States: New Jersey: Middlesex
Are there any abstracted records for Middlesex County that can be purchased especially wills and land transactions? When I visited Cranbury about 9 years ago I was told the only early records for that township were church and cemetery. I would appreciate help as my mother is now 96. She and her father began the search for his Conover great grandparents in the 1920's. They believed they were Holland Dutch so descended possibly from the Van Kouwenhoven's. My grandfather's grandfather was William Conover, b. September 1816, in Cranbury, Middlesex County, NJ, died in Vigo Co., Indiana. Though William's death certificate said the father was born in Washington County, PA it is just as likely it was Washington Crossing. We have never been able to see the original death record. The Vigo County, Indiana court will only supply a transcript on a newer form. The wife of the Conover man was listed as Anna J. Keer. William Conover and two men we believe to be his brothers, Ralph R. / Rafe / Philip and Samuel S. gave New Jersey on each census for the birth of their parents. The couple could have been born around 1790. Samuel was born in 1811 in NJ and Ralph R./ Rafe/ Philip in either 1811 or 1812 in Middlesex County, NJ. The men speak some German and work the building trades, mason, plasterer/ fresco/ blacksmith, carpenter. I would think they apprenticed to get the skills. email@example.com Thank you. Marie Reedy
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