Skip to main content

Dating the house

We have accurate documentation of the ownership of the house from Christopher Deyo (Christoffel) through the generations and deeds for almost all of the purchase transaction through to the present day.  
Christoffel was born in 1727 and married Deborah Van Vleit in 1756.  The house was built some time between those dates.  The records at the Tax office say1740 and this was also reiterated by the library in New Paltz but we have no idea where this date came from.  We also have no evidence that the kitchen was added in 1765, although that too has been told us from many sources.  

In the tax records of 1765 the house is listed as being owned by Christopher Deyo.  We are certain this is the house because the order in which houses are listed start from the bottom of Springtown Road and travel up to the place where we know there was a river crossing by Deitz farm and then go back into the center of New Paltz.  Christopher Deyo's house is listed exactly in the order of old stone houses on Springtown road as shown on the 1790 map.    I can imagine the tax collector on his horse riding up the road taking names and measuring houses and counting windows (as taxes were based on windows in those days).   

Now 13 seems a little young to start building a house but in those days maybe that was not so unusual.  It seems more likely that Christoffel would have built the house closer to 1745 when he was 18.   I'm not sure we will ever know exactly, unless we can find a date stone or some other reference to the house before 1765.  

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Maria Deyo - a chilling tale

We arrived at the house this weekend to meet with the contractors who had poured concrete in the basement on Friday. When we arrived we found a family standing in front of the house taking pictures. Being the friendly types we are, we went over to chat.

They told us they were on a haunted house tour and were looking at the house because their daughter had been talking about the ghost at our house for the last couple of days. She had bought a book called "Spooky Hudson Valley" and in it was the story of Maria Deyo and a tragic tale of a mother killing all three children and then killing herself.

The family were wonderful and excited to be shown the house. They showed us the book and at the beginning of the story was a picture of our house. The book went on to say that Maria sent the men to the fields and then she slit her daughter's throat and the throat of her other two children...then killed herself. All this happened on September 13th 1801. There was ref…

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 …

Home is where the hearth is

Yesterday, Daniel and I went to the house and measured the kitchen to make more accurate drawings. Where the wall divided the kitchen we could see the remains of the old jamless hearth. We pulled away some of the flooring to reveal a brick and bluestone hearth under the vinyl. It still looked as if someone had recently made a fire on it.

By the time we got back today the wall between the two kitchen rooms, all of the ceilings and the surround of the new window in the kitchen had all been completely removed. It was a dramatic difference. One large span across with two amazing beams. (Revealing some challenges and some wonders).














On the left side of the kitchen, as you walk in the back door, is a wonderful wide panelled wainscot that the wall (between the kitchens) was built over. A little damaged in the wall construction but still a fine specimen. Judging by the integration with the doors on the same wall it is likely that this was built in 1765 when the kitchen was added. …