The Andress Family Register, a work in progress, documents the descendants of Jacob Andress of Beattystown, NJ. The AFR is found in the Archive 18 June - 02 Aug. 2007. The AFR has also been added to

Sunday, June 24, 2007

AFR 2-1: Peter W. Andress

PETER W. ANDRESS, son of Jacob, was born 07 June 1801 in New Jersey. Peter was a stone mason. He died 08 April 1861 in Knowlton Township, Warren County. Peter was buried in Marksboro Presbyterian Churchyard.

Peter was married to Sarah E. Skinner 13 Jan. 1825, by the Rev. Joseph Campbell of the First Presbyterian Church of Hackettstown. Sarah was born 29 July 1804 in Chester Township, Morris County, New Jersey. She was daughter of Nathaniel Skinner and Catherine Emmons. After the death of her husband in 1861 Sarah lived with her son, Joseph Jr. in Hainesburg. It was there that she died 09 Sept. 1881. She was buried in Marksboro Presbyterian Churchyard.

Peter and Sarah had the following children:

I. RODERICK BYINGTON ANDRESS was born 17 May 1826 and died 10 Jan. 1907.

II. JOSEPH ANDRESS JR. was born 19 Jan. 1829 and died 22 July 1887.

III. MARY ELIZABETH ANDRESS was born 09 Jan. 1831 and died 27 March 1915.

IV. MARGARET M. ANDRESS was born 23 March 1833 and died 26 Oct. 1897.

V. THEODORE H. ANDRESS was born 26 Aug. 1835 and died 03 June 1863.

VI. WILLIAM S. ANDRESS was born in April 1837.

VII. ALICE A. ANDRESS was born 31 March 1842 and died 26 July 1914.

VII. ELSEY ANN ANDRESS was born ca. 1842.

IX. JACOB S. ANDRESS was born in March 1845 and died in 1921.


1830 Federal Census, New Jersey, Warren County, Hardwick Twp., 447, Peter W Anders, 2 males under the age of five, 1 male of fifteen and under twenty, 2 males of twenty and under thirty; 2 females of twenty and under thirty.

1840 Federal Census, New Jersey, Warren County, Knowleton Twp., Peater Anders, 1 male under the age of five, 1 male of five and under ten, 2 males of ten and under fifteen, 1 male of thirty and under forty; 2 females of five and under ten, 1 female of thirty and under forty.

1850 Federal Census, New Jersey, Warren County, Frelinghuysen Twp, Family # 78, Peter W Andrus, 48, M, Stone Mason, NJ; Sarah, 45, F, Do; Roderick B, 24, M, Carpenter, Do; Margaret, 17, F, Do; William, 13, M, Do; Elsey Ann L, 8, F, Do; Jacob S., 5, M, Do.

NOTE: The 1850 census is the only reference that I’ve found of Elsey Ann Andress. In 1850 she was age eight, placing her birth ca. 1842. I have included her on this register as the daughter of Peter and Sarah. It’s possible that the Elsey Ann listed on the census is actually Peter’s daughter Alice A. She was born in 1842 and I’ve not located her elsewhere in 1850. However, Elsey may, in fact, not be Peter’s daughter but the daughter of Jacob Anders and Amy Stenabaugh of Oakland Township, Brant Co., Ontario, Canada. Jacob’s daughter Elsie was born ca. 1842. Jacob was the son of William Anders and Priscilla VanSickle. Jacob’s twin sister was also named Elsie. Could the naming of the twins have been in honour of Elsey Longstreet Ayers who died in 1791, the supposed first wife of Jacob Andress of Beattystown? I’ve speculated that the two families (Andress of Warren Co., New Jersey and Anders of Brant Co., Ontario) are related but have yet to locate a source to prove so.

1860 Federal Census, New Jersey, Warren County, Knowleton Twp., Family # 285, Peter W. Andress, 58, M, Mason, 100, NJ; Sarah, 56, F, NJ; Joseph, 30, M, Merchant; 500, 2500, NJ; Alice, 19, F, NJ; Jacob, 15, M, Clerk, NJ; Margaret Stine, 35, F, School Mistress, NJ.

Return of Deaths in the Township of Knowleton, County of Warren, State of New Jersey from the 1st day of May 1860 to the 1st day of May 1861, page 484J: “April 8th, Peter Andress, Male, Married, 60y, Farmer, Place of Death: Knowlton, Place of Birth: New Jersey, Parents: Jacob Andress, Old Age, May 16th.” NOTE: Obtained from the NJ State Archives:, transcription available at:

NOTE: Sarah E. Andress is located on the 1870 and 1880 federal census living with her son Joseph in Hainesburg.

1881 Death Certificate, New Jersey, State Bureau of Vital Statistics, Sarah E Andress, widow of Peter W, age 77 years, 2 months, white, widow, Birthplace: Chester Township, Morris Co., N Jersey, Last Place of Residence: Hainesburg, Warren Co, NJ, Life time resident, Place of Death: Hainesburg, Father’s name: Nathaniel Skinner, County of birth: USA, Mother’s name: Catherine Emmins, Died 9th day of September, 1881, Place of Burial: Marksboro.

Marksboro Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Frelinghuysen Twp, Warren County, NJ: Peter W. Andress, Born June 7, 1801, Died April 8, 1861; Sarah E. Skinner, wife of Peter W. Andress, Born July 25, 1804, Died Sept. 9, 1881. NOTE: I visited the cemetery in May 2005. The photo below was taken on that trip. The cemetery’s transcription is available at:

1897, The Sussex Register, Ancient Local History, page 12: 1825 Jan. 13, “Married: Peter W. Andress to Sarah Skinner, by Rev. Mr. Campbell.”

No comments: