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Mr. Folk married, Jan. 2, 1858, Eliza Murray.
is born in [reland, Feb. 24, 1828. Their chil-
dren an- Richard M., Henry W., Mary J., William
II. (dei eased . and < 'arrie Y. (deceasi d

Hi. tli Mr. and Mr-. Folk ar<- members of the Epis-
copal Church, bul on account of inconvenience in
attending the church of their choice they are attend-
ants of and Bupporl the Presbyterian Church. Mr.
Folk is an unswerving member of the Republican
party, and sum, -what active in -up]" >rt of its principles.

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r.— AREA, VAI.I ITION, Eti .
I hi. township of Sandyston lias an average length
of 7! miles and a width of 6. Ii is one of the town-
ships lying on the Pennsylvania border, being sepa-
rated fnuii il liy tin- Delaware River, wli'u-li traverses
its western side, while Frankford lies upon its eastern
line. On the north is Montague, and SValpack bounds
it mi the south,

The peculiar position of Sandyston has rendered it
the centre of much of the ecclesiastical as well as civil
history of the county, and the names of it- early set-
tlers are among the most prominent in the stirring
event- that preceded and were a pari of the Revolu-

Much of the business activity of the township is
dependent upon her agricultural resources. The
water-power, though sufficient for the needs of the
several flouring-mills upon its streams, is not in any
i emarkable, and has not attracted exti ash e
manufacturing enterprises. The grazing industry,
h, re as elsewhere in the county, is the chief source of

income to the farmers, and :upies their attention to

a great extent.

The last census returned the population of Sandy-
ston as 1195. It lias an area of 25,840 acres. The
valuation of real estate during the last year was
1860,200, of personal propert) $175,300. The amounl
of the poll-tax was $296, an d of the school and county
i 146.20. The rate per cent., as given by the
collector, is $7.70 per thousand. The corporate in-
, 1,1,1 due - of this as of other townships is merely

II.— N \r\ i: m. FEA1 i Kl>.

The township possesses many natural beauties pe-
culiar to itself. ( In the west side flow the clear waters

Of the historic Delaware, while on the ea-t tower- the

loft) range of the Blue Mountains, which in b

ure isoli tes Sandy-ton as well a- Montague and Wal-
pack, and renders them less accessible from adjacent
portions of the county. At a point nearly south is a
natural pass in these mountains, about half a mile iu
width, I »n as Culver's Gap, remarkable for it- pic-

m i .•«.,-,

turesque beauty, and no less important as a more
direet and easily-traveled route that nature has pro-
vided to cross this mountainous range.

Sandyston lias no lake- within it- borders. It is,
however, well watereJ by numerous springs and
brooks. The two branches of the Flatbrook rise in
the mountains of Montague ; flowing southwest, they

unite, and pa—in- through Walpaek. enter the Dela-
ware at Flatbrookville.

The Boil of the township varies in quality. The
land between the principal streams may he described

as a limestone ridge, H bile parallel with the Delaware

River is a streak of -and. in various localities along
the lowlands clay of a rich quality i- found. The river
lands are very productive and well adapted to the

raising of the various grains, while the remainder of
the township i- devoted to grazing.


Anion,.' the earliest settlers in Sandyston was Wil-
liam Ennes, of Scotch descent, who came in 1758 and
at once engaged in teaching, having been one of the
most renowned among the earlier instructors of Sus-
sex County, lie was the pioneer of his profession
along the hanks of the Delaware, which was the
scene of hia earliest labors.

Mr. Ennes the year of his arrival purchased thi
farm now occupied by John Kyto. The deed con-
veying this properly is dated Oct. 5, 1768, and is

given bj Richard Gardner, o f the " proprietors,"

to William Ennes. II, ■ resided until his death upon
thi- and other lands that he purchased, when ii passed
into the hands of In- son-in-law, Simon Cortright,
whose birth occurred in Sandyston in 1764, he
having been of Dutch lineage.

Mr. Cortright purchased, in addition, a tract em-
bracing 1000 acres in the eastern portion of the town-
ship, which" was at the time entirely unimproved, and
which was disposed of in tots and rendered profitable
bj the timber obtained IV it.

