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William Ennis b. 10 Jan 1711 Marbletown, Ulster, New York d. 18 Mar 1804 Sandyston, Sussex, New Jersey: conjunctions « Conjunctions
William Ennis

William Ennis[1, 2, 3]

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  • Gender Male 
    Residence Between 1700 and 1937  Orange County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Born 10 Jan 1711  Marbletown, Ulster, New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Christened Y  [4
    • page 97, Baptism #2020
      Baptismal and Marriage Registers of the Old Dutch Church of Kingston : Ulster County, New York, 1660-1809
    Baptismal record (index) for William Ennis 1712
    Residence 15 Jul 1725  Sandyston, Sussex, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Book of Deeds in Kingston NY: Cornelius Westbrook sold eight acres of land to Daniel Ennis on 29 June 1724. Daniel Ennis was apparently married to Mary Magdalina Westbrook. On 15 July 1725, Daniel Ennis conveyed this property to William and Cornelia Vierva 
    Witness 12 Oct 1740  Ulster, Ulster, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Served as Witness to a Baptism, conducted by Domine Vas. || Parents: Benjamin Davids, Hendrikjen Brink || Child Catrina || 12 Oct 1740|| Witnesses: Willem Ennes [half-brother of Hendrikjen],|| Cornelia Brink [mother of Hendrikjen]. 
    Religion 19 Jul 1745  Port Jervis, Orange, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    William and his wife Elizabeth joined the Dutch Reformed church in Port Jervis, New York 19 July, 1745, being received in membership,"on confession of faith in the presence of Hendrick Kortreght and Dirk Westbroeck, Elders of Menissinck". He was an active member of church and began service as a Deacon in on April 21, 1747.  
    Reception into the Minisink Church congregation. Menissinck [Minisink] Church, Montague [now Sandyston] Township Sussex Co. NJ
    Residence 5 Oct 1753  Wallpack, Sussex, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Deed record in Kingston, New York reports that William purchased a farm in Sandyston from one of the Proprietors, Richard Gardner. Remained William's residence until his death.  
    Home of William Ennis, Sussex County, Minisink Valley, NJ
    Civil or Criminal Proceedings 1756  Easton, Northampton, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Upon the Court's order to William Ennes, Administrator of his Estate, Thomas Quick's 200 acre Plantation in Upper Smithfield, Northampton County to be sold for payment of his intestate debts. - Northampton Orphans' Court Records 1752-1795, Vol A, p 41.  
    Thomas Quick Probate Record, Northampton County Orphans' Court, 1756
    Residence 1760  Wallpack, Sussex, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Will & Testament 19 Apr 1799  Sandyston, Sussex, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    • On the Petition of William Ennis, Admn of Thomas Quick deceased setting forth That the said Thomas Quick died intestate about the year 1756 and left a Wife and ten Children and a small personal Estate not near sufficient to pay his Debts as by the account settled on the Reg Generals office in this County many appear That the said Thomas Quick was possessed of a plantation in Upper Smithfield Township in this County of about two hundred acres. Praying that the same may be sold for this Payment of Intestate Debts. Whereupon is ordered by the Court that the said William Ennis the Admn do make publick Sale of the said Plantation of two hundred acres first giving due and publick Notice of the time when and the place where the Sale is to be held and also of the quantity and quality of said Land, and where they lie to be fixed up in the most public places at least ten days before the day of Sale and that the said William Ennis do bring his Proceedings in the ____ to the next Orphans' Court after the Sale made.
    Last Will and Testament of William Ennes
    Extracts from the Last Will and Testimony of William Ennis
    Occupation Sandyston, Sussex, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Taught school in the township; served as a Justice of the Peace, served three terms in the Legislature, and later was a judge of the Court of Common Pleas for fifteen years. 
    Revolutionary War involvement New York, New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Served as a Private in Colonel Pawling's 3rd Ulster County Militia of New York during the American Revolution 
    Revolutionary War Rolls	William Ennis
    Died 18 Mar 1804  Sandyston, Sussex, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Sussex County, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    • William Ennes Jr. (II) and his wife Elizabeth Quick are buried in the Old Dutch Cemetery on the Mine Road in the northeast corner of Sandyston township, Sussex County, New Jersey.
    Notes 
    • William Ennes was born 10 Jan 1711 in Marbletown, Ulster, New York toWilliam Ennes and Cornelia Viervant. He was baptized 27 Jan 1712 in Kingston, Ulster, New York. William had four older brother, Alexander, Cornelius, Cornelius, and Alexander. The first two brothers died before William's birth. He also had two older sisters, Catherine and Jannetje and a younger half-sister, Henderickjen Brink. William's father died when William was very young and so, he would have been raised by his mother, Cornelia and stepfather, Lambert Brink. William married Elizabeth Quick 18 May 1739 in New York. Elizabeth was baptized 28 Jan 1722 in Rochester, Ulster, New York, daughter ofThomas Quick and Margriet Decker. Elizabeth had five brothers, Dirk, Jacobus, Benjamin, Cornelius, and Tom, and four sisters, Margrita, Lena, Catharina, and Ann. It is believed that William was present, along with his brother-in-law, Tom, at the death of his father-in-law, Thomas Quick, when the three were ambushed by a group of local Native Americans. William and Elizabeth were early settlers of Sussex County, New Jersey and William was a highly respected teacher in Sandyston and Montague in that county, as well as an elder in the Dutch Reformed Church. He also served as a Surveyor of Highways in 1759. Elizabeth died 8 Apr 1771. William served as a private in New York during the American Revolution. William's will was dated 19 Apr 1799 and filed 9 May 1804. William and Elizabeth were both buried in the De Schmidt Burying-Ground, Sandyston, Sussex, New Jersey.

