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Re: Thomas P Conrey b 1761 Monmouth NJ, d 1828 NYC
Posted by: Tom Gregory (ID *****0130) Date: June 19, 2006 at 19:55:50
In Reply to: Thomas P Conrey b 1761 Monmouth NJ, d 1828 NYC by Tom Gregory of 33

Known child of Thomas P:
-Sarah, A., b cal July/Aug 1807, NYC (Manhattan) m James Barnes abt 1825/26 (first known child of Sarah & James b cal 1826. James BARNES first listed in 1825 Manhattan dir. Sarah d Manhattan 2 June 1892 (FHL film 1322840, cert # 19758); bur- Linden Hill Methodist Cem,Queens, NY.

Prob child of Thomas P:
Margaret m Collin CAMMEL [sic] 18 Oct 1821 at Bethel Baptist Ch, the same Church where Thomas P was bur. No other NYC Conrey whose religious/ ch affiliation has been identified (over 40) are known to have associated with Bethel Baptist.
Checked NYC dirs 1817-1821. Likely match: 1819 Thomas Cammel (sic) laborer was listed at Broome corner Sheriff, while Thomas P Conrey, cartman, was at Broome near Orange. So these two family heads, who were both physical laborers, lived closed to each other. Thomas likely the fa of Collin, & prob the Thomas- b Ireland- who was 47 when he d 26 July 1832

Unnamed children of Thomas P
No sons listed in any census, only daughters (In "1804-1805" dir Thomas P listed at the corner Anthony and Church. There is also a Thomas (no initial) cartman listed at 5 Orange. Do not know for whom the listing is at 5 Orange. If for a son Thomas P- not mentioned again, and not found in 1805-1806 NYC death registers. No other reference to a possible son of Thomas P. But in 1805 Thomas P is still listed on Anthony and not on Orange.)

Five daus in 1810 & one more in 1820 = six known daus

Following are some of the female Conrey’s found in NYC records born est btwn 1800 & 1820 whose fas are currently unknown. One or more of these may be a dau of Thomas P Conrey & Esther.
-Catharine Conrey m Wm Shephard sometime bef 1 Apr 1826
As it is unlikely Thomas P had two daus named Margaret, IF Margaret who m Collin Cammel is not Thomas P’s dau then the following are possible daus.
-Margaret Conrey m John Wilson 12 Nov 1837 at Christ Episcopal Church (NYC)
-Margaret (sic) Conrey m Thomas G Robinson 25 September 1837 (sic) at Christ Episcopal Church (NYC) (sic).

Possible father of Thomas P CONREY =
Thomas CONREY, cooper/ cabinet maker/ furniture seller/ venetian blind maker/ seller d 6 Oct 1795 NYC of yellow fever at 10 Roosevelt St. The wife of John CONREY a cabinet maker d at 11 Roosevelt in 1795, a house owned by Jonathan CONREY (who d 1807). Conclude this Thomas is a close relative- a cousin? of Jonathan & John. As Thomas not mentioned in John’s 1784 probated will apparently not a bro of that John’s sons - Jonathan & John
Either this Thomas Conrey or Thomas the son of William Conrey, was baptized
in the First Baptist Ch of NYC 22 July1787, & one of these two Thomas’ was one of 20 dissatisfied members who were dismissed 21 January 1790, over doctrinal issues with the Pastor. (The term dismissed was used when sending/recommending a member to another ch.) They accused the pastor of “new theology” rather than the strict Calvinism in the Ch doctrinal statement. (Searched NY 1790 census for whole state for first name variations of Thomas with last name starting with “C.” Found no surname that looked possible.

NO PROOF, but CONJECTURE that the wife of Thomas who d 1795 was Mary b NY, who d 3 Feb 1817 (age 72 yrs) at Pump St. But a Thomas left the First Baptist Ch because he felt the pastor was not adhering to strict Calvinism, & Mary was buried at a Universalist Baptist Cem. However, no baptism nor dismissal are mentioned for the Thomas’ wife from the First Baptist Ch, so she may not have been a member.
Stretching, this Mary per her calculated b (1745) fits as Thomas P's mother. Reasons for believing this is the wife of the Thomas who d 1795: know of no Mary Conrey’s who did not marry & know of no other Conrey in NYC of whom she could be the wife. The other Conrey’s who are old enough to be her husband- Jonathan d 1807, John- wife d 1795, William d 1817, have known wives. Mary d at an address at which no other Conrey was ever listed in directories, d records, etc. Suggests Mary was not a blood relative to Peter d 1790, to Jonathan who d 1807 nor William who d 1817- the fa’s/grandfa’s of all NYC Conrey’s whose fa’s/ grandfa’s are known.

