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Andress of Sussex and Warren Co., NJ
Posted by: Jeremy Andress (ID *****2104) Date: January 01, 2006 at 16:23:00
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JACOB ANDRESS lived near Beattystown, Mansfield Township, Sussex (now Warren) County, New Jersey ca. 1800. He married Mrs. WORKMAN (Woertman) ca. 1795. Jacob was probably born ca. 1775 and he may have died before 1830.

They had the following children:

I. ELIZABETH ANDRESS, daughter of Jacob, was born 19 Oct. 1798 in Beattystown and died 01 Dec. 1884. She married AMOS SKINNER ca. 1825. Amos was born 11 Aug. 1799 and he died 04 Jan. 1880. They lived in Freylinghuysen Township, Warren County. They are buried in Marksboro Cemetery. They had the following children: Andrew Jackson Skinner (b. ca. 1825, m. Matilda Coursen, 1850), Margaret A. Skinner (b. ca. 1828), Catherine P. Skinner (b. ca. 1837), Joseph C. Skinner (b. ca. 1839, d. 05 May 1844).

II. PETER W. ANDRESS, son of Jacob, was born 07 June 1801 and died 08 April 1861. He married SARAH E. SKINNER 13 Jan 1825. Sarah was born 29 July 1804 and she died 09 Sept. 1881. They lived in Hardwick and Knowleton Townships, Warren County. They are buried in Marksboro Cemetery. They had the following children: Roderick Byington Andress (b. 17 May 1826, d. 10 Jan 1907, m. Huldah Jane Lanning, 01 Jan. 1851), Joseph Andress Jr. (b. 19 Jan 1829, d. 22 July 1887, unmarried), Mary Elizabeth Andress (b. 09 Jan 1831, d. 27 March 1915, m. Embla Drake Mann), Margaret M. Andress (b. 23 March 1833, d. 26 Oct. 1897, unmarried), Sgt. Theodore H. Andress (26 Aug. 1835, d. 03 June 1863, m. Margaret Mackey), William G. Andress (b. April 1837, m. Sarah L.), Alice A. Andress (b. 31 March 1842, d. 26 July 1914, m. Frank Transue), Elsey Ann Andress (b. ca. 1843), Jacob S. Andress (b. March 1845 d. 1921, m. Minerva Stier, 31 Dec. 1874).

III. JOSEPH ANDRESS, son of Jacob, was born ca. 1803 and he died 04 June 1874. He married MARGARET HUNT ca. 1824. Margaret, born ca. 1795, was the daughter of Joseph Hunt and Mary Simpson. She died 12 April 1854. They lived in Hardwick Township, Warren County. They are buried in Marksboro Cemetery. They had the following children: Sarah H. Andress (b. 1824, d. 1893, m. John Kline Teel, 03 July 1856), Marshall H. Andress (b. ca. 1830, m. Harriet), Harriet D. Andress (b. Oct. 1831, d. 1900, m. Isaiah Lanning, 07 Feb. 1854), Hampton W. Andress (b. 16 June 1832, d. 04 Jan. 1908, m. Eliza Ann Snyder).

IV. HAMPTON ANDRESS, son of Jacob, was born 26 Sept. 1807 and he died 26 Sept. 1875. He married MARTHA ELIZABETH HUNT ca. 1834. She was the daughter of Theophilus Hunt and Margaret Armstrong, born 08 Aug. 1812 and died 06 April 1880. They lived in Stillwater Township, Sussex County. They are buried in Newton Cemetery. They had the following children: Arminta Andress (b. 28 Nov. 1834, d. 28 Dec. 1897, m. Peter Theodore Northrop), Oscar Andress (b. 27 Aug. 1838, d. 27 Dec. 1903, m. Edith Caroline Wintermute, 18 May 1876), Dr. Theophilus Hunt Andress (b. 01 Jan. 1841, d. 26 Aug. 1913, m. 1. Sarah Cecelia Cutler, 10 Oct. 1865, m. 2. Elizabeth Kinney Hoffman, 1891).

I’m searching for any information concerning the origins of the Andress family of Sussex and Warren Counties, New Jersey. According to the 1861 death record of Peter W. Andress his father was Jacob Andress. His mother’s name is not stated. According to Elizabeth Skinner’s 1880 death record her father was Jacob Andress and her mother [---?---] Workman. It also states that Elizabeth was born in Beattystown. The 1874 death record of Joseph Andress does not state his parents’ names, but states that he was born in Warren County. A death record (1875) for Hampton Andress has not surfaced. William Armstrong’s Hunt Households of Sussex County makes the incorrect claim that Hampton’s parents were Joseph Andress and Margaret Hunt. This is the result of confusing Hampton (b. 1807) with Hampton W. (b. 1832). Peter W. Anders and Joseph Anders (with Joseph’s brother-in-law, Wilson Hunt) are listed on page 447 of the 1830 federal census for Hardwick Township, Warren County. The earliest record of the family that I’ve found is the Jan. 1825 marriage notice of Peter W. Andress and Sarah Skinner in the Sussex Register. Birth and baptism records for the siblings have not surfaced.

On page 727 of Snell’s History of Sussex and Warren Counties the author writes for Beattystown that “Jacob Andrews kept a blacksmith-shop in 1812” and that among the men drafted for the War of 1812 were William and Jacob Andrews of Mansfield Township. The account of Jacob Eckman of Mansfield Twp., dated 15 Feb. 1813, (file 1352S) includes “Jacob Andreas.” These records refer to a Jacob Andrews/Andress of Beattystown and Mansfield after 1809. File 1195S is the will and inventory of Jacob Anders of Mansfield Township. Jacob names his wife Holly and a daughter Sarah, but does not name his underage children. Executors are John Hance and John Hockenbury. Witnesses to the will were James Rusling, Robt. Compton, and James Larason. This will was probated 15 Aug. 1809. The executors and witnesses, according to early records, were residents of lands near Beattysown. Included in the inventory are a set of blacksmith’s tools and unsettled account books. Is this the same blacksmith that Snell refers to? One clue that makes me think this Jacob is the father of our family is from an unverified source claming that the wife of witness James Larason was Sarah Woertman. Were Sarah and Holly sisters? The Woertman/Workman family settled early in Somerset County, but by 1800 a few families were residents near Beattystown on the Morris County side. On 17 Aug. 1813 a deed was recorded between David Inscoe and Ebenezer Inscoe for the same tract of land that in May of 1788 was “conveyed by John Armstrong to Abigail Thatcher.” This land is in Mansfield Township near Beattystown. The southeast corner of the land borders the “widow Andrews dwelling home.” This may be a reference to Holly, and I wonder if the John Armstrong that is mentioned is the same as the father of Euphemia Wright Armstrong, who on 20 Feb.1819 married Wilson Hunt, brother of Margaret Hunt who later married Joseph Andress. The earliest reference that I have found to a Jacob Andress of Beattystown is the 21 March 1801 will of Christopher Huffman of Mansfield Woodhouse Township. (File 1066S) Witnesses to this will were Elisha Bird, John Boyd (Bird?) and Jacob Anders. The inventory was taken by John Stewart and John Hance. Those mentioned were residents of Beattystown.

I believe that Jacob Andress died at a young age prior to 1830 and that when his widow either remarried or died, the siblings moved to where they were found in 1830. There were very few Andress/Andrews families living in southern Sussex County prior to 1800, and even fewer in Morris County. If Jacob was having children between 1795 and 1807, in his twenties or thirties, he would have been born in the 1770s. I have clues that lead me in a few different directions but nothing solid. If anyone has further information, even the slightest clues, please contact me at:

Jeremy Andress

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