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Nicholas Bevani 1870 ford I' i- .>■ , Jam* - 1 3b I ,-.
Nlcholaa II. -vans, Ja T. Shotwell.


I lii earliest opportunities for education in Sandy-
non occurred along the Delaware River. The first
instructor who is remembered was one William Ennes,
ahead} mentioned as an early settler, who afforded
various portions of the township in succession the
benefil of his superior abilities. lit- was an able
and n worthy man. Although minus an arm,
he wielded the rod with a dexterity which filled the
In-art- "f tin" mill ins ul' llir nciglihorliooil with terror
ami rendered thcin spceiliU amenahlc to his disci-
pline. He was skillful in preparing quill pens for the

scholars, which were scattered by him over the r i

or tossed at the boys with the most absolute certainty

■of aim.

i school building - I upon the present

farm of Ford T. Kytc. Ii was a capacious structure
and was attended by man} of the children
from the adjoining township of Montague. Mr. En-
1188 for man; years retained his popularity, and was
tlir only teacher at this school. A new building was
later erected in Montague, near the township line,

ami I In" i-arlirsl instructor to occupy the new ccliliiv

was known as Master K\ te.

Another teacher who gave the various districts of
tin- township in succession the benefit of bis abilities
was J. D. Everitt. He is remi mbered as the popular

- lie of Saudyston during I sj I. and his pn

in ili.- northwest portion of the township, where a
school building was carl] erected, is distinctly remem-
bered by old residents who reaped salutary '

tV his peculiar methods of discipline.

I'll- school tirrii n iii Sindyston la divided into
the following districts:



Potera' Vallo; io

C ..ii- 11

llli 12

Tnttlo' in i- n



I | 17

The teachers at present employed in the various dis-
tricts are as follows: I nion, Miss Luzilla Lanterman ;
reti ' Valley, J, I.. Rosenkrans; Centreville, Moses

Fuller; Haineaville, Lester I.. Rosenkrans; Tattle's

Corners, Warren Eursh; Washington, Runnels;

Bhaytown, O. C. Van Auken ; Flat Brook Valley, J.
Scl ley. The township's share of the State appro-
priation to pub lie schools tor the past yearwas$2021 .94.
The a mm in mi of the surplus revenue fund allotted her
was $191.84, and the proportion of the State appro-
priation was $186.80.

vir.-i:i:i.n.i"i 3.

in I OEM i hil CHURCH.

This church had it- origin at a verj early day, but
the precise date is not known. The minutes of the
( lonsistory date hack to 1737, the church having been,
then as now, known as " The Reformed I lutch < Ihurch
of Walpack." During its first organization Rev.
Georg Wilhelm Mancius came regularly evei
month- to Walpack to preach and administer the sac-
raments. As the earliest history of the church is
more fully given in Walpack town-hip, it will not be
necessary to recapitulate.

The society made rapid progress, and had spread

itself over so vast a territory as t aki

of four edifices a necessity. The division was made
to include Upper and Lower Walpack, with the two
congregations al Dingman's Ferryand Peters' Valley
embraced in the former, and the Bushkill and Wal-
pack churches in the latter. There was, however, but
one organization for the whole, which i- known either
in civil or ecclesiastical courts as the church of Wal-
pack, with one Consistorj and four congregations.

The church edifice al Peters' Valley, in Bandyston,
was erected in 1888, during the mini-try of Rev.

James ]!. Hyndshaw at a cost of$l I 11 ". the contractor

having been James C. I'm-, an-. Mr. Hyndshaw had
been called by the Consistory in L835, and was in-
stalled over the Walpack Church Jan. 18, 1836, the
installation having been postponed four days on ac-
count of a severe snow-storm which rendered travel
impossible, the -now failing to a depth of four feet
Rev. J. B. Ten Eyck preached the sermon, and Rev.
Samuel Van Vechten delivered the charge to both
pastor and people.

