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  • ID: I1007
  • Name: Chara Emily Conant 1
  • Sex: F
  • Birth: 21 May 1809 in Brandon, Rutland, Vermont 2
  • Death: 10 Dec 1887 in Tarrytown, Westchester, New York 1
  • Note:
    Father: John Conant b. 2 Feb 1773 in Ashburnham, Worcester, Massachusetts d. 30 Jun 1856 in Brandon, Rutland, Vermont
    Mother: Charity Waite Broughton b. 14 Jul 1772 in Ashburnham, Worcester, Massachusetts d. 12 Dec 1851 in Brandon, Rutland, Vermont [source: a public member tree on Ancestry.com].

    The Moeller Family Tree lists her name as "Clara Emily Conant."

    Email from Max Roesler dated 1 Apr 2002:
    Clara Emily Conant is actually Chara Emily Conant. My main source for this is John A. Church's book, "Descendants of Richard Church of Plymouth, Mass." (Rutland, Vermont: The Tuttle Company, 1913). The author, John A. Church, is described in the National American Biography, a successor to the Dictionary of American Biography (D.A.B.) (which also devoted an article to him) as a mining engineer who made major contributions to the development of mining engineering from a form of quackery to a learned profession. That suggests that his findings may have some scholarly merit. He also had inside knowledge: He was Chara Conant and Pharcellus Church's youngest son. I am his great grandson. My researches indicate that her brother Samuel's full name was Samuel Stillman Conant, her brother John was John Adams Conant, her brother Chauncey was Chauncey Washington Conant, and her brother Thomas was Thomas Jefferson Conant. Samuel Stillman was a notable New England Baptist minister, Washington, Adams, and Jefferson were, of course, our first three presidents. God and country seem to have guided the naming choices of the Conant children's parents. My mother mildly deplored the fact that her grandfather and her father (both named John Adams Church) had no real title to the Adams name; I am not sure if she knew that it had been introduced into the family by Chara's parents.

    Children:
    Clara Emily Church b. 28 Feb 1829 in Providence, Providence, Rhode Island
    Emma Conant Church b. 20 May 1831 in Providence, Providence, Rhode Island
    Pharcellus Church b. 1 Apr 1834 in Providence, Providence, Rhode Island
    William Conant Church b. 11 Aug 1836 in Rochester, Monroe, New York
    Francis Pharcellus Church b. 22 Feb 1839 in Rochester, Monroe, New York
    Sarah Jane Church b. 13 Jan 1841 in Rochester, Monroe, New York
    John Adams Church b. 5 Apr 1843 in Rochester, Monroe, New York.

    Extract from the 1850 Census:
    Name: Chara Church
    Age in 1850: 40
    Estimated birth year: 1810
    Birthplace: Vermont
    Race: white
    Gender: female
    Relation to head-of-house: wife
    Home in 1850: Boston Ward 3, Suffolk, Massachusetts
    Occupation: not listed
    Census place: Boston Ward 3, Suffolk, Massachusetts; Roll M432_334; Page: 285A; Image: 575
    Date: 17 Aug 1850
    Note: name listed as "Chary Church" by Ancestry.com.

    Children living with parents in 1850:
    Clara Church age 21 b. Vermont
    Emma Church age 19 b. Vermont
    William Church age 13 b. Massachusetts
    Frank Church age 11 b. Massachusetts
    Sarah Church age 9 b. Massachusetts
    John Church age 7 b. Massachusetts [source: 1850 Census].

    Extract from the 1860 Census:
    Name: Chara Church
    Age in 1860: 50
    Estimated birth year: 1810
    Birthplace: Vermont
    Race: white
    Sex: female
    Relation to head-of-house: wife
    Home in 1860: Brooklyn Ward 3 District 1, Kings, New York
    Post office: Brooklyn
    Occupation: not listed
    Census place: Brooklyn Ward 3 District 1, Kings, New York; Roll M653_764; Page: 448; Image: 20; Family History Library
    Date: 21 Jun 1860

    Children living with parents in 1860:
    Emma Church age 27 b. New York
    William C Church age 23 b. New York
    Frank P Church age 21 b. New York
    Sarah J Church age 18 b. New York
    John J Church age 17 b. New York
    Also living in the household in 1860:
    two servants [source: 1860 Census].

