
Issue: 

61 Eugene Solomon Talbot III., bom February 11, 1911, at 
Chicago. 



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69. Margaret Boardman Conover, third child of Charles 
Hopkins Conover, No. 50, was bom September 1, 1888, in Chicago. 



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60. Henry Boardman Conover, fourth child of Charles 
Hopkins Conover, No. 50, was bom January 19, 1892, in Chicago. 



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THE WILL OF JOHN COVENHOVEN. 

DATED U AUGUST, 1766. 

A copy of the will of John Covenhoven taken from the original 
deposited in the Secretary of State's office at the State House, 
Trenton, New Jersey. 

The will is in a jacket in the vault, jacket marked "Sumerset 
196 R_385— " and in folio marked "340 R" in said jacket is the 
original will and the inventory of the personal effects. 

A copy of this will is also contained in Liber I, page 110, Office 
of the Secretary of State. 

In the name of God amen, I, John Covenhoven of Somerset 
County and Province of East New Jersey being weak in body but 
of perfect mind and memory (blessed be God) Do this Eleventh 
day of August Anno Dominy one Thousand Seven hundred and 
Sixty Six, make and Publish this my last will and testament in 
manner following that is to say I leave to my dear and loving wife 
the whole possession of my estate both Real and parsonal untill 
my Eldest son David shall arive to the age of Twenty one years; 
Then a division shall be made Between my Two Sons David and 
John of my said Estate Each one half there of share and share alike 
Both Real and Personal and if it should happen that my widow 
should hereafter marry she shall have no claim against my estate 
safe one hundred pounds Current money of New Jersey at (rate 
of value then current) 8 1 pr oz which shall be paid on demand out 
of my estate by Executors here in named and I ordain Peter Vor- 
heas James Nephew and Peter Vorheas son Hendrick Vorheas 
Executors of this my last will in Trust for the Intent and purposes 
therein contained according to the True intent and meaning. 

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In witness thereof I the said John Covenhoven have to this my 
last Will and Testament set my hand and Seal the day and year 
above written. 

John Covenhoven (X) seal 
Witnesses 

Pieter Nevius 
Girebert Lane 

his 
Aaron (A) Sutphen 

mark 
In Probate of the above will 14 May, 1767 — 
"Peter Vorhees & Peter Vorhees son of* Hendrick. Two of 
the Executors in the within will named came before me & were 
duly qualified." 

"James Hurly (?)" 
♦Note. — In the original will "of is omitted making it read 
"Peter Vorheas son Hendrick Vorheas." The above probate rec- 
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INVENTORY OF THE PERSONAL ESTATE 

OF JOHN COVENHOVEN 

Folio 340 R. 
Filed September 3, 1767. 
"A true and Perfect Inventory taken by us, the 
under subscriber of the moveable estate of John Coven- 
hoven — ^late deceased/' 

Money att 8 1 pr. oz. 



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The deceased wareing apperl 25 . • . . 

Cash 86 14 11 

Bond and note against Garret Covenhoven, Princi- 
ple & Interest 319 

Bond against John Sutphin, Principle and Intefest. 64 
Note against John Furman, Principle and Interest . 20 
Bill against Hendrick Vorhees, Principle and In- 
terest 

Bond against William Vorhees lodged in lawyer 

Stockdon's hands, Principle debt £16 16 

Silver watch 8 

1 Razor, 1 stropp, 1 hone, 1 Cedar desk, 1 inkstand . . 9 

2 negro men, 1 negro woman and 3 children 250 

1 Dutch Bible and sundry other books 5 

1 Looking glass, 1 sleight, 1 Chest with sundrys ... 3 
1 silver spoon, 1 pewter tea pott and sundry tea ware 2 

1 scales & weight, 1 stove, 1 morter, 1 armed chair.. . . 15 
1 Beadstead & furniture, 1 green Ruggs & sundry 

blankets and coverlids 17 . . 

1 chest, 1 case of bottles, 1 cradle, 1 cloth brush 1 1 

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1 cubard with sundrys on & in coubard 8 . . 

1 Beadstead & Chaff Bead & Beading 2 . . 

1 pn striped some linnen & yarn 8 . • 

1 Beadstead and furniture & Trunnel Bead & 

beading 10 . . 

2 Tables, 1 desser, 1 looking glass, 17 chairs 3 • . 

1 spoon Rack with spoons and Sundry Sorts Pewter 

ware 2 . . 

