NOTE. – Stephen Conger, Justice of the Peace, of Hallowell, Prince Edward County was a son of David Conger, one of the U.E.L. pioneers of that county.
David Conger was a native of Pisataqua, New Jersey, where his son Stephen was also born. He came first to Upper Canada in 1786, selected and purchased a lot, with a mill site, in Hallowell, two miles east of Picton on Bay of Quinte shore. He returned and moved his family the next year ,bringing with him the irons and castings for a saw-mill, which he erected there, being the first mill of the kind built in Prince Edward County. A little later he built also a grist mill on the same lot. There have been mills there ever since.
The Conger Methodist church was built on the same lot in 1809, and is now the oldest Methodist church in actual use in the Province of Ontario.
Stephen was a boy of fourteen years old when his father moved, and is said to have driven, or helped to drive, some cows belonging to the family all the way from New Jersey, being over a month on the road.
He was appointed a Justice oft he Peace and was sworn into office at Kingston, July 14th,1803, being one of the first in Prince Edward County.
In the absence in the county of any minister legally qualified to marry, he solemnized seventy-six marriages between 1803 and1823, some of whom became the heads of some of the largest and most respectable families in the county. During all that time a number of the early Methodist ministers regularly travelled there, but they were not legally allowed to marry then.
Among them were Revs. Darius Dunham, Joseph Jewell, Joseph Sawyer, Thomas Madden, Sylvanus Keeler, Henry Ryan, William Case, Thomas Whitehead, Isaac B. Smith, John Reynolds, David Culp, EzraAdams, Isaac Puffer, James Wilson, Franklin Metcalf, and Wyatt Chamberlain.
It will be seen these well-known ministers often published the parties, but they had to come to the Justice of the Peace to be legally married.
Mr. Conger was father-in-law of the late John P. Roblin, M.P.P., and Registrar for Prince Edward, and father of Roger Bates Conger, M.P.P.
The following is the list from Stephen Conger’s record:
1. Married Charles Huff, of Adolphustown, and Elizabeth Russell, of Thurlow, both in the Midland District of Upper Canada, on the 26 Aug., 1803
2. Luis German and Nancy McKea Sophiasburgh, Mar.18, 1804
3. Michael Cryderman and Prudence Pettit, Hallowell, Apr. 7, 1805
4. Abraham Maybee, Amelias Polly Johnson ” June 9, 1805
5. Reuben Burlingham and Phebe Leavens ” Sept. 9, 1805
6. Daniel McFall and Hannah Cunningham ” Dec. 16, 1805
7. Robt. Huyck, Ameliasburgh Eleanor McMaster ” Mar. 6, 1806
8. Elijah Cunningham and Sarah Hyatt ” Mar.18, 1806
9. Stephen Burdette, Marysburgh;; Jane Steel ” May 1, 1807
10. Enoch Solomons, Hallowell Elizabeth Ryckman, Sophiasburg, July 22, 1807
11. Abram Barker and Mary Hubbs Hallowell, Sept., 27, 1807
12. James Armstrong and Hannah Dougall, Hallowell, Oct. 9, 1807 He was father-in-law of the late Rev. Dr. Egerton Ryerson, and of Dr. John Beatty, for many years a Professor in Victoria College and Mayor of Cobourg.
13. Samuel Orser and Elizabeth Johnson ” Oct. 12, 1807
14. Nicholas Peterson, Hallowell Peggy Van Tassel Fredickburg, May 30, 1809
15. Daniel Leavens and Jane Blount Hallowell, June 27, 1809
16. Benjamin Dunham and Betsy White ” Oct. 17, 1809
17. Stephen Palmer and Abagail Jones ” Jan. 10, 1810
18. Richard Clute and Sabra Ann Goldsmith ” Mar. 10, 1810 Produced a license from His Excellency Francis Gore, Lient. Governor of Upper Canada. The grand-parents of Roger B. Clute, Q.C., of Toronto.
19. Moses White and Jane Stinson Conger Hallowell, Mar. 20, 1810
20. Jonathan Greely and Harriet Wessels Sophiasburgh, July 23, 1810 The parents of the late Absolom Greely, M.P.P., for Prince Edward.
21. Aaron Carnahan and Sarafaria Sickles . Hallowell, Aug. 29, 1810
22. Luis Shombou and Mary Ann Cardinal. ” Dec.15, 1810
23. William Black and Sophia Peterson ” Feby. 3, 1811
24. Abraham Warren and Deborah Elsworth ” Sept. 6, 1811
25. Garret Striker and Lidia Bowerman ” Sept. 30, 1813 The parents of the late Gideon Striker M.P.P. for Prince Edward.
26. William Yourx and Lidia Travis ” Oct. 3, 1813
27. Peter Secord, Elizabeth Winslow (licensed) ” Mar. 9, 1815
28. John Terwilliger, Hall.; Rosanna Vandusen, Sophiasburgh Apr. 4, 1815
29. Levi Bates, of Hamilton District of Newcastle, and Fanny Vandusen Sophiasburgh (license), Jan.10, 1812
30. Elijah Orser and Rachael Brown Hallowell, Jan. 1, 1816
31. Gilbert Miller, Hallowell Elizabeth Huyck Ameliasburgh, Mar.11, 1816 (By publication by Deacon Adams.) He became the Rev. Gilbert Miller, a well known Methodist minister.
