WTStans asked about the original settlers of Spencertown, the reason for the
name and any records of Stickles & Day families.
Spencertown is located in the Town of Austerlitz. The original settlers were
mostly from Massachusetts and Connecticut, during the time when there was a
dispute as to where the state line was. In addition to number of Spencers,
the original settlers included the names Hatch, Hutchinson, Johnson, Powell,
Skinner, Taylor, Richmond and many others. The very first European settler
was Judah M. Lawrence who came from Connecticut. The Town of Austerlitz was
officially formed in 1818 from portions of the adjacent towns of Canaan,
Hillsdale and Chatham. By this time, the border dispute had been worked out.
The original settlers of Ghent, on the other hand, were Dutch in origin. One
of the first was Johannes Hogeboom. There were also many Palatine Germans who
moved inland from the Hudson River, including Johannes Moul. Other names
included Ostrander, Stupplebeen, Holsapple, Shufelt and Waltermire. The Dutch
Colonies rootsweb mailing list covers these names, as well as Stickles.
The Stickles family turns up all over the county, but there is a significant
cluster in Harlemville, which is in the northeast corner of the town of
Hillsdale, on the border with both Austerlitz and Ghent. It is still a common
name in Philmont and Mellenville, which are also on that border, inside the
town of Ghent.
My Austerlitz cemetary inventory does not include any Stickles or Day names.
I believe that the Mellenville cemetary probably includes many Stickles. A
Fred Stickles, born in 1869, married into a branch of my family. I know that
they remained in the Philmont/Mellenville area and that there are descendents
living there now. I have a notation that a Frank E. Stickles, 1866-1934 is
buried in the Ghent cemetary. My inventory of the Harlemville cemetary lists
Emma Jane Stickles, wife of Jacob H. who died on Dec. 10, 1872, at the age of
53 years, seven months, twenty six days.
I know there are folks on the Dutch Colonies list who have done alot of
Stickles research in the same area. I suggest you try it out at DUTCH-
I don't have anything on the Day family.
Hope this helps!