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  • **The Eschenbach Family | Historical Association of Tobyhanna Township
    had 10 children In that same year he also withdrew from the Moravian denomination He died in 1763 in Oley Andrew s third child by his first wife his namesake settled in Tobyhanna Township from Carbon County early in the 19th century He was listed as living in Towamensing Township in that county in 1800 This Andrew was born on Christmas Day of 1745 in Berks County He married Susan Fink They had 10 children some of whom were born in Tobyhanna Township By occupation he engaged in lumbering and the manufacture of handmade shingles He died here in 1833 while his wife survived him for seven years until 1860 Here is a list of Eschenbach children but this story will then concentrate on those who lived in Tobyhanna Township for a considerable time Thomas born about 1780 Abraham Andrew born in 1785 and died by 1802 He was killed accidentally Hannah born Nov 18 1790 She married A Berry Benjamin born 1792 David born in 1794 Nathaniel born in 1796 John born in 1800 Andrew born in 1802 Joseph born in 1807 Samuel Greenleaf the last child born in 1810 According to Alfred Mathews whose 1886 account of the early history of this township is so valuable Andrew Eschenbach came to Tobyhanna Township in 1809 There is no record of him in the census here until 1830 when he is listed as between 80 and 90 years old Of Andrew s 10 children there is no trace of two Benjamin and Thomas Abraham sometimes listed as the first Andrew died as a young child Hannah was the only girl among 10 children was married and eventually went off to Wisconsin Both Joseph and John moved to western Pennsylvania and Joseph on to Wisconsin about 1843 The four sons who remained for a long time in Tobyhanna Township were David Nathaniel Andrew and Samuel G The latter occupied the original family homestead on Locust Ridge Road while the rest of the family mostly clustered around it These men at first were shingle makers but reflecting the changing landscape they ended as farmers Some of the family is buried in what has been called the Eschenbach cemetery located on the back road to Locust Lake village from Locust Ridge Road None of the markers bearing that surname is legible In various censuses sons of the various Eschenbach family residents served as laborers in the woods and are listed as living with various families David was the oldest of the four sons staying in the township He stayed here through the census of 1860 but died in Butler Pa in 1867 He married Christiana Gower with whom he had five children including Elias lived here for many years but moved to Carbon County Jacob was killed in the Battle of Antietam during the Civil War Benjamin who also was in the Civil War died in the township at the age of 62 He is buried in Pocono Lake Cemetery See Our Civil

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  • The Hamill Family | Historical Association of Tobyhanna Township
    at 39 Orchard Street in Tarrytown and conducted their business in that city It involved plumbing hardware house furnishings crockery and glassware gas and steam fittings and copper sheet iron and tin goods The last directory to give evidence of the business is dated 1885 1886 The couple had three daughters and a son George Merritt who was the youngest in the family Family tradition has it that he was named for the owner of Lyndhurst later the mansion of Jay Gould along the Hudson in Tarrytown George Merritt was a corporate executive for whom apparently Thomas once worked George was born on November 30 1869 In some way apparently in part connected to pulmonary problems the Hamill family relocated in western Tobyhanna Township Sarah died nearby in 1900 and Thomas followed her two years later because of tuberculosis The family found relief in the coolness of the Poconos in summer George was here by 1890 Evidence for this is that he married Clara Eunice Stine Blakeslee on November 3 1890 at the Methodist Episcopal parsonage in Columbia N J Young couples went there because the minister Rev Amzie L Smith was popular There are some known facts about George s life His main occupation was farming In one census he was listed as a farm operator He ran for the office of supervisor in Tobyhanna Township in 1913 but did not succeed He joined the Blakeslee United Methodist Church in May 1903 He invested in the new telephone company that began in Pocono Lake with Isaac Stauffer He also participated in taking mountain laurel bushes to New York to provide landscaping He made other business trips to New York as well but their nature is not known He stayed in touch with his family in Westchester County Family lore says he enjoyed alcoholic beverages He bought and sold several pieces of property around Blakeslee during his time here There are some stories about the human side of this man Melinda as a child of George and Clara always wanted to know if her father gave her a kiss when he came home at night if he was late At one point Clara had a sick headache and asked Martha to ask her brothers and sisters who had been up to all kinds of deviltry to clean up for their father When he came home George remarked to his wife that Martha was such a good child as the eldest in caring for her siblings Clara was the daughter of Jackson and Mariah Stine The latter was the daughter of William and Eunice Eboch who were early settlers in the Blakeslee area Jackson Stine was a prosperous farmer and timber dealer who lived in the house by the pond about a mile north of Blakeslee Clara had previously married Howard Blakeslee the son of Jacob Blakeslee a farmer and store keeper and first postmaster of Blakeslee It was he for whom the village is named Howard was drowned in a

