Decker names mentioned in “History of Sussex and Warren Counties, New Jersey

Compiled by James P. Snell, Everts & Peck: Philadelphia, 1881.

(From Library of Michigan, Lansing, MI)

 

[Notes from compilation:

 

Pages 1 – 148 contain overall history of Sussex and Warren Counties, N.J.

Pages 149 – 473 contain history & biographies of Sussex Co. N.J.

Pages 474 – 746 contain history & biographies of Warren Co. N.J.

(No Decker entries were listed in the index for the pages in Warren Co.)

 

The listings below were compiled using the “Index to History of Sussex and Warren Counties, New Jersey,” which was found to contain a few inaccuracies.  The following list may not be a complete list of all Decker entries in the book.  This information should be helpful in determining sources, including this book, to search for & verify the information here.

 

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23        Johannes Decker, listed in an affidavit of 1785 mentioning the name of the Delaware River by an Indian name Lamasepose, signifying Fishkill (another early name for the river.

 

25        Decker mentioned in names of early settlers – “probably about 1715 – a number of families came into what was subsequently called the ‘lower neighborhood,’ and located on either side of the Neversink, from what is now name Huguenot south to Port Jervis.  These families came from Ulster County, and were all of Holland descent, as indicated by their names, - Cortright, Van Auken, Westbrook, Decker, Kuykendal, Westfall, Cole, and Davis.”

 

27        Johannes Decker listed in names of early settlers of Sussex County as derived from the records of four early Reformed Dutch Churches formed in 1737 in the Minisink Valley.  1745 – Jacob Westfael, Jan van Campen, Johannes Brinck, Johannes Decker, Cornelius Westbrook, Jan van Etten, Abram Bevier, Dirk Ten Broeck, Samuel Bevier, Cornelius Louw.

 

27        Decker marriages in Sussex County (1738-1797) as listed (reported to be ‘a few of the marriages taken from the record’):

 

            1745, May 12.  Solomon Decker, young man.  Born on the Caetsbaen [Katsbaan], to Lena Quick, young woman, born at Metschepekouck, and both dwelling at Metschepekouck;  married by J.C. Fryenmuth, June 8th.

 

            1747, September 13.  Jacob van Campen, young man, born at Nepenanck, to Rachel Decker, young woman, born at Niskotack, both living in Bucks County;  married the 9th of October by me, J. C. Fryenmoet [from here on name is spelled this way], Mach.

 

            1750, January 7.  Isaac Middagh, young man, born at Menissink, and dwelling at Teeshacht, to Femmtje Decker, young woman, also born at Menissinck, and dwelling at Shippeconk;  married the 16th of February by me, J. C. Fryenmoet.

 

            1750, July 8.  Anthony van Etten, young man, born at Nepemack, and dwelling at Namenack, to Annatje Decker, young woman, born at Machackemech, and dwelling there;  married the 3d of August by me, J. C. Fryenmoet, aet. 29.

 

            1755, January 26.  Alexander Ivory, widower of Myrya Cole, to Jenneke Decker, born at Menissink, and both dwelling at Walpeck;  married the 21st of February, by me, J. C. Fryenmoet, aet. 34.

 

            NOTES: 

Menissinck (now spelled Minisink), the town or village of that name where Montague is now situated; the church was also called Menissink church.  A number of the parties married were born here, and a larger number were residents of the place.

           

Namenack (now spelled Nomanock), an island in the Delaware; also the old fort built on the main land, opposite the island, during the French war, where stood the old parsonage of Dominie Fryenmoet and some of his successors.  Some of the parties married lived here or on the island.

           

Machackemech, the Indian name of the Neversink branch of the Delaware, where one of the old churches was situated; now Port Jervis.

 

30        The following Deckers are listed on the 1739 tax-roll:

                                                            Valuation                      Assessment

            Antye Decker                           20 £     15 s.                   0 £     26 s.     8 f.

            Petrus Decker                          1          10                                1          11

            Jacob Decker                           1          10                                1          7

            Johanis Jacobse Decker                        5                                              4

            Thomas Decker                        16        5                      1          0          8

            Jacobis Decker                         6          10                                7          8

            Hendrik Decker                        6          5                                  8          0

            Adries Decker                          3          0                                  3          10

            Jacob Decker, Junier                            5                                              4

 

            On reverse of another related paper:

            September 8, 1739, then received of Johanis Decker £1 4 7 residue of the tax, by me.  Solomon Davis.  (In Dutch)

 

31        Description of settlements in other parts of Sussex and Warren:

 

            “Peter Decker built the first house in Deckertown, in 1734.  He was the son of John Decker, of Minisink, and was among the earliest of pioneers who crossed the mountains and founded the township of Wantage.  He was a man of enterprise and energy, and served his country for many years as a magistrate.”

 

42        John Dicker (John Decker in footnote) – his house is mentioned in the Tripartite Deed of July 1719 in laying out the partition line between East & West Jersey, “at the place called Teteudal.”

 

44        Bower Decker’s house is mentioned in the field notes of John Lawrence as he surveys the East-West Partition-Line, entry October 10, 1743.

 

94        Lieut. Decker mentioned in the description of The Harris Light Calvary, describing Sussex & Warren Counties in the War of the Rebellion:

 

            April 12, 1862, a few miles from Fredericksburg, while driving back a confederate charge, “The Harris Light lost several men in this engagement, among them Lieut. Decker, a very promising young officer, who was killed in the charge.”

 

155      John Decker (of Wantage) is mentioned as being one of the “best men of the county” to which tax notices were sent in 1783, during the close of the Revolution, of which “collecting and paying the heavy taxes promptly were next to impossible.”

 

160      List of “Members of the Legislature” of Sussex Co.

            1816:  Peter Decker (Assembly)

            1850:  Daniel Decker (Assembly)

            1854:  James L. Decker (Assembly)

            1858-1860:  Daniel D. Decker (Assembly)

 

162      List of Sheriffs of Sussex County

            Peter S. Decker, appointed November, 1858.  (Served 3 years)

            James L. Decker, appointed November 1879.  (Present sheriff as of publication)

            List of present (1881) Justices of the Peace includes Job J. Decker.

