Saturday, February 4, 2012

Johan Michael Conver 1734-1810


Immigrant Ancestor

Johan Michael Conver
Born  1734 in  Zweibrüken, Palatinate, Germany
Died 1810 Pine Grove Twp., Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania
Anna Catherina 
Born: 1742
Died: 1811

Children:
George Peter Confer 1766-1822

(Michael apparently had 12 children, but since I do not have proper sources of any kind,  and there is SO much conflicting information, I'm just listing George Peter, my direct line, for now.  I'll add as I can.)


Time Line:

1734 - Michael Conver Born

Name: Johan Michael CONVER
Surname: Conver
Given Name: Johan Michael
Sex: M
Birth: 2 Feb 1734 in Zweibrüken, Palatinate, Germany
Christening: 2 Feb 1734 Zweibrüken, Palatinate, Germany
Death: AFT 1810 in probably Centre County, Pennsylvania

Father: Johann Heinrich CONVER b: 23 May 1694 in Neustadt-an-der-Haardt, Pfalz, Germany c: 23 May 1694 in Reformed Church, Neustadt-an-der-Haardt, Pfalz, Germany 

Mother: Maria Catharina CLOTT

Source - Research of Jusin Kirk Houser


1748 - Arrival In America
Age 14
Michael's father Heinrich is found on the ships list in 1748.  Michael would have been age 14. I do not know that this is when he arrived, and there may be another Henriech Conover. at this time, this is just my best guess.
(2nd column, 11th from the bottom)


1757 - Michael Conver married Anna Catherina
Abt
Date based on the birth of first child, George Peter, in 1758
Source - Justin Kirk Houser
http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=jkhouser84&id=I322

Several researchers name Catherina Truckenmiller as the wife of Michael Conver.  They list Catherina as a daughter of Sebastian Truckenmiller, immigrating ancestor of my husbands Truckenmiller line.  I think this is extremely unlikely. Sebastian's daughter Catherine was born in 1752 (10 years after this Anna Catherina) and she married Johannes Wetzel.  In addition,  Sebastian's will, there is no mention of a daughter married to a Conver.


1758 - son George Peter is Baptized
Christening: 7 Dec 1758 Ziegel's Union Church, Weissenberg Twp., Northampton County, Pennsylvania

1790 Census

possible census - I think this actually might be for the son of this Michael.  Still checking.

Name: Michl Confehr
[Michael Confer]
Home in 1790 (City, County, State): Branswick and Manheim, Berks, Pennsylvania
Free White Persons - Males - Under 16: 1
Free White Persons - Males - 16 and over: 2
Free White Persons - Females: 2
Number of Household Members: 5



Research:

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The baptismal record found in 1787 in Adams county is not this Michael -

Name: Johan Michael Confort
Description: Father
Event: Baptism
Church: Records of Lutheran and Reformed Congregations, Arendtsville, Adams County, Pennsylvania, Baptisms, 1785-1874
View Record
Hanna Confort
Mother Baptism View Records
Johan Michael Confort
Father Baptism View Records
Johann Geiorg Confort
Born 17 Feb 1787 Birth View Records
Johann Geiorg Confort
Baptized 25 Feb 1787 Baptism View Records
Anna Barbara Knauss
Sponsor Baptism View Records
Frantz Ciscus Knauss

Sponsor Baptism View Records
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There is a photo all over ancestry.com that is supposedly of Johan Michael Convers.  Since he died in 1810, a good 30 years before the first known surviving potrait - this is extremely unlikely.
  1. One of the oldest photographic portraits known, made by Joseph Draper of New York, in 1839 or 1840, of his sister, Dorothy Catherine Draper. The oldest surviving permanent photograph of the image formed in a camera was created by Niépce in 1826 or 1827.
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Since son George was born in 1758, we can assume this is also NOT a releveant record.

Name: Anna Maria Truckenmueeler
Date: 13 Jan 1760
Event: Marriage
Relation: Bride
Location: Atolhoe, Berks Co., PA
Church: Pastoral Records of John Casper Stoever
Record ID: 277453

(this was an index only record - look for the original records to see who the groom was, and hope the parents are shown too!)

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Record of Justin Kirk Houser, who literally wrote the book on the Confer family:

  • ID: I13
  • Name: Johan Michael CONVER
  • Surname: Conver
  • Given Name: Johan Michael
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 2 Feb 1734 in Zweibrüken, Palatinate, Germany
  • Christening: 2 Feb 1734 Zweibrüken, Palatinate, Germany
  • Death: AFT 1810 in probably Centre County, Pennsylvania
  • _UID: 003CC62E553BD511917C444553540000E343
  • Change Date: 26 Jan 2013 at 19:40:53

    Father: Johann Heinrich CONVER b: 23 May 1694 in Neustadt-an-der-Haardt, Pfalz, Germany c: 23 May 1694 in Reformed Church, Neustadt-an-der-Haardt, Pfalz, Germany
    Mother: Maria Catharina CLOTT

    Marriage 1 Maria Catharina
    • Married: ABT 1757 in Berks, Pennsylvania
    Children
    1. Has Children George Peter CONFER b: 22 Oct 1758 in Lowhill Twp., Lehigh (then Northampton) County, Pennsylvania c: 7 Dec 1758 in Ziegel's Union Church, Weissenberg Twp., Northampton County, Pennsylvania
    2. Has Children Michael CONFER b: ABT 1764/1765 in probably Bern Twp., Berks County, Pennsylvania
    3. Has Children George Adam CONFER b: ABT 1765 in probably Bern Twp., Berks County, Pennsylvania
    4. Has No Children Maria Catharina CONFER b: 24 May 1765 in probably Bern Twp., Berks County, Pennsylvania c: 2 Jun 1765 in Smoke Ch, Windsor Twp., Berks County, Pennsylvania
    5. Has Children Philip CONFER b: ABT 1766/1767 in , Berks County, Pennsylvania
    6. Has Children Jonas CONFER b: ABT 1771 in Brunswick Twp., Schuylkill (then Berks) County, Pennsylvania
    7. Has Children Jacob Frederick CONFER b: ABT 1774 in Brunswick Twp., Schuylkill (then Berks) County, Pennsylvania
    8. Has Children Magdalena CONFER b: ABT 1776 in Brunswick Twp., Schuylkill (then Berks) County, Pennsylvania
    9. Has Children Johann Valentine CONFER b: 17 Mar 1780 in Brunswick Twp., Schuylkill (then Berks) County, Pennsylvania c: 5 May 1780 in Zion (Red) Church, Brunswick Twp., Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania
    10. Has Children Samuel CONFER b: 12 Feb 1785 in Pinegrove Twp., Schuylkill (then Berks) County, Pennsylvania
    11. Has Children Simon CONFAIR b: ABT 1785 in Brunswick Twp., Schuylkill (then Berks) County, Pennsylvania
    12. Has Children Andreas "Andy" CONFER b: ABT 1785 in Brunswick Twp., Schuylkill (then Berks) County, Pennsylvania
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