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  • **The Hayes Family | Historical Association of Tobyhanna Township
    can be traced back to England in the 17th century and the first emigrant came to New England about 1700 Our most comprehensive historian says that Ezra Hayes came to the township about 1800 but the census does not bear that out He did arrive in Tobyhanna Township from Ohio in the 1820s There is some ambiguity about whether this family is related to that of the 19th president of the United States Rutherford B Hayes One can speculate why Ezra ran against the grain and returned east Ezra married Christine Bond a member of a local family They had 10 children who with their descendants married into many long time families with names such as Winter Wildrick Stubbs and Sax Two of their sons deserve mention because of their local connection Burton married Sarah Ann Winter and they in turn had 15 children One of them John married Sarah Elizabeth Sax He was a prominent farmer in the township The other was Samuel about whom there are many great stories concerning his Herculean strength and courage He deliberately broke a logjam with dynamite and had to leap dangerously from log to log to the shore as the logs broke apart He defied the draft in the Civil War and forced the draft official off his property He killed by one blow to the jaw an Irish immigrant by the same last name that harassed him for not being a Catholic He crawled under one of the first cars in the area and lifted it back on the road with only his own strength and crippled himself by doing so For many years the Hayes family name was well known in the Tobyhanna Township area Sam s son George married Rachael Wildrick and their descendants remained in the area Many

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  • The Kerrick Family | Historical Association of Tobyhanna Township
    50 while he was 47 Harry was a laborer while the other two boys were in school George s first wife died on April 13 1862 and is buried in Stoddartsville He moved to the Williamsport area where he married for the second time in 1865 His second wife also named Elizabeth probably had the surname of Peach or Peachy Melinda Alves found a Peachy family from Chipping Sodbury who owned a woolen mill Perhaps she was from this family as it would make sense that a tailor would have contact with someone in textiles but there might well have been a difference in social status However they were married In Williamsport Family tradition says that she was a music teacher In 1870 George and his second wife lived in Mifflin Township with Jersey Mills as their post office George s personal property had doubled in value to 200 but now he did not own any real estate This second wife was born in England and was 46 when she died Her death occurred on November 6 1872 By 1880 George was by himself unemployed and still in the same township He died May 15 1881 The centennial Souvenir History of Salladasburg published in 1937 states there were three tailor shops one by an Englishman named Currick The assumption is that this was George F He became a citizen but Elizabeth did not Both Harry and George T followed their father to the Williamsport area but Alfred remained in the Poconos where he worked at various tasks in the lumber industry grew some crops for himself and helped local farmers ALFRED KERRICK In 1872 Alfred married Miles Cox s daughter presumably Clara Two months before they were to be married she went out to kill chickens at her Stoddartsville home A dog seized one of the chickens so she picked up a stick to punish him The dog bit her fearfully lacerating her arm as the newspaper account reads Her mother and brother were also bitten Nothing occurred during the intervening time but upon arising on her wedding day the sight of water made her sick and she spilled coffee on the breakfast table Her family and friends urged her to stay home but she said that she did not want to disappoint Al She and her sister went to Gouldsboro now Thornhurst where she and Alfred were married on February 6 1872 After the ceremony she lapsed into spasms but was conscious long enough to warn others to stay away from her as she might bite them but said to Al Of course I won t bite you She did bite the wife of a stage driver who was trying to comfort her Then she died on her wedding day Alfred kept a time book that is a valuable resource for learning of his activities observations and thoughts over the years especially in the 1870s and 1880s He worked in various jobs in the lumber industry and on farms Some of the jobs he did in the former were rolling trimming calling off scaling and settling as well as helping put logs into the river and breaking piles of them He kept books for various people and firms Regarding his farming activities he hoed and dug potatoes including his own cut corn and tended cows Samples of some of the wages he earned are noted in his time book mostly dealing with the period 1876 to 1882 These wages ranged from 58 cents to one dollar per day Various people he worked for included Harmon Herd his future father in law Jacob Blakeslee Lewis Stull S R Porter a future relative and Miles Cox his former father in law He also worked for a well known firm in the lumber industry Keck and Child An idea of how much board cost comes from the same time book He boarded with some of the same people for whom he worked as well as with Leon Stoddart The cost of meals ranged from 13 to 2 cents The fact that he was employed to keep books shows that he had some education Various sporadic notes show Alfred interested in many things He visited his father in the Williamsport area by rail which meant several transfers While there he went sleighing He walked 11 miles right through the woods He noted flocks of robins and bluebirds He suffered a bad back for a week at a time on two occasions In 1878 he made some interesting expenditures 25 cents to the church for coal an equal amount to Sunday school 35 cents to a missionary dimes to church at various times two dollars to his father and several payments to Mag Herd including the purchase of a Bible He bought turnip seed papers and a stamp for a letter to Williamsport for 5 cents each Alfred s name does not appear in the 1880 census but in 1880 he was boarding with Elias Eschenbach in the north district of Kidder Township in Carbon County He is listed as a laborer He became a citizen on October 5 1868 in Mauch Chunk now Jim Thorpe Pa On October 18 1880 eight years after his first marriage Alfred married Margaret Herd She was born on May 14 1860 in Stoddartsville and died October 13 1948 Her father was Harmon Herd born on April 28 1835 in the state of Saxony in the German Empire It is likely he emigrated to the United States via England There is a listing for Wilhelm Harmon Herd arriving in New York on July 5 1855 on the ship Defiance from Liverpool He was a saddler He died on February 17 1892 Margaret s mother was Ruth Wildrick born on January 28 1835 the same year as her husband s birth She died on August 29 1892 again in the same year as her husband The Wildrick family can be traced back to the early 18th century when John

