FROM THE PORT JERVIS (N.Y.) UNION GAZETTE
APRIL 15, 1939
TIMOTHY SHAY, the progenitor of this family, was the grandfather of the man who wrote this sketch, or in other words, his great-grandfather, and one of the early settlers of the township. He was of Irish extraction and came to the country at an early day. He was born October 26, 1756, and soon after coming to this section, married MARY DRAKE, but of which branch of that numerous family, we do not know, and settled on what was later the farm of GEORGE SHAY, near Hainesville. At this time it was a wilderness, but he left it in a fine state of cultivation. They had 14 children, of whom 12 lived to grow up, viz;ELIZABETH; PHEBE; DAVID; EPHRAIM; JOSHUA; SARAH; JOHN; MARY; RUTH; OSEE; HANNAH; and BENJAMIN. ELIZABETH married JAMES FAUROT, and they settled on the farm later owned by Robert H. Everett near Centerville. They raised a large family, and she, dying, January 16, 1831, was the first interment in the Centerville Cemetery. Mr. Faurot after this moved to Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania. PHEBE married JOHN DEPUE, and settled on the farm later occupied by Evan Bevan in Montague; they raise children of whom all were dead in 1896.
DAVID SHAY married JOANNA EMORY, and settled in Montague Township. He served in the militia in the War of 1812 at Sandy Hook, where he was taken sick and came home, dying soon after, and I believe his was the first interment in what is now the Hainesville Cemetery in 1814. He left five children, viz; ELIZABETH, JACOB; TIMOTHY; SARAH, and ROSS. ELIZABETH married JOSEPH FLEMING, a tanner, and settled upon the old EMORY homestead, now the property of Dr. Marin Cole who died this winter as a result of a fall - where they raised a numerous family, viz; JAMES; JACOB; JOHN; DAVID; EDWARD; MARY and SALLY ANN. SALLY ANN married Dr. Isaac S. Hunt and later moved to Port Jervis, where she was still residing in 1896. He settled in Sandyston in 1846 and married in 1848, removed to Port Jervis in 1865, and died in 1875. He was eminently successful in the treatment of Finch fever which was a species of typhoid that took so many lives in this territory. He left two sons and three daughters - Dr. J. Halsey Hunt, Victor Hunt (who, if our memory is correct, was agent for the Erie at Hawley, Pennsylvania at one time: if we are not right, Brother Van Noy, please correct us)Mrs. Ella Gallup, Stella and Rebecca Hunt. We also think we are right when we say that the brick building used by Dr. Cuddeback & Dr. Suartout for so many years as a hospital, was run by one of the Hunts, either father or son, prior to their taking it over. DAVID, EDWARD, and MARY (SHAY), SETTLED IN THE Western Country.
EPHRAIM SHAY married ANN OGDEN, and settled upon what is now, or rather, was, the farm owned by MADISON SHAY in Shaytown. They had seven children - SUSAN, THEODORE, JAMES, TIMOTHY, MARY, JOSHUA, and OSEE. Three settled in Montague Twp., TIMOTHY, THEODORE, & JOSHUA.
JOSHUA SHAY married EXPERIENCE OGDEN, a sister of his brother EPHRAIM'S wife, and settled near Hainesville upon the farm later owned by Daniel Warner. They raised five children - TIMOTHY, DYER, PHEBE, JEPTHA C., ISAIAH, and HANNAH, all of whom were dead when this sketch was written.
SARAH SHAY married JOHN LAYTON for his second wife, and died, leaving no children.
JOHN SHAY, who was the grandfather of the man who wrote this sketch, married SARAH WHITING, and after living for a few years upon the lands later owned by John Y. Clark at Hainesville, removed to, and settled upon the farm later owned by Mrs. Maria B. Van Etten of Port Jervis, situated one mile west of Tuttle's Corners on the Flatbrook; they had six children - JESSE, ANNA, mother of the man who wrote this sketch; PHEBE; EPHRAIM, JAMES and ELIZABETH, the last three were still living in 1896.
MARY SHAY married JACOB PROBASCO, a blacksmith, and lived for a time on the East side of the road opposite the Hainesville Cemetery. They afterward moved to Pike County, Pennsylvania, and finally went to Ohio and of their numerous descendants, none remain in this part of the country.
RUTH SHAY married SILSBEE WEED, and settled along the Susquehanna River, where probably their descendants were living at the time of this sketch.
OSEE SHAY married WHITFIELD VAN NESS and they also settled along the Susquehanna River. They had a large family, two of which EDWARD and WILLIAM VAN NESS resided at the time of this sketch was written, within sight of the old homestead in Shaytown.
HANNAH SHAY married LEVI LEWIS and for some years lived in Montague Township, but eventually moved to Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania.
BENJAMIN SHAY married a MISS WRITER of Orange County, New York, and settled on the farm later occupied by WILLIAM VAN NESS - a nephew - but subsequently moved to Susquehanna County in the vicinity of Montrose, Pennsylvania. They raised a large family, none of whom lived in New Jersey.
In this brief description of the SHAY family, is a forcible illustration of what can be accomplished by energy, application, and industry.
A little more than a century ago, counting the time this sketch was written, TIMOTHY SHAY and MARY DRAKE joined their fortunes and went to work to make a home for themselves and their descendants in what was then a wilderness; now their descendants are a host and the wild wilderness places that knew them, bloom as the rose.
(Signed) Warren C. Hursh, Layton, N.J.
February 13, 1896