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Richard Field Conover (1858-?)
Native of New Jersey, married into wealthy Fitzhugh family with holdings in Bay City.

Biography - Added Dec., 2010.

History of Bay county, Michigan - Gansser, 1905.


A well-known resident of Bay City, Michigan, and the manager of large landed family interests, was born in South Amboy, New Jersey, and is a representative of one of the oldest established families of that section. He is a son of Francis Stevens Conover, a captain in the United States Navy, and of Helen Field, the daughter of Hon. Richard Stockton Field, judge of the United States District Court of New Jersey, and a grandson of Richard Stockton, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence.

After graduating at Princeton College, he entered the Columbia Law School, and after graduation settled for a short time in the practice of law at Newark, New Jersey. He then went to Texas and spent 15 years in ranching in that State. While in Texas he was married to Cornelia Fitzhugh, who is a daughter of the late William D. Fitzhugh and a granddaughter of Dr. Daniel Fitzhugh and Judge Charles Carroll. These names are very familiar ones to the citizens of Bay County, Michigan.

In 1900 Mr. Conover came to Bay City to assume the management of real estate belong to his wife and her mother, Mrs. William D. Fitzhugh. It includes property all over Bay County, Mr. Fitzhugh's possessions at one time probably excelling those of any other landowner in this section.

Mr. and Mrs. Conover enjoy one of the most charming homes of Bay City and it is frequently the scene of delightful social functions. They have three children: Carroll Fitzhugh, Helen Field and Alida Van Rensselar. Mr. and Mrs. Conover are members of the Trinity Protestant Church.

Genealogy. - Added Dec., 2010.

The American Historical Magazine, Vol. 2., 1907

Anne E. Carroll, b. at “The Hermatage,” May 11, 1828, d. at the residence of her sister, Mrs. Fuller, in Grand Rapids, M., December 24, 1849, William D. Fitzhugh of “Hampton,” Livingston County, N.Y.

4. Cornelia Fitzhugh, M. Richard Conover of Princeton, N.J.; they reside in Bay City, Mich.
Carroll Fitzhugh Conover, b. Febraury 8, 1890;
Helen Field Conover, b. March 21, 1898; and
Alida Van Rensselaer Conover, b. February 6, 1900.

Additional Notes.

    1900 – Census: Groveland Twp., Livingston, N.Y.

  • Conover, Richard F. - b. Nov. 1858 N.J.
  • Cornelia, wife – b. Feb. 1865, N.Y.
  • Carroll, son – b. Jun. 1896, Texas
  • Helen F., dau – b. Mar. 1898, Texas
  • Alida F., dau – b. 1900, N.Y.
  • Fitzhugh, Anne – mother-in-law, b. May 1828, N.Y.

    1906 - Catalogue of Officers & Graduates Columbia Univ.

  • Richard Field Conover (RE), A.B., Princeton 1880 and A.M. 1883, 607 Washington Ave., Bay City, Mich.

Related Note & Pages

Related Pages:
Fitzhugh, Wm D. f-inlaw
Trinity Episcopal Church
People Referenced
Carroll, Anne
Carroll, Charles
Conover, Alida V.R. (dau)
Conover, Carroll F. (son)
Conover, Helen F. (dau)
Conover, Richard F. (subject)
Conover, Francis S. (father)
Field, Helen (mother)
Field, Richard S.
Fitzhugh, Cornelia (wife)
Fitzhugh, Daniel H.
Fitzhugh, Wm. D.
Fuller, Mrs.
Stockton, Richard
Subjects Referenced
Bay City, MI
Bay County, MI
Columbia Law School
Grand Rapids, MI
Livingston Co., NY
Newark, NJ
Princeton College
South Amboy, NJ
Trinity church
WRITINGS: History As It Was Written Then.