3 Loungs, 2 Shovels, 2 pr. Hand Irons, 1 spinning 

wheel 2 4 

2 gunns, 1 sword, 1 Baynot, 1 Belt, 1 cordose 

bose, 1 whip 3 . . 

2 candle sticks, 1 pr. Sadd Irons & Sundry other 

small ware 10 

2 Saddles, 3 Bridles, 1 stand, 2 Baskets, 1 Bedstead 

& Beading 6 ... 

1 Cooking Iron, Sundry sorts of Cedar ware, 2 

Rumletts 1 8 

Some Candles & Tallow & Sundry small articles . . . . 10 

Some Buckwheat, Some Oats, Some wool 4 18 

15 Baggs, 2 large wheels. Spoon rack & Some Flax. 2 6 
1 Bedstead — some Casks — Some Ropes, Dough 

Trough & Two (?) 10 

Some Flax seed — Some Flour & Sundry other 

articles 1 15 

1 Weavers Loom — Geers — 1 piece of Linnen in 

Loom, 1 tarr tub, Beetle & wedges & sundry 

other articles 6 10 

Some Bacon, Beef & Beadstead 5 . . 

Potts, Kettles, Panns, Trammels & Sundry Sorts of 

Kitchen Furniture & 1 spinning wheel 1 10 

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Barrels & tubs & Sundry Sort of lumber 12 

Axxs, Broad hoes Sundry Sort of Farmers Tools . . 1 5 
Grind Stone Ploughs & Tackling Harrow & Wood 

Stead 3 17 

2 hives of bees 1 pleasure slay — Indian corn in Crib 8 . . 

8 Waggons, geers and tackling 20 . . 

2 Powdering tubs Windmill, 1 Culing Box and 

Sundry barn tools 3 . . 

1 sorrel Horse 1 Black Bawl Horse 1 Brown 

Horse 25 .. 

1 Brown Mare, 1 Bay Bull Rock Mare, 1 Rone 

Horse 45 . . 

1 Black Mare, 1 Bay Mare & 2 yearling Colts 17 . . 

8 Sheep & 11 lambs 6 13 

5 Cows 1 yearling Bull & HeiflFer 20 . . 

Wheat & Rie Oats & Flax in the ground 30 . . 

1 Stack of Rice 3 . . 

1 Bull and 7 young Cattle 16 . . 

4 Hooggs and 3 Piggs 4 12 

2 Sythes & Cradles 2 Grass Sythes with tackles. . . 1 16 
Some wheat & Rice in the Mill 3 10 



1129 1 4^ 

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Pieter Nevius Appraisers 

Girebert Lane Peter Vannouwhees 

his Peter Vorhees 

Aurt (a) Stuphin Execrs. 
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INVENTORY OF THE 

PERSONAL ESTATE OF 

JOHN COVENHOVEN 

OF HUNTERDON COUNTY 

Folio 2524 J. 
Inv. 

A true and perfect Inventory of all and singular; the goods 
and chatties right and credits of John Covenhoven, Esq., late of 
Amwell, in County of Hunterdon, and State of N. J., deceased. 
Made the 29th day of Sept., 1812. 

Dols. Ct8. 

Purse and apparel 36 00 

Household goods 558 50 

8 Horses 296 00 

35 Sheep 70 00 

14 Swine 33 00 

One Lease 50 00 

Rent in arrear 50 00 

Hay 102 00 

Grain 457 00 

Fanning utensils 190 20 

Bonds, Notes, &c.. Esteemed goods 5264 32 

Doubtful ... 18 60 



Amount *7413 62 

Appraised by us James Jones 

Samuel Hunt. 
♦Note— error in addition: should be $7124.62. 

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State of New Jersey, 

Hunterdon Co. 
Martha Covenhoven, administratrix, and Jonathan Coven- 
hoven, administrator of John Covenhoven, Esq., deceased, being 
duly sworn according to law, did severally depose and say that the 
foregoing writing contains a true and perfect inventory of all and 
singular the goods and chattels and credits of the said John Coven- 
hoven deceased as far as have come to their knowledge or posses- 
sion of any person or persons for their use. 
Sworn at Plemington 
8th day of Dec., 1812, Martha Covenhoven 

Before me Jonathan H. Covenhoven 

J. T. Blackwell Surrogate 



Samuel Hunt one of the appraisers of the foregoing Inventory, 
being duly sworn according to law did dispose and say that the 
goods, chattels and credits in the foregoing Inventory set down 
and specified were by him appraised according to their just and 
true respective rates and values after the best of his judgment and 
understanding, and that James Jones the other appraiser whose 
name is there unto subscribed was present at the same time and 
consented in all things to the doings thereof and that they ap- 
praised all things that were brought to their view for appraise- 
ment. 

