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Map of 1865

Since I've been looking at Maps I found this great resource of Maps from 1875. Almost every town or village of Ulster County is catalogued in this atlas by FW Beer. The house is listed right near the boundary as H.Minard. This is one of the names on the deeds of the house when we bought it. By this time the road has switched to the other side of the house (vs. the 1790 map) as it is today.

This led me to a wonderful book called The history of New Paltz and its old families which has some fantastic maps of the area and some interesting references to the Deyo House in Springtown. On page 120 of this book is our reference to the origin of the name Deyo as De Joux.

Page 275 mentions Christoffel as the son of Hendricus Deyo and locates him in Springtown.
It also says his son David who is the D. Deyo mentioned above. On page 95 and 97 of the same book is reference to the house being listed on the 1765 list of freeholds and inhabitants (charging 15 poounds in Tax for the property - nice to see the British Currency there!).

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