Wolphert Gerretse Van Kouwenhoven
William Hepburn 1753-1821
Hepburn McClure 1809-1890
Martha Biles Anthony
Louisa McClure 1852-1895
Samuel Rossenwood Forney 1850-1934
Frances Marion Forney 1879 - 1943
Jacob Wellington Confer 1876 - 1963
From the Book:
The Name VanCouwenhoven
Although this old "VanCouvenhoven" name has been often changed, yet the genuine Conovers retain in a marked degree the physical and mental characteristics of the Batavian and Frisian race from which they spring. That is, where they have not intermarried too often with French, Irish, English or other foreign people.
From Jim Crownover
Until somone shows me different, I believe that all Crownovers have a common progenitor in Wolfert Van Kouwenoven. Wolfert Gerritse came to this land with the Dutch West India Company and settled what is now Long Island, NY. He was from a farming area known as Kouwenhoven in the Netherlands, which was near Amersfoort.
When the British took New York by force, Wolfert relocated to what is now New Jersey. When the British imposed a census requiring a surname, Wolfert adopted the Von Kouwenhoven meaning "from Kouwenhoven." He also used Van Amersfoort on occasion.
Covenhoven came into usage by many of his descendants including Jan Covenhoven, who was the ancestor of the great majority of Crownovers. Many more Covenhovens became Conovers and remained in the NJ/NY area. Jan relocated to VA, where he died circa 1780.
MORTON WAGMAN, PROFESSOR OF HISTORY AT KINGBOROUGH COMMUNITY COLLEGE, CUNY, WROTE A 19-PAGE MONOGRAPH ENTITLED "WOLFERT GERRITSEN VAN COUWENHOVEN AND THE FOUNDING OF NEW YORK." IT IS AVAILABLE FROM THE NEW YORK GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY, NYC. I HAVE USED IT TO TRACE OUT MUCH INFORMATION ABOUT OUR ORIGINS, INCLUDING MORE THAN A SCORE OF RELATED FAMILIES FROM WHOM WE ARE DESCENDED. I WILL TRY TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS. ERNEST E. CROWNOVER