Mr. Hyndshaw remained until 1889, when he re-
I his call to become principal of the academy at

Stroudsburg. Tl hurch remained vacant for a j ear

and a half, when Rev. Robert Pitts, a licentiate of the
his labors as stated supply,
in April. 1841, and remained as such until 1860, a
period of nineteen years. Rev. Nathan W. Jones
next Berved as stated supply for one year. He wa-
le. I by the present pastor, Rev. < lilbert S. • lar-
retson, who began his ministry in March. 1863. Hi
was ordained in the church at Peters' Valley. Rev.
J. Ihih.iis presided and read the form of installation,
Rei . ' ;. 11. Mandeville having preached the sermon.

The present i lonsistory of the church i- as follows:
.1. B, Youngs, Dr. Eugene Schumo, Edwin Dusen-
l.erry. Andrew Knight. Abram Decker, Preston.



J. B. Youngs is the superintendent of the Sabbath-


The Universalist Society at Peters' Valley was or-
ganized in 1847, and the edifice erected the following
year on land donated for the purpose by Hon. John
Bell, of Branch ville. The deed confers the ground
forever upon the board of trustees and their succes-
sors. The dedicatory sermon on this occasion was
delivered by Rev. William S. Balch, who was assisted
by the pastor, Rev. Henry Lyon. The following in-
dividuals constituted the first board of trustees : Peter
Youngs, Abram Bell, Robert Stoll, Benjamin P. Van
Sickle, Abram Bevans. For a series of years the
church has had many supplies, but no stated pastor.

During 1878 the edifice was repaired, and rededi-
cated July 13th of the following year, Rev. J. E.
Forrester, CD., of Newark, having delivered the
dedicatory sermon. He was assisted by Rev. W. S.
Ralph and Rev. Almon Gunnison.

The present board of trustees are Benjamin P. Van
Sickle, Anson P. Rosenkrans, Anthony S. iritoll, Robert
H. Everitt, Joseph E. Layton.


There are two churches of this denomination in the
township, one located at Centreville, and the other at

The historian has made repeated efforts to discover
some facts regarding the organization of these churches,
and learned that neither the pastor nor the steward is
the custodian of the societies' records. A list of the
pastors is therefore all that it is possible to give. The
first seems to have been Rev. Brurnwell Andrews, who
came in 1835, and was followed by or had associated
with him Rev. Thomas Worthington and Rev. James
M. Tuttle. They were succeeded in turn by the fol-
lowing clergymen :

1838, E. B. Wilkinson, J. M. Pearson ; 1839, William Baker; 1840, Henry
Maines; 1841, William Smith, Jacob Mott; 1843, H. C. Nelson ; 1844,
E. S. Gregory ; 1846, H. B. Beczle ; 1847, B. Van Sickle ; 1849, R. S.
Han-is, J. P. Daily; 1853, William Copp; 1855, S. D. Beezle ; 1856,
L. Kelly ; 1857, W. Z.' Wiggins; 1859, J. Lawton ; 1861, B. Thomas ;
1863, A. Craig; 1864, E. C. Clement; 1866, J. B. Mathias; 1860, J.
Lindell; 1871, G. 0. Carmichael; 1872, G. E. Apgar; 1875, D. E.
Frambes; 1877, William H. Voorhes, William II. McBride.f


The oldest burial-ground in Sandyston, and possi-
bly in the county, is known as the " De Schmidt
burial-ground," near the Delaware River, in the north-
west portion of the township. The deed conveying
this property for burial purposes bears date 1731, and
reads as follows :

* The edifice at the latter point, though belonging to the Reformed
(Dutch) Church, is occupied by the Methodist Episcopal Church under a
clause in the deed bestowing the land, by which all orthodox denomi-
nations shall worship on the ground donated.

f Present pastor of both congregations.