Sworn at Flemington 
on 8 Dec, 1812, Samuel Hunt 

before me 
J. T. Blackwell Surrogate 

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The document is endorsed — 
Inventory of the personal John Covenhoven, Esq., 

estate of John Covenhoven Deed. Inventory 

DECEASED 2624 J— Filed 8 Dec, 1812. 

J. T. Blackwell 

Surrogate. 



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THE CONOVLB CO .1 ^ - - d 

ARMS. — Arg-nt. a cri>-^ a/urr. !:. •. •! • -. ■ " .. u- lion's 
hea<ls erpj^l^Mb^ jHo'J H3VOi4()3 orfT 

CREST.— A liv)n\ h-a-.i era-;-! 1 ^ -v- -i t-^/o a-- - '^ « <'. '^r ex- 
.po^-itif^ the iiT^n?.-: i> Jc .!{;- :t.:liv ' .- *<?" <. ^ [/«' r«?; the 
l(»wer silc a/Mrc, g-.i '-s. 

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THE CONOVER COAT OF ARMS. 

ARMS. — ^Argent, a cross azure. In the dexter chief three lion's 
heads erased gules. 

CREST. — ^A lion's head erased between two wings, the dexter ex- 
posing the upper side argent, the sinister exposing the 
lower side azure, gules. 

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SOME OLD HOLLAND NAMES AND THEIR ENGLISH 

EQUIVALENTS. 

The period during which America was settled was not an era 
noted for education, and the majority of our early ancestors could 
neither read nor write. This was not the case with the poorer 
class alone, but among the wealthy people as well. Owing to this 
fact there was no fixed orthography for proper names, which is 
very confusing to genealogists of to-day who are not familiar 
with the Dutch language. 

For the benefit of future students of family history, the fol- 
lowing list of Dutch baptismal names with their English equiva- 
lents has been appended to this work, only after careful study of the 
subject and many comparisons with various shorter lists by other 
compilers. 

It should be noted that carelessness in regard to proper names 
was not a fault of our colonists only, for the great Voltaire, in ad- 
dressing his correspondence to a certain noted German Countess 
with whom he was very friendly, spelled her name in no less than 
ten different ways. 

The suffix "'je'" added to a male name changes it to female. 
Aart, Art, Aarend — ^Arthur. 
Aaghie — ^Agatha. 
Adda — Adeline. 
Adriaantje — ^Adrianna. 
Aevje — Eve. 
Agnitje — Agnes. 

Altje, Aaltje, Aletta, Alida — ^Adeline, Adela, Alida. 
Aletta — Letitia. 

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Andreas, Andries, Andrias — ^Andrew. 

Anneken, Annetje — ^Ann, Anna. 

Arcnt — ^Aaron. 

Aric — Adrian. 

Anitje, Annatje, Annaetje, Annetje, Annitje — ^Ann, Hannah, Anna, 

Nancy. 
Amout — Arnold. 
Bait, Baltus— Balthasar. 
Barber — Barbara. 
Barent — Bernard. 
Bartel — Bartholomew. 
Bartje — Bertha. 
Bastiaan — Sebastian. 
Boudeuyn, Boudein — Baldwin. 
Beletje, Bella— Isabel. 
Bell— Arabella. 
Betje— Betty. 
Baltje— Elizabeth. 
Christoffel — Christopher. 
Christiaan — Christian. 
Christienje — Christiana. 
Classje — Claudia, Nicolette. 
Catrina — ^Catherine. 
Claas, Claes — Nicholas. 
Daam— Adam. 
Denys — Dionysius. 
Diederick — Theodore. 
Derrick, Dirk, Dirck — Richard. 
Dirckje, Dirkje — Dorothy. 
Diewertje — Deborah. 
Doris — ^Theodore. 

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Elsje, Elsie — ^Alice, Elsie. 

Emmetje — Emma. 

Engeltje — ^Angelica. 

Eva — Eve. 

Epje — Egbert. 

Ernst — Ernest. 

Evert — Everard. 

Frans — Francis. 

Filip— Philip. 

Floris — Florence. 

Floortje — Flora. 

Geertje — Gertrude, Charity. 

Grietje — Margaret. 

Goris — George. 

Gerrit, Gerret, Geridt — Gerard, Garret. 

Gillis— Giles. 

Giel — Michael. 

Govert, Guert — Godfrey, Geoffrey. 