      William and Elizabeth had:

      1. Cornelia Ennes, born 28 Sep 1740, baptized 7 Jun 1741 in Machackemeck, Orange, New York, died 24 Jan 1743.
      2. Benjamin Ennes, born 25 Apr 1743, baptized 3 May 1743 in Machackemeck, Orange, New York, married Magdalena Van Etten in August 1769 in Machackemeck, Orange, New York, served as a lieutenant in Pennsylvania during the American Revolution, died in battle (against Mohawks supporting the British) 20 Apr 1780 near Conashaugh, Pike, Pennsylvania.
      3. Daniel Ennes, born 30 Nov 1745, baptized 8 Dec 1745 in Machackemeck, Orange, New York, married Eleanor Hornbeck before 1769[1], served as an ensign in New Jersey during the American Revolution. "Daughter Eleanor Hornbeck married Daniel Ennes, a blacksmith, and son of William Ennes. They had two sons-James and Alexander, and some daughters...He commenced with small means, and, by persevering industry, acquired a valuable property, viz: one farm, where his son Alexander resided, in New Jersey, and a farm in the vicinity of Owasco lake, in New York."[2](Gumaer, p. 49) In writing about the early taverns of Sandyston, Sussex, New Jersey, Snell wrote: "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 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." (Snell, p. 420). A Daniel Ennis was listed in "Warren and Sussex Counties Slave Births, 1804-1833", The Genealogical Magazine of New Jersey, vol. 54, nos. 2/3, May/Sept. 1979 (quoting records in the county clerk's files in Newton, NJ), as follows: "Sin, male child, b. Oct. 20, 1805, to Delia, Negro wench, owned by Daniel Ennis."
      4. Margaret Ennes, born 28 Jun 1748, baptized 17 Jul 1748 in Machackemeck, Orange, New York, married Jacobus (James) Hornbeck 18 Dec 1766 in Machackemeck, Orange, New York. "First son, James Hornbeck, married Margaret Ennes, daughter of William Ennes. He became owner of a part of his father's farm."[3] (Gumaer, p. 47)
      5. Joseph Ennes, born 9 Jul 1751, baptized 18 Aug 1751 in Machackemeck, Orange, New York, married Grietje Van Etten 22 Jun 1770 in Machackemeck, Orange, New York, was a deacon and elder in the Dutch Reformed Church, operated a ferry on the Delaware.
      6. John Ennes, born 9 Mar 1754, baptized 24 Mar 1754 in Machackemeck, Orange, New York, died 21 June 1778.
      7. Cornelius Ennes, born 26 Nov 1756, baptized 19 Jun 1757 in Machackemeck, Orange, New York, died 10 Sep 1760.
      8. Alexander Ennes, 16 Aug 1759, baptized 19 Aug 1759 in Machackemeck, Orange, New York, died 11 Oct 1769.
      9. Cornelius Ennes, born 5 Nov 1761, served as a private in New Jersey during the American Revolution, no baptismal records found but he was mentioned in William's will and in family records written by William.
      10. Catherine Ennes, born 24 May 1764, married Simon Cortright before 1784[4], no baptismal records found but she was mentioned in William's will and in family records written by William.

