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New Jersey Obituaries - 1900 - John Lyell Conover
John Lyell Conover of Wickatunk Drops Dead in His room
John Lyell Conover of Wickatunk died suddenly of apoplexy last Friday morning. He had had two very severe attacks of sickness during the past two years, but he had recovered from these and was in apparently good health. On Friday morning he arose at his usual hour and made his customary tour of the barn and other farm buildings. He returned to the house and went to his room for a moment. His family heard him fall to the floor and they went to see what was the matter. When they reached his side he was dead.
Mr. Conover was a descendent of the early Dutch settlers and was born in the same room in which he dropped dead. The house where he was born and where he died was built by the early Dutch settlers, and has been in the Conover family for more than 200 years. It is stored with old Dutch family records and family bibles, and contains a great deal of furniture that was brought over from Holland by the early Dutch settlers.
Mr. Conover was a Republican from the time of the organization of that party. He voted for Fremont and for every other presidential candidate of that party. Forty years ago he was one of the leading Republicans of Monmouth county and he took a prominent and an active part in the party campaigns. He was a personal friend of Governors Charles S. Olden, Marcus Ward and William A. Newell, and was one of their stanchest (sic) supporters when they ran for office. Of late years he had retired from active political life, although he maintained his interest in the Republican party up to the time of his death. He was a constant reader of the New York Tribune and had read it daily, from the time the first number was issued by Horace Greeley. At the time of his death he was still a subscriber to that paper. For many years he held office in Middletown township, and for seven years was assessor there. In those days the Republicans had no show to elect any of their candidates on the Republican ticket, and Mr. Conover was placed on the Democratic ticket because of the universal esteem in which he was held and because of his fitness. After the organization of the internal revenue system by the national government during the civil war, he was for a time assessor of internal revenue. His office at that time was at Red Bank, in the second story of the building which stood on the present location of Philip Kuhlís barber shop.
Mr. Conover was the son of Peter G. Conover and Margaret Lyell. He was born in 1812. He married Abigail Bishop of Keyport, a sister of Captain Bishop of that place. His living children are Charles P. Conover, Edwin B. Conover and Mrs. J. C. Schanck of Homdel, Mrs. T. H. Roberts of Rahway, Mrs. Sarah Mack of Philadelphia and Clarence and Miss Florence Conover, who live at home. He leaves also two brothers, Lafayette Conover of Wickatunk and Garrett Conover of Marlboro.
The funeral was held at the house on Monday, and the burial was at Fair view cemetery. Mr. Conover was one of the original stockholders of this cemetery and was president of the cemetery association up to five years ago, when he retired on account of failing health. During his residence in Middletown township he occupied what is now the Major Field farm. Fourteen years ago, on the death of his father at the family homestead farm at Wickatunk, he moved back to the homestead farm and remained there until his death.
Source: Red Bank Register, Wednesday, Mar 21, 1900
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