Mr. Cortright, aside from his agricultural pursuits,
was a man of much energy, and wielded a vast influ-
ence in the township. Be emigrated when young to

Virginia, Dill - I returned and hcranie a settler at



the place of his nativity. He was early elected a
justice of the peace, served three terms in the Legis-
lature, and was for fifteen years judge of the Court of
Common Pleas. His decease occurred in 1824, when
he was in his sixtieth year, and his estate passed to
Jacob Kyte, who owned it until his death, in his
■eighty-second year, when it came into the possession
■of the present occupant, John Kyte.

Elijah Whiting removed from the banks of the
Hudson River, near West Point, and settled upon
land recently occupied by Benjamin D. Hursh. He
acquired the property at an early day, and established
himself in a log house already built upon it. At a
later date he erected the residence which is yet in
use, and which was the site of one of the earliest
taverns of the township. Mr. Whiting survived until
his ninetieth year, and was buried in New York State,
whence he had removed ; Mrs. Whiting exceeded her
husband in longevity, and died in her ninety-ninth
year. This aged couple had seven children, many of
whose descendants still reside in the township.

The Depue family are of French descent. The
progenitor of the race in Sandyston was Benjamin
Depue, who purchased of Thomas Romeyn the lands
described in the following deed, signed by Lord Stir-

" Eobt. H. Morris 6000 W. 1 1 3 . These do Certify that Martin Ry-

Kichd. Havens 20S AB. 4. 340 eraon, by me duly deputed and

Jonathan Hampton 208 AB. 4. 341 Sworn to the purpose hereinafter

Martin Kyerson 100 AB. 4. 410 mentioned. Hath surveyed for

Thomas Homines 54.537. AB. 5, 371 Thomas Komine all that tract of

54.537 in full limd situate ju the Townsl i ip of

Lord Stirling 1403.84. W. 5. 14 Walpack, County of Sussex, Be-

ThomasBommesM^S.AB.5,372 ginmug ttt a Wc kory-tree for a

„..-..„» ' .. . corner.stauding on the South East

115.37o to Thomas Homines

side of the Flat Kills, it being also
the North West corner of a Tract of land surveyed for Cornelius West-
Brook and contained about fifty acres ; from thence North twenty-five
degrees East fourteen chains to a Black Oak corner; from thence North
thirty-one degrees East eight chains and seventy-seven links to an Elm
corner; from thence North twenty-seven degrees East nineteen chains
and twenty-five linltB to a post corner; from thence North fifty degrees
West nine chains to a post corner; from thence North twenty-four de-
grees East seven chains and seventy links to a White Oak corner; from
thence North forty degrees East ten chains and fifty links to a post cor-
ner; from thence North thirty degrees West five chains to another post
corner,; from thence North thirty degrees East seven chains to a corner
post; from thence South fifty degrees East eighteen chains to a White
Oak corner; from thence South forty degrees West twenty chains to a
pitch pine corner; from thence South forty-nine degrees East eighteen
chains to a post corner standing in a line or another tract of Land Sur-
veyed for the above said Cornelius WestBrook ; from thence along his
Line South Twenty-five degrees West twenty-Seven Chains and twenty-
five Links to a Stone Corner; from thence South fifty-one Degrees West
Nineteen Chains and Seventy-seven Links .to a Maple Corner; from
thence North Sixty degrees West Eleven Chains and thirty-Nine Links
to the place of beginning. Containing One Hundred and Twenty-one
Acres and Ono Hundred and forty-three thousandths of an Acre, Strict
Measure, which, after the usual Allowance for Highways, is to remain
for One Hundred and fifteen acres and throe Hundred and seventy-five
thousandths part of an acre. To part thereof to witt fifty-four Acres
and five hundred and thirty-seven thousandths of an Acre he has right
byVertueand in full of a Deed to him from Martin Kyerson bearing
date the nineteenth day of June, 1765, it being part of Ono Hundred
Acres conveyed by Jonathan Hampton to the said Martin Ryerson by
Deed dated 24th May, 1769, and Recorded in Book AB. 4. pag 410, and
t<i the remaining Sixty Acres and Eight hundred and thirty-Eight Thou-
sandths of an Acre ho has Right by Virtue and in full of a Deed from

