Summary of Will


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 Sandyton, Sussex Co.; will to Grandson, Alexander Ennes (sic) (son of eldest on, Benjamin, dec’d) 5 shillings for his birthright. Daughter Catharina, (wife of Simon Cartroght) 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 (II)


        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 (II) married Elizabeth Quick (II). History tells much about her family. Tom Quick, her brother, was a famous frontiersman. Books could be written about his exploits. Jacob Quick (spelled, Kwik) came from Holland about 1730. He and his two sons were working in a field together when Indians launched an attack from a nearby woods. The Quicks had no weapons, so they ran for their lives toward their house. The father was heavy and old. His sons grabbed him by the arms and tried to hurry him along. He begged the boys to abandon him and flee. One of the sons was wounded by a bullet. The Indians were gaining on them. It was an awful decision to make.


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