" To oil Christian people to whom this present writing si/all or may come Jo-
hnnis Westliroek of Minni*i<ik, in the <.'<i«nty o/ Hunterdon ond Prov-
ince of New West Jersey, sendetli greeting :

" Now know ye that the said Johanis Westbroek, for divers good causes
him thereunto moving, but more and especially for and in consideration
of the sum of Three pounds current money of the provence of Ne
York, to him in hand paid before the ensealing and delivery of this pres-
ents by John Cortregt, anthouy westbroek, Jacob kerkendal, abram van-
kampen, gerret vankampen, Jacob van Etten, and Cornelius westbroek,
and all the rest of the inhabitants, all of the same place, the receipt
whereof to the said Johanus Westbroek doth hereby acknowledge and
thereof and therefrom and of and from ; every part and parcel thereof
doth acquit and exonerate, release and forever discharge, the said John
Cortregt, anthony westbroek, Jacob keykeudal, abram Van campen,
gerret Van campen, Jacob Van etten, and Cornells Westbroek, their
heirs, their heirs, executors, and administrators, by these presents hath
given, granted, bargained, and sold, released, rattified, and confirmed,
and by these presents doth freely and clearly give, grant, bargain, and
selle, release, and confirme, unto the said person herein before mentioned
there and successors, and all the inhabitants of Miunesink, for ever ;
lot of ground some distance southerly from the dwelling hous of Said
Johanis Westbroek, beginning by a red oak saplin for the furst con
from thence du South one hundred yards to another red oake saplin ; and
from thence du west to a pine saplin ; and from thens du north to the
fort station, to have and to hold the said lot of ground for a burin' place
and a scule house for ever, to the only proper use, benefitt, and behove
of all them the said John Cortregt, anthony westbroek, Jacob kuykendal,
abram van campen, gerret van campen, Jacob van etten, and Cornelis
Westbroek, and all the other inhabitants of the nuinissink, and to thare
heires and assigns, for ever.

"In witness wherof the said Johanis Westbroek hath herunto put his
hand and seall the first day of June, Anno Dom one thousand seven hun-
dred and thirty and one.

" Sealed and delivered his

in the presence of "Johanis X Westbroek.

" Soloman Davis, mark

"henry short."

In this inclosure were interred the remains of early
members of the Westbrook family, the Cortrights,
and the venerable William Ennes and his wife.
Many of the graves were marked by common field-
stones, on which were rude inscriptions.

This spot is still devoted to purposes of burial,
though not in general use.


This burial-place is located about half a mile from
Haiuesville, and, although but lately enlarged and
improved, is the site of a very old place of interment.
One portion of it has been in use for a period of at
least half a century, and is the last resting-place of
members of many of the prominent families of the
township. It has recently passed into the hands of a
board of trustees, who purchased additional land,
which was divided into lots and inclosed.

The board of trustees at present holding office are
Theodore Shay, John Kyte, Joshua Shay, Obadiah
Bevans, Peter Kyte, and George D. Shay. The offi-
cers are John Kyte, President ; Theodore. Shay, Treas-
urer ; George D. Shay, Secretary.


A cemetery used by the inhabitants of the southern
portion of the township lies adjacent to the Reformed
(Dutch) church at Peters' Valley. It was purchased
and devoted to purposes of burial in 1838, at the time
of the erection of the church, and has been used con-
stantly since that date.





The hamlet of Hainesville i- located in the northern
portion of the township, on the Little Flatbrook, and
has but recently received the cognomen of " Haines-
ville," iii honor of ex-Governor Daniel Haines, of
Busses County. Ii stretches over a vasl extent of
territory, having been built at intervals along the
Btage road which runs to I'ort Jervis, N. Y.

The land, which is embraced in a portion of what
was known as the Gardner tract, ot'lmio acres, was
purchased by Simon Cortright before the Revolu-
tionary war, and devoted to agricultural purposes.

It was by hi in sold to IVter llutalen. who also rendered

it productive by cultivation, and owned it during
me early part of the present century. The Hotalen
pndy, a-.ile from their skill in farming pursuit]

were successful hunters and fisher a, and attained

lerable renown in the pursuit of their favorite
■ports. From the Hotalens it passed into the posses-
ion of John Shay, and was bj him transferred to
Parshall I lowed, who in 1824 erected a dwelling and
a store, the former of which was for a while conducted
by bim, and in 1825 converted into a hotel. The -a me
year the hamlet was made a post-village, the mail
being brought twice a week, on a four-horse atage
tanning from .Newark to Montrose.