Gysbert, Gyslbert— Gilbert. 

Giertje, Geerje, Geetruyd — Gertrude. 

Hans — ^John, Jack. 

Hansje — ^Joanna. 

Hendrick, Henrick, Henricus — Henry. 

Hillegonda — Huldah. 

Huygen, Hugen — Hugh. 

Henrickje — Henrietta. 

Heyltje, Hiltje— Hail. 

Jacobus — ^Jacob, James. 

Jaapic, Japic, Jaap— Jacob. 

Jannetje, Jacoba — ^Jane, Joanna. 

Johanna, Janneken — ^Joan. 

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Johannes, Jan — ^John. 

Jochem — ^Joachim. 

Joost — ^Justice. 

Joris, Jurian, Jurge — George. 

Josyntje, Josina — ^Justina. 

Karel — Charles. 

Kasper — Caspar, Jasper. 

Katryne, Kaatje, Katrina, Katryntje, Keetie — Catherine, Katy. 

Kerstan, Kristiaan — Christian. 

Klaartje — Clara. 

Klaes, Klaas — Nicholas. 

Klaasje, Klasyne — Nicola, Nicolette, Claudia. 

Krelis, Kees, Koris, Kornelis, Cornelis — Cornelius. 

Kobus, Cobus — ^James. 

Laurens, Louris — Lawrence. 

Leendert^ — Leonard. 

Lieven, Licve — Leo. 

Leentje — Madeline, Helena. 

Lena, Lenora, Lenoor — Eleanor. 

Letje — Letitia. 

Lodewyk — Ludovic. 

Louis — Lewis. 

Lotje — Charlotte. 

Lukas, Luyt — Luke. 

Luytje — Lucia, Lucy. 

Lysbet, Lysje, Lysbeth, Lysbetje — Elizabeth 

Matthys — Matthias. 

Mewes, Maas — Bartholomew. 

Machtel — Matilda. 

Margritje — Margaret. 

Marietje — Maria. 

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Mariken, Marretje, Maritjc, Marytjc, Maartje, Maacke, Mietje — 

Mary. 
Naatje — ^Anna. 
Metje, Mietje — Maria. 
Neeltje — Nellie, Eleanor, Cornelia. 
Niesje — ^Agnes. 
Obaje — Obadiah. 
Otte— Otho. 
Paulus, Parvel — Paul. 
Pieter, Petrus — Peter. 
Paulyntje — Paulina. 
Phlip— Philip. 
Roelof, Roeloff— Ralph. 
Roosje — Rose. 
Rutger — Roger. 
Rykard — Richard. 
Saul — Solomon. 
Saartje — Sarah. 
Sander — ^Alexander. 
Staats — Eustace. 
Stoffel — Christopher. 
Styntje — Christiana. 
Tanneken — ^Ann. 
Tewis— -Matthew. 
Tunis, Teunis — ^Anthony. 
Tebut— Theobald. 
Toontje — ^Antonia. 
Truytje — Gertrude. 
Tryntje — Catherine. 
Tyne— Cathalina. 
Tymen — Timothy. 

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Tys— Matthias. 

Teuntje — Eunice. 

Wyntje — Sabina. 

Wouter— Walter. 

Willemptje, Williampe — ^Wilhelmina. 

Ydie— Ida. 

Zanneke — Susanna. 



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CONOVER BIBLE RECORDS. 

FROM THE BIBLE IN THE POSSESSION OF THE 

LUYSTER FAMILY, OF MIDDLETOWN, NEW JERSEY. 

(Written in the Dutch language.) 
In the year of our Lord 1660 William Cowenhoven was mar- 
ried to Altieu Zoris. (Altieu, daughter of Joris Dirksen Brinck- 
crhoff.) 

1662 January 4. Garret Cowenhoven born. 

1663 June 3. My wife Altieu Zoris died. (Joris.) 

1665 February 12. William Cowenhoven married Jannetie Pe- 
ters (daughter of Pieter Monfort.) 

1665 December 14. Altieu Cowenhoven bom. 

1669 February 7. Nelly Cowenhoven bom. 

1671 Febraary 12. Peter Cowenhoven bom. 

1672 November 20. Cornelius Cowenhoven born. 
1674 December 27. Sarah Cowenhoven bom. 
1676 December 7. Albert Cowenhoven bom. 
1679 January 29. Jacob Cowenhoven born. 
1681 April 9. John Cowenhoven born. 

1683 April 13. Annetie Cowenhoven bom. 

1686 March 7. William Cowenhoven bom. 

1689 December 28. Jaquemyntie Cowenhoven born. 

1705 November 12. Jacob, son of William and Jannetie Peters, 

born January 29, 1679, married Sarah Schenck, 
Children : 

1706 December 10. Jannetie Cowenhoven bora. 
1708 February. Annie Cowenhoven bom. 
1710 February. William Cowenhoven bom. 
1712 March 1. Ruliph Cowenhoven born. 
1714 February 1. Jacob Cowenhoven born. 

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1716 November 5. Garret Cowcnhovcn bom. 

1718 December 14. Peter born and died January 14, 1719. 

1720 May. Peter Cowenhoven bom. 

1722 May. John Cowenhoven bom. 

1725 Marta Cowenhoven bom. 

Marta Conover, son of Jacob and Sarah, bom 1725, mar- 
ried Williampe Conover, daughter of William. 
Children: 
1751 April 12. Sarah Conover born. 

1763 July 2. William Conover bom. 
1755 July 21. Jacob Conover bora. 
1758 April 26. Peter Conover born. 
1760 April 26. Jane Conover bora. 

1762 December 23. Matthias and Williampe born. 

1764 September 18. Anne Conover born. 

FROM THE BIBLE OF MRS. JUDGE CONOVER, 
MARLBORO, NEW JERSEY. 

Elias Cowenhoven died 1751. He married Williampe Wall. 
Children: 

Mary Cowenhoven, born February 12, 1730. 

Peter Cowenhoven, born December 4, 1732. 

Patience Cowenhoven, born July 6, 1736. 

Elidy Cowenhoven, born March 10, 1738. 

Jane (James?) Cowenhoven, born December 30, 1739. 

Elenor Cowenhoven, born February 5, 1741. 

John Cowenhoven, born March 8, 1743-4. 
Notes : 

Mary married a man named Smock. 

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Peter died March 3, 1802. 

Patience married Samuel Bowne and died May 22, 1802. 

Elidy married Hendrick Hendrickson. 

Jane (this was a son and should be James) married a woman 

named Longstreet He, James, died May 28, 1765. 
Elenor died June 21, 1765. 
John died April 21, 1803. 

FROM THE CONOVER BIBLE IN POSSESSION OF 

MISS W. W. BRAY, MATTEWAN, N. J. 
Albert Coavenhoven, born December, 1676. (To this record it may 

be added that his birth occurred on the seventh day of the 

month.) 
William Albertse Covenhoven, born March 9, 1702. 
Roelof Albertse Covenhoven, born September 8, 1703. 
Antie Albertse Covenhoven, born August 21, 1705. 
Jannetie Albertse Covenhoven, born September 30, 1707. 
Altie Albertse Covenhoven, born January 20, 1709. 
Margit Albertse Covenhoven, born February 15, 1711. 
Sara Albertse Covenhoven, born June 20, 1714. 
Pieter Albertse Covenhoven, bom October 21, 1716. 
Nettije Albertse Covenhoven, bom February 7, 1720. 
Gerritt Albertse Covenhoven, born June 16, 1721. 
Jan Albertse Covenhoven, born February 18, 1723. 
Comelije Albertse Covenhoven, born October 29, 1728. 
Nellie Albertse Covenhoven, born April 22, 1738. 

Note. — In the will of Albert Covenhoven he calls his children 
William, Ruluf, Anna, Jane, Alice, Margot, Sarah, Peter, Garratt, 
John and Cornelius. In other records they appear — William, Ru- 
liff, Antje, Jannetje, Altie, Margaret, Sarah, Peter, Nellie, Garret, 
Jan and Cornelius. 

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FROM THE CONOVER AND VAN DORN BIBLE IN THE 

POSSESSION OF JACOB DEY CONOVER, OF 

MIDDLETOWN, NEW JERSEY. 

Garret Conover married Eleanor Schenck October 12, 1744. 
Garret Conover was born November 5, 1716. 
Eleanor, his wife, was bom April 10, 1724. 
Issue: 

Jacob, bom June 19, 1746. 

Rulef, born^November 8, 1747. 

Sarah, born July 3, 1749. 

Daniel, born January 20, 1751. 

Gashy, bom February 5, 1753. 

Anne, born May 21, 1754. 

Mary, born April 5, 1756. 

Garret, born September 15, 1758. 

John, born April 3, 1760. 

Mary, born September 26, 1767. 

Garrett Conover died December 9, 1797, aged 81 years and 3 
months. Eleanor, his wife, died March 25, 1800, aged 75 years, 11 
months and 14 days. 