      Pictures:
      The Home of William Ennis, Montague, Sussex, New Jersey (Picture taken in 2000.) Picture from "A Bit About the Ennes" of the William Ennis Home

      Sources: 1. Ennes, Calvin, A Bit About the Ennes, Au Gres, Michigan, 1969.
      2. Minisink Valley Reformed Dutch Church Records, 1716-1830, facsimile reprint by Heritage Books, Bowie, MD, 1992.
      3. Hoes, Roswell Randall (comp.), Baptismal and Marriage Registers of the Old Dutch Church of Kingston, Ulster County, New York, Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1997 (originally published by De Vinne Press (New York), 1891).
      4. Snell, James P., The History of Warren and Sussex Counties, New Jersey, 1881.
      5. Sussex County Will Abstracts.
      6. DAR Patriot Index.
      7. Gumaer, Peter E., A History of Deerpark in Orange County, NY, Port Jervis, NY: Minisink Valley Historical Society, 1890.
      8. Nat'l Archives pension file #S22731, mentioning Benjamin Ennis' death.
      9. Fernow, Berthold (ed.), Documents Relating to The Colonial History of the State of New York, Vol. XV, Albany, NY: Wood Parsons and Company, Printers, 1887.



      Records of Baptisms of the Reformed Church at Kingston, Ulster, NY.

      Page NumberBaptism NumberBaptism DateParentsChildWitnesses9720201712Wilhem EnnesWilhemWiljam West. 27 Jan.Cornelia Vier-Vant Mary West.14029691722Thomas KwikElisabethKryn Oosterhoud, junior. 28 Jan.Grietjen DekkerBp'd in "Raysester" (Rochester)Neeltjen Van Aaken
      Source: Hoes, Roswell Randall (comp.), Baptismal and Marriage Registers of the Old Dutch Church of Kingston, Ulster County, New York, Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1997 (originally published by De Vinne Press (New York), 1891).



      Records of Baptisms of the Reformed Church at Machackemeck (Deerpark).

      Page NumberBaptism DateParentsChildWitnesses1041741William EnnessCorneliaLammert Brinck, June 7Lizabeth Quick Cornelia Viervan1051743William EnnesBenjaminBenjamin Quik May 3Elisabeth Quik Heilje Wessebroek1101745William EnnesDanielHendrick Cornelise Kortrecht, Dec. 8Elizabeth Quick Jannetje Ennes, his wife1161748William EnnesMargrietMargriet Decker July 17Elizabeth Quick 1231751William EnnesJosephJoseph Westbroeck, Aug. 18Elisabeth Quick Elisabeth Kuykendal, his wife1281754William EnnesJohnJohn Van Etten, March 24Lisabeth Quick Maritje Westfael, his wife1331757William EnnesCorneliusCornelius Quik, and June 19Elisabeth Quick his wife Maria1371759William EnnesAlexanderJohannes van Etten, Aug. 19Lisabeth Quick Maria Gonsales, his wife
      Marriage Record-1737-97 (Machackemeck)

      PageDateMarried2731766-Dec. 18.Is in the marriage state entered:
      Jacobus Hoornbeck, young man, to Grietje Ennes, young woman.2741769-August.Benjamin Ennis to Lena Van Etten.2741770-June 22.Is married, Joseph Ennes to Grietje van Etten.
      Church Members-1745-67. (Machackemeck)

      Page 281 1745-June 19. In the presence of Hendrick Kortrecht and Dirk Westbroeck, elders of Mennisink, upon confession of faith and life, as members of our Low Dutch Reformed Church, the following persons were received: William Ennes and his wife Lisabeth Quick...Maritje Westfael wife of Jan van Etten...

      Page 284 1762-April 9. In the presence of William Ennes, elder of the Church of Jesus Christ, were received on confession...

      1767-September. These upon satisfactory confession of - the godly truth, in presence of William Ennes and Hendrick Cortregt, respective elders of Naamnach, were received...


      From the minute book of the Corporation and Consistory, the Minisink church

      Page vii "Succession of Consistory and their Acts. There has been a succession of Elders and Deacons in the Church of Menessing from August 23, 1737 to May the 11, 1785 when the combined Consistories of Walpeck, Menesing, and Magagkameck, viz.
      Isaac Van Campen made a Call on the Rvd. Elias Van
      Joannes Decker Bunschooten then Minister of the
      Hendrick Wm. Cortrecht Gospel of Schachthook who accepted of the
      Joannes C. Westbrook Menesing Call the 9th of July next following
      Hendericus Decker and was installed by the Revd. Jacob R.
      Jesias Cortrecht Hardenburgh the 29 of August 1785 and
      William Ennes also at the same time by the
      Frederick Van Demerck above mentioned Consistories received as
      J. R. Dewitt their lawful Minister of the
      Simon Westfall Gospel as may be seen in Menesing church Harmanus Van Emwigen records."
      Jacob D. Gumaar
      Elias Cortrecht Thomas Kyte

      Source: Minisink Valley Reformed Dutch Church Records, 1716-1830, facsimile reprint by Heritage Books, Bowie, MD, 1992.



      From The History of Sussex and Warren Counties, New Jersey,
      by James P. Snell, 1881.

