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The Minisink

Eleanor Decker (EEG’s 5x great grandmother)  was born in 1756 — exactly two hundred years exactly before I was born — in the Minisink Valley, specifically in Walpack, Sussex County, New Jersey.  She married Cornelius Ennis (a veteran of the Revolutionary War) on 22 Sep 1781, had three kids, and  died in 1791 at just 35. In 1816 Cornelius and their children left New Jersey for Wysox, Bradford County, Pennsylvania, where he remarried, and then farmed until his death. His gravesite has been identified and documented. There is no known gravesite for Eleanor.

The MinisinkMy interest in Eleanor led me to read more in depth about the Minisink,  a part of  the Upper Delaware River valley.

Minisink was settled in the colonial period beginning about 1620, primarily by the Dutch who came from the more crowded Hudson Valley.  It stretched over an area which now includes Sussex and Warren counties in New Jersey, Pike and Northampton counties in Pennsylvania, and Orange and Sullivan counties in New York.  The Minisink was the cause of a boundary line dispute between New York and New Jersey for the first half of the 18th century. It was also the site of early contact and conflict with the Lenapi and Delaware tribes who fought to hold onto their homelands. In the current day a big portion of the Minisink has become part of the Delaware Water Gap national park.

There is a person (or persons) who prefer to remain anonymous while they compile the most incredibly detailed and interesting information about the Minisink area and the associated family genealogies.  They keep a weblog, a FaceBook page, a Flickr account, and a Pinterest page, all of which are worth following.