Meet a Cousin of Everton Conger!

Joe Conger & B. Nash

Joe Conger & B. Nash









On June 10, 2010, I gave a Lincoln presentation to the Oaks Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) in Clarkston, Michigan. I made a posting about the event on this this blog (see: ). I mentioned that Richard Garrett’s great-grandson Herb Peters was at the gathering as a newly received member of the SAR. What a thrill it was to meet him!

Interestingly enough, another person was in attendance that evening with a familial link to the Abraham Lincoln assassination story. He personally introduced himself to me as “Joe Conger.” My mind immediately wondered if he was related to Everton Conger. After further brief conversation he revealed that he was, indeed, a cousin to Everton Conger. Joseph (“Joe”) Conger is the current president of the Michigan Society Sons of the American Revolution (MISSAR). Well, I was flabbergasted to think that two such blood connections to the Lincoln manhunt should be together on that evening in the same place in 2010 (pure coincidence?).

Everton Conger served honorably as a Lieutenant Colonel of U.S. Cavalry during the Civil War. He was wounded twice in duty to his country. He was mustered out in November 1864 after which he became a detective of the National Detective Police (NDP). During the chase for John Wilkes Booth and David Herold, a false tip concerning their whereabouts “accidently” led Conger (who was placed in charge of a contingent of troopers of the 16th New York Cavalry) and his command to the Garrett farm (eventually) where Herold was captured and Booth killed. Conger was awarded $15,000 reward money for the accomplishment. Later in life he became a lawyer. He died at the age of 84, in of all places, Honolulu, Hawaii.

Final note: Everton Conger is credited with successfully capturing Herold and Booth (rightly so). However, it must be acknowledged that it wouldn’t have happened (at least when it did), without the aid of Richard Garrett and his two sons who locked Booth and Herold in their tobacco barn. In my mind, they all deserve accolades. It was a unique opportunity to meet their descendants Herb Peters and Joe Conger. Always interesting folks!

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2 Responses to “Meet a Cousin of Everton Conger!”

  1. Jerry O'Connor says:

    I am looking for any link from my grandmother, June Rosebud Conger, to Everton Conger, who was instrumental in capturing John Wilke Booth. Thank you so much!

  2. Richard Bowers says:

    When I was about 6 years old (1956) my grandmother, Sallie Jones Collins told me that we were kin to the Garrett family that owned the barn in which Booth was killed. Her father was Walter Scott Jones and her gandfather was William I. Jones. I would really appreciate any info on the validity of this as I never knew my grandmother to tell a fib. I live in Caldwell, Texas, thanks.

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