      William Ennes is listed as an early settler of Sussex County, New Jersey, 1750, on page 27. On page 327, under a list of township officers of Walpack, Sussex, New Jersey, is listed: "1759.-Constable, Johannes Cortrecht; Surveyors of Highways, Abraham Carmer, William Ennis." About Montague, Sussex, New Jersey's first school, it says on page 366, that the second teacher there "was followed by Master Wright...and later by William Ennes, after which a Madam Benjamin[5] became the directress of the educational interests of the neighborhood."
      In the information on Sandyston, Sussex, New Jersey's early settlements, page 417, it says: "Among the earliest settlers in Sandyston was William Ennes, of Scotch descent, who came in 1753 and at once engaged in teaching, having been one of the most renowned among the earlier instructors of Sussex County. He was the pioneer of his profession along the banks of the Delaware, which was the scene of his earliest labors. Mr. Ennes the wear of his arrival purchased the farm now occupied by John Kyte. The deed conveying this property is dated Oct. 5, 1753, and is given by Richard Gardner, one of the 'proprietors,' to William Ennes. He resided until his death upon this and other lands that he purchased, when it passed into the hands of his son-in-law, Simon Cortright, whose birth occurred in Sandyston in 1764, he having been of Dutch lineage."
      On page 421, it reads: "The earliest opportunities for education occurred along the Delaware River. The first instructor who is remembered was on William Ennes, already mentioned as an early settler, who afforded various portions of the township in succession the benefit of his superior abilities. He was an able teacher and a worthy man. Although minus an arm, he wielded the rod with a dexterity which filled the hearts of the urchins of the neighborhood with terror and rendered them speedily amenable to his discipline. He was skillful in preparing quill pens for the scholars, which were scattered by him over the room or tossed at the boys with the most absolute certainty of aim. The earliest school building stood upon the present farm of For T. Kyte. It was a capacious structure of logs, and was attended by many of the children from the adjoining township of Montague, Mr. Ennes for many years retained his popularity, and was the only teacher at this school." On page 422, this information is given about the "De Schmidt burial-ground" in Sandyston (the oldest in the township and possibly the county): "In this enclosure 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 fieldstones, on which were rude inscriptions."



      Excerpts from A Bit About the Ennes,
      by Calvin Ennes, Au Gres, Michigan, 1969.

      WILLIAM ENNES JR. (II), 1711-1804 was the son of William (I). A summary of his biography can best be given by a "Copy of records from the Old Ennis Bible":

      William (Jr.) Ennis, in his own hand viz. 1711 January 10th was I. William Ennis, born at Mormal. (town off Marbletown, N.Y., see church records)

      1739 May 18th was I married to my wife Elizabeth Quick. 1740 Sept. 28th is born my eldest daughter Cornelia.
      1743 Jan. 24th departed this life my said daughter Cornelia.
      1743 April 25th is born my eldest son Benjamin.
      1745 Nov. 30th is born my second son Daniel.
      1748 June 28th is born my second daughter Margaret.
      1751 July 9th is born my third son Joseph.
      1754 Mar. 9th is born my fourth son John
      1756 Nov. 26th is born my fifth son Cornelius (1st).
      1759 Aug. 16th is born my sixth son Alexander.
      1760 Sept. 10th departed this life my son Cornelius (1st).
      1761 Nov. 5th is born my seventh son Cornelius (2nd).
      1764 May 24th Is born my third daughter Catherine.
      1769 Oct. 11th departed this life my sixth son Alexander.
      1778 June 21th departed this life my son John.
      1780 April 20 departed this life my son Benjamin, killed by Indians, being my eldest son. 1771 April 8 departed this life my dearly beloved wife, Elizabeth, on Wednesday at 2 o'clock.

      William Ennes Jr. (II) and his wife Elizabeth Quick are buried in the Old Dutch Cemetery on the Mine Road in the northeast corner of Sandyston township, Sussex County, New Jersey.

      More relating to William Ennes (II) is learned by reading a condensed copy of his will.

      Summary of Will [6]

      Archives of the State of New Jersey. First Series Vol. XXXVIII Calendar of N.J. Wills, etc. Vol. V. 1801-1805, pp. 153-154
      1799, April 19. ENNES, WILLIAM, of Sandyston, Sussex Co.; will to Grandson, Alexander Ennes (son of eldest son, Benjamin, dec'd) 5 shillings for his birthright. Daughter Catharina, (wife of Simon Cortright) farm where I now live (16 acres); she to pay £ 50. Son, Cornelius, the improvement purchased from Solomon Decker, where George Quick now lives; he to pay £ 20. To the 6 children (unnamed) of son, Benjamin, dec'd. £ 18 to be divided among them, Sons, Daniel, Joseph and Cornelius, wearing apparel. Daughter, Margaret (wife of James Hornbeck), bed and bedding. Residue to sons, Daniel and Joseph, heirs on son, Benjamin, dec'd, and daugh-Margaret (wife of James Hornbeck) In 4 equal shares. Executors-sons, Daniel and Joseph Ennes.

