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Cynthia Coventry

Cynthia Coventry MapCynthia is probably the oldest child/oldest daughter of Robert and Rachel Coventry.

I was very excited to find an index of her christening record as a child of both Robert and Rachel Coventry in 1818. It’s the only other record I have ever come across with a Robert and Rachel Coventry together for the correct time frame.

That said, I don’t have much else on her, at all. It looks like she was with the family in the 1830 and 1840 censuses, but by the time 1850 rolls around, she’s nowhere to be found. I’m sure she got married in the intervening years, but here are the specifics of what I have:

The interesting part is in looking at the census records for Calvin and Chauncy Coventry and Hulda Owen in 1850, 1855, and 1860. To begin, this family that seems like it goes together only has two daughters, Cynthia and Hulda. Cynthia was born in 1818, Hulda in ~1830. So there’s a good 12 years between them. And I’ve already established that Hulda’s last name is Owen, leaving only Cynthia the mystery. So here are the interesting finds:

  • Chauncey has “Spencer Swart” living with him in 1855 and 1860 in Liberty. Spencer was 8 in 1855 and 13 in 1860. And…the best part about it? The 1855 New York census is wonderful for that time frame. It lists where children were born and their relationship to the head of household. Spencer is listed as “Nephew,” born in Columbia County and living in Sullivan County for 6 months. If that’s the case, it gives us a possibility for Cynthia’s married name, “Swart.” Cynthia’s only sister (assuming this is the correct family) is Hulda Jane Coventry who has not yet married in 1850.
  • Calvin has “Sarah J Swart” living with him in 1850. This looks like a poor candidate for a daughter of Cynthia because she would have been born in 1836, when Cynthia was just 18. And…the family living with Rachel in 1840 has a girl Cynthia’s age, but not a girl Sarah’s age. That doesn’t mean there’s not a connection, though… Perhaps Sarah is a relative of the Cynthia Swart family?
  • Hulda has “Loren Swart” living with her and her husband in 1860 in North East, Dutchess, NY. Loren, M, is 14, making him born close to 1846, making him close in age to Spencer.

Swart is actually a common name in Liberty, one of its earlier settlers was named Swart. Further searching doesn’t find many candidates for “Cynthia,” and none with the Swart surname, so this will be a work in progress.

Unfortunately, I haven’t yet been able to find these children in any other census records before or after these censuses. Of course, I haven’t ventured much outside of FamilySearch yet, so that will be my next work, to spread my search out further for these children.


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Thin Threads – the Robert and Rachel Coventry family


I am trying to put information together about the Robert and Rachel Coventry family. Unfortunately, at the moment, it feels like the bits of information I have are just a bunch of thin threads, tiny clues that I am trying to put together to weave into a tapestry.

But…..when do you know your threads are strong enough to hold? Or when are they too thin, and threaten to unravel all of your hard work?

Robert and Rachel (Clark) Coventry were born in Columbia County, New York and got married sometime before ~1818 in Columbia County. I am trying to decide if all 8 children that could possibly be their children really are. These potential children are tied to the parents through thin – if coloful! – threads, and I’m looking for where do I look next.

My question

Where do I look next to find out more about their movements between Columbia County, Sullivan County, and Schoharie County from 1820-1850? What happened to Robert first, and then Rachel? And…why did the kids scatter between those 3 places by 1850?

What I’ve got

Here are the records that are the basis for what I’ve got so far after my initial online searches:

  • Robert, born 1793 in West Copake, Columbia, New York
  • Rachel, born 1794 in West Copake, Columbia, NY
  • Cynthia, daughter, born 1818 in Manorton?, Columbia, NY
  • 1820 Census – Hillsdale, Columbia, NY – Robt Coventry (yes, I promise, it’s Coventry and not Coomtrny 🙂 – one male, age 16-26, two females ages 20-26 and 0-10
  • James Spencer, born 1822 in Hillsdale, Columbia, NY (word of mouth from his descendant)
  • information showing 4 children in the family (Problem – I have no idea where this info came from!)
  • 1830 Census – Liberty, Sullivan, NY – Robert Coventry, father. Multiple children, match the ages from the data
  • 1840 Census – Broome, Schoharie, NY – Rachel Coventry, mother, multiple children, match the ages of the family in 1830 + 10 years
  • 1850 Census – Can’t find a Robert or Rachel Coventry anywhere. The rest of the potential children are scattered throughout Columbia, Sullivan, and Schoharie counties.
  • According to some online trees, and the page, Robert died back in West Copake, Columbia, NY in 1850.

I have started looking into the land records but haven’t gotten very far – turns out the Sullivan County Courthouse burned in 1909. Argh.

Their “possible” children in 1850

I don’t know if these are all children in the same family; but for now, I’m researching them all until they are confirmed. In future posts, I’ll share more about how I found each of these children and why they might be a part of the family. For now, I’ll just list where they were in 1850:

I looked through the 1820-1850 census indexes for any other mentions of Robert or Rachel Coventry. There are a few others, but none match the ages and dates as well as these do.

My Plan

I’m currently looking for the local genealogical/historical societies, or genealogy libraries, in these areas to ask them where to go next. But I am sure there is more that I can do to find them during these years.

What happened to them? Why did their family scatter to the four winds upon their (possible) deaths? And, are all of these kids really their children?

I can move into finding death certificates for them soon, but I don’t have good death dates for most of them yet.

So……any thoughts about where I should go from here?

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