Mr. Howell was the popular landlord and merchant
of the place for many year-, ami was succeeded b)
Bonn D. Everitt, better known as "Squire" Everitt,
and judge of the Court of Common Pleas. Ee was
also a surveyor, and Found his services greatlj in de-
mand in the survey and transfer of much of the
propi rt\ of the township.

John \. VVestbrook became the next proprietor,

and, in addition to In'- duties a- landlord, managed a

blacksmith- and wheelwright-shop. Be also held the
commission of postmaster in 1846. Horatio N. Gus-

tin was his s lessor, after which Amos Van Etten

controlled the property. William A. Drake followed
a owner, after which a division occurred, by which
the hotel and farm passed into the band- of John Y.
• 'lark, and James M. St. .11 became proprietor of the

The church edifice which is now used by the Mi th-
bdist Episcopal denomination was erected as a Re-
formed I Dutch church in L856, at a cost of $1 1,

She pulpit having first been filled bj Rev. Mr. Jones.
Services are -tiil conducted bj both denominations.

Hainesville now has two stores, kept by .1. - M.

Bt >H and u ashington I lepui ; two blacksmith-shops,

bj Peter V. Rundle and Charles McMi • ; one

wheelwright-shop; a grist-mill, owned by Washing-

Ion Lain/; a hotel, kept by J. V. Clark; and a
seb. i, .1 building.

The physician of the place i- Dr. Martin ( ' lie.

The earliest settlement at < tentreville was made by
pohn I. tyton, from whom the hamlet derived it- name

..I' '• l.ayton'-." which i- -till the designation retained

by the Postal Department, at Washington.

.Mr. l.ayton made hi- advent in 1800, and located

..ii 150 acres of land, which embraced the present
village, lie purchased it for purposes of agriculture,

and during hi- lifetime followed farming pursuits.

The earliest advance towards business enterprise
wa- made l.y Simeon Fisher, who opened a black-
smith-shop, lie wa- soon after followed l.y Abram
Bell, who built a carpenter-shop : he wa- also the host
ut the hamlet, having kept a -mall tavern, in which
liquor was dispensed with a libera] hand. Squire
Layton, in L885, erected a store, which contai I a

general assortment of goods adapted to the wants of

the surrounding country and enjoyed an extensive
patronage. John Ik Layton for a time occupied this
-tore, ami in I860 erected one of more commodious
proportions, and George Latimore opened a hotel in

Centreville has at present one store, kept by 1;. S.
Youngs; a wheelwright-shop, by D. Ik Latimore; a
blacksmith-shop, l.y D. Winans; a shoe-shop, l.y
II. Westbrook; a cabinet-shop, by James Hoffman;
a saw-mill, by Allen Bevans; and a hotel, by Daniel
Ik Latimore.

U.S. Youngs i- the postmaster, and ha- the office
in his store.


The traditions regarding thi- point in the township

are very meagre. The hind wa- purchased at least
a century since by Peter Van Ness, and was in his
I i christened " Peters' Valley," though more fa-
miliarly known as "The Corners." An early build-
ing was .reeled for the 11-1 - of a School, in which
Were alSO held the first religion- -, -rvici-s ..I' the plaee.
It wa- a structure one and a half stories high, and
wa- later remodeled, a half story added, and a hotel

opened on i be site.
Most of the enterprise of the place is confined to
neral store of J. J. Van Sickle. There are al>..
a blacksmith-shop and wheelwright-shop, kepi by
James T. Brown; a cooper-shop, by John Quince; a
shoe-shop, by Benjamin Aber; two churches, and a
s.l l-l se. The hotel i- kept by .1. W. Bunnell.


Tuttle's i '"tiier-. a- ii- name di signates, i- simply a
"corners." It is located in thesouthwest portion of

the t..\\ n-bip, and derives it- name from it* first post-

X.— IND1 si in \i. i:\ I ERPRISE.
t i .a kin.; miii ..r IBB 111 t: \\ ill t wt-
The manufacturing enterprise of San.lyslon i- prin-
cipal]] confined to Bouring-mills.

The oldest mill-site is that now occupied by Mr.