      Witnesses-Lydia Capron, Alexander Ennes, Thomas Kyte,

      Proved-July 22, 1804. (Recorded, Surrogate's Office, Sussex Co.) File 1010S.

      More About William Ennes

      William Ennes is mentioned in the history of the settlement of the Minisink Region. The first school in Montague township, Sussex County, New Jersey was built in 1731. William Ennes was the third teacher. He was followed by Madam Benjamin, the wife of his deceased son, Benjamin. In Sandyton township, Sussex Co., New Jersey, (territory once part of the province of New York, later made part of New Jersey) early opportunity was offered for the education of the youth. History states, "The first instructor in Sandyton was William Ennes, an early settler, an upright man, who came from Kingston, in the 1730's, Although he was one-armed, he was skillful in making quill pens for his youths. He had superior ability as a teacher". He was a deacon in the church. He held civic offices and signed his name with the date following it.
      William Ennes married Elizabeth Quick. History tells much about her family. Tom Quick, her brother, was a famous frontiersman. Books could be written about his exploits...

      Ennis Who Served

      The following items are taken from NEW YORK IN THE REVOLUTION, Volume I...The Levies under Col. Albert Pawling-CORNELIUS ENNIS; PETER ENNIS; WILLIAM ENNIS (P. 83)...


      From the DAR Patriot Index,
      Daughter of the American Revolution, Washington D.C., 1966.

      "Ennis, (includes Ennes) William: b 1-10-1711 d 3- -1804 m Elizabeth Quick Pvt NY [7]"
      Also listed under Ennis (Ennes) are three of William's sons:
      Benjamin-see section on Benjamin Ennis.
      "Cornelius: b 11-5-1761 d 3-27-1836 m (1) Eleanor Decker (2) Deborah Cole Pvt NJ" "Daniel: bpt 12-8-1745 d 12-25-1838 m Magdalena Hornbeck Ens NJ [8]"



      From Sussex County Will Abstracts

      ENNES, William of Sandyston. 1010S - W. 19 Apr 1799; Filed 9 May 1804. Sons: Oldest son, Benjamin (dec'd), Cornelius, Daniel and Joseph. Daughters: Catherine w/o Simon CORTRIGHT, and Margaret w/o James HORNBECK. Others: Gr-so, Alexander ENNES s/o Benjamin. (Benjamin had six children). Executors: Sons, Josph and Daniel ENNES. Witnesses: Lydia CAPRON, Alexander ENNES and Thomas KYTE.



      Roster of Soldiers in the Revolution.

      NameRankRegimentCompanyEnist, Wm.PrivateCantineHasbrouckEnnis, WilliamPrivatePawlingFaulknerEnnis, WilliamPrivatePawlingDe WittEnnist, WilliamPrivateWessenfelsLivingstonEnist, Corn'sPrivateCantineHasbrouckEnnis, Corn'sPrivatePawlingFaulkner
      Source: Information taken from Fernow, Berthold (ed.), Documents Relating to The Colonial History of the State of New York, Vol. XV, Albany, NY: Wood Parsons and Company, Printers, 1887.



      A Description of William Ennes' Home

      William Ennes owned a home on the Old Mine Road in Sandyston, Sussex, New Jersey, which was described in 1970 as "one of three remaining structures which formed the village of Minisink". In a report from the Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Survey Number HABS NJ-431, Library of Congress Call Number HABS, NJ, 19-HOPAT.V,1-) and written by Wesley Shank and William C. Badger, Project Historians in 1970, the house was reported to have been built 1751. Its exact location is given as .1 mile west of Old Mine Road (State Route 521), 1.7 miles northwest of Hainesville, Montague vicinity, Sandyston Township, Sussex County, New Jersey and as USGS Milford Quadrangle, Universal Transverse Mercator Coordinates: 18.514450. 4568420. "The gable end of the house faces northeast. The house sits about .5 mile east of the Delaware river on flat land."