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  • The McKeen Family | Historical Association of Tobyhanna Township
    with their children in the later years of the 19th century Apparently they came to the Poconos for their health Both died in this area around the turn of the century They are both buried in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Tarrytown N Y Their significance to Tobyhanna Township is their son George Merritt McKeen George married Clara Eunice Stine in 1891 and many of their children settled here Sarah Mariah McKeen married Howard Kerrick and had eight children some of whom lived and still live here Melinda McKeen married Thurston Blakeslee They maintained a small garage and store in Blakeslee Thurston also drove school bus for the township schools then later for the Pocono Mountain School District for 35 years See the Hamill Family Alexander McKeen once owned the land where today s CVS shopping center and farmer s market is located at the northeast corner of Blakeslee He was active in the agricultural affairs of the county His wife helped raise funds for remodeling the Blakeslee United Methodist Church in 1896 After her death Alexander lived with his sister Martha who owned a boarding house in Fern Ridge Martha was a very stingy curmudgeon She ran a tight ship at the boarding house She once listed her brother as her hired hand in the census She promised to leave money to her niece if she was named for her using the excuse that it was her middle name This even though her niece used her middle name throughout her life The fourth sister Frances Elizabeth McKeen was better known as Fanny She became a widow in 1890 Fanny and her family lived in Wilkes Barre Part of her family came with her to America and some of her sons came later She had given up on their arrival when

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  • **The Newell Family | Historical Association of Tobyhanna Township
    between 1808 and August 1810 Little is known of their lives as they settled in Tobyhanna Township in 1812 Because Unity and a daughter are buried in the Stoddartsville Cemetery it is believed they lived in the vicinity of that village As large families were the norm in those years Robert and Unity had nine sons and five daughters between 1809 and 1835 see below list On February 26 1846 at the age of 57 years 11 months and 26 days Unity died She is buried at the Stoddartsville Cemetery Headstone pictured left For unknown reasons some time in the same year that Unity died Robert decided to move to Wisconsin Family records state he took with him some of his children but since 11 of the 14 children were 18 years or older it is not certain which children relocated with him or if any older children preceded him to Wisconsin However the 1860 Tobyhanna Township census shows three of his sons and their families still living there Additionally daughter Mary having apparently married a Dreher preceded both parents in death in 1839 She is also buried at the Stoddartsville Cemetery Headstone pictured left It is not known if the Drehers had children Tragically after his wife s death and move to Wisconsin in 1846 Robert Newell died of unknown causes later that year on November 18 in Jamesville Rock County Wisconsin He is shown to be buried in LaPraire Rock County Wisconsin According to family records his property probated after his death was very specific down to the number of chickens and receipts from the doctor The children of Robert and Unity Newell Name Born Died John b 1809 d June 5 1852 in Missouri Julie Ann b Oct 9 1811 d June 19 1878 in Wisconsin Mary b April 30 1812 d Feb 26 1839 in Tobyhanna Twp Robert Jr b 1813 James b Oct 14 1815 d Nov 4 1865 in Chestnut Hill Twp Monroe County William b Aug 12 1816 d Nov 13 1904 in Minnesota Unetta b March 1818 d Sept 1 1874 in Wisconsin Nelly b 1821 Harriet b Oct 12 1824 d Feb 14 1912 in Iowa Daniel b May 10 1825 d Sept 22 1913 in Minnesota Joseph D b March 20 1828 d March 7 1918 in Minnesota Samuel b 1830 Franklin b 1831 Amos b Aug 12 1835 d Aug 13 1903 in Minnesota Of the three sons not immigrating west with their father and showing in the Tobyhanna Township 1860 census son Daniel eventually moved west and is buried in Henrytown Cemetery Minnesota Son Robert Jr s whereabouts after 1860 are not yet known It is known that son James lived out his life in Monroe County He married Mary Everitt b 1822 and they had the following children Name Born Died Anna Maria b 1845 Unknown John b 1846 Unknown Elmira b 1851 Unknown Mary E b 1853 Unknown Lenora b 1856 Unknown Asher b 1859 Unknown