 

189      Biography of Levi Shepherd includes the following:

 

            Levi Shepherd was born in Frankford township, Sussex Co., Oct. 28, 1813, son of Deacon Nathan Shepherd and Miss Ayers.  In his early life he had but few of the educational advantages that are enjoyed by young men of the present day.  His limited knowledge was acquired at the common school and at the academy at Branchville, under the instruction of the well-known teacher Willard Barrows.  For some two years prior to his entering the academy he was a clerk in the store of Haines & Broderick, of Hamburg.  About the year 1833 he began studying law with Hon. Daniel Haines, afterwards Governor of New Jersey, at Hamburg, where he remained until he was admitted to the bar, in 1839; in his class at that time were Chief Justice Whelply and Gen. E. R. V. Wright.  He commenced practice at Deckertown immediately thereafter.  While there, on Jan. 17, 1852, he married Nancy, youngest daughter of Samuel and Nancy Decker, of that place.  She was a sister of ex-sheriff Peter S. Decker, and a descendent of Peter Decker, who built the first house and settled in Wantage in 1734, from whom Deckertown took its name.  (See Edsall’s Centennial Address)  She was born April 2, 1826, and died April 2, 1858.  The children of this union are Kittie, wife of Ira C. Moore, of Newton; Frank, a graduate of Princeton in the class of ’77, and now a member of the law-firm of Roe & Shepherd, of Newton, N.J.; and Nancy.  (biography of Levi Shepherd continues)

 

190      Biography of Simeon M. Coykendall includes the following:

 

            Moses Coykendall, grandfather of Simeon M., was born Dec. 11, 1767 and was one of the early settlers of Wantage township.  The wife of Moses Coykendall was Hannah, daughter of Samuel Decker, born May 9, 1771, also representing a pioneer family of Wantage.  The issues of the marriage were Henry, born Oct. 11, 1789; Samuel D., father of our subject; Elijah, born Sept. 17, 1793; Susannah, born Aug. 6, 1795; Mary, born June 16, 1799; Jonathan, born Oct. 14, 1802; Sarah, born April 6, 1805; Margaret, born Aug. 28, 1807; Julia, born Nov. 28, 1809; Madison, born June 8, 1812; Harrison, born May 26, 1815.

 

            Samuel D. Coykendall was born Sept. 8, 1791, and married, on June 29, 1822, Huldah, daughter of Samuel Adams, born March 31, 1804.  Her mother was Mary Cuddeback, and her grandparents James and Mary (Westbrook) Cuddeback.  Of the union were born three children, - namely, Ellis M., April 15, 1823; Simeon M., our subject, and Adams D., July 5, 1831.  Samuel D. Coykendall died Sept. 12, 1837.

 

            Simeon M. Coykendall was born in Wantage township, on Nov. 29, 1824.  (His biography continues with his study of law and subsequent practice.)  On April 19, 1865, he removed to Deckertown, where he continued to practice until his death on March 12, 1872.  (More biography).  Mr. Coykendall was married on Oct. 27, 1858 to Frances, daughter of John and Mary (Wilson) Fuller, of Deckertown, who survives him.

 

196      Martin Decker is listed as wife of Sarah E. Rosenkrans, daughter of Everitt Rosenkrans and his second wife Elizabeth (Miller) Buss.  Birth date of Sarah is not given, but next younger is subject of the biography (Martin Rosenkrans, born Sept. 11, 1840).

 

201      Sheriff Decker is mentioned in the execution of Frederick Crill, who was hanged at Newton, N.J. on the 24th of April, 1880, for the murder of his daughter, Eliza Babcock, near Hamburg, N.J. on the 5th of June 1879.  “On April 1st, Governor McClellan granted him a reprieve of three weeks from April 3d, and on Wednesday, April 21st, he sent the death-warrant to Sheriff Decker, fixing the hanging for Saturday, the 24th.  Job J. Decker was listed as one of the “gentleman” in the jury of twelve to witness and report the execution.

 

230      Job J. Decker is listed as a current officer (for 1881) of the Sussex County Mutual Insurance Company.  Peter S. Decker served twice on the executive committee (1872-1874 and 1874-1879) of this company.

 

260      Peter S. Decker appears on the list of principal officers for the town of Newton for the years 1866, 1867 & 1877.

 

261      Peter S. Decker is listed as the Street Commissioner in 1868.

 

270      D.F. Decker is listed as an officer for 1881 of the Harmony Lodge, no. 23. in Newton.  Thomas Decker is listed as Senior Warden of the lodge for 1880-81, and D.F. Decker as Junior Warden for 1880-81.

 

283      Thomas Decker is listed as a member of the Fire Patrol for Newton, elected Jun 7, 1875.

 

285      The following are listed as being members of the first company raised in Newton during the war of the Rebellion, recruited April, 1861.  “The call for three months’ men being filled, this company was not mustered into service.  Most of the men, however, enlisted in for three years in Co. D, Third Regiment New Jersey Volunteers, under Capt. Fitts.”

 

            Muster Roll of Union Company, A Regiment 4th Brigade:

            #63 Sylvester Decker

            #64 Hiram Decker

            #73 Richard Decker

            #89 Edward Decker

 

289      Early Settlements – Wantage

 

            “The first white settler of whom any authentic facts are known was Peter Decker, who came from the Neversink settlement in 1740 and chose a spot of ground where now stands the growing village of Deckertown (Edsall gives the date of 1734 as the time of Peter Decker’s advent in Wantage).  Upon this he erected a log abode, which was occupied during his lifetime, and passed by descent to his son, who also made it his residence.  Peter Decker is the progenitor of all the family of the name now residing in the township.  Joseph, one of his sons, resided early at the Clove, where he erected the first grist-mill and was an extensive farmer.  His children were Bowdewine, Abram, William, Famitje, and Margaret.  The sons lived and died in the township.  Famitje married Ephraim Kilpatrick, and Margaret was united to Seth Wickham.  Bowdewine, one of the sons, was, during his lifetime, a prominent citizen of Wantage.  John B. Decker, a venerable resident of the township, is a great-grandson of Peter and a son of Bowdewine Decker.”

 

            Also:  “ Moses Coykendall was born in 1767, and came early to the township.  He married Hannah, daughter of Samuel Decker, and had many children.  The late Simeon Coykendall, attorney, of Deckertown, was his grandson.  Many representatives of the family still reside in the township.”

