James Spencer Coventry, known as Spencer Coventry in most records, came under the radar as a possible child of Robert and Rachel Coventry because he is the only Coventry living in Broome, Schoharie, NY, in 1850. That is the same town that Rachel Coventry was found in in 1840, with children who were about 10 years older than the children who were living with Robert Coventry in 1830 in Liberty, Sullivan County, with the addition of two more children.
I compared the neighbors of Rachel in the 1840 US Census and the neighbors of Spencer Coventry in the 1850 US Census, and there are multiple people who show living close to both of them, so I do believe that Spencer is living in the same place in 1850 that Rachel lived in 1840, here are their neighbors that were the same in both:
- George Cook(e)
- Christopher Hogaden/Hagadorn
- Philip Couchman
- Obediah Hoskins/Haskins
- Cornelius Decker
Here are the additional records I’ve got for him:
- Birth on 30 Dec 1822, Hillsdale, Columbia, NY (this is from correspondence with James Lesperance. He got this info out of a book many years ago, but isn’t sure which one.)
- 1830 Census – possible child in the household of Robert Coventry, Liberty, Sullivan, NY – US Federal Census
- 1840 Census – possible child in the household of Rachel Coventry, Broome, Schoharie, NY – US Federal Census
- 1848 or 1849 Marriage – to Ruth Yeomans. (1849 is from correspondence with James Lesperance. I found their marriage listed in a microfilmed copy of a book at the Family History Library. I believe that said 1848, and I thought I saved the image and information, but now I can’t find it….)
- 1850 Census – US Federal Census – Broome, Schoharie, NY (notice the Yeomans living a couple doors down.)
- 1855 Census – NY State Census – Broome, Schoharie, NY
- 1860 Census – US Federal Census – Broome, Schoharie, NY
- 1860s Occupation (maybe) – Worked the Borst farm in “The Hook”, according to the obituary of his daughter Emma. See Peter I. Borst, Wikipedia.
- 1866 Newspaper – in The Schoharie Union, listed as Overseer, amount “audited and allowed” was $37.50, which was more than most, but I have no idea what that means.
- 1870 Census – US Federal Census – Broome, Schoharie, NY
- 1875 Census – NY State Census – Middleburgh, Schoharie, NY
- 1880 Census – NY State Census – Schoharie, Schoharie, NY
- 1883 Newspaper – Lived on a farm near Coxsackie, 4 of his horses dies through suspected poisoning.
- 1899 Death – Died Nov 16, 1899, buried in Livingstonville, NY
The main threads that tie him into the family are that:
- He appears to live in the same place that Rachel Coventry lived in 1840
- From the correspondence, he was supposedly born in Hillsdale. Since that was about 1822, that is the exact place that Robert Coventry lived, and where Chauncey is said to have been born in 1821.
- James, being his first name, was his grandfather’s name. Interesting though that he went by his middle name.
- His son’s name is George Clark Coventry, Clark was Rachel’s maiden name.
- I need to order his death certificate. Hopefully that will give his parents’ names!
- Look for him in the 1892 NY Censu.? Will try to find him by going page by page, but he could have lived in Broome, Middleburg, Coxsackie, Livingstonville, or elsewhere…..
- Get the name of the cemetery he is buried in, maybe they have some records too.