William-, a -mall hand-mill bavin- been established

b.re a- earlj a- the beginning ..i the present centun .

ive plaee. in 1808, to a mill erected by John

Vain-. .-I., depending for it- power upon water fur-



nislied by the Little Flatbrook, which moved two ruu
of stone with which it was equipped.

Jesse Youngs, son of John, above mentioned, suc-
ceeded to the business, after which it passed into the
hands of William Tuttle, and was later purchased by
James and Benjamin Clark and consumed by fire
while in their possession. It was by them rebuilt and
sold to Amzi Durlan, and in the succession of changes
which occurred William Tuttle again became owner.
David E. and Joseph Warbasse next became pos-
sessors of the property, when it was a second time
burned. It was this time rebuilt by Messrs. Williams
& Wright, and for a time successfully managed, when
it became a third time a victim to the devouring
flames. The present owner erected a new structure
on the ashes of the old one. It is equipped with
three run of stone, and has a capacity of 200 bushels
per day. The demand for its products is found in
the immediate neighborhood.


This mill is located on Little Flatbrook, and was
erected at a very early day (probably one hundred
years since) by Ephraim Drake and Julius Foster.
In connection with it was a saw-mill, built at nearly
as early a date. It passed later into the hands of
James Britton Armstrong, after which his son, Robert
Armstrong, became owner. Peter Myers purchased
the property, and conducted the mill until it came
into possession of the present owner, Washington
Lantz. It is run by water from the Little Flatbrook,
which drives an overshot-wheel, and has two run of
stone with a capacity of 300 bushels per day. The
product of the mill finds a home demand, though some
flour is shipped to New York.


This mill, which is also situated on the Little Flat-
brook (the two streams already referred to having
united above), was originally built by John Learch,
but was destroyed by fire during 1856. The present
structure was erected by him in 1858, after which it
was sold and passed through a succession of owner-
ships. Jacob Smith, in 1880, conveyed to the present
proprietor, John Keen. It has two run of stone, does
custom-work, and enjoys a large patronage from
farmers in the vicinity.

The following list embraces the names of the older
residents of the township and the ages attained by
them :

Catharine Ayers, 89; Israel Ayers, 02; Sidney Bevans, 71; Sarah Bcvans,
67; Margaret Bevans, 66 ; James C. Bevans, 80 ; Sarah Bevans, 72 ;
Elizabeth Bell, 75; Lydia Bell, 75; Sarah A. Clark, 71; Jacob Car-
reer, 67 ; James Clark, 72 ; Eleanor Clark, 00 ; Elias Cuss, 74 ; Aaron
W.Clark, 08; Henry Creveling, 73 ; Mary A. Croveling, 71; John
Carmer, 06; Martha Coss, 71; Samuel Coss, 09; John Conkliu,
70; Peter Conklin, 80; Efla Conkling, 09; Peter Drake, 76; John
Drake, 80 ; Rhoda Drake, 77 ; Laney Drake, 82 ; Hannah Depuo, 73 ;
Susanna Dusouberry, 70; Hester Decker, 75 ; Jane Eaton, 82 ; Joseph
Flemmlng, 80 ; George Gnmaer, 71 ; Henry Graw, 06 ; John Hoadley,