me to him for that Quantity bearing date the 26th Instant, it being a
part of a Warrant to me by Order of the Council of Proprietors for four-
teen hundred And three Acres and eighty-four Hundredths of an Acre
of Laud to be taken up in any part unappropriated in the Eastern Divi-
sion of New Jersey except Komopock, bearing date the 15th day of Sep-
tember, 1764, and Recorded at Perth Amboy in Book W. 5 page 14.

"Witness my hand this twenty-Eighth day of June, 1765.

" Stirling.

" The foregoing Return is Recorded in the Publick Records of the
Proprietors of the Eastern Division of New Jersey in the Surveyor-Gen-
eral's Office at Perth Amboy in Book S 5 page 256 etc. And Examined by
" John Smyth Jr., Survr. Genl."

The above property was conveyed by Thomas Ro-
meyn to Benjamin Depue on June 20, 1791, and was
by Benjamin conveyed to his son, Randall Depue,
who occupied it for a series of years and bequeathed
it to his son, Chauncey Depue, from whom it was pur-
chased by Benjamin D. Hursh, the present owner,
who is a grandson of the Benjamin Depue before

The latter came to Sandyston when it was still in a
primitive condition. Vast forests covered the land,
which was dotted here and there with log houses, the
only abodes of the early settlers. More pretentious
frame dwellings were so rare that their possession ex-
cited comment, and their owners were regarded with
no little degree of envy. Mr. Depue was a farmer by
occupation, though he had previously followed the
water for a livelihood, and was the owner of a number
of lumber and Durham boats, in which grain was
transported to the Philadelphia markets. He died in
his eighty-fourth year, and was buried at Hainesville.

Evan Bevans was of Welsh extraction, and re-
moved from Morris County to Sandyston soon after
the Revolutionary war ; he located upon a farm now
occupied by his grandson, Dayton Bevans. Three
sons, James C, Sidney, and John, still reside in the
township. They are farmers, and own adjoining

Samuel Cortright was a cousin of Simon, already
spoken of, and came at the same time, having settled
on the farm now occupied by Daniel Warner. He
engaged in agricultural pursuits, and was industrious
in his calling. His death occurred in 1830, on the
land he early purchased, and none of the name now
reside in the township.

Ephraim Drake came from Andover soon after the
Revolutionary war and located in Sandyston, having
built a saw-mill on the present site of Washington
Lantz' flouring-mill. With him came a son, Ben-
jamin, who occupied the farm now owned by Daniel
H. Rosenkrans, where his death occurred. He was
not only farmer, but shoemaker and miller, all of
which trades he followed with profit. His son, John
Drake, is still a resident of Sandyston.

George Corselius came early and chose a location
east of the centre of the township, on the ground
now in possession of Isaac Stoll. He had a large
family, of whom two daughters — Mrs. Jeptha Clark
and Mrs. Henry Drake — settled in the township.

James Brink was of German descent, and removed



from Pennsylvania to Sussex County. He -ettled in
17!mi upon land now occupied by John Layton, .Jr..
and familiarly known as the "old Brink homestead."

He had thirteen children, > t of whom removed

from the township as they advan I in years. James

Brink died in 1812, and was interred in the family
burial-ground, on the farm. A daughter, Abigail,
married John Layton, whose descendants are still
rous in the ■ uty.

Thomas Layton was of Irish extraction, his period

nf arrival having been identical with that of Mr.

The place of his residence lay in the south

part of the township, and is now occupied by Mr*.

John Schooley. He was an extensive and a su ss-

l'ul farmer, and probably conducted a mill, as one
was very early erected on a brook in the neighbor-
nd owned by Mr. Layton. His death occurred
in New York State, where he later removed. Must
nf his children repaired to the West, the exception
1 h • i 1 1 lt .IhIiii, already mi'iitioiiril, wIhi married a Miss
Brink and remained :ii Centreville, Mr. Layton died
at the age of ninety-four. His daughter, Mrs. Timothy
Shay, is -till a resident of Sandyston.