32. Gilbert Purdy and Asenath Goldsmith Hallowell, May 1, 1816
33. Henry A. Johnson, Hallowell Phebe Casey Adolphustown, May 18, 1816 (Published by Rev. Ezra Adams)
34. Joseph Hicks and Elizabeth Hicks Hallowell, Sept. 3, 1816
35. Benjamin Hicks and Sarah Geroe ” Oct. 18, 1816 (Published by Rev. Thomas Madden.)
36. Ira Lamion and Mary Yourx ” Nov.20, 1816 (Published by Rev. Thomas Madden.)
37. James Platt and Mary Hicks, Mar. 4, 1817 (Published three Sundays by Rev. Ezra Adams.)
38. John Warren, Hallowell; Nelly Ryckman, Sophiasburgh, Apr. 27, 1817 (Published three Sundays by Rev. Ezra Adams.)
39. Samuel Wickam, Sarah Joseph (colored), Sophiasburgh, Aug. 27, 1817 (Published regularly by Rev. Darius Dunham.)
40. Charles Sharp and Caty Thompson Sophiasburgh, Dec. 14, 1817 (Both Colored people, published by Rev. Wyatt Chamberlain.)
41. Albert Ryckman, Sophiasburgh; Charity Warren, Hallowell, July 5, 1818 (Published by Rev. Wyatt Chamberlain.)
42. Jacob Cooney and Susannah Pine Ameliasburgh, Sept.22, 1818 (N.B. traviled 10 miles through the mud and got nothing for it.)
43. Jesse Henderson and Susan Eliza Thurison, Hallowell, Dec. 24, 1818 (License, bearing date Dec.21, 1818; rec’d one guinea.)
44. John Black and Matilda Johnson Hallowell, June 6, 1819 (Published by Rev. John Tuke.)
45. John Goldsmith and Phebe Orser Hallowell, June 19, 1819 (Published by Rev. Thomas Madden.)
46. Robert McCamon and Elizabeth Wessels Sophiasburgh, July 22, 1819
47. Samuel Ryckman, Sophiasburgh, Watty Dyre, Hallowell, Jan. 10, 1820 (Published by myself, S. Conger.)
48. Abraham Weeks and Cinderilla Hare ” Jan. 11, 1820 (Published by myself, S. Conger.)
49. George Zufelt and Susannah Lawson ” (No date.)
50. Jas. Potter Spencer and Catharine Rankin ” Mar.18, 1820
51. Caleb Williams and Gloranah Young ” May 3, 1820
52. Joseph Daly and Polly Benson Sophiasburgh, Sept.18, 1820 (Published by Deacon Medcalf.)
53. GCeo. Goodwell and Betsy York (Colored), Hallowell, Oct. 10, 1820
54. Francis Yett and Jemima Goodwell ” Dec. 12, 1820
55. Daniel Williams and Catharine Howell Sophiasburgh, Dec. 18, 1820 (Published by Mr. Wright)
56. William Yerrex and Phebe Herrington Hallowell, Mar. 18, 1821 (Published by Rev. James Wilson.)
57. John Phillips and Catharine Smith ” May 1, 1821
58. William McGrath and Mahitabel Simson ” June 5, 1821 (Regularly published by Cornelius Vanalatine, Esquire. Said marriage forbid by her father but not for lawful reasons, and no attention paid to it by me.)
59. Archibald Miller and Elizabeth Abraham, Hallowell, July 23, 1821 (A very rainy day. Certificate given.)
60. Abraham Hyatt and Phebe Cole ” Oct. 22, 1821 (Published by myself.)
61. James Cardinal and Deliah Darling Hallowell Nov.11, 1821 (Published by myself.)
62. Andrew Hayek and Mary Dyre ” Dec. 12, 1821 (Published by myself.)
63. William Emerson and Rosanah Young ” Jan. 21, 1822 (Published by myself. Certificate given.)
64. Joseph Rumbold and Phebe Smith ” Feb. 14, 1822 (Published by Rev. James Wilson.)
65. David Conger Goldsmith and Elizabeth Carthy Hallowell Feb. 26, 1822 (Regularly published by Rev. James Wilson.)
66. James Benson, Sophiasburgh, Mary Trader. Hallowell, Feb. 27,1822 (Published by Rev. James Wilson.)
67. Henry Bennam and Jane Hewlin ” May 4, 1822 (Published by Rev. James Wilson.)
68. Hazelton Spencer and Harriatt McKenzie ” Mar. 31, 1822
69. Samuel Harding and Elizabeth Stanton. ” May 19, 1822 (Received three crowns. Certificate given.)
70. James Rankin and Elizabeth Johnson Hallowell, Mar.26, 1822
71. John Conger and Maria Wilson July 2, 1822 (Published by Deacon S. Fergusson.) The parents of the Conger Brothers, publishers of the Picton Gazette.
72. Elisha Miller and Elizabeth Tagarty an English woman, late of Montreal, but now of Hallowell, by my own publication, at his sons, Gilbert Miller, on Sunday (a very rainy day) Aug. 4, 1822 The Grandfather of the late A. C. Miller, M.P., for Prince Edward Co.
73. Jacob Miller and Harriet Brown Hallowell, Aug.25, 1822
74. Modest Duplessis, Hallowell, and Catharine M. Gempsey Sophiasburgh, Dec. 5, 1822 (Published by S. Conger.)
75. Samuel Hyatt and Jane Cole Hallowell, Mar. 18, 1823 (Published by me.)
76. William Bull and Jane Clark Ameliasburgh, Mar. 27, 1823 (Published by me.)
The following occurs in a Methodist Baptism Record, kept by James Dougall, Esq., for the Circuit:
Solemnization of Matrimony between John Carley and Dorcas Conger, both of Hallowell, according to the form of our Church(Methodist), Mar. 2nd, 1817, by Thomas Madden, Elder.
Solemnization of Matrimony between John Platt Williams and Mary Yeomans, both of Hallowell, according to the form of our Church, Feb. 3rd, 1817, by Thomas Madden, Elder.”
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