Person:Conrad Ring (1)

Watchers
m. 27 Apr 1737
  1. Anna Maria Ring1737 - Abt 1737
  2. Anna Maria Ring1740 - Abt 1740
  3. Anna Barbel Ring1742 - Abt 1742
  4. Cattarina Ring1744 - Abt 1744
  5. Conrad Ring1746 - Aft 1819
  6. Anna Maria Ring1748 - Bet 1779-1785
  7. Catharina Ring1750 - 1813
  8. George Ring1751/52 - 1818
  9. Johannes Ring1754 - 1825
  10. Elisabeth Ring1756 -
  11. David Ring1758 - Bef 1838
m. Abt 1770
  1. Anna Maria Ring1771 - Aft 1791
  2. Elizabeth Ring1774 - 1864
  3. David Ring1777 - Bef 1790
  4. Catharine Ring1781 - Bef 1790
  5. Peter Ring1786 -
Facts and Events
Name[1] Conrad Ring
Gender Male
Birth[1][2] 5 Feb 1746 Rhinebeck (town), Dutchess, New York, United States
Marriage Abt 1770 Rhinebeck (town), Dutchess, New York, United Statesto Anna Maria Krantz
Death[1] Aft 1819 Saint-Armand-Centre, Missisquoi, Québec, Canada

Conrad Ring (1746 – Aft. 1819) was the first son of Christopher Ring and Maria Magdalena Deter, and the first of their children to move away from Rhinebeck, Dutchess County, New York. Conrad was named for his paternal grandfather who lived in Germany.[3][4] His given name is recorded as Koonrath in the family Bible, but it was spelled Conrad or Coonradt in local church and civil records.[2]

Marriage and Migration, 1770-1774

The marriage of Conrad Ring and Anna Maria Krantz is not recorded in local church records. Their first child, Anna Maria Ring, was baptized at Rhinebeck in the fall of 1771.[6] Sometime after this baptism, the family moved to Claverack, Columbia County, New York. Conrad and Anna Maria sponsored the baptism of a daughter of George Tator and Anna Maria Zufeldt at Claverack in January 1773.[7] Their own daughter Elizabeth was baptized at Claverack in 1774.[5] George Tator was Conrad's cousin, a son of Maria Magdalena's younger brother Johannes. The two men lived near each other at Claverack and they are often listed together in local civil records.[1]

The American Revolution, 1775-1783

Conrad Ring and George Tator served together in the First Claverack Battalion of the Albany County Militia during the Revolution.[8] Prior to 1777, the militia apparently stayed at Claverack, meeting for monthly training exercises and enforcing orders of the local patriot committees. The militia was called upon to arrest suspected loyalists and tax evaders, to put down riots, and to protect the community from bands of roaming bandits. Within the militia, there was a high rate of delinquency, with many men failing to show up for military exercises. Some stayed home to look after farms and businesses, struggling to provide for their families during a time of scarcity and inflation. Some men resisted militia service because they continued to doubt the legitimacy of the new government.[10]

These circumstances appear to explain why Conrad and George were both arrested and sent to prison in 1776 or 1777.

The first record of this event is found in the following petition to the committee of safety:

We you Petinors Hubaly Soweth that we have been Confind in Cloas Goal for sometime which is a great dameg to our Selvs and the Cuntery and the Reason why we Came hear we dow not know. Your Petitnors humbly begs you Hon would give us a hearing. Your Petitnors are freely willing to be subjects under the late act of grace, so that the may be admitted to Return to our wives and helpless children your Petitnors most ardently Intreats this Honorabel bord will take our Distresed sectuation to your Hon Consideration and your Petitnors as in Duty bound will ever pray.

CONRAD RING,
JEREMIAH TETER,
KINGSTON, June 10th 1777.[9]

A second petition in this case came from officers of the First Claverack Battalion:

Upon Application made to us the Subscribers and Commissd Officers of the 4th Company of the 8th Regiment in the County of Albany, to send to the Honourable Council of Safety the Characters and Behaviour of George Dader and Coenrad Ring, Soldiers of the aforesaid Company.

We do hearby Certify, that the aforesaid George Dader and Coenrad Ring have from time to time neglected their Duty to this State (Except their Monthly trainings) for which they have been fined, and more Especially the aforesaid Coenrad Ring having allways ill Behaved and Shewn himself unfriendly to his Officers; But while they have been reputed good Neighbours, and never absconded or fled to the Wood, and never have been found confederated in any conspiracy against the State, We are in hopes, they might see their Errors, and perhaps prove for the future good Subjects to the State, and Do therefore hereby Recommend them as such.

