Sunday, April 20, 2008

Asenath (Arsenah) Conger & Thomas Goldsmith

I have the following information from: Becker, John (1994). "Goldsmith: A Genealogy Becker, born in 1632, great grandson of Tabitha Goldsmith (1840-1930)." Becker Associates, Concord, Ontario. October 1994. ISBN 0-919387-25-X

Asenath (Arsenah) CONGER b: 22 Dec 1755, Piscataway NJ. dau of David Conger and Rachel Willson (Wilson) m: Thomas Goldsmith c1776 (son of Thomas Goldsmith and Phoebe Gilbert)

Asenath & Thomas Goldsmith removed to Canada in 1786 with two children (Stephen and Rachel) and with Asenath's parents - David & Rachel Conger. Asenath and the children traveled with the Conger family while Thomas struggled to herd cattle through the Wilderness - and losing all but one heifer.

They eventually received land grants in Hallowell Twp., Prince Edward Co., Midland District.

When the first Methodist church was built in Hallowell near Picton in 1809 it was built on the corner of David Conger's farm. The church, known as Whites Chapel, still stands today as an Historical Monument. Stephen Goldsmith, the oldest son of Thomas (UE) and grandson of David Conger contributed his labor as a young man to the building of this chapel and his efforts are recorded in the "day book" kept by Stephen Conger for the expenses of building the chapel.

I also have a note that David Conger's name was struck off U.E. List: OC 28 Feb 1805. - I think that was listed in Reid.

I recommend Becker's work. I received a copy through interlibrary loan. Becker is descended through Thomas and Asenath's first born son Stephan who married Elizabeth Hagerman and also their daughter Sabra Ann Gardiner Goldsmith who married Richard R. Clute.

I have these notes because I'm trying to locate the ancestors of Eliza Goldsmith.
Eliza Goldsmith b. abt 1825. - died 3 Jan 1890 in her 65th year m: Jan 13, 1844 - Aaron Spike Marriage Certificate reads: I certify that I married Aaron Spike and Eliza Goldsmith, both of Portland this 13 of January 1844 By publication of Banns in presence of William Goldsmith and Hester A. Wortman as witness.
My Hand Robert Perry Esq. Witnesses Present - William Goldsmith, Hester A Wortman.

William could be father, brother or other male relation.Hester is unrelated as far as I have been able to determine.

Spike papers also have a reference to a John Goldsmith in Aaron's father's will c1840.

Aaron and Eliza named their children: Phoebe (Phebe Ann); William Bryan; Eliza Phadila Jane; and Mary Ida Maud Spike. William, Bryan, and Mary are all names in the Spike family - also Elizabeth. Phoebe, Phadila, Jane, Ida, & Maud are not found in previous generations of Spikes.

Do you have any information of the descendants of Thomas and Asenath, esp. sons John m: Phoebe Orser and Thomas m: Mary?

Becker makes a reference to a publication "The Descendants of David Conger" compiled by Beach Conger in 1968. I haven't seen a copy of the document yet.

(Source: Posted by Valerie (Unknown) on GenForum Aug 2000 -

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