 

291      Samuel Shelley came from Morris County before the Revolution, and was employed by Bowdewine Decker as a tanner and currier.

 

293      The following are members of the civil list of Wantage:

            1852-53;  James Decker;  Township Clerk

            1855;  B. W. Decker, Township Clerk

            1859; James Decker; Township Clerk

            1856-58; Peter S. Decker, Collector

            1860; James Decker; Justice of the Peace

            1865; James Decker; Justice of the Peace

            1855; Harrison H. Decker, Surveyors of Highways

            1866; James Decker; Surveyors of Highways

 

294      Description of Deckertown:

 

            “This enterprising village – the principal business centre of a territory many miles in extent – is situated 15 miles northeast of the county seat.  The Midland Railroad passes within its limits, and since its construction has added greatly in the development of the place.

 

            The settlement of the village recalls a period as early as 1740, and possibly earlier, though no authentic facts prior to that date are obtainable.  In the latter part of the seventeenth century a band of French Protestants who had, on account of their religious faith, suffered exile and chosen a refuge among the hospitable Hollanders, emigrated to America.  They explored the Hudson River, and chose a settlement at the mouth of the Wallkill, where they founded a small colony near the present site of Kingston.  Years later some of the emigrants who formed this colony, which had since been increased in numbers by fresh arrivals from Holland, explored the Mamakating valley to the Delaware River, and formed a settlement at the mouth of the Neversink.

 

            One of their number, by descent a Hollander, whose name was Peter Decker, passed over the Blue Mountain range on a pilgrimage in search of fertile land upon which to settle, having determined to leave the Neversink colony and form the nucleus of an independent colony.  He descended into the valley now the township of Wantage, and, selecting an eligible site, built a log house where the village now stands.  This log structure is described by an early resident and descendent of Peter Decker as located on ground formerly the garden of Dr. Vibbert’s hotel, and which occupied the site of the present Dickerson Block.  The log house was later occupied by Samuel Decker, a son of the first settler, and still later by another son.  It has long since been demolished.

 

            The hamlet made but tardy progress for a series of years, and little is known of its history.  A grandson of Peter Decker, Samuel by name, early during the present century built a log tavern near the present location of Andrew Quick’s blacksmith-shop, and of which the present Warner House is the offspring.  Peter Decker later built a tavern on the site now occupied by the Dickerson Block.  It was a frame building, and was afterwards purchased by Soferein Westfall; and Dr. Vibbert, a man of considerable enterprise in his day, finally became owner, after which it was sold, but was consumed by fire the night previous to the purchaser’s intended occupancy.  Samuel Decker then built the present Warner House, which has since its erection been frequently remodeled and had many landlords.”

 

294      John B. Decker listed as being a member of the first board of directors of The Farmers’ National Bank of Deckertown, established Jan. 1, 1850.  He is still listed as a member of this board at the time of publication of this book (1881).

 

295      Coe Decker listed as one of the previous owners of Lafayette Fuller’s Grist Mill, who sold it to the current owner (1881).

            J. Emerson Decker is listed as a current officer for 1881 of the Samaritan Lodge, No. 98, Free and Accepted Masons.

 

298      Frederick and Bowdewine Decker signed the petition establishing August 21, 1787, establishing a Reformed Dutch Church (also known as the Clove Church).  This church was later dissolved in 1817 and merged in the First Presbyterian Church of Wantage, organized 11 August, 1818.

 

300      E. M. Decker is listed as an elder during the ministry of Rev. Mr. Kanouse of the First Wantage Baptist Church, and Eben M. Decker is an elder during the service of the next minister, Rev. Nathaniel Leighton, who began service Sept. 1, 1854.  Elders for Rev. Robert Crossett, the next pastor who began Jan 1, 1859, included Jonathan Decker.

 

            Listed under the Third Presbyterian Church of Wantage, the following passage:  “In connection with the results of these successive pastorates should be mentioned the efforts of two elders of devoted piety, John Smith and Broderick Decker, whose fidelity and sincerity, as exemplified in personal pleading with the people and visitations from house to house, were greatly appreciated.”  Dates for these successive pastorates were not explicitly given but would be approximately 1855-1865.

 

301      “The last census of 1880 returns the names of the following citizens of Wantage who have attained advanced years:”

            Harriet E. Decker – 72

            Luke R. Decker – 71

            John B. Decker – 76

            Nelson Decker – 66

            Eliza Decker – 68

            Halsey Decker – 69

            William Decker – 69

 

302      Under “Early Exploits at Deckertown

 

            “The following incident is related as having occurred at the tavern kept by Samuel Decker at an early day.  On a certain evening a man was seen riding towards the upper end of the tavern-stoop.  The horse was a light sorrel in color, with a bald face.  The knight rode up to the stoop, and made his horse step upon it.  He then rode past the kitchen to the bar-room door, thence he turned and rode into the bar-room, and was seen no more from the street.  On entering, he advanced with his steed to the bar.  Meanwhile, the barkeeper and proprietor was stooping down in the act of replenishing his bottle from the barrel, and, having his back turned, did not observe what was progressing.  With a kind of neighing voice the knight from his horse called for a drink.  The barkeeper looked up, and suddenly encountered the nose of the steed.  He considered this as a challenge, and sprang through a side door to a wood-pile with the intention of grasping an axe with which to kill the horse.  Some of his friends, deeming this unwise, detained him as he was returning with the weapon.

 

            The horse was with difficulty ejected from the house, when suddenly a band of pugilists poured from the bar-room and swarmed upon the stoop.  Oaths and imprecations rose, and clenched fists flew, till dark night drew a curtain over the turbulent scene.

 

            The design of this affray, as proved afterwards in court was to provoke the tavernkeeper to kill the horse, in the bar-room, and then to open the animal, stuff the innkeeper into the cavity, and sew him up, leaving only the head protruding, after which they purposed using the bottles at will and departing in triumph.

 

            This outrage upon the common decencies of society was not originated by the denizens of Deckertown, but was the offspring of the fertile brains of what were called in those days liners.  They dwelt upon the State line between New York and New Jersey, having doors opening into both states.  These people were as wicked as the evil one wished them to be, and occasionally so much worse as to injure even the cause of the devil.”