Jacob H. Conover and Eleanor Smock married November 13, 1816. 
Azariah Conover and Emily P. Sherman married March 3, 1846. 

Jacob H. Conover, born April 9, 1795. 

Eleanor Smock, born March 10, 1799. 
Issue: 

Mary Van Dorn Conover, born July 28, 1817. 

Henry H. Conover, born January 30, 1819. 

Azariah Conover, born February 14, 1821. 

Lydia L. Conover, born December 18, 1822. 

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Charles Edwin Conovcr, son of Azariah and Emily, born Decem- 
ber 28, 1846. 

Williampe Van Dorn Conover, daughter of Azariah and Emily, 
born December 18, 1848. 

Thomas Sherman Conover, son of Azariah and Emily, born Janu- 
ary 5, 1852. 

Jacob Dey Conover, son of Azariah and Emily, born January 26, 
1860. 

Jacob H. Conover, son of Hardrich and Gashe, died February 10, 
1851, aged 55 years, 10 months and 1 day. 

Eleanor, wife of Jacob Conover, died March 2, 1875, aged 75 years, 
11 months and 23 days. 

FROM THE VAN MATER FAMILY BIBLE 

Garret Covenhoven, bom 1705, 1715 or 1735 (mutilated). 
Nellie Van Mater, born September 8, 1730. Married Garret Con- 
over, 1748. Died July 31, 1784, aged 53 years, 11 months, 19 

days. (The age is not correct in this instance.) 
Children: 

Jacoba, born November 10, 1749. 

Benjamin, bom February 25, 1753. 

Catharine, born December 25, 1759. 

John, born September 1, 1766. 

Garret, born September 28, 1770. 

John, died August 28, 1775, aged 11 ms., 28 ds. 
Peter G. Conover, born January 2, 1797. Married Charlotte Lyel, 

who was bom June 29, 1799, November 10, 1819. 
Child (?): 

Stacy Conover, born 1828. 

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THE CONOVER FAMILY 

CONTENTS 

Preface 3 

The First Four Generations of the Family in America 5 

The Ancestors of Neeltje Schenck, Ancestress of the Compiler 

of this Work 21 

Jan Albertse Covenhoven (No. 34) and his Descendants 27 

Appendix 41 

Wills and Inventories 43 

The Conover Coat of Arms 51 

Some Old Holland Names and their English Equivalents. . 53 
Conover Bible Records 59 



ILLUSTRATIONS. 
CHARLES HOPKINS CONOVER from portrait by Louis 

Betts— Facing Title. 
OLD CONOVER HOUSE on the Schenck-Cowenhoven 

Burying Ground property — Facing page 17. 
Grave of ALBERT COWENHOVEN in the Schenck-Cowen- 
hoven Burying Ground — Facing page 18. 
Grave of NEELTJE SCHENCK, wife of Albert Cowenhoven, 

in the Schenck-Cowenhoven Burying Ground — Facing 

page 20. 
Graves of JOHN COWENHOVEN, MARTHA, his wife, 

NANCY, his daughter, and DAVID, his son, in the Barber 

Cemetery — Facing page 30. 
CONOVER HOMESTEAD on the farm near Copper Hill, 

New Jersey — Facing page 32. 
The CONOVER Coat of Arms— Facing page 51. 

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INDEX OF CONOVERS 

Albert, 59, 61 

Albert Willemse, 17, 20, 21, 25, 29 

Alice, 61 

Altie, 12, 14. 15, 61 

Altie Albertse, 18, 61 

Altie or Altieu Willemse, 16 

Altieu, 59 

Altieu Zoris Brinckerhoff, 59 

Anna, 61 

Anne, 60, 62 

Annetie, 59 

Annetie Willemse, 17 

Annie, 59 

Antie Albertse, 18, 61 

Antje, 20, 61 

Azariah, 62, 63 

Benjamin, 63 

Catharine, 63 

Catharine Hill, 31 

Charles Edwin, 63 

Charles Hopkins, Title, Preface, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38 

Cornelis, Cornelius or Comelije, 59, 61 

Cornelius or Comelije Albertse, 20, 61 

Cornelis or Cornelius Willemse, 16 



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Daniel, 62 

David, 29, 30, 31, 32, 34, 43 
Delia Boardman, 33, 36 
Derick Wolfersen, 11 

Eleanor, 62, 63 
Elenor, 60, 61 
Elias, 60 
Elias H., 31 
Elidy, 60, 61 
Elinor, 33, 35 
Emily, 63 

Gashe, 63 
Gashy, 62 . 

