The following is the info I received from the First Baptist Church of New York City. Except for the three items in brackets, this email is the way it was received by Tom Gregory.
The Conreys in the following who were not born in NY City were from Monmouth County, New Jersey. None of these Conreys were newly arrived from Ireland.
Most of the info contained in this email was previously unknown/unpublished.
I will send another separate email later that will have my comments included in the text of this message.
I will also post this info at NYC-Roots (a Rootsweb mailing list)
6 May 2006 To: Tom Gregory firstname.lastname@example.org
From: First Baptist Church, NYC
Re: Conrey genealogy information
email@example.com [First Baptist Church of New York City]
Attached is the result of 8 hours of reseaching out church records for information on the Conrey genealogy and other infromation. There seems to be no further record after 1850's. We hope this confirms some of the information you already have and provides further insights. Mary Gage [the pastor's wife]
Marriages (from pastoral records: Dr. Foster 1788-1798; Dr. Collier 1800-1804; Dr. Parkinson 1805-1840 - Note: these pastors were conducting an average of 10 weddings per month.
James Davis married Eleanor Conrey, June 8, 1795
Jacob Hays married Nancy Waistcut, May 3, 1796 (both of New Cornwell)
Jacob Hays married Katharine Conrey, Jan. 14, 1798 (note: there were two yellow fever epidemics during this decade in NYC and many died including Pastor Foster)
Richard Hays married Mary Thompson, May 12, 1796
Jonathan Conrey married Sarah Miller, April 17, 1812
Peter Conrey married Hanna Jones, Aug. 27, 1820
Burial Ground Records (when they moved the burial grounds from Gold St. to Houston St.)
Catharine Conrey, wife of Jon Sr. died Sept. 18, 1789 at age 48y, 7mo
Also - Margaret his daughter died Feb. 21, 1784 at age 15y, 3mo
And - Garrit their son died May 3, 1789 at age 6y, 7mo, 19days
All were put in box 8, Mar. 21, 1837, headstone to Houston St.
Note: Peter Conrey, his son Jonathan, will attend to it - the remains will
be placed in the general internment
Jonathan Conrey Sr, no headstone, put in box 7
John Conrey died June 5, 1810, age 28y, 7mo, 21days
Also -Thomas Conrey died Aug. 23 (no year given) age 40y, 3mo.
And - William Conrey (father of the above) died April 22, 1817, age 84y, 7mo,
All put in box 40 - headstone moved to Houston St.
Church Clerk Index (no information given)
Margaret Conrey - dead
Mary Conrey, now Adams, dismissed
Jonathan Conrey Jr., dismissed
Thomas Conrey, dismissed
Peter Conrey, elected deacon
Martha Conrey, excluded
Church Clerk Records and Minutes (from 1762- 1852, no Conrey at FBC after this date)
Jonathan Conrey baptized March 1764 by Rev. Hezekiah Smith
Ann Conrey, now Ann Hughs, later Ann Lane, now lives in the northern part of this state, dismissed to join another Baptist Church, Oct. 1, 1797
Mary Conrey, married to John Adams, dismissed Nov. 18, 1787, to Baptist Church at Stanford
Thomas Conrey, baptized July 22, 1787, dismissed Jan.21,1790
Peter Conrey, baptized Aug. 31, 1787
Deacon Peter Conrey represented FBC at the Baptist Association Meeting, May 17, 1808
Peter Conrey served on the church discipline committee, 1808,1809, 1810
Peter served on the committee that investigated moral charges against Dr.Parkinson, & which committee cleared him of any wrong doing
Peter’s services as chorister of FBC for 32 years (the last 10 without renumeration) were honored by motion: “An expression of our obligation to him and gratitude the Great Head of the Church for the preservation of his life and health enabling him to devote his talents to the service of the church.”
Peter Conrey died May 23, 1842
Jonathan Conrey chosen as deacon Aug. 29, 1788, but “on account of some circumstances declined.”
Purchased pew # 120 at $145.00 in 1805 (Peter Conrey also purchased a pew for $65.00)
Thomas Conrey was one of 20 dissatisfied members who were dismissed Jan.21,1790, over doctrinal issues with Pastor Foster. They accused the pastor of “new theology” rather than the strict Calvinism in the Church doctrinal
statement. Dr. Foster was cleared of this charge. Later many of these people returned to FBC
Priscilla, wife of Jonathan Conrey was baptized May 29, 1793
Martha Conrey was baptized Dec. 6, 1807, later excommunicated
Andrew Conrey and 16 others requested dismissal in order to start another Baptist Church in the Village
Harriet Conrey, formerly Wright, was excluded from the church Dec. 1, 1828, for involvement in gossip re: Dr. Parkinson (see Peter above) and some other area of misconduct
On Oct. 31, 1836, Harriet Conrey desired to be restored to membership in order to join another Baptist Church. She was examined by the deacons. She recognized her sin and that the church was right in excluding her, that she had suffered bitterly for it and repented before God and now wants the church to forgive her. The deacons felt that although she had repented of one area of misconduct, she had not fully repented re: Dr. Parkinson. Therefore the church did not vote to restore her at that time.
On May 31, 1841 she reapplied for restoration to regular membership.
Upon examination, the deacons were satisfied with her Christian walk and repentance and the church voted to restore her.
Harriet died on Sept. 24, 1855 in her 60th year.
Hanna Conrey, formerly Jones, widow of Deacon Peter, died Jan. 31, 1852
William and Mary Hays received by letter from Berean Bapt. NYC, May 3, 1843
Note: possible relative of Richard & Mary Hays (see marriages) If they were members of Berean church this may be why there are no records at
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