 

305-306 – Appears the biography of John B. Decker, descendent of Peter Decker who founded Deckertown.  This biography appears under stories on the deckerjourney.com website, with picture:

 

“The first white man to enter the precincts of what is now Wantage township, in Sussex County, was Peter Decker, a Hollander by descent, who left the Neversink settlement about the year 1740, and, passing over the Kittatinny or Blue Mountain, pursued his search after suitable land upon which to effect a permanent settlement.  His choice fell upon the present site of the village of Deckertown, where, amid tall forest-trees, murmuring brooks, and the solemn silence of a vast solitude, he erected the first dwelling built by a white man in that section.  Here he passed his days engaged in clearing up land and tilling the soil, enduring the trials and privations of pioneer life.  He was the great-grandfather of the subject of this sketch.

 

“Josiah, son of Peter Decker, was also an early resident of Wantage township.  He lived at the "Clove," and operated the first grist-mill at that point, besides engaging in farming to a considerable extent.  To himself and wife, Sarah, were born five children - namely, Bowdewine, Abraham, William, Fametje, and Margaret.  The sons lived and died in WantageFametje became the wife of Ephraim Kilpatrick, grandfather of Gen. Judson Kilpatrick, and Margaret married Seth Wickham.

 

Bowdewin Decker was one of the strong men of Wantage township in early times.  He was born Feb. 25, 1763, and grew up on his father's farm, his schooling advantages being but meagre in those days.  He was a great reader, however, and a teacher in one of the early district schools of his locality.  In 1787 he located near the present residence of his son, John B. Decker, where he erected a stone house, which he occupied for some years.  In 1805 he built the main portion of the present dwelling of John B. Decker, where he continued to live until his death, in 1857, in his ninety-fourth year.  Besides being a thrifty and successful farmer, owning over four hundred acres of land, he engaged extensively in other business.  For many years he kept a store near his residence, where he carried on mercantile pursuits; he had a tan-yard, a distillery, an extensive potash-works, and was generally identified with the growth and development of his section.  A man of good judgment and strong sense, the adviser of many people, of sterling integrity, generous and public-spirited, he was for many years one of the leading men of Wantage.  He was a supporter of the Clove Presbyterian Church, and at one time bought the church edifice at public sale, and presented it clear to the congregation.  He was an Old-Line Whig, but never an aspirant for office.  His first wife, whom he married on May 31, 1787, was Naomi, daughter of Richard Westbrook, of Wantage, and a representative of one of the strong pioneer families of the section.  She was born June 14, 1772, and died April 29, 1825.  Her children were Richard, born Aug. 15, 1788; Josiah, born April 15, 1792; Mary, born Aug. 30, 1790; Hannah, born Feb. 5, 1794; Sarah, born Oct. 10, 1796; Frederick, born May 16, 1802; and John B., the only one surviving, born Nov. 16, 1803.  Bowdewine Decker married for a second wife, on June 8, 1826, Rebecca Van Sickle, born May 1, 1768; died Sept. 11, 1845.

 

“John B. Decker was born on the paternal farm, on the date indicated above, and is one of the oldest and most highly esteemed citizens of the township.  His earlier years were passed upon his father's farm, but his labors were mostly directed to the tanning business.  In 1824 he took up his residence at his father's mill, and continued to co-operate with his father in the management of his affairs.  In 1845 he removed to the family homestead, and worked the farm, and a few years later it was deeded to him by his father.  Here he has continued to reside since, the property now, however, belonging to his son-in-law, Jacob Swartwout.

 

“Mr. Decker has devoted his entire life to agricultural operations, and has long been a representative farmer in Wantage township.  He has owned a large estate, some of which is still preserved to him, but, though of good business qualifications and of excellent judgment, he has lost no less than eighty thousand dollars during his life by indorsements for friends, and because of his generous heart and liberal spirit.  He now owns the mill at the Clove, a farm of one hundred and fifty acres near by, one hundred acres in Montague township, a small farm in Pennsylvania, and houses and lots in Coleville and Deckertown.  He has paid particular attention to the raising of fine stock, particularly horses.  The celebrated trotting mare "Goldsmith Maid" was foaled on his farm in 1857, and sold by him, in 1863, for three hundred and fifty dollars to John H. Decker and Thomas Bingham, of Newburg, N.Y.

 

“Mr. Decker has now reached the mature age of seventy-eight years, and is well preserved, and in full possession of all his faculties.  He is a man of strict integrity, possesses the confidence of many friends, and is a contributor to the Clove Presbyterian Church.  A Republican in politics, he has never been an aspirant after place.  He has been twice married.  His first wife was Sarah, daughter of William and Elizabeth Decker, to whom he was united on April 24, 1824, and who bore him the following children, - viz., Wlliam (deceased); Naomia E. (deceased); Elizabeth (deceased), wife of Jansen H. Beemer; Mary (deceased); Bowdewine (deceased); Daniel W., who died from disease contracted in the army in the late Rebellion; and Emma R., wife of Judson J. Wickham, of Craigville, Orange Co., N.Y.  Mr. Decker's second wife was Charity M. Kilpatrick, whom he married on March 20, 1855.  She was born May 12, 1824, and died March 15, 1868, leaving one child, Lillie, wife of Jacob Swartwout, of Wantage township.”

 

308      Biographical sketch of Evi De Witt, grandson of Jacob and Leah De Witt.  Evi’s father, Moses De Witt & his wife Margaret had 13 children, including Evi (born June 11, 1789), and Naomi, born March 23, 1801, who married John B. Decker.

 

309      Continuing the biography of Evi De Witt, John L. Decker is listed as married to Lucy S. De Witt, born Feb. 9, 1812, daughter of Evi De Witt and Prudence Stoddard.    Abraham J. Decker is listed as married to Margaret L. De Witt, born Aug. 19, 1836 (youngest of many children).

