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The Dejoux House timeline

1755 - 1756 House was built by Christoffel Deyo (Baptized New Paltz 1728) Siting by native American Chief from Waranwongkong tribe as referenced in "Native New Yorkers" book.
1756 Christoffel marries Deborah Van Vleit
1765 Kitchen Extension built, Taxes on house listed as GBP 15 (yes Pounds!)
1790 Map of New Paltz shows house marked as D.Deyo
1792 Christoffel dies and house is passed to his son David Benjamin Deyo
1792 David Deyo marries Rachel Ean
1798 Taxes for house listed as $425 (There are 5 slaves listed at the property too)
1804 David Deyo dies and the house is passed to his wife Rachel
1811 Rachel Deyo marries her second husband Abraham Relyea
1840 Rachel Deyo dies leaving 'life right' to Abraham Relyea
1844 Boundary between New Paltz and Rosendale created with Relyea farm as marker
1853 Map of area shows house as A.Relyea farm
1858 Map of area shows house as A.Relyea farm
1861 Abraham Relyea dies (leaving widow Maria?)
1861-1864 Jesse Elting buys the house
1869 New Paltz Times reports Jesse Elting puts a new roof on the house.
1872 Jesse and Maria Elting sell the farm of 120 Acres to Hiram Minard for $9600
1875 Map of New Paltz shows house as H.Minard farm
1930 New Paltz Times reports the Hiram Minard farm was sold by Ira Minard to Hudson County Estates to be divided
1934 House and 9 acres is sold to George and Jeanne Fiorentino
1941 George and Jeanne Fiorentino sell the house to Arthur and Lona Jorgensen
1960 The Jorgensens sell the house to Jane Little (and her female companion)
1984 Jane Little sells the house to Dr. June Finer and Russell Gilmore
2009 June Finer sells the house to William Charnock and Daniel Flebut


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The story of three Marias

For the first time in a long time I have had a few hours to spare to investigate the relationship between Maria Deyo, the story of the murders on Springtown Road in 1800, DeJoux House and the Deyo family -  especially now I have both the complete family tree and ownership of the house.   

My investigation started with the facts that we knew so far.

1) The document from the Library of congress that documents the murders and the names of the husband (Josiah) and the wife (Maria).   In this news DOCUMENT she is described as killing two children from a previous marriage. Also an infant daughter of 9 months old. (presumably the daughter of Josiah)

2)  The map of 1790 shows the only other Deyo owned house as being owned by C. Dojo

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Paradox farm

If you wander along Springtown Road, past DeJoux House, you will see our mailbox opposite the front door.  It's not especially distinguishable except it is rather large and sits on an old tree stump.  It's a rusty old thing but it seems to have survived the snow plows and drunk drivers of Springtown Road.

It has always bothered me that on the side of the mail box you can see the vague outline of the words "Paradox Farm" which was clearly a name that DeJoux House was more recently referred to.  Occasionally when wondering the fields I would stumble across some incongruity and wonder if that was indeed the "paradox" that the farm was named after.

Yesterday morning, for some unknown reason, I decided it was time to resolve the paradox.  I sent a quick email to the previous owner June Finer to see if she knew anything of the Paradox Farm ghost on the side of the mailbox.

This was her reply:

once upon a time we, (myself and russell gilmore---my ex), met a rather …