Gerret, Gerrit or Garret, 7, 12, 14, 15, 45, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63 
Garret or Gerritt All?ertse, 19, 61 
Gerret Willemse, 16 

Gerret or Gerrit Wolfersen, Wolfertse, Wolphertse, Wolphertsen, 
Wolflfersen or Wolpherts, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 

Hardrich, 63. 

Henry, 32, 33 

Henry Boardman, 33, 38 

Henry H., 62 

Howard, 33 

Isaac B., 31 



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Jacob, 59, 60, 62, 63 

Jacob Day, 62, 63 

Jacob H., 62, 63 

Jacob Willemse, 17 

Jacob Wolfersen, 11 

Jacoba, 63 

Jacomina or Jacquemyntie Willemse, 17 

Tames, 60, 61 

Jan or John, 29, 30, 31, 43, 44, 45, 48, 49, 50, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63 

Jan or John Albertse, 19, 20, 27, 29, 61 

Jan or John Gerretse, 13, 14 

Jan or John Willemse, 17 

Jan or John Wolfersen, 11 

Jane, 60, 61 

Jannetie or Jannetje, 59, 61 

Jannetje or Jane Albertse, 18, 61 

Jaquemyntie, 59 

Jesse Bodine, 33, 34 

John J., 31 

Jonathan Higgins, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 49 

Jonica, 15 

Joris or George Willemse, 16 

Judge, Mrs., 60 

Louise Vail, 33 
Lydia L., 62 



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Margaret or Margit Albertse, 19, 61 

Margaret Boardman, 33, 37 

Margot, 61 

Marretje Gerretse, 13 

Marta, 60 

Martha, 30, 32, 49 

Martha Higgins, 29, 30 

Mary, 32, 60, 62 

Mary Van Dorn, 62 

Matthias, 60 

Nancy, 30, 31 

Neeltie or Neeltje Gerretse or Gerretsen, 13, 24 

Nellie or Nelly, 59, 61 

Nellie Albertse, 19, 61 

Nelly or Neelte Willemse, 16 

Neltie, 20 

Nettije Albertse, 61 

Patience, 60, 61 

Peter, 59, 60, 61 

Peter or Pieter Albertse, 19, 61 

Peter G., 63 

Peter or Pieter Willemse, 16 

Peter Wolfersen, 11 

Robert Manning, 33, 34 

Roeloflf, RuliflF or Ruluf Albertse, 18, 61 

Rulef, Roelof, Ruliph or Ruluf, 59, 61, 62 



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Sarah, 59, 60, 61, 62 
Sarah or Sara Albertse, 19, 61 
Sarah Willemse, 16 
Stacy, 63 

Thomas Sherman, 63 

William, 15, 59, 60, 61 
William Albertse, 18, 61 

William or Willem Gerretse or Gerritse, 13, 14, 15, 17, 25 
William Schenck, 32, 33 
William W., 33, 34 
William Willemse, 17 
Williampe, 60 
Williampe Van Dom, 63 
Wolfert, 15 

Wolfert or Wolphert Gerretsen, Gerritse, Gerretse, Gerrits or 
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Affenden, Lord of, 23 
Antonides, Johannes, 17 
Armstrong, Kate Barton, 33 
Amwine, Lillian, 34 

Bergen, Mr., 11 
Blackwell, J. T., 49, 50 
Blank, Sarah, 14 
Blymbeck, Lord of, 23 
Boardman, Delia Louise, 33 
Bosch, Lambert Janse, 14 
Bowne, Samuel, 61 
Brackhonge, Altieu, 12 
Bray, Miss W. W., 61 
Bredenbent, William, 12 

BrinkerhoflF or Brinckerhoff, Altie or Altieu Zoris or Joris, 14, 59 

Joris Dirksen, 14, 59 

Coenel, Joseph, 18 

Cool, Altie Cornelius or Cornells, 12 

" Altieu Brackhonge, 12 

" Cornelius Lambertse, 12 
Covert, Tunis, 18 
Crequers, Catrina, 24 
Custers, Alheid, 23 