 

322      Under historical narratives of early settlers of Walpack, Sussex Co., N.J.

 

            “Among the early residents of Walpack were the Deckers, who have left numerous descendents still residing in the township.  Daniel Decker, born at Machhackemack, April 22, 1737, and dwelling there, was married De. 4, 1756, by Anthony Van Ellen, jusice of the peace, to Blandina Vredenburgh, a native of Pennsylvania (see Dutch Church records for 1756), born Jan. 23, 1738.  The settled where Daniel D. Decker, a randson, now lives, at Decker’s Ferry, in Walpack.  Daniel Decker died March 1, 1813, and was buried on the farm where he resided;  his wife died Nov. 22, 1835, in her ninety-seventh year.  They had seven children, four sons and three daughters, as follows:  1.  Henry, married Margery Westbrook, and had children – Daniel, Andrew D., John, Abraham, Elijah, Mary, Salache, Blandina; 2.  Thomas, born Nov. 25, 1775, married Susanna Shoemaker, and had children, - Henry S., Daniel D., Samuel, Peggy Maria, Sarah Ann, Calvin, and Blandina;  he died April 26, 1866;  3.  Aaron, married Jane Brokow, and had children, John A., Caleb, Abraham, George W., Daniel, and Amanda, now Mrs. Kintner, of Middleville, Stillwater township;  4.  John, born April 24, 1780, married Maria Brokow, died March 10, 1827;  among his children are Peter, Abraham, Aaron, Sarah, Salache, and Jane;  5.  Sarah, married to John Swartwood and removed to Tioga Co., N.Y.;  6.  Jane, married James Van Auken, of Monroe Co., PA., father of Casparaus Van Auken, of Hardwick, Warren Co.; 7.  Hannah, married John Depue, of Pahaquarry; she was the mother of Moses, Daniel, Nicholas, and John Depue.

 

            Daniel Decker located on part of the old Schoonover and Brink purchase, at Decker’s Ferry, which he is believed to have established soon after his settlement there.  His sons, Henry, Thomas, Aaron, and John, became farmers in Walpack and died in the township.  Aaron was a justice of the peace and a chosen freeholder for a number of years.  Henry was a soldier in the war of 1812, as was also his son, Henry, Jr.  John carried on the ferry and established a blacksmith-ship in the vicinity.

 

            Levitt B. Bristoll, who married one of John Decker’s daughters, kept one of the first stores at Flatbrookville.  Most of the Deckers now residing in Walpack are the descendents of Thomas, the second son of Daniel Decker.  The ferry which bears their name has been in the hands of the family uninterruptedly for more than a hundred years.

 

            Mrs. Jonas Smith, a daughter of Thomas Decker, now living in Walpack, recollects hearing her mother relate that many years ago William Hill, with his wife and two children, came down the Delaware in a canoe, en route from Kingston, and landed one evening at her father’s, who then resided on the Delaware at ‘Fiddler’s Elbow,’ where William Hull now lives.  Mr. Hill and his family spent the night with mr. Decker, and in the morning presented Mrs. Decker in return for her hospitality, a wooden butter-bowl, which was until lately in the keeping of Mrs. Smith.  Mr. Hill bought 500 acres of land above Flatbrookville, on a portion of which Sarah, widow of Uriah Hill, now resides.  William Hill died in the summer of 1844, at an advanced age, leaving sons – Andrew, Nehemiah, uriah, David, and Enos.  Uriah and Enos have a number of descendents in the township, Andrew in Warren County, and Nehemiah in Stillwater township.  Enos, the youngest and only surviving son, resides in Newton.”

 

325      List of persons in Walpack, as of June 1880, who were over 65 years of age:

            Daniel D. Decker (74); Mary Decker (72); Calvin Decker (70); Margaret Decker (70)

 

326      Jacob S. Decker is listed as a teacher in the old Pompey District.

 

327      Peter Decker listed as Justice for Walpack in 1764, 1765.

            Aaron Decker listed as Freeholder in Walpack 1807, 1808, 1814-1818

            John Decker Sr. listed as Freeholder in Walpack 1819

            Joseph Decker listed as Freeholder in Walpack 1820

            Calvin Decker listed as Freeholder in Walpack 1847-1848, 1859-1860, 1869-1870

 

328      Reformed Dutch Church of Walpack lists Calvin Decker among current (1881) elders of the church, and Jonas S. Decker as superintendent of the Sunday School.

 

330      Villages & Hamlets of WalpackFlatbrookville:

 

            “Thomas Durling built and opened the first store in Flatbrookville about 1818, and soon after sold it to Frederick Vaticken.  Crynus Bloom, who married Blandina, daughter of Thomas Decker, built and kept the first hotel, some years later.  About 1818, John Decker built a blacksmith-shop.  In 1835, Benjamin Hull and Jacob Smith erected a clover-mill and sawmill, and for a number of years did a prosperous business.  Jacob Smith was the first postmaster of the place.”

 

            Also:  “ The Flatbrookville Delaware Bridge Company was chartered in 1869 by an act passed by the Legislature of Pennsylvania and confirmed by the Legislature of New Jersey.  The charter named four commissioners in Pennsylvania, and three in New Jersey, the latter being David Bunnell, Calvin Decker, and Martin Hull.  The capital stock of the company was placed at $15,000 with power to increase.  This enterprise contemplated the erection of a very important bridge across the Delaware at the Walpack Bend, but it was never carried through successfully.”

 

352      Under description of Glenwood, Vernon Township:

 

            “The Falls” furnished the power for the first gristmill built in the township.  The tract – a square of ten acres – was conveyed by Delancy and Cuyler to Denn Decker by deed bearing date May 31, 1774, and is described as follows:  “Lying on both sides of a brook called and known by the name of Pochunck Brook, on the south side of a mountain called by the same name, including a place about a quarter of a mile above Denn Decker’s called The Falls.”

 

            The adjoining lands were surveyed to James Drummond Lundin, Earl of Perth, Sept. 14, 1764, and sold to Stephen Bailey, May 1, 1793.  They are still occupied by his descendents.

 

            The Denn Decker property referred to in the deed is the next farm below on the mill-stream, now in possession of the Houston family.”

 

364      Montague Township description includes:  “Christopher Decker came prior to the revolution and located upon the river road, as did most of the settlers who had preceded him.  He spent his life on the land he purchased, where his remains were interred at his death.  He had four sons and one daughter, all of whom are deceased.