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  • The Silfies Family | Historical Association of Tobyhanna Township
    the family tree There is a family story passed down through many generations that Henry had to become an indentured servant in Germantown Pa because he did not have enough money to pay for his passage He had to wait until a local merchant gave the captain money for his fare and then work off his debt as an indentured servant After working off his debt Henry No 1 worked his way north into Northampton County as did many other German immigrants It was said that the land resembled their native area in southwestern Germany the Palatinate Henry s wife was Anna Martha Ickes whose brothers Nicholas and Henry came on the same ship Nicholas Ickes also sponsored Henry and Anna s son Henry No 2 Henry No 1 was born about 1713 and died in 1776 Women and children were not listed so it is not known who else may have come with him on the ship He squatted on land near Palmerton in Northampton County It is not known where he is buried and to date no will has been uncovered Henry No 1 was father to four sons and two daughters Nicholas Anna Maria Jacob Maria Barbara John and Henry No 2 Nicholas is documented as having been captured by Indians in 1756 at the age of 13 and was returned a few years later Three of the four sons Nicholas John and Henry No 2 served in the Revolutionary War The Daughters of the American Revolution lists them as verified patriots Henry No 2 settled in the area of Ross Township He was born in 1754 and died in that township in 1834 He married Elizabeth Barlieb and had four sons and seven daughters Henry No 3 being the youngest There has been some mix up over the years about where Henry No 2 is buried but both he and his wife are buried in St Matthew s Cemetery in Kunkletown in the west end of Monroe County Two mistakes were made It is possible his sons could not speak German as the name Mary was put on the tombstone instead of Elizabeth The other error puts Henry s name on a veteran s monument in a Kreidersville church cemetery He did participate in the Revolutionary War but is not buried there Henry No 3 settled his father s estate which included a variety of items including a violin Henry No 3 was born in 1793 and died in 1849 He married Susannah Correll born in 1800 and died in 1876 They had eight children John William David Susanna Maria Sarah Charles Elizabeth and William His wife Susannah is listed as a widow in Towamensing Township in Carbon County Both are buried in St Mathew s Cemetery John William Silfies 1926 1910 and his wife Elizabeth Dotter Silfies 1834 1898 Their eldest son was John William born in 1826 and died in 1910 He married Elizabeth Dotter born 1834 died 1898 She was the daughter of

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  • The Stauffer Family | Historical Association of Tobyhanna Township
    conveniences It changed hands several times since Stauffer s day Was a leading spirit and promoter as a large stockholder of the Pocono Lake Ice Company and also held interest in ice operations at Stillwater Lake with W A Shafer of Stroudsburg in 1898 Built his own locomotive and side rail line to transport lumber to Tobyhanna Creek until the WB E Railroad was built Was a principle stockholder in the first telephone company serving the Pocono Lake area Was a member of the Barger Lodge No 325 Free and Accepted Masons of Stroudsburg Who though more than eighty years of age is as energetic and active as many men far his juniors in point of years He still attends to all his business affairs which are numerous and extensive and is respected and esteemed by his fellow citizens for the sterling integrity which has characterized all his dealings throughout his long life 1 1914 JACOB STAUFFER father of Isaac Born 1808 Montgomery County Pennsylvania died May 1 1881 Tannersville Pa Later moved with parents to Locust Valley near Tamaqua Schuylkill County then to near Wind Gap Northampton County Married Anna Hahn born 1810 died 1895 Both buried in Tannersville Four children grew to maturity George of Stroudsburg Issac of Pocono Lake Kate who married Charles Brown of Tannersville and Henrietta who married Wilson Kistler of Lock Haven First a blanket weaver by trade then in 1840 obtained government contract to transport and deliver mail through the region Subsequently employed 90 horses to carry mail and passengers on stagecoach on routes from Easton to Wilkes Barre Honesdale Stroudsburg Port Jervis Hazelton etc and also transported leather from Tannersville to Philadelphia Moved to Tannersville in 1846 operating a general merchant store and established a foundry for the manufacture of plows and

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