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Death of Mrs. Elizabeth R. C. Conover at New Brunswick
Mrs. Elizabeth Runyon (Combs) Conover, widow of Henry H. Conover and daughter of the late Jemima and Thomas Combs of Red Bank, died suddenly last Thursday at the home of her son-in-law, Dr. C. M. Slack of New Brunswick. She was talking to her daughter when her head suddenly fell back and she expired almost immediately. The funeral was held on Monday from her late residence. She leaves four children, Elizabeth, wife of Dr. Slack; Ella, widow of Edmund Throckmorton of Red Bank; Emily, wife of T. Fosdick James of New York; and Thomas Combs Conover of Franklin Park, N. J.
Mrs. Conover's father, Thomas Combs, was at one time a large property owner in Red Bank, and he also owned a great deal of other real estate. He was a resident of New York and about 1832 he came to Red Bank and boarded at the old hotel which was located where the Allaire house, owned by the late Wm. W. Conover, now stands. The Joseph Wood house adjoining was originally part of the old hotel. Mr. Combs was infatuated with Red Bank and he bought largely of real estate here. He bought from Rice Hetzel the store property at the corner of Broad and Front streets, and he bought the rest of the property on that side of Broad street all the way to the Ludlow property. He also bought property on Front street, including the land where the postoffice building stands, and a strip of property now owned by the Globe hotel.
These purchases of land, as well as those in the country about Red Bank, were made from 1832 to 1834. He built a house, which was then one of the finest in the place, on the site where THE REGISTER office is now located. The site now occupied by the furniture store of Hendrickson & Applegate was used by Mr. Combs as a vegetable garden. For a good many years Mr. Combs kept a general store on the corner of Broad and Front streets. His daughter Elizabeth married Henry H. Conover, son of Barnes B. Conover of Middletown, and a descendant of one of the oldest families of Monmouth county. Mr. Combs took his son-in-law in partnership with him and the firm name was Combs & Conover for many years.
At Mr. Combs's death there was a dispute among the heirs over the property, and a suit to compel the property to be sold was begun. The property was sold in March, 1865. When the Broad street property was laid out in lots before the sale, it was thought that it would sell to better advantage if the lots had a rear entrance, and a twenty-foot alleyway was laid out from Front street to the rear of the last lot of the Combs tract on Broad street. The sale was postponed once or twice and this caused the property to bring lower prices than it might otherwise have done. The value of business property in Red Bank at that time may be estimated from the fact that the two lots on the east side of Broad street, owned by John Sutton, and occupied by him and William T. Corlies, sold for $4,000. At the time of the sale there was a brick building on one of the lots and a frame building on the other. The other business property on Broad street brought proportionate prices.
The property on Front street was bid in for Mr. Combs's widow. This was sold fifteen years ago to J. Holmes and the late Samuel T. Hendrickson. They moved the Combs house to a lot further east on Front street, and put up the present brick building, 100x100 feet. The Combs homestead is the house now occupied by Mrs. Eliza Hendrickson, widow of Charles B. Hendrickson.
Mrs. Margaret (Lane) Hampton, familiarly known as "Grandma" Hampton, the oldest resident of Ocean township, died at Long Branch on Monday. Had she lived until May 1st, she would have been 98 years old. About a week before her death she was taken sick with the grip, from which heart trouble developed and caused her death. Previous to her last sickness she enjoyed excellent health for a person of her advanced age.
Mrs. Hampton was born at Long Branch and was the daughter of Gilbert and Elizabeth Lane. Her husband, Moses Hampton, died many years ago. She had lived 85 years in the house in which she died. She was the mother of nine children, four of whom are living. Her descendants number 21 grandchildren, 66 great-grandchildren and 9 great-great-grandchildren. She remembered the war of 1812, and witnessed the burning of an American ship by two English vessels opposite Long Branch during that war. She had been a member of the Methodist church for 68 years.
Per the Death Notice Mrs. Hampton was aged 97 years and 9 months.
Augustus Lane, a contractor at Long Branch, died of apoplexy on Friday January 29th, aged 65 years. He had been sick for a long time, but his condition was not serious enough to prevent him from attending to his business. On the day of his death he went home to supper and after filling a stove with coal sat down to rest. Soon afterward he was stricken with apoplexy and died in a few hours. Mr. Lane was born at West End and had lived at Long Branch all his life. He was a justice of the peace for many years. He served several terms as a member of the board of education, and during the past four years he had taken an active interest in the Young Men's Christian association. In politics he was a Democrat. He was married twice. His second wife is still living and he leaves two children by his first wife.
Mrs. Amelia Ann (Emmons) Laird, widow of Richard L. Laird, died of cancer at Marlboro on Sunday of last week, aged 74 years. She was born near Freehold and was the daughter of Job and Phebe Emmons. Four children survive her. They are Job E. Laird of New York; Ephraim Laird of Tennent; Mrs. Daniel V. D. Conover of East Freehold; and Mrs. David A. Baird of Marlboro.
Mrs. Matilda Woolley, widow of Charles Woolley, died at the home of her sister, Mrs. John Edwards of Long Branch, on Monday of last week. She was 67 years old. Mrs. Woolley lived at Seabright and at the time of her death she was on a visit to her sister. For many years she had suffered with Bright's disease and it was this disease that caused her death. Four children survive her.
Mrs. Virginia Britton, wife of Eugene Britton of Long Branch, died of heart disease on Tuesday of last week, aged 55 years. She had been sick since last July. She leaves four children, Kittie, Grace and Raymond D. Britton of Long Branch, and Wilfred Britton of New York.