Given under our hands,at CLAVERACK, this 13th of June 1777.
JACOBUS PHILLIP, Captn
PETER WIESSMER, 1st Lieut.
JEREMIAH JOHN MULLERY, Lieut.[9]

The January 31, 1925 edition of The Rhinebeck Gazette recounts these events, concluding that George Deder was freed on a bond of 300 pounds.[12] According to official records, Conrad appeared before the Committee for Detecting and Defeating Conspiracies at Rhinebeck Flats on 10 October 1777. The minutes note that "Coenradt Ring having taken the above Oath is permitted to remain with his Father, not to depart thence till further order of this Board or other proper authority of this State."[11]

Migration to Canada, 1790-1821

Conrad and his family appear in the 1790 census at Claverack, still living near George Dater and his family. By 1792, Conrad was making plans to migrate as a loyalist to the Eastern Townships of Quebec. Three years later, he received permission to settle at Missisquoi, Quebec, Canada, but the family did not move at that time. Anna Maria Krantz, wife of Conrad, apparently died at Claverack about 1796. Conrad is still listed in the census there in 1800. After 1800, Conrad moved to Canada with his daughter Elizabeth and her family, as well as his son Peter.[1]

On the 22nd of March, 1814 the Notary, Leon Lalanne, prepared a will for Conrad which was duly witnessed and signed, and on the 5th of June, 1819 Conrad had Lalanne add a codicil making the will null and void. The document is on file at the Sherbrooke branch of the ANQ (National Archives of Quebec). There may be other wills of Conrad on file at other ANQ branches. Under the French system wills are registered immediately with the Province, therefore it is not necessary to destroy old wills because the valid will is the one with the most recent registry date.

Despite not being valid, the will is useful because it names Conrad's son, daughter-in-law and four grand children. The male grandchild, David Nelson Ring, although only 4 years old in 1814, is designated with the most responsibility. Of interest is the fact that Conrad's son Peter is only mentioned to establish the family connection for Rebecca Rous[e] and the grand children. Peter is not a beneficiary. Conrad however does try to ensure that his "beloved" daughter-in-law Rebecca is looked after. It is almost as if Peter had abandoned the family.

1821 Appendix to the XXXth volume of the Journals of the House of Assembly of the province of Lower-Canada [names of persons supposedly not eligible to vote, didn't own property]: Image 413 Conrad Ring of St. Armand. Note that there was also a John Truax, image 389 and John Truax of St. Armand, image 413.

References
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Leach, Gilbert. Descendants of Conrad Ring. (August, 2001).
  2. 2.0 2.1 James Cox. Translation from flyleaf at the end of German bible, Basle, 1720. (New York, ca. 1873-1891).
  3. Kelly, Arthur C. M. Baptism record, Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Athens, New York, 1704-1899. (Kelly).
  4. Zion's Evangelical Lutheran Church (Athens, New York). Records of Zion's Evangelical Lutheran Church at Athens, Greene County, New York, 1704-1872 [1923]. (Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1968, 1941).
  5. Kelly, Arthur C. M. Baptismal record of St. Thomas Lutheran Church, Churchtown, New York, 1760-1899: Lutheran Church of Claverack. (A.C.M. Kelly).
  6. Kelly, Arthur C. M. Baptismal records of St. Peter's Lutheran Church, Rhinebeck, New York (called Stone Church), 1733-1899. (Rhinebeck, New York: Kelly, 1968).
  7. Kelly, Arthur C. M. Baptismal record, Reformed Church, Claverack, New York, 1727-1899. (Kelly).
  8. New York in the Revolution as colony and state. (Albany, N.Y.: unknown, 1904), 102-103.
  9. 9.0 9.1 New York. Secretary of State. Calendar of historical manuscripts relating to the war of the Revolution, in the office of the Secretary of State, 1638-1801. (Washington, District of Columbia: Library of Congress Photoduplication Service, 1988), Vol. 2: 183, 185.
  10. John L. Brooke. Columbia Rising: Civil Life on the Upper Hudson from the Revolution to the Age of Jackson (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2010), 26-27.
  11. New York. Committee for Detecting and Defeating Conspiracies; New York. Commission for Detecting and Defeating Conspiracies; Dorothy C Barck; and New York. Council of Appointment. Minutes of the Committee and of the First Commission for Detecting and Defeating Conspiracies in the state of New York, December 11, 1776-September 23, 1778, with collateral documents, to which is added Minutes of the Council of Appointment, State of New York, April 2, 1778-May 3, 1779. (Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1983).
  12. Rhinebeck Gazette (Rhinebeck, NY), 31 Jan 1925.