Timothy Sha) rami- from Virginia to the township
during the war of the Revolution, having purchased
a farm in the north portion of the township, now oc-
cupy i I- Jeptha J Sh«iy. I'he family ol Mr. - - 1 1 1 \
was extensive, many of his children having chosen
homes in the township. <>m- son, David, served in
the war ni' 1812, and fell a victim to fever contracted
at thai time. Joshua, Ephraim, and John died in
Sandyston and lefl descendants, who are still resi-
dents of the township. The son of the first is Jeptha;
the children of Ephraim are Timothy 1'.., Theodore,
and Joshua; while John lias two daughters and one

George Coss, who was of German descent, came
from I-'rankford in lso7 ami located upmi the farm
now occupied by his son, Elias Coss. Often chil-
dren born tn him, but three settled in Sandyston, —
Peter C, Samuel, and Elias. The firsl named is de-
ceased. Elias, whose residence lies in the southern
portion of the township, and Samuel tire tl nly re-
maining representatives of the family.

John Youngs removed from Hackcttstown during
the Revolutionary war and settled upon the farm
lately owned by James Clark and now occupied b)
lii> son, for which he paid ten - 1 1 i 1 1 i 1 1 _■ - per acre.
Martin Ryerson, a brother-in-law, surveyed the lands
in tin immediate neighborhood, and, knowing the lo-
cation tu In- advantageous, selected it. The represen-
tative of the family now in tin- township is James B.,
son of John Youngs, Jr., who resides upon tin- farm
purchased bj Ins father, in 1825, of Matthias Mettler.

George Smith repaired to the township after the
Revolutionary war had ended, having removed from
Dpper Mount Bethel, in Pennsylvania. He pur-
chased a large tract of wooded land, and removed to
the modes! shelter of a dilapidated log house until

the erection of a more substantial abode of stone,
which is still standing and occupied by James B.

Youngs. Mr. Sinith, whu died in tin- latter
left three sons, one of whom, Jacob, located on the
farm now occupied by his daughter, Mrs. Thomas
The Westbrook family are mon- properly rc-ideiit-

of Montague, from « hence a ■ of its members came

to Sandyston. The account of this family, as it con-
nects them with the stirring events of the Revolu-
tion, is of much interest, and will be found given
more particularly in the history of Montague, as well
as in the general history of the county. Martin
Westbrook — familiarly known as " < 'apt. Martinus" —
came before the war of the Revolution, and man i. d
at tin- a, -Hi : i..liti-ii: his tuber having established
him on a farm now owned by Miss Eliza Westbrook,
in the western porti f Sandyston. He left two chil-
dren, Allium ami Mrs. Mary Dingman. The former
had seven children, but two of whom, Reuben and
Miss Eliza, aur\ ive.

J. S. Javier eame to Sandyston in 1*1J and located

upon the farm now owned by Henry Phillips. He
later purchased the home in which he at present re-
sides. Mr-. Jagger's grandmother was Mrs. Aiche

Westbrook, of Montague, whose husband was mur-
dered by a band of prowling Indians, :l - were also two
brothers. Mr-. Westbrook and a negro servant were
taken prisoners, but wen- finally left in the forest in
consequence of their extreme feebleness. Their lives
wen- thus spared, and the negro carried hi- companion

home in his arm-.

t)u the farm of Joseph I. Westbrook was located

one of the forts established for the protection of the
settlers. The women at that early period frequently

assisted in the labor of the field, and on the slightest
approach of danger would drop their implement- and
fly to the shelter of this stronghold. This fort is more
fully treated in the general history of the county.

Levi Warner, who was of German extraction, came
to the township at an early day ami became a resi-
dent of the land now occupied by Jesse shay. Ili-

children have all pa— ed away, and three grandsons

are the representatives of the family in Sandyston.

John Merring came soon alter tin- Revolution and

located in the north portion of the town-hip, on land
at present upied by his son. Nicholas Merring.

Three children reside in Sandyston.