      It was a 1 1/2-story home with a foundation and exterior walls both of stone, interior walls of plaster (a frame addition added much later), a chimney of stone inside and brick above the roof, and a pitch roof. "Structurally, this is a very interesting house," states the historians, "The most interesting feature is the fireplace which stands a couple of inches from the main wall of the house. This in itself seems to lend credence to the tradition that it was a fort; further the small window in the west elevation is called the fort window. It is a small deep set window." The main floor seems to have consisted of one room originally. There was a loft upstairs. Dr. Hans Smetana, the house's owner in the mid-twentieth century reported that there had been a ladder at the east corner leading to the attic. Between the time that William Ennes owned it and Dr. Smetana bought it in 1935, there were several changes. There was a door in the southeast wall that was replaced by a window. The southeast wall was removed and a partition placed further inwards so a stairway could be built. An addition was made to the southwest of the house. Dr. Smetana restored the house, including taking the old mantle from the barn and reinstalling it in the house.
      Inside, the house "measures 23'-4" across its two-bay front by 24'-10" deep L-shaped frame additions on the southwest more than double the size of the house". The walls are as follows: "Northeast gable wall is gray ashlar. Northwest and southeast walls are gray rubble stonework. Northeast gable wall is wood frame above eaves line, with white clapboards." Shank and Badger state that "Original building has stone bearing walls on three sides with heavy timbers spanning clear from northwest to southeast for the first floor and the attic floor. Additions are of wood frame construction, no structure visible. Tie beams in attic are sawn and are mortised into sawn rafters...Bulkhead door on southeast side has modern outside doors on stone steps and walls...Original chimney on northeast side is stone to roof line, brick above. The interior chimney is not attached to wall behind it, but is a few inches clear... In the stone section of the house, the walls are plastered and there is a chair rail on the newer wooden wall against the stairway. The ceiling has exposed beams with beaded edges supporting beaded planks. No ceiling in the loft of the stone section." The windows in the house are described as such: "Windows in the southeast stone wall are spanned by segmental arches in stone and have sliding sash of nine-beside-nine lights, with the middle lights overlapping. The windows in the northeast gable are six-light casements. The northwest elevation has one four-light casement window with the opening splayed on the interior. The sash in the frame additions generally have six-over-six lights." The roof, in 1970, made of three side-by-side gable roofs. "The roof of the original building has thick wood-shingles, moss-covered. The two additions have mineral-surfaced gray composition shingles." The floor is made of "pine boards varying 9" to 13" in width are nailed down in stone section. In the loft, a new floor of old boards has been laid to provide space for thermal insulation. The additions have linoleum flooring." In the original stone section, none of the doors are left. Shank and Badger said, "The chestnut beams on the main floor have beaded edges. Beams in basement smoothly hewn and chamfered. Trim throughout house is very simple." They added that there are "wrought latches throughout".

      Of the history of the house, the report states, "This house is built on land formerly owned by Richard Gardner, one of the proprietors. The land was bought by Gardner by William Ennes in 1753. Ennes was the son of a Scotchman who settled in Ulster County, New York. He came to the Delaware Valley on 1732 and was prominent as the schoolteacher of the Minisink region. It is assumed that he built the house. On a stone between the two windows on the east elevation appears the date 7-3-1751 which is accepted as the date of erection; however, the farm was not in the possession of William Ennes at that time, but since Richard Gardner never occupied the farm, it is assumed that a tenant may have erected the house and the tenant may have been William Ennes who might have leased the farm before purchase or else purchased it under contract not receiving the deed until 1753. "William Ennes lived and died in the Minisink region. He raised a family of eleven. One of his daughters married Simon Cortright, who is the next known owner. Simon was prominent in the region serving three terms in the Legislature and fifteen years as the Judge of the Court of Common Pleas. He was a large land owner; in addition to his inheritance he purchased over a 1000 acres in the vicinity. After Simon's death the property passed to Jacob Kyte... "...There is interesting local tradition in connection with this house. It is assumed that the foundation and the stone section about window sill high was built originally as a kind of fort for defense against the Indians and that it was turned into a house later. The date 1751 is supposed to represent that change. The owner calls it old Normanock Fort."

      The report gives a list of the house's owners, which include the following:

      "1753 Date: 5 Oct 1753 Richard Gardner, Proprietor of New Jersey to William Ennes
      Both Bailey and Decker [9] refer to this deed as including the house but no source is given and it could not be located (1970).
      The following are recorded in the Sussex County Hall of Records, Newton, New Jersey: 1775 Date: 15 July 1775 Rec. 15 June 1790
      Deed Book Vol. A p. 430
      William Ennes of Delaware Township in the County of Northampton in the Province of Pennsylvania, schoolmaster to Daniel Ennis of Sandyston in the County of Sussex in the province of East New Jersey, Blacksmith. 2020 pounds for 3 tracts
      1) "Water Pond", 8 acres from Cornelius Westbrook, 29 June 1775.
      2) 9 3/4 acres 36 perches, from Cornelius & Martin Reyerson, no date 3) 13 acres, from Richard Gardner, no date.

