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Re: Martin Daharsh of Ephratah, Stone Arabia Patent, c1779
Posted by: Kevin Bradford (ID *****8280) Date: July 25, 2012 at 16:41:38
In Reply to: Re: Martin Daharsh of Ephratah, Stone Arabia Patent, c1779 by Billie Jo Daharsh jones of 22

Hi Billie Jo,

Actually, the pension affidavit of his sons only gives Philip's date of birth. The document says nothing about his place of birth. His children may not have known this detail.

In 1756, the only persons residing in the town of Sullivan were members of the Five Nations tribes. The area around Chittenango wasn't settled by Whites until the 1790s. Thus, Philip could not have been born there. He was either born in Stone Arabia Patent, or in Holland. Martin probably did not travel any further west to settle than the Stone Arabia Patent--about a day's journey distant from what was to become Madison County.

Incidentally, Eveline Daharsh's husband, Peter Christman, was almost certainly mixed race--being about one quarter Mohawk. Their descendants in my line, to my grandmother's generation, inherited the mixed-race features of their Christman ancestors--which is remarkable when you consider how many generations ago the Native blood first appeared in the family (Peter's paternal grandmother).

The pension affidavit says that Philip died in the "village of Chittenango" in 1832. I do plan on going back home in 2013 (native of Central NY), and hope to have the time to visit Wampsville and go through the county deeds. We should at least be able to pinpoint Philip's properties in Sullivan in these records.

He may have never had a monument marking his burial or if he did, it did not survive into the 20th century when the local DAR chapters began to record inscriptions as they found them in most of the graveyards there. If he died within the village limits he's probably buried in the big village cemetery. Sometimes the pioneers were buried on their own lands.

I have information on the quitrent application of Martin Daharsh, submitted to the state authorities after the conclusion of the Revolutionary War. Martin, along with other displaced landowners (mostly Palatine Germans) requested relief from paying tax monies on their lands in the Mohawk Valley that they had been driven from as a result of hostilities. These documents allow us to locate his farm precisely--near the hamlet of Ephratah. I can provide you this information if you'll email me at


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