Stephen Beadle Came at the same period and lo-
cated at the present hamlet of 1 1 ainc-viHe.

James Paurote was also an early settler, and occu-
pied the land now owned by Robert Kveritt.

Luther Clark was born in Esses Co., N. •'.. of Ger-
man and English parentage, and came to Sandy-ton
when a young man, having married Sii-annah ROBS.
lie settled on tin- farm now owned by Steward Lay-
ton, near t'Vnlreville. w here In- resided Until 1827,

when, with all his children then living except Jeptha.
he removed to Steuben Co., N. Y., where he died in



1840. There were born to Mr. and Mrs. Clark ten
children, hut one of whom, Solomon, is now living ;
he resides at Hammondsport, Steuben Co., N. Y.
Jeptha, the eldest son, was born in 1787, and married
Susannah Corselius. He settled on the farm now
owned by his son, William Clark, at Hainesville,
where he died, in 1847, leaving four children, who
still survive.

Thomas Hough was born Oct. 4, 1784, of English an-
cestry. The place of his birth and the date of his set-
tlement in Sandyston are involved in obscurity. He
resided on a tract of land between Centreville and
Hainesville. Mr. Hough was married, in 1807, to
Christian Bedell. Eighteen children were born to
them, — nine, sons and an equal number of daughters,
— eight of whom still survive. There are no repre-
sentatives in the township. F. M. Hough, a grand-
son, is one of the leading merchants of Newton. Mr.
and Mrs. Hough both died at the residence of their
daughter, in Wyoming Co., Pa., in 1859, the wife
having survived her husband but a single week.


The earliest host remembered in the township was
Daniel Ennes, son of William Ennes, who chose a
location in the northwest portion of the township,
near the Delaware River, where he built a tavern and
blacksmith-shop and opened a store. This tavern
was in its day a favorite resort, and the son of Mr.
Ennes was no less renowned for hospitality than was
his father, whom he succeeded. The building was
long since converted into a residence, and is now oc-
cupied as a farmhouse.

The next hostelry opened to the public was located
on the present farm of Benjamin D. Hursh, and kept
by Elijah Whiting. Many travelers were entertained
here en route from Owego to New York, and the early
township-meetings and militia-trainings made it the
centre of special festivities at certain periods of the
year. Much produce passed over the road on its way
to New York, which brought large patronage to
the tavern and filled its sheds until every available
space was taken. Mr. Whiting was succeeded by
Isaac Van Auken, whose family retained possession
as long as the building remained a house of enter-
tainment. Its doors were closed to the public in 1835,
and a hotel erected by Parshall Howell succeeded to
the patronage.

An early tavern was built on the site of James
Bevans' residence, and was a favorite resort for rafts-
men on the Delaware River, who frequented it, al-
though a walk of some distance was necessary to
enjoy its hospitality.

A later hotel was opened at Centreville by John
Lay ton.


One of the earliest roads in the township is known
as the " river road;" it enters the northwest corner of
Sandyston, and, following the course of the river,

leaves it again on the southern border as it enters

The earliest turnpike was known as the Morris ; it
ran through Hainesville, and, following a southeast-
erly course, passed through Culver's Gap and on to
Augusta. Before the turnpike was surveyed it was a
mere bridle-path, the mail having been carried on
horseback ; the county papers were also delivered in
the same way.

The township is now divided into twenty-two road
districts, over whom preside the following overseers

1. Barton Bull.

2. E. A. Dusenberry.

3. Joseph Kittle.

4. A. B. Vau Syckle .

5. Benjamin Mettler.
G. Victor Bevans.

7. Theodore Shay.

8. G. R. Hubert.

9. Henry Sten'en.

10. Mark Siglor.

11. E. A. Glau.


12. W. H. Vau Syckle.

13. William C. Drake.

14. Benjamin Jagger.

15. Joseph Silcox.
10. J. V. Major.

17. B. F. Depue.

18. Gideon Struble.

19. William Williams.

20. Daniel Carmer.

21. Anson A. Jagger.

22. H. M. Ellet.


The township of Sandyston was formerly a portion
of Walpack, and was in 1762 erected as an inde-
pendent township by royal patent.