      1811 Date: 3 Oct. 1811 Rec. 11 Oct. 1811 Deed Book Vol. W p. 571 p. 571
      Daniel Ennes and Magdalane (wife) to Alexander Ennes $1000 for 8 tracts including: 8 acres, 9 3/4 acres 36 perches and 13 acres from William Ennes.

      1832 Date: 8 June 1832 Rec. 3 June 1835 Deed Book Vol. R-3 p. 111
      Alexander Ennes & Roanna (wife) to Daniel Ennest $724 for 104 acres

      1844 Date: 12 August 1844 Rec. 17 Sept. 1844 Deed Book Vol. C-4 p. 642
      Daniel Ennes & Jemima (wife) to Alexander Ennes (the same Alexander as in 1832) $1700 for 104 acres

      1847 Date: 31 August 1847 Rec. 1 May 1850 Deed Book Vol. I-4 p. 573
      Andrew Shimer late Sheriff
      Alexander Ennis by Sheriff to David Thompson $1756 for 95.07 acres..."

      Shank and Badger wrote that there was an inscription "TB 1751" which was "scratched into a stone on the side of the house...between the two windows on the southeast side. The initials are 3 1/2" high; the numbers 2" high." The initials were probably those of the builder. Tradition held that TB stood for Tobias Brink. Shank and Badger added, "Mr. C. Van Etten Crane, however, says that Tobias Brink was illiterate and always signed with an X. Mr. Crane contends that another early settler in the area, Thomas Bonnell, could read and write, and is a more likely person to have built the building."

      For a complete version of the report, along with black and white pictures and drawings, go to the Historical American Buildings Survey website and do a keyword search for William Ennes.



      Footnotes

      [1] Listed as parents of Elisabeth Ennis, baptized 5 Feb 1769, in the Minisink Valley Church Records, p. 155.
      [2] Eleanor was the sister of James Hornbeck and the daughter of Evert and Eleanor (Cuddeback) Hornbeck. (Cuddeback, William Louis, Caudebec in America, New York, 1919.) See chapter on the Caudebec family.
      [3] James was the brother of Eleanor Hornbeck and the son of Evert Hornbeck and Eleanor Cuddeback (daughter of Jacques Caudebec and Margretta Provoost.) (Cuddeback, William Louis, Caudebec in America, New York, 1919.) See chapter on the Caudebec family.
      [4] Listed as parents of Maria Cortreght, born 10 Nov 1784, in the Minisink Valley Church Records, p. 179.
      [5] Believed to be William's daughter-in-law, Magdalena Van Etten, the widow of Benjamin Ennis.
      [6] An abstract of this will (1010S) was found in the Sussex County Will Abstracts at: http://www.gate.net/~pascalfl/wlabef.html
      [7] Pvt NY = Private, New York.
      [8] Ens NJ = Ensign, New Jersey.
      [9] Rosalie Fellows Bailey in Pre-Revolutionary Dutch Houses and Families in Northern New Jersey and Southern New York (1936), p. 577, and Amelia Stickney Decker in That Ancient Trail (1962), p. 113.