 

365      William H. Decker listed as Freeholder of Montague Township for 1876-1879.

 

368      Affidavit by Johannis Decker:

 

            “The following document will be of special interest to the residents of Montague, from the fact that it gives an Indian Name for the Delaware River not known in the local annals (the Johannis Decker referred to lived on the farm now owned by Simon Westfall):

 

            Johannis Decker’s Affidavit

            Orange County SS:

            Johannis Decker being Duly sworn deposeth and Saith That he was born at Rochester, is now Seventy-one or Seventy-two years of age Lived since he was a suckling child at Mohaghcamake, - he was well acquainted with the Indians and their Language from a Child, - that he was well acquainted with the fishkill so called by the Dutch people, and by the English people Delaware, by the Indians Lamasepose That is fishkill, That he has always understood from the Indians, young and Old that the left hand or West Branch at Shohacan carried up the name of the Lamasepose to the head of it, and the Reason why they gave the Deponent was because there was great numbers of Maskunamack (that is Bass), and Guwam (that is shad) went up that Branch, & but few or non went up the East Branch.  That he has also heard from Daniel Cole that he had been up the fishkill so far that he could jump over with a walking stick and that he the Deponent had understood that this was the West Branch.  That this Transaction was before the Former Tryal at New York, and that Daniel cole is now dead.  That this Deponent was well acquainted with the Indians, Ambehoes, Mastewap, Yamatabenties, Echkamare, and a number of others that lived at Coshecton, Shohacan, and Cookhouse.  But not much acquainted with the papekunk Indians because they were Esopus Indians, - that the Mongap comes into the fishkill about Eight miles abover Neversink and further saith not.

            his

            Johannis X Decker

            Mark

 

            Sworn this 23d day of Decr., 1785, before me

            Solomon Cuykendal, J. P.

            A true copy from the Original

            ----- Cockburn.”

 

369      “During a trial held before Soferyne Westbrook, in February, 1810, the following jurors, citizens of Montague, were impaneled:  Roger Clark, Jesse Reanolds, William Cole, John Kelsey, Everitt Van Auken, Samuel D. Westfall, Julius Foster, Stephen Doolittle, James McGown, James Stoll, Isaac Everitt, Isaac Compton.  Christopher Decker was summoned as a witness, Trask McCormick having, as constable, delivered the subpoena.”

 

384      Township of Stillwater, Sussex Co., Edward S. Decker listed as “Chosen Freeholder” in 1880.

 

386      Township of Stillwater, Sussex Co., Harmony Methodist Episcopal Church:  “From 1833 to 1839 the ministers on the circuit were Revs. Joseph Chattles, Isaac Winner, Sedgwick Ruslings, C.H. Whittaker, Edward Saunders, W.C. Nelson.  In 1839, Stillwater was made a “station.”  After that the preachers in charge were Revs. John M. Crane, W.C. Nelson, R.B. Westbrook, Mathew malison, Joseph M. Pearson, Sylvanus W. Decker, Manning Force, Martin Herr, William M. Burroughs, …”

 

389      List from June 1880 of those aged sixty-five and upwards includes Lewis Decker, 65.

 

393      Record of marriages (1782-1799) performed by Squire Francis Price in Frankford Township, Sussex Co., include:  “1791, April 24. – Then I married Michael Decker to Phebe Simer;”

 

394      Alanson O. Decker is listed as a Freeholder for the Township of Frankford, Sussex, Co. in 1877.

 

402C   In biography of Abram C. Van Auken, John Decker is listed as a brother-in-law as part of the listing of the father of the subject:

 

            “Elijah [Van Auken], born Oct. 23, 1759], father of our subject, was wounded at the time his brother Jeremiah was killed; their mother escaped by concealing herself in a ditch.  [The previous paragraph describes how Jeremiah, a school teacher of Minisink, was killed by the Indians under Brant at the time of the Neversink massacre.]  He married Caterine Cole, of Minisink, May 27, 1784.  She was born March 8, 1767, and died Sept. 8, 1849.  In 1785 they moved from Minisink to Dalsontown, Orange Co., and in 1793 to Wantage Township, Sussex Co., N.J.  Here he bought two hundred acres of land known as the Swartz property, and afterwards added seventy acres in Franford township, upon which were a saw-mill and grist-mill.  During life he was a farmer, and died in Franford, Aug. 27, 1837.  His children were Daniel, born July 2, 1785; Elijah, born  Jan. 16, 1789; Jesse, born May 23, 1791; William, born Feb. 26, 1794; Maria, born Sept. 2, 1796, married John Dunning, of Beemerville; Rachel, born Dec. 23, 1798, married John Decker, of Papakating; Abram Cole, born Dec. 3, 1800; and Elinor, born Jan. 10, 1803, married J. V. Carmer of Franford, died in March 1877.

 

405      History of Sparta Township, Sussex Co., N.J.:

 

            “Henry Decker is supposed to have come from Deckertown in 1795 and located on a portion of the Ogden tract near Ogdensburg.  His children were James, William, Benjamin, Susan, Jane, and Margaret.  William died at Big Eddy, on the Delaware; Benjamin, at Deckertown; Susan moved to Ohio with Margaret, who married a Mr. Mapes; Jane married John Happaree and moved to Pennsylvania.  The only one of the family to identify himself with the history of Sparta was James, who married a daughter to John Norman and settled near Sparta Village, on the James Ludlam property, now owned by James B. Titman.

 

            “Mr. Decker joined with Nelson Hunt and Lewis Sherman in introducing Sparta, in 1836, the manufacture of anchors, having, however, carried on a forge there for some years previous to that time in company with Mr. Sherman.  He owned a farm on the Sparta road, where his son John lives, and there also carried on a distillery at an early day.  In company with his son, James L. (now sheriff of Sussex County), he built a grist-mill near Sparta in 1854.  Mr. James Decker died Feb. 5, 1862, aged seventy-five.”

 

406      Sparta Township:  “Presumably before 1800, Jacob Timbrel, a native of New Jersey, engaged to work on ‘halves’ for Robert Ogden the place now owned by John Decker.  Mr. Ogden wished Timbrel to buy it, and agreed to give him such time as he might want to pay for it in; but Timbrel did not wish to burden himself with the obligation.  He carried on the place on shares fourteen years, and then Benjamin Decker buying the farm, Timbrel went over the meadows and farmed it near Stirling Hill.”

 

408      Township organization of Sparta, the first town-meeting was held at John Kelsey’s inn, April 14, 1845, when officers were elected as follows:  Moderator, James Decker, …”

            Also listed on this pages as follows:

            Assessors include J. L. Decker in 1851-1854, 1859-1866, 1873-1876, and J. Decker in 1872.

            Collectors include J. L. Decker 1877-78.