The township records of Sandyston begin with 1839,
and books containing the civil list for an earlier date
have doubtless been destroyed, as none are to be
found with the township clerk or his predecessors.

The following are the officers since the year men-
tioned :

1839, Petor Young, John Depue; 1840, Robert Stoll, John Dopuo; 1841,
Robert Stoll, Joseph Fleming; 1842, William Tuttle, Elijah Depue;
1843, Robert Stoll, William Tuttle; 1844-16, Robert Stoll, Benjamin
Turtle; 1847, George Gumaer, David Depue; 1848-19, George Gn-
macr, Robert Stoll ; 1850, J. V. Shay, George Gumaor; 1851-52, N. S.
Tilman, David Depue; 1853-54, David Depue, Robert Stoll; 1855,
John Schooley, Robert Stoll; 1S5G-59, John Sehooley, Obadiah Be-
vans ; 1800-02, Sidney Bevans, Jacob Westbrook ; 1803-06, John Lny-
tou, Jr., John Kyte ; 1800-08, Jacob J. Smith, William Clark ; 1S09
-71, Jesse Bell, Alfred Rosenkrans; 1872, William A. Drake, Anson
R. Kintner ; 1873, A. K. Kintuer, A. W. Clark ; 1871, Abram John-
son, A. R. Kiutner; 1875-76, Abram Johnson, Potor D. Warner j
1877, John J. Van Sickle, Peter D. Warner; 1878-79, John J. Van
Sickle, Washington Lantz; 1880, Jacob J. Smith, Washington Lantz.

1839, John D. Everitt; 1840-15, Peter Young; 1846-47, Isaac V. Shay ;
1848-50, Benjamin Westbrook; 1851-50, Benjamin D. Hursh; 1857-
69, Hiram C. Clark; 1860-02, Chauncey Depue; 1803-64, Thomas Q.
Bunnell; 1805-06. Ilozekiah Smith; 1867-70, Francis Rosenkrans;
1871-72, Chauncey Dopuo; 1873-77, Washington Lantz; 1878, B. F.
Tuttle ; 1870-80, Julius Rosenkrans.

1839-40, William II. Nyco ; 1841-42, Timothy E. Shay ; 1843^14, John B.
Layton; 1845, James Carmer ; 1810, Timothy E. Shay; 1847-48,
Abram Bevans; 1849-50, Timothy E. Shay; 1851, B. B. Gregory;
1862,Wilhelmus Holalin ; 1853-55, A. P. Rosenkrans: 1850-59, Wil-
belinus Hotaliu; 1860-02, Joseph W. Fisher; 1803-04, Wilbolmus
Hotalin; 180.'i-O7, William L. Bevans; 1S08, Willielnius llotalin;
1809-72, A. P. Rosenkrans; 1873-80, Warren H. Van Sickle.



i Ice n, Joahna 9haj ; 1842, Si I Di I n

- ,ii 1 Slglor; 1840, Daniel Warner; 1880 11, Daniel Warner,

.Jr.; 1882-54, William Clark; 1865-47, William i

Benjamin it. Bo vans; 1850, San I Lodor; jamln It.

Sickle; 1800-07,
Hiram C.Clark; 18i I h i i -T 1 7 •. Iiani.-I II. It.-i-n-

knuu; 1880, John Kyte.

31 i;\ urn:- OF I f I • . 1 1 w 11 3.
1830, John It. Field*, Jam«i Conner; 1840, B. D. Hurah, John Drake;
1841 13, Elijah Depue, John Drake; 1844, Prancia Hoogh, John
in Dm I lin Shay; 1848-40, John Shay, John
Drake; I860, H. N. Gintln, John D toeeph Fleming,

(Jlcholo . Alexander Weathrook, Benjamin Drake;

1864-56, Benjamin Drake, John D Kveritt; I860, Obadlnh r- in
John D.Everlti I .8, laolali V. Shny, B a Dra ; 1868

61, Aaron W. I lark, Benjamin Drake; 1862 78, laron W. Clark,

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