67; Margaret Headier, 05 ; Benjamin Hornbeck, 75; Rebecca Horn-
beck, 68 ; John Hotalen, 80; John S. Jagger, 72 ; Mary Jagger, 08;
Peter Kyte, 70; Laney Kyte, 69; Thomas Kyte, 67; Jesse Lundy,
68; Jacob Litts, 65; John Lanterman, 73; Sally Ann Lanterman, 6S;
Ellen C. Metier, 65; Geratus Major, 65; Eliza Myers, 66; George
Merring, 80; John Merring, 75; Catharine Merring, 76 ; Adaline
Myers, 76; Hannah Owen, 77; Anna C. Powell, 77 ; John Pagan,
68; Kosa Pagan, 65 ; John Quick, 80; Huldah Quick, 74; Susanna
Roe, 76; Elmina Rosenkrans, 67; John L. Rutan, 68; Elizabeth
Rutan, 6S; Henry Hubert, 71; Henry Richenbeck, 74; Dorothy
Richonbeck, 65 ; Elias H. Smith, 67 ; Elizabeth Snover, 69; John
Snyder, 77 ; Lydia Snyder, 67 ; Reuben Shupe, 09 ; Lydia Shupe, 65 ;
Samuel D.Smith, 67; Rebecca M. Schumo, 75; Theodore Shay, 6S ;
Jephtha C. Shay, 65 ; Lucinda Shay, 65; Joseph Sylcox, 71; Hannah
Silsby, 70 ; Timothy E. Shay, 72 ; Catharine Shay, 68 ; Thomas Spang-
enberg, 71 ; Nicholas Tillman, 76; Reberca Tillman, 74; Benjamin
P. Vausickle, 76 ; Rachael Vansickle, 66 ; Eliza Westbrook, 71 ; Mar-
garet Westbrook, 72 ; Wilhelmus Westbrook, 72 ; Andrew K. West-
brook, 72; Hester Westbrook, 68; Susan Warner, 65; Reuben West-
brook, 75. Number between the ages of 60 and 05, 25.

The following notes are of interest as appertaining
to the archives of the old Walpack Church, of which
the Peters' Valley Church is a part.

"Whereas, some among us aro unwilling to remunerate the minister
who is coming to officiate among us, and yet wish to avail themselves of
his services, it was approved and resolved by the Consistory that every
one dwelling among us requiring the services of the minister shall pay
for the baptism of a child six shillings, and those who live without our
bounds shall pay for the baptism of a child three shillings.
"Signed in behalf of others.


"Done in Consistory, August 23, 1737."

" It was approved and resolved by the Consistory that persons who de-
sire to have their marriage recorded pay three shillings to the Clerk and
three shillings to the Church.

"This I testify in behalf of the Consistory.

"Jon. Casparus Fryenmuth.

" Done at a meeting of Consistory at Machackemeck, Dec r 6th, 1741."

"It was approved and resolved that persons who are desirous of enter-
ing into the state of marriage should have their purpose published by
the minister, and be married by him, or, with the consent of the minis-
ter, by one of His Majesty's Justices of the Peace.

"This I testify in behalf of the Consistory.

" Jon. Casperus Fryenmuth,

"Done at a meeting of Consistory at Machackemeck, Dec r 6th, 1741."

" The Consistory resolved that those whose intentions of marriage
should be published, and who would wish their marriage recorded, if
such contribute to the support of the minister, shall pay to the Clerk
three shillings, and two shillings to the Church ; but those who do not
contribute to his support shall pay six shillings, three to the Clerk and
three to the Church.

"This I testify in the name and by the consent of the General Consis-

" President & Scribe.
"Done in a meeting of Consistory in Nomineck, Feby 4th & 5th,

" November 5th 1748, in a eclesiastical and lawful assembly of the four
Churches, the following resolution was passed ; That Dominie Fryenmoet
shall keep the deed of his house and lot, and shall lend it to nobody, nor
let any one read it, or hear it read, except to some church officer at his
own discretion. For the establishment of the above we apond our sig-

" J. C. Fryenmoet, President.
"Lambert Brynok,
"Andrif.s Dinqeman,



During 1755, Col. Abram Van Cauipen, whose name
figures conspicuously in the history of the early set-

Q/O- Ga/~iS~ <rh? z^A^-^-f^

) continued to mani-
uly as 1630 those
er from Holland,
with tlio Dutch, to
rat that point. In

The name of Westbrook has been long recognized as one of the
resentative pioneer names of this country. It is of pure Anglo-Sa
origin, and the representatives of the family, though early r
with tlie Dutch in emigration and settlement, ha
fest the Saxon characteristics of their race. A
bearing the name were at Albany, having com*
where they had fled for the sake of religious freedi.
settle on the manor-lands of the patron Van Rensse

1721, Col. Thomas Westbrook was a large landholder and ship-builder
in the State of Maine, previously residing at Portsmouth, N. II. In

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