            Chosen Freeholders include James Decker in 1847, James L. Decker in 1857 and 1858, and John Decker in 1863, 1864-66, and 1867-70.

 

409      Schools in Sparta include the following:  “In 1834, when a framed school-house took place of the log cabin [which had become the school in 1806], Elizabeth Youngs was the teacher, and, after her, Rebecca Decker.  The third house was built on the same site in 1856, and the fourth – the present one – in  1872.  The house built in 1834 is now a dwelling, and the one built in 1856 a storehouse.”

 

412      Under the village of Sparta:

 

            “In 1827, Robert Sinai, of New York, built a forge at the place now known as Decker’s Mill, and leased it, among others, to Stephen Lyon and Joseph Young.  Not long after 1830, James Decker and Lewis Sherman bought the property, and in 1836 they took into partnership Nelson Hunt, a Vermont Yankee, who was to introduce the manufacture of iron anchors.  He not only did it, but did it successfully; and before long all the forges in that vicinity were making anchors.

 

            “In 1854, James Decker and his son James L. (now sheriff of Sussex County) built a grist-mill at that point; James L. Decker still owns and carries on the mill.  During the Rebellion he operated the forge for a time.”

 

415      In June 1880, the list of those aged sixty-five and upwards living in Sparta included Richard Decker, 69.

 

421      Sandyston Township history, description of the Reformed (Dutch) Church (of Walpack):  The present Consistory of the church includes Abram Decker.

 

424      The hamlet of Hainesville in the norhter portion of Sandyston Township, as of the last census [1880], including in its list of older residents and the ages attained by them:  Hester Decker, 75.

 

424B    Biography of John D. Everitt, born in Montague township on March 23, 1798, son of Isaac and Mary (Davis) Everitt:

 

            “While engaged in procuring subscribers for his school, he met, at the house of Alexander Ennes, Roanna Decker, daughter of Daniel Decker, whom he married on May 7, 1820; she was born May 6, 1799.  [Biography continues]

 

            Mr. Everitt’s first wife died on Feb. 28, 1859.  For his second wife he married Diana, widow of Jacob Kittle, and daughter of Alexander Ennes, who survives him.  By the first marriage were born six children, - namely Catherine J., wife of John B. Layton, Jr., of Port Jervis, N.Y.; Daniel Davis, residing on the homestead of his grandfather, Isaac Everitt, in Montague township, and a leading farmer; Isaac J., died in 1875 at Orange Co., N.J., a prominent merchant and valuable citizen for many years; Martin Cole, president of the First National Bank, Port Jervis, N.Y.; Robert H. Everitt, an influential farmer of Sandyston township, residing on his father’s homestead; and James Allen, who died in 1851 while a student at Yale College, New Haven, Conn.

 

429      Township of Green, Sussex Co., N.J. lists the following officers:

            Collectors:  J. J. Decker 1863-65, and 1871-75.

            Freeholders:  Aaron N. Decker, 1841;  Job J. Decker 1868, 1869-70

 

447      Andover Township, Sussex Co., N.J., list of aged people in June, 1880 includes in its list of those sixty-five years of age and over:  Anna Decker, 74.

 

465      Byram Township, Sussex Co., N.J. – Stanhope Methodist Episcopal Church states “among the earliest pastors the names of only Revs. Decker, Lawhead, and John  Scarlet can be recalled.  The church was dedicated April 11, 1844.

 

466      The organization of the First Presbyterian Church of Stanhope, N.J. petition was signed by twenty-seven persons, including:  Margaret Decker (wife of F.)

 

469      The list of people of Byram Township, Sussex Co., N.J. aged sixty-five and older [1880], include the following:  William Decker, 65.


Abstracts of Divisions of Warren and Sussex County Estates

Filed at Sussex County Courthouse, Newton, New Jersey, from 1789-1918

Edited by Virginia Alleman Brown

Printed for Clearfield Company by Genealogical Publishing Co., 1992

 

[Library of Michigan]

 

CA65 (p. 5)  Estate of Francis Price

Location:  Franford Tp. And Wantage Tp.

 

Part of estate to Aubah Goble – Lot 2, all that farm where Gershom Boman now lives, - situate in Wantage adjoining Jacob Decker (130 acres), deed from Joseph Gaston, 1790, agent of forfeited estates.

(partial listing)

 

CB214 (p. 36) Estate of Henry Decker

Location:  Walpack Tp., 4 tracts along the Flat Brook and the Delaware, adjoining Aaron Decker, esq., Jonas Smith, Philip Smith, Jr., Abraham Decker, heirs of John Decker, et al.

Petitioner:  Aaron D. Decker

            In right of:  1/8 of 100 acres.

Heirs-at-law and relationship to deceased, if shown:

            Abraham Decker                      Heirs of John Decker, deceased

            Aaron D. Decker                      Elijah Decker

            Daniel Decker                          Heirs of Mary Smith

            Andrew D. Decker                   Cornelia Van Campen

                                                            Blanderah Hull

 

Recorded:  August 22, 1829

(complete listing)

 

CB225 (p. 36) Estate of Abraham Decker

Location:  Walpack Township., adjoining Aaron Decker, Jacob Smith, and estate of Henry Decker, deceased, 22 acres.

Heirs-at-law and relationship to deceased, if shown:

            Petition to divide as tenants in common, between:

            Abraham Decker – ½

            Heirs of John Decker, deceased – ½

Recorded:  August 22, 1829.

(complete listing)

 

SA172 (p. 62-63) Estate of James Morrow

Location:  Hardyston Tp., several lots, one on South side of Road from Sparta Church to Hopewell Forge, between James Lulum’s mill (Grist) and Dan Hurd’s ford along the Wallkill, West of Sinas New Forge, and adjoining Eleanor Decker near confluence of Byram Br. And a house called “The Shades”.

Heirs-at-law and relationship to deceased, if shown:

            Dower of widow, Jane Morrow, set off, p. 172, map 173

            Jane Cory, Nee Morrow                      Elizabeth Miller

            Robert Morrow, deceased                    Heirs of Josiah Vance, deceased

            James Morrow                                     Margaret McClennen, nee Morrow

            William Morrow                                   Elenor Decker, nee Morrow

            George Morrow                                   Hester Youngs, nee Morrow

            Thomas Morrow

            Heirs of Robert Morrow:                      Elizabeth Miller & Heirs of Josiah:

            George Morrow                                   Vance, deceased

            Nancy Pettit                                         Charles Vance

            Rebecca Drake                                    Elias Vance

            Margaret Rohrbach                              Hila Vance

            Elizabeth Morrow                                 Nancy (Ann) Vance

            Henrietta O. Morrow

Recorded:  June 18, 1827

Remarks:  Land had been surveyed to Anthony Sharp, 1750.

