Some online pedigrees incorrectly claim that Martin Daharsh, born estimated 1730, was from Tilburg, Holland. This assertion has its origins from a mistaken interpretation of his son's (Philip) 1779 marriage record in Stone Arabia Lutheran Church. This record says that Martin, Philip's father, was "of Tillberg." What this refers to is the family's residence in a small settlement variously called Dillenburg and Tillburg, on the west bank of Caroga Creek. This place was within the Sarah Magin Patent, just north of Stone Arabia.
Some of these same pedigrees incorrectly assert that Philip Daharsh, Martin's son, was born in Chittenango, New York in 1756--at a time when no White persons were resident in that part of the Upstate New York frontier. The record that this is sourced from is the affidavit for pension of Philip's adult children, but as with the common misinterpretation of his marriage record, the affidavit does not in fact state Philip's place of birth, but only the date (21 March 1756). Philip did not arrive in Madison County, New York until the year 1801; census records prove that he was resident in the town of Palatine in 1790 and 1800. The pension affidavit also states that Philip was a resident of Ephratah, New York at the time of his enlistment.
The origins of Martin Daharsh are not known, but since he resided in a community composed mainly of families originally from Germany (some of them possibly from Nassau-Dillenburg), it seems more likely that the Daharsh family did not originate in Holland but were from Germany. Additionally, his in-laws were all of German origin.
Since it is not known at what date that Martin Daharsh had taken up his land on the Sarah Magin Patent, one cannot with any certainty say where his children may have been born--whether in Stone Arabia, Schoharie, or elsewhere.
Here is my write-up of what is known about Martin Daharsh:
Martin Daharsh (Dahardt, Dayharsh, DeHarsh, DeHorst, DeHaish, Dehors, Daharst, Tehardt, Tehurst) was born say 1730, unknown where (perhaps in the Palatinate), and was living in Jan. 1779 at Stone Arabia Patent, New York. Martin was dead prior to the enumeration of the 1790 census. It is not known where he was born, or at what date he settled on his lands in Stone Arabia. The name of his wife is not known; she appears to have probably died prior to 1790. The Stone Arabia Patent had been granted in 1723, and with only one or two exceptions, the first settlers were of German or Swiss ancestry.
The first record of Martin Daharsh is found during the Revolution, when Marday Daharst” owned a farm of less than 150 acres on Lot 2 of Greater Lot 7, Sarah Magin Patent. This land was situated at a settlement called Tillboro (or Dillenburg), north of the hamlet of Stone Arabia [Certificates of Quit Rent Remission, NYSA #1211]. Originally within the town of Palatine, the vanished settlement of Tillboro is located in the present-day town of Ephratah, Fulton County. “The name Tillaborough is said to be a corruption of Dillenburgh, a place in Germany from whence a large number of the early settlers of this neighborhood are supposed to have come” [Washington Frotham, ed., History of Fulton County, NY (1892); online at http://history.rays-place.com/ny/ephratah-ny.htm]. Martin’s son, Philip, owned a parcel of 138 acres bordering his place [op. cit.].
About 1782, Martin, his son, and several hundred other landowners applied to the State of New York for tax relief, having been previously driven from their farms during the disturbances arising from the Revolutionary War. His property was located on the west bank of Caroga Creek. On a modern highway map, the precise location of the plot can be located above a small brook flowing into the west bank of the Caroga Creek, about 200 meters north of the intersection of Tillboro Road and County Route 10. This place is about half a mile north of the hamlet of Ephratah [Magins Patent map #AO273: online at Fortplank.com].
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