Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Conger, Peter DeSigney

Peter DeSigney Conger

PROBLEM: Ancestral File of Jan 1996 lists a second wife for Peter DeSigney Conger. Her name is listed as, Nancy, born Abt. 1771, perhaps in Ont. Married in Ont. They had a daughter: Jane Stinson Conger, born 13 Feb 1793 at Fredericksburg, Lennox/Addington, Ont. Can this be proven? What evidence is there that Peter DeSigney Conger ever lived in Ontario, Canada?

In CFA I, p. 425 there is a second Peter DeSigney Conger listed, born 16 Jan 1770 in Piscataway, Middlesex Co., NJ. He was the the nephew of Peter DeSignery Conger, b. 1737. The parents of the younger, Peter, were David Conger and Rachel Willson. The younger Peter married, Elizabeth Seymour and they had a child, Jane Stinson Conger, b. Abt. 1792, who married Moses White on 20 Mar 1810.

BIOGRAPHY: Tradition is that Peter DeSigney Conger, like his brother David, was also a Tory and that he was killed near his home during a battle which raged near the place. It is said that he left his house one evening and never returned. His son, David, later removed to Indiana, where he died after raising a large family.

Records of the Presbyterian Church, New Providence, NJ state, "Polly Crane Conger, daughter of DeSigney, baptized Jan. 19, 1785 'on his wife's account'." The entry is also made that Polly Crane Conger, an infant child of DeSigney Conger died Jan. 19, 1785.

The records further state that DeSigney Conger died Dec. 7, 1785. There were probably other children.
(Source: The Conger Family of America, Vol. I, p. 425 - Maxine Crowell Leonard)

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