Ervin-In Manalapan township, on Monday, February 1st, Margaret, wife of Michael Ervin, aged 69 years.
Hannon-At Long Branch, on Wednesday, February 3d, John Hannon, aged 55 years.
Looney-At Keansburg, on Wednesday, February 3d, Mrs. Catherine Looney, aged 43 years.
Wills and Estates:
Estates To Be Divided
Five Wills Admitted To Probate Last Week
Most of Thomas Evans's Estate Goes to One of His Sons - Sidney A. Maxson is His Father's Chief Legatee
During the past week five wills have been admitted to probate at Freehold. In one case there was a contest, but the validity of the will was upheld.
The will of John Aker of Asbury Park was the one over which there had been a contest. Samuel A. Patterson was named as executor with power to sell real or personal property. He was directed to pay to John H. Aker, Christopher Aker and Nina Aker each ten dollars. To the testator's daughter, Frances Norcross of Lakewood, and to Mrs. John B. Corlies, all the rest of the estate was left except a farm at Pleasant Plains, Ocean county, which was left to Mrs. Henry Asay. John B. Corlies was discharged for the payment of all debts to the estate and a chattel mortgage. The will was made on October 8th of last year.
Minerva C. Walling of Keyport left to her brother, Newell S. Carhart, a note for $600, dated September 24th, 1894, given by him to Mrs. Walling, and $1,000 in cash. To her sister, Mrs. Laura Campbell, Mrs. Walling left the rest of her property, both real and personal, and appointed her her executrix. The will was dated September 7th, 1896, and was witnessed by Marcus B. Taylor and Elizabeth H. Howard.
Walter Maxson of Middletown township left all of his real estate to his son, Sidney A. Maxson, subject to the right of dower of the testator's widow, Amelia Maxson. No disposition was made of Mr. Maxson's personal property. Sidney A. Maxson was executor. George H. Sickles and Albert Sickles witnessed the will, which was made on October 15th, 1887.
Thomas Evans of Nut Swamp left all his property to his wife, Mrs. Annie Evans, for life. After her death his daughter, Dr. Sarah E. Evans, is left the enjoyment of two rooms in his house, to be selected by her, for life. All the rest of the estate was left, after the death of Mrs. Evans, to Mr. Evans's son, Joseph B. Evans, who in now on the homestead farm. The bequest to Mrs. Evans was to be a lieu of dower. Mr. Evans left three other sons and two other daughters. Mr. Evans appointed his brother-in-law, John Prothero, his executor. Charles H. Ivins and James Brown were the witnesses to Mr. Evans's signature to the document.
Mrs. Eleanor Layton of Atlantic township, left to her granddaughter, Mrs. Jasper Rogers, a bed, bedding, bedstead and a trunk. To her daughter, Elizabeth Conover, she left the rest of her household goods and furniture. To her son Ephraim Layton, she bequeathed five dollars. To the children of her son, Benjamin M. Layton, she left a note for $100 which she held against their mother, to be equally divided among them. The rest of the estate was left to her daughter, Elizabeth Conover; her granddaughter, Mrs. John H. VanMater; the children of her daughter Susan Ann VanMater, Mrs. Jasper Rogers, Mrs. David Richmond and Maggie J. VanMater; and the late Lucy Bennett's children, Clifford and Theresa. The children of Susan A. VanMater are to have her share and the children of Lucy Bennett will have her share. Should there not be headstones for the graves of Susan Ann VanMater, her husband, William T. VanMater; and their daughter Mary Elizabeth Van Mater; the will provided for their erection and directed that the cost of the stones should be deducted from the share bequeathed to Mrs. Vanmater's children. John Statesir is named as executor of the will and John B. Emmons and Isaac E. Statesir were the witnesses to Mrs. Layton's signature. The will was made on January 9th, 1893.
Letters of administration have been granted as follows:
Estate of Lewis Curtis, to Austin Curtis and James T. Curtis.
Estate of Hendrick Voorhees, to Emma M. Voorhees.
Estate of Mary F. Palmer, to William H. Palmer.
Estate of William E. Ingraham, to Catherine Ingraham.
Estate of Sarah A. Holt, to Charles H. Wardell.
Estate of Annie R. Holt, to Charles H. Wardell.
Dr. William B. Beach has been appointed administrator of the will of Hannah W. Corlies.
Cornelius E. Dey Killed
He Had Been Station Agent at Englishtown for Thirty-Four Years.
Cornelius E. Dey, who had been station agent at Englishtown for 34 years, was hit by an express train on Thursday morning and died from his injuries in less than an hour after the accident. Mr. Dey was walking down an inclined plane that leads from the station platform to the tracks. When the train was almost alongside of the station he slipped and fell on his face, his head almost touching the track. Before he could get up the train was upon him. It is supposed that Mr. Dey raised his head, and that his head was struck by some part of the engine. He was picked up and carried into the station. The only marks upon him were two cuts on the right side of his head. He was unconscious and did not retain consciousness.
Mr. Dey was born in Middlesex county and was 64 years old. He was a farmer when a young man, but gave that occupation up when he was appointed station agent at Englishtown, 1862, which position he held without interruption until his death. He joined Tennent church when a boy and for the past 25 years he had been an elder of the church. He was a member of Jamesburg lodge of Odd Fellows. His wife died about four years ago. Three children survive him. They are Mrs. John R. Quaife of Jersey City; Miss Annie Dey, who lived with her father, and Mrs. Henry Herbert, who lives near Englishtown.
Source: Red Bank Register, February 10, 1897