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Daws, Elias, 16 

" Patience, 16 
Denys, Jacques, 19 

Emans, Abraham, 19 

Furman, John, 45 

Gangnver, Elizabeth, 32 

Jacob, 32 

Mary Shook, 32 
Gelden, FeoflFer of, 23 
Gibboney, William Kent, 34 

Hendrickson, Hendrick, 18, 19, 61 

Higgins, Martha, 29, 30 

Hoodlandt, ScoflFel, 24 

Housel, Mary J., 34 

Hudden, Andries, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12 

Hunt, Samuel, 48, 49 

Hurly, James, 44 

Jones, James, 48, 49 

Kneift, Governor, 12 



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Lane, Girebert, 44, 47 
Little, Lavinia, 34 
Logan, Mary, 20 

Longstreet, , 61 

Lonnen, Ambrosious, 16. 
Lubbertsen, Frederick, 12 
Lusler, Governor, 24 

Luyster, , 59 

Luyster, AUeta or Altige, 16 
Lyel, Charlotte, 63 

Mabs, Thomas, 15 

Martense, G., 12 

Monford, Monfort or Monfoort, Jan, 15 

" " " " Jannetie, Jannetje or Janica 

Peelers or Peters, 14, 15, 59 
" " " Peter or Pieter, 14, 15, 59 

Montfoort, Anna, 23 

Nevius, Pieter, 44, 47 
NicoUs, Governor, 9 

Owen, Cora Rust, 35 

" Ralph Woodland, 35 

Plancken, Sarah de, 14 
Polhemus, Abraham, 18 

Daniel, 19 

Johannes, 19 



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Annetje Martense, 24 

Annetje WyckoflF, 17 

Christian, 23 

Christianus, 23 

Dederick, 24 

Derick, 23, 24 

Diederick, 23 

Eleanor or Neeltje, 17, 18, 21, 62 

Heinrick, 23 

Hendrick, 23 

Jan or John, 16, 24 

Margaretta, 16 

Martin Peterson, 24 

Sir Martis, 24 

Mechtildis, 23 

Neeltje Roelofse, 25 

Peter (Van Nydeck), 23, 24 

Reynier, 23 

Roelof or Roeloff, 16, 24 

Roelof or Roeloff Martense, 13, 17, 21, 24 

Sarah, 59 

Wilthelmus, 23 
Scherpenziel, Johanna, 24 
Schwencken, Edgar de, 23 
Sherman, Emily P., 62 

Smock, , 60 

Smock, Eleanor, 62 



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Stille, Cornellis Jacobson, 9 
Stockdon, Lawyer, 45 
Stoffelsen, Jacob, 12 

Stoothoflf, Elbert Elbertse, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14 
" Altie Cornells or Cornelius, 14 

Strycker, Antje, 18 
Jan, 18 

Margaretta Schanck or Schenck, 18 
Stuyvesant, Governor, 9 
Sullivan, Gertrude C, 34 
Sutphen, Aaron or Aurt, 44, 47 
Sutphin, Ann, 31 
John, 45 

Talbot, Eugene Solomon, Jr., 36 
" Eugene Solomon III, 36 
Toutenberg, Barons of, 23 

Van Arendahl, Aleid, 23 

Van Arsdalen or Van Aertsdalen, Cornelis or Cornelius, 16 

" " " Symon, 16 

Van Berlaer, Anna, 24 
Van Brunt, Cornelius, 18 
Van Buren, Aleid, 23 

" Johann, 23 
Van Cleaf, Benjamin, 18, 19 

Hank Sutphen, 18, 19 

Johannes, 19 

Libertje, 18 
Van de Gouw, Gillis Pietersen, 8 



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Van Galen, Maria, 24 
Van Julich, Count, 23 
Van Keldenbock, Alcheid Van Goen, 23 
Allard, Lord, 23 

Van Mater, , 63 

Van Mater, Nellie, 63 

Vannouwhees, Peter, 47 

Van Rayde, Aleid, 23 

Van Twiller, Governor Wouter, 7, 9 

Van Voorhees, Catherine, 19, 29 

Coert Stephense, 13 
Hendrick, 19, 20, 29 
" Jannetje Jansen, 19, 29 

Sarah, 19 
Williampe, 19 
Vorheas or Vorhees, Hendrick, 43, 44, 45 
" " " James, 43 
" " " Peter, 43, 44, 47 
" " " William, 45 

Walbeck, Lord of, 23 
Wall, Williampe, 60 
Welles, Albert, 18 
Wells, Selah, 17 
Wentworth, John, 15 
Willemse, Elbert, 17 
Williamson, Aert, 17 

Antje, 20 

Henrietta V. D., 32 

William, 20 



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Wyckoff, Annetje Peterse, 24 

Jan or John, 16 ^ 

Pieter, 16 

Young, Isaac, 32 

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