In 1791, Thomas presumably was well off financially based on subscribing to help print a Bible in 1792, although a March 1795 ad indicated Thomas wanted to sell some furniture “cheap for cash.”
A 22 March 1794 ad indicated Thomas had moved from Nassau St to Chatham St, next door to Mr Janeway's, The 1794 NYC dir & a 28 March 1795 ad list a Thomas CONNORY / CONNERY respectively at 90 Chatham St.

Found no deed reference for any Thomas Connery in NYC grantor grantee index.

BELIEVE this is Thomas P’s fa because: other possible fa’s eliminated for various reasons; share same first name- only two other individuals of this first name among pre1800 Conrey’s in NYC. The fa of the other Thomas (occupation was marshall, collector, cabinet maker) who was abt 9 yrs younger than Thomas P is definitely William b cal 1732. No will or administration for Thomas who d 1795. Also Thomas P was one of a few NYC Conrey’s not mentioned in the First Baptist records. Fits Thomas leaving Monmouth Co, NJ in 1793 aft his supposed fa left the First Baptist Ch in 1790.
Thomas’ 1795 d may have left Thomas P without family financial help in times of need. Thomas P prob to NYC within three years of Thomas (cabinet maker’s d, but not listed in dirs till 1800. Possibly Thomas moved to NYC to help his widowed mother. Thomas P prob bankrupt in 1798. Negative: Thomas P’s occupation was cartman & Thomas d 1795 was a cabinet maker, etc.
A 25 July 1768 newspaper mentions a Thomas Connery [sic] having a letter at the NYC post office. IF he is the same Thomas who d in 1795, then he is the second earliest Conrey known to have gone to NYC from Monmouth County, N Jersey.

Others who might be Thomas P’s fa based on their date of b, but eliminated for various reasons:
-John CONREY est by by 1719 based on son Peter est 1739 b. D between 1774-1784. No mention of Thomas in his will, but sons Wm, Peter & Jonathan, are mentioned although they received only two, one, & one shilling respectively.

-Peter CONREY m Margaret Strickling (prob STRICKLAND; surname Strickland, but not Strickling found in contemporary records)13 Oct 1760 in Freehold, Monmouth Co.. Peter b by 1739 based on 1760 marriage, & d 1790. No Thomas mentioned in Peter’s will. A dau given charge of four children under 14, although Thomas P would have been abt 29 & able to assist.

-Jonathan CONREY from Middletown m Sarah BURGE (prob BurDge; surname BurDge but not Burge found in contemporary records) of Shrewsbury on 5 May 1759. Jonathan‘s will lists his children by name including two sons who had previous received property from Jonathan & therefore were given little in the will. No Thomas was mentioned. Also Jonathan was well off financially by the 1798 bankruptcy, which was likely Thomas P’s. Jonathan would have been able to help Thomas P avoid bankruptcy.
Prob this Peter & Margaret who had dau Ann, b 5 March 1776 in Monmouth, m Samuel Carhart, & d 15 June 1793.

-William CONREY, cartman, b calculated 22 Apr 1733 (Records First Baptist Ch of NYC, & NYC d register): d 23 April 1817, 84 yrs 7 months & 14 days; b Middletown, NJ. Bur First Baptist. Wm lived at 36 Oak (1770-1817; Oak was previously known as Rutgers. Thomas P also lived at 36 Oak in 1811.)
Received property in NYC in 1770. In 1786, Wm & Mary his wife deeded Monmouth property previously owned by John Conrey of Monmouth to Jesse Burton of Monmouth Co.
Place of b, occupation, Wm being b cal 28 yrs prior to Thomas P, & living at same address in 1811, suggest Wm was fa of Thomas P CONREY. BUT Wm had another son named Thomas who d when 40 yrs old, so unlikely Thomas P was also Wm’s son. And Thomas P not mentioned in First Baptist Ch records. Conclude Wm prob an uncle of Thomas P.

Mary Johns(t)on b cal 1747 in South Amboy, Middlesex, NJ m William Conrey 9 Sept 1767 First or Second Presbyterian Ch of NYC. There are two possible Wm’s Mary may have m.
-A Wm Conray in Dover, Dutchess Co- 1776 slave ran away from him per newspaper article; est b by 1756 based on owning a slave in 1776. No further info known abt this Wm.
-Wm b cal 1732 who would have been abt 35 when he m (prob second) Mary Johnston & 15 yrs older than the 20 yr old Mary. (Mary’s age based on BELIEF that the Mary who d 1 Apr 1832, was Mary Johnston.)
Mary & a Wm m in NYC, Wm CONREY received property in NYC in 1770 & Wm & Mary deeded property in 1786 in Monmouth Co, NJ, to Jesse Burton while living in NYC- Wm working as a cartman. Don't find any Wm on any Monmouth Co, NJ tax list 1778-1793 (four yrs missing in this period). Conclude Wm b cal 1732 was Mary Johnston’s husband.

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