(complete listing)

 

SA196 (p. 64)  Estate of John Decker

Location:  Walpack Township, along the Delaware River, adjoining Rebecca J. Johnson, William Smith, et al.

Heirs-at-law and relationship to deceased, if shown:  Children, some are minors under 21.

            Peter Decker                                                                Belinda Decker

            Abraham Decker                                                          Jane Decker

            Lalache Bristol, nee Decker, w/o L. B. Bristol               Aaron Decker

            Sarah, nee Decker, w/o Joseph Haney

Recorded:  November Term, 1827

(complete listing)

 

SA235 (p 66) Estate of Israel Ayers

Location:  Wantage Township, along the Public Road.

Heirs-at-law and relationship to deceased, if shown:  some minors under 21.

            Elisha Ayers                                         Heirs of Elizabeth Dunning, deceased

            Harriot Ayers                                       Patty Decker

            Israel Ayers                                          Susan Beemer

Recorded:  April 22, 1830

(complete listing)

 

SA249 (p. 67)  Estate of John Decker

Location:  Wantage Township, begins at corner of lot purchased from Widow Gould, adjoining John Bunnel, Willson, Litteen, James Rosenkranz, et al.

Heirs-at-law and relationship to deceased:  Daughters.

            Sarah Decker )             Both minors,

            Elenor Decker )            under 21

Dated:  February 14, 1806

(complete listing)

 

SA315 (p. 71) Estate of Israel Dilliston

Location:  Franford Township, adjoining Michael Decker, Benjamin Dunning, Philip Cass, et al.

Recorded:  January Term, 1833

(partial listing)

 

SB127 (p. 86)  Estate of Simon Decker

Location:  Frankford and Wantage Townships, The Mountain Farm, on South side of the Great Road.

Heirs-at-law and relationship to deceased, if shown:

            Henry Decker                                       Ann Decker

            John Decker                                         Simon Decker

            Elizabeth Decker                                  Sydney Decker

Dated:  November 24, 1818

(complete listing)

 

SB316 (p. 101) Estate of John S. Beemer

Location:  Wantage Township, along the Fall Brook, adjoining William Cregar, Cornelius Strader, John Decker, et al.

Dated:  January 1, 1834.  Recorded:  June 5, 1836

(partial listing)

 

SB460, SB465 (p. 110)  Estate of Josiah Decker

Location:  Wantage Township

Petitioner:  John Loomes

            In right of:  Wife, Mary

Heirs-at-law and relationship to deceased:  Children, devisees.

            Mary Decker, w/o John Loomis

            Jane Decker                 )

            Frederick Decker         )           minors, under 21

            James Decker               )

            Margaret Ann Decker   )

 

Division subject to widow’s dower, mentions dwelling house where Robert Evers formerly lived.  Dower, SB465, Hannah, widow of Josiah Decker, now Hannah Schoonover.  Dower included Store House, Wagon House and Cow House, and all the orchard.

Dated:  May 24, 1841

Remarks:  Lands variously conveyed to Josiah: - Soferine DeWitt and wife; George Baxter, etc.

(complete listing)

 

SB471 (p. 111) Estate of Stephen Alward

Location:  Wantage Township, along North West side of Road to the Clove Meeting House.

Petitioner:  Mordecai Willson, Jr.

Heirs-at-law and relationship to deceased: Children 1/7 each.

            Ruth Overton (Overtine?), w/o Gabriel Overton.

            Caroline Matilda Alward

            Phebe Willson, w/o Mordecai Willson

            Isaac Alward, a minor, under 21

            David Alward, a minor, under 21

            Tuttle Alward

            John A. Alward

The house to Tuttle Alward, purchased of the widow, Nancy Decker.

Recorded:  May 25, 1841.

(complete listing)

 

SC4 (p. 112)  Estate of Johnathan Moore

Location:  Road from Deckertown to Independence and corner of Wykertown road, adjoining dwelling occupied by John Decker, Joel Decker, and a small saddle and harness shop.

Recorded:  May 16, 1842.

(partial listing)

 

SC10 (p. 112) Estate of Jacob Casad

Location:  Wantage Township, Northwest side of Road from Elisha Bedell to Jacob Casad, adjoining Sylvanus Howel, Fred. Lewis, heirs of Cornelius Strader, Jacob Decker, Dan’l Vaneauten, et al.

Recorded:  November 10, 1842.

(partial listing)

 

SC104 (p. 118) Estate of Dr. Samuel Fowler

Location:  Near Franklin Furnace, on road from Sam’l Lyons to Snufftown above Fowler’s Mill on the Wallkill, adjoining Abram Jane, Elias Ogden, et al.

 

Divided as follows:

(17 divisions include:)

(10, 11, 12)      John Fowler, conveyed by Ayers & Decker to Dr. Sam., designated on division of Elias Ogden as lot #11.  (11) part of Wild Cat Meadow, adjoining Lawrence.  (12) the “yellow house lot” East side road from Sparta to Hamburg, adjoining Lewis.

Recorded:  May 14, 1847

(partial listing)

 

SC119 (p. 119) Estate of John Wyker (Investate)

Location:  Franford Township

(divisions include:)

(9)        John Wyker – Part of land called Decker Lot, conveyed by Philip Wyker to John Wyker, May 1, 1824.

(5, 10)  Huldah Crane – on road form Wyker Tavern to Beemersville, adjoining Michael Decker and Rob’t Armstrong.

Recorded:  May 31, 1847

(partial listing)

 

SC374 (p. 131) Estate of Amos Titsworth (Intestate)

Location:  along the Clove Kill, adjoining Amos Decker, et al.

Dated:  May, 1856

(partial listing)

 

SC249 (p. 133) Estate of Michael P. Quick

Location:  Wantage Township, adjoining Eben M. Decker, Peter Singer, James C. Havens, et al.

Recorded:  March 5, 1860

(partial listing)