    Extract from the 1880 Census:
    Name: Chara Church
    Age: 71
    Estimated birth year: 1809
    Birthplace: Vermont
    Race: white
    Sex: female
    Relationship to head-of-household: wife
    Home in 1880: Greenburgh, Westchester, New York
    Marital status: married
    Occupation: keeping house
    Census place: Greenburgh, Westchester, New York; Roll: T9_945; Family History Film: 1254945; Page: 272.2000; Enumeration District: 98; Image: 0546
    Date: 1 Jun 1880

    Children living with parents in 1880:
    Frank P Church age 41 b. New York
    John A Church age 37 b. New York
    Also living in the household in 1880:
    Catharine Palmer age 40 b. New York (servant) [source: 1880 Census].

    Extract from "Descendants of Richard Church of Plymouth, Mass." by John Adams Church, 1913:
    Children:
    Clara Emily, b. 28 Feb.1829, at Providence, R.I.; d. 2 June 1861, at Orange, N. J.; m. 9 Mar. 1852, at Boston, Mass. Joshua Stetson.
    Emma Conant, b. 20 May, 1831, at Providence; d. 19 Dec. 1893, at Portchester, N.Y.; m. 3 Oct. 1874, at New York, James Long, b. 1 Mar. 1805; d. 10 Apr. 1876, at Paris, France. She was an artist and passed several years in Europe pursuing her profession. A large copy of Raphael's Transfiguration at Vassal College was painted by her. She also produced many original works.
    Pharcellus, b. 1 Apr. 1834; d. 19 Sept. 1834.
    William Conant, b. 11 Aug. 1836, at Rochester, N.Y.; m. 2 Apr. 1863, Mary Elizabeth Metcalf of Baltimore, Md.
    Francis Pharcellus, b. 22 Feb. 1839, at Rochester, N.Y.; d. 11 Apr. 1906, at New York; m. 1873, Elizabeth Wickham; d. 12 Jan. 1912. No children.

    Burial: Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Sleepy Hollow, Westchester, New York [source: Find A Grave.com]. 54353857

    Gravestone inscription:
    Pharcellus Church, D. D.
    Born Sept. 11, 1801. Died June 5, 1886.
    Chara Emily
    Wife of
    Pharcellus Church.
    Born May 21, 1809. Died Dec. 10, 1887.
    "Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God."

    The Rhode Family Tree has a photograph of the gravestone.




    Marriage 1 Pharcellus Church b: 11 Sep 1801 in Seneca, Ontario, New York
    • Married: 13 May 1828 in Brandon, Rutland, Vermont 2
    Children
    1. Has No Children William Conant Church b: 11 Aug 1836 in Rochester, Monroe, New York
    2. Has No Children Francis Pharcellus Church b: 22 Feb 1839 in Rochester, Monroe, New York
    3. Has No Children John Adams Church b: 5 Apr 1843 in Rochester, Monroe, New York

    Sources:
    1. Title: Roesler, Weatherford and Affiliated Families
      Author: Max Roesler
      Publication: September 28, 2003
      Note: Max Roesler email: roesler2-juno.com (use an "@" for the "-")
      Repository:
      Note: Rootsweb.com
      Media: Electronic
    2. Title: FamilySearch
      Author: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
      Publication: March 22, 1999 - present
      Note: Ancestral File, International Genealogical Index, and Pedigree Resource File
      Repository:
      Note: http://www.familysearch.org/eng/search/frameset_search.asp
      Media: Electronic
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