Monday, July 26, 2010

Conger, Charles Greenwood Barker

Summary of Charles Greenwood Barker CONGER - 26 Jul 2010

Name: Charles Greenwood Barker CONGER
Sex: Male
Father: Seymour Beach CONGER (abt 27 Sep 1825 - 7 Aug 1864)
Mother: Mary Abigail BARKER (17 Nov 1828 - 5 Dec 1913)

Individual Facts
Birth 13 Jun 1849
Death 22 Aug 1906 (age 57)

Notes (Individual)
Charles Greenwood Barker Conger

RESEARCHER: Charles Greenwood Barker Conger was one of the early Conger researchers. Little is known about him, other than he was a bachelor. He published the records of his line in a typeset volume in 1903. He probably obtained most of his data from the efforts of Samuel Hayes Conger. Apparently he worked for the government, as there are copies of several letters in the Conger files seen by Maxine Leonard that give his address as, Room 553, War Department, Washington, DC, dated 1899, before his book was published.

In one of these letters he mentions the "Conger Union" which he must have formed. He said his only interest was the tribe of Job, but that he kept names and addresses pertaining to other lines.
(Source: The Conger Family of America, Vol. I, page 1-a - Maxine Crowell Leonard)

MARRIAGE: Never married.

RESEARCHER-RELATIONSHIP: According to Robert Guilinger, Franklin Barker Conger (1889 - 1936) was living in Washington, DC and doing Conger research in the 1930's. He was the 1st cousin, 1 generation removed, of another researcher, Charles Greenwood Barker Conger. Their common ancestor was Rev. Enoch Conger.

RESEARCHER-RELATIONSHIP: Charles Greenwood Barker Conger and Shea Smith, the man who printed the 1903 Conger book, were 3rd cousins. There common ancestor being, Job Conger.

REFERENCE: Charles Greenwood Barker Conger was the compiler of "A Record of the Births, Marriages and Deaths of the Descendants of John Conger of Woodbridge, N.J. Through his Grandson, Job Conger of Woodbridge, N.J. and Albany Co., N.Y." This 165-page book was published in 1903. The page after the cover page lists: "Compiled by Charles G.B. Conger, Descendant, Washington, D.C.; Printed by Shea Smith, Descendant, Chicago, Ill., U.S.A. 1903." A copy of the book was found, by Richard E. Henthorn on 17 Aug 1999 at the DAR Library in Washington, DC. Much of the information in this book is not available in either volume of CFA. Mr. Henthorn believes he added all of the information from the book to his own genealogy file.

Unfortunately the book does not list place names and has few source citations. There is very little textual information in the book, with the exception of occasional lists of the units in which men served in the military.

There were approximately 1,820 people listed in Charles G.B. Conger's book that weren't listed in either volume of "The Conger Family of America."

Page 3 of the book, a brief introduction reads, as follows: "The following record, while not as complete as could be wished, is, it is believed, as accurate as patience and painstaking can make it, so far as it goes.

The collector of these "statistics" desires to acknowledge the kindness and courtesy of the various members of the family which have enabled him to collate this record. To some he is deeply indebted for a more active interest, without which the record would not have been possible. To mention all of these would make too long a list; to speak of a few would be unjust to the others.

It is a tradition of the Conger family, which for good reasons seems worthy of belief, that the family came from Alsace (then a French province) to Holland about the date of the massacre of St. Bartholomew, the name being Koniger, and the family of German origin. From Holland the Konigers went to England, and the name was anglicized into Conger. It is said the Congers are numerous in Lincolnshire and in the neighborhood of Bristol.

John Conger, "primus," was probably one of the soldiers of the Commonwealth Army, and came to Woodbridge, N.J. in 1667, with his wife, Mary and one son, Enos. He was not one of the original proprietors who founded Woodbridge, but was one of the first settlers and participated in the first distribution of lands, his patent to 170 acres bearing date March 18, 1669. He held various offices of trust in the township, became a member of the first (Presbyterian) church and died about September, 1712."
[Note: Koniger was spelled with the two dot accent mark above the "o" in the type set version of page 3. REH]

OBITUARY: Washington Star, Washington, DC (CFA I, p. 238)

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