CONRAD APGAR (Senior)

Conrad was the next to the youngest son of Johannes Peter Apgard. At the age of twenty, he was already in Alexandria Township, Hunterdon County, New Jersey. Probably he was attracted to this location because of his older brother, Heinrich.

Near the beginning of the Revolutionary War, Conrad enlisted and served four short tours, at various times, as a wagoner under Captains Carhart and Mettler and under Colonels Beavers and Frelinghuysen. His pension application was dated 14 August 1832. His application was received and pension granted, according to S File 941, recorded in the Pension Department, Washington, D.C. To receive this pension, Conrad had to appear in person in Flemington, the capital town of Hunterdon County, N.J. At this time Conrad was seventy-seven years of age and a trip to Flemington and back was quite arduous and expensive for him. Besides, the one who took him to get his pension would lose a day from work, probably have to stay overnight, and pay for room and meals, plus stable for the horse. The pension for a private was small, so there was little left by the time he returned home. However, he continued to collect for several years. Maybe he liked the outings. The last payment was dated 14 September 1837, although he continued to live for another two years. Perhaps he was unable to make the trip to collect the pension by the time he was eighty-three.

As soon as he completed his Revolutionary War service, Conrad returned to Cokesbury, New Jersey, his native village. There, his brother, Adam, turned over to him the proprietorship of the Cokesbury Tavern or Hotel. This hotel had been built by John Farley previous to 1778. The first tavern license was issued to Adam Apgar in 1779. Adam di~ not own the building, but soon John Farley sold his building to Conrad Apgar. In 1813 Conrad sold the Tavern back to John Farley in exchange for a farm valued at $2,700.00. This Hotel building is still standing today, being occupied as a private residence. The barroom and the tavern bar are still intact, the same as they were two hundred years ago.

Conrad's first wife was Mary Farley, daughter of Meindurt Farley. The Farley homestead, not far from the tavern, is still occupied today. It is possible that Meindurt kept his son-in-law solvent while his daughter was living. With eight of his fourteen children still at home, Conrad must have considered it better to put his sons to work on a farm, for the hotel would not keep them very busy. This line of thinking possibly resulted in the exchange of the hotel for the farm in Cokesbury.

Several of Conrad's children went West. John, the eldest, went as far as Pennsylvania. Charles, the second son, went only as far as Belvidere to find his wife, then settled in Warren County, New Jersey. His third son, Minard, went as far West as Ohio. Aaron, twin to Jacob C., and his sisters, Catherine and Hannah, also went to Ohio. The rest of the family seemed to be content to stay in New Jersey.

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