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    Father William Ennis (Ennes),   b. Abt 1675, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. May 1717, Marbletown, Ulster, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 42 years) 
    Mother Cornelia Viervant,   b. Abt 1644, Marbletown, Ulster, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Kingston, Ulster, New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 1706  Marbletown, Ulster, New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 6 children 
    Family ID F00025  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Elizabeth Quick,   b. 1722, Rochester, Ulster, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 08 Apr 1771, Sandyston, Sussex, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 49 years) 
    Married 18 May 1739  Sandyston, Sussex, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Children 
     1. Cornelia Ennis,   b. 28 Sep 1740, Deerpark, Orange, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Jan 1743, Marbletown, Ulster, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 2 years)  [Natural]
    +2. Benjamin Ennis,   b. 25 Apr 1743, Machackemeck, Orange, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Apr 1780, Raymondskill Creek, Pikes, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 36 years)
    +3. Daniel Ennis,   b. 30 Nov 1745, Sandyston, Sussex, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Dec 1838, Owasco, Cayuga, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 93 years)
     4. Margaret Ennis,   b. 28 Jun 1748, Deerpark, Orange, New York Find all individuals with events at this location
    +5. Joseph Ennis, Esq.,   b. 09 Jul 1751, Deerpark, Orange, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1830, Deerpark, Orange, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)  [Natural]
     6. John Ennis,   b. 09 Mar 1754, Deerpark, Orange, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Jun 1778  (Age 24 years)  [Natural]
     7. Cornelius Ennis,   b. 26 Nov 1756, Deerpark, Orange, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Sep 1760, Marbletown, Ulster, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 3 years)
     8. Alexander Ennis,   b. 16 Aug 1759, Deerpark, Orange, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Oct 1769, Marbletown, Ulster, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 10 years)
    +9. Cornelius Ennis,   b. 05 Nov 1761, Sandyston, Sussex, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Mar 1836, Standing Stone, Bradford, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
     10. Catherine Ennis,   b. 24 May 1764, Sussex County, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Oct 1848, Sandyston, Sussex, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years)  [Natural]
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    Family ID F00024  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsResidence - Between 1700 and 1937 - Orange County, New York Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 10 Jan 1711 - Marbletown, Ulster, New York Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Book of Deeds in Kingston NY: Cornelius Westbrook sold eight acres of land to Daniel Ennis on 29 June 1724. Daniel Ennis was apparently married to Mary Magdalina Westbrook. On 15 July 1725, Daniel Ennis conveyed this property to William and Cornelia Vierva - 15 Jul 1725 - Sandyston, Sussex, New Jersey Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 18 May 1739 - Sandyston, Sussex, New Jersey Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsWitness - Served as Witness to a Baptism, conducted by Domine Vas. || Parents: Benjamin Davids, Hendrikjen Brink || Child Catrina || 12 Oct 1740|| Witnesses: Willem Ennes [half-brother of Hendrikjen],|| Cornelia Brink [mother of Hendrikjen]. - 12 Oct 1740 - Ulster, Ulster, New York Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - William and his wife Elizabeth joined the Dutch Reformed church in Port Jervis, New York 19 July, 1745, being received in membership,"on confession of faith in the presence of Hendrick Kortreght and Dirk Westbroeck, Elders of Menissinck". He was an active member of church and began service as a Deacon in on April 21, 1747. - 19 Jul 1745 - Port Jervis, Orange, New York Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Deed record in Kingston, New York reports that William purchased a farm in Sandyston from one of the Proprietors, Richard Gardner. Remained William's residence until his death. - 5 Oct 1753 - Wallpack, Sussex, New Jersey Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCivil or Criminal Proceedings - Upon the Court's order to William Ennes, Administrator of his Estate, Thomas Quick's 200 acre Plantation in Upper Smithfield, Northampton County to be sold for payment of his intestate debts. - Northampton Orphans' Court Records 1752-1795, Vol A, p 41. - 1756 - Easton, Northampton, Pennsylvania Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1760 - Wallpack, Sussex, New Jersey Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsLast Will & Testament - 19 Apr 1799 - Sandyston, Sussex, New Jersey Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Taught school in the township; served as a Justice of the Peace, served three terms in the Legislature, and later was a judge of the Court of Common Pleas for fifteen years. - - Sandyston, Sussex, New Jersey Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsRevolutionary War involvement - Served as a Private in Colonel Pawling's 3rd Ulster County Militia of New York during the American Revolution - - New York, New York Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 18 Mar 1804 - Sandyston, Sussex, New Jersey Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Sussex County, New Jersey Link to Google Earth
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    Ennis Estate, Will of William Ennis, 1870 newspaper article.jpg

  • Sources 
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    2. [S6157] Minisink Valley Reformed Dutch Church records , New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, (Printed for the Society: 1913), http://archive.org/details/minisinkvalleyre00vosb.

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      Kraft, Herbert C.. The Minisink settlements : an investigation into a prehistoric and early historic site in Sussex County, New Jersey (final report). South Orange, N.J.: Archaeological Research Center, Seton Hall University Museum, 1984.

    6. [S390] Baptismal and Marriage Records of the Old Dutch Church of Kingston, Ulster County, New York 1660-1809., Hoes, Roswell Randall, compiler, (Genealogical Publishing Company, Baltimore 1891 ).

    7. [S6155] Historic American Buildings Survey, Historic American Buildings Survey, (Library of Contress), Survey number: HABS NJ-431.
      William Ennes House, Old Mine Road, Sandyston Township, Hainesville, Sussex County, NJ.

      Significance: This small stone dwelling, one of the three remaining structures which formed the village of Minisink, was built in 1751, according to an inscription. It was the home of William Ennes, one of the first teachers in Sussex County. Though added to at the turn of the 20th century and again in 1952, the original one room and loft house has had only minor alterations.

      Unprocessed Field note material exists for this structure: FN-564

      Survey number: HABS NJ-431

      Building/structure dates: 1751 Initial Construction


    8. [S809] New Jersey Colonial Documents, New Jersey State, (Published Archives Series, First Series. Trenton, New Jersey: John L Murphy Publishing Company.), 154.

    9. [S00875] U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900, Yates Publishing, Source number: 3203.002; Source type: Family group sheet, FGSE, listed as parents; Number of Pages: 1; Submitter Code: .
      Birth date: 1660 Birth place: Marriage date: Marriage place: of NY
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