b.5 Feb 1746 Rhinebeck (town), Dutchess, New York, United States
m. 27 Apr 1737
Facts and Events
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. His given name is recorded as Koonrath in the family Bible, but it was spelled Conrad or Coonradt in local church and civil records.
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. 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. Their own daughter Elizabeth was baptized at Claverack in 1774. 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.
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. 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.
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:
A second petition in this case came from officers of the First Claverack Battalion:
The January 31, 1925 edition of The Rhinebeck Gazette recounts these events, concluding that George Deder was freed on a bond of 300 pounds. 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."
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.
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.