Peter and Mary Conway


Peter Conway was born about 1815 in Pennsylvania and was a steamboat captain who resided in Newport along with his wife, Mary also from Pennsylvania. He was listed in the 1860 census in Newport.

The Cincinnati Enquirer, 13 Mar 1863, page 3


A Citizen of Newport in Limbo-The Louisville Journal of yesterday has the following;

A man named Peter Conway was arraigned before the City Court yesterday on the charge of kidnapping a number of slaves. Conway is a resident of Newport, Kentucky, and had been sent to Columbus, Kentucky, by a Cincinnati firm on business. Conway, it seems, overstepped the boundaries of his legitimate business, and brought off by the steamer Coal Hill, a party of twelve negroes, ten of whom were found secreted in a barge, which was towed up by the Coal Hill, two of the party having escaped before the officers made a descent upon the boat.

The negroes are evidently slaves, and it was Conway's design, doubtless, to set them at liberty when he reached Cincinnati.  In the absence of witnesses, the case was continued until Friday morning, Conway being remanded to jail.

Cincinnati Daily Enquirer, 14 March 1863 page, 3


A Citizen of Newport is in Limbo-Peter Conway, who claims to be a resident of this city, is in jail in Louisville, charged with kidnapping twelve slaves from Columbus, Ky. The negroes were found secreted in the hold of the steamer Coal Hill, while the boat was lying at the Louisville wharf.

Cincinnati Daily Enquirer, 16 October 1868, page 7


Sold-The ferry boat Covington was sold by Captain C G Pearce, day before yesterday, to Captain John Williamson, of the Newport Ferry, for $2500.

FERRY MEETING-Another meeting of citizens opposed to the present ferry rates, was held at the Court house on Wednesday night. Mr. Samuel Cummings in the chair.  The committee appointed at a previous meeting to ascertain whether it would be legal to establish another ferry, reported that they had not fully investigated the subject yet, and asked for further time, which was granted.  The various ward committees appointed to solicit subscription took stock in the proposed new ferry company reported that they were making good progress in the matter in the Fifth Ward alone.

It was stated that $1000 had been subscribed.  A resolution was adopted instructed Captain Peter Conway, to purchase the ferry boat Covington, but we learn that when he waited upon Captain Pearce yesterday morning for that purpose, he ascertained that Captain Williamson had stolen a march upon the "anti-ferry monopolists" by purchasing the boat the day before.  Another meeting will be held at the Court house on Saturday night, when the Committee on Law will be ready to report.

Cincinnati Daily Enquirer, 27 April 1870, page 7


The following citizens were sworn in yesterday as grand jurors in the Criminal Court: J Hawthorne, Foreman: Peter Conway, H Schriver, G E Currie, Samuel Shaw, H R Gilmore, Job Thompson, Isaac Horner, John Kling, Fred Bunning, Valentine Rebholtz, Lambert Day, Adam Schaffonburg, F Williams, M Neyman, Thomas Weber.

Cincinnati Daily Enquirer, 29 September 1870, page 7

THE SOUTHERN RAILROAD MEETING-The following are the resolutions adopted and a complete list of the delegates appointed by the railroad meeting night before last. The following gentlemen be and are hereby appointed delegates to the convention to be held at Lexington, October 10, to represent the views of Campbell County in reference to the Southern Railway, viz: Peter Conway


Cincinnati Daily Enquirer, 25 April 1871, page 7

THE Criminal Court of Campbell County convened in this city yesterday afternoon, Judge Boyd on the bench.  The following citizens were sworn in as Grand Jurors: J T Berry, foreman; J P Cummings, W H Webe, Fred Bunning, T H Berry, Peter Conway, Geo Miller, Ed H Morin, John C Gaddis, Samuel Mooar, J Taylor Williams, John M Deitz, Jacob Hawthorn, Jonathan Berry, Wm H Morgan and Thomas Fowler.


Cincinnati Enquirer, 24 January 1872, page 7


WILLIS MORTON was put under bonds of $200 yesterday in the Criminal Court to keep the peace for one year, especially toward Peter Conway.


Cincinnati Daily Enquirer, 5 October 1874, page 7

The case of Eliza C Merton against Peter Conway, to recover an excess paid the latter as a fee for selling a piece of property for her, was tried in the Circuit Court yesterday, and a verdict of $65 rendered for the plaintiff.

Cincinnati Enquirer, 6 January 1877, page 7


Mr. Peter Conway, the great real estate King, returned yesterday from a visit to Pittsburg.


Cincinnati Enquirer, 20 November 1878, page 2

I H Payne qualified as Justice of the Peace of the Second District of Campbell County and gave bond with Peter Conway as surety.


Cincinnati Daily Enquirer, 17 July 1879, page 2

The funeral of Peter Conway takes place today in Newport.

Cincinnati Daily Enquirer, 18 July 1879, page 7

The funeral of Peter Conway was very largely attended yesterday afternoon.

Cincinnati Enquirer, 7 October 1879, page 9

SUIT TO SETTLE-Suit was filed in the Chancery Court yesterday by G W Conway, administrator of the estate of Peter Conway, for the settlement of the same.


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