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  • ID: I12442
  • Name: Johan Wilhelm Esch-Ash
  • Suffix: Sr.
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 26 Dec 1732 in Blessenbach, Limburg-Weiburg, Hessen, Germany
  • Death: Apr 1796 in Halfmoon, Saratoga County, New York
  • Note:
    The Johan Wilhelm Esch/Ash Family

    WILLIAM ASH was the first of this family to settle in Beekman, probably abt. 1759 although he is not on the tax list until 1769. The first record of William Ash is Ancient Document #4095 dated Tuesday, 16 Oct 1759 which lists twelve justices of the peace, including Bartholomew Noxon and Timothy Soule from Beekman, who were called together to administer oaths of allegiance to recently emigrated settlers. The document reads in part; "Migell Hoffman, Bastian Kyserack, Caroll Hoffman, William Ash, Casper Overisor and Frederick Kekrigh produced in court an act of the General Assembly of the Province of New York published the third day of July now last past entitled an Act for Naturalizing the several persons therein mentioned".

    This document was specifically meant for Ash as the final paragraph reads; "These are to certify all whom it may concern that the above named William Ash the day above written did in court take the oath appointed by law instead of the oaths of Allegiance and Supremacy(,) subscribed the test and made repeated swear to and subscribed the Objuration Oath, Witness Jacobus Ter Bos, Judge of the Inferior Court of Common Pleas".

    As a newly naturalized settler Ash was obliged "to take oaths as appointed by law... and pay the several sums herein after mentioned, that is to say to the speaker of the General Assembly the sum of 10 shillings; to the Judge of the Court the sum of 6 shillings and to the clerk of such court the sum of 3 shillings". [Chapter 1089 Laws of the Colony of NY]. (Note Kenneth Scott and Kenn Stryker-Rodda, Denizations, Naturalizations and Oaths of Allegiance in Colonial New York 13 suggested that this man may have been the Chair-maker in NYC in July 1786. We doubt that the two were the same- FJD).

    Henry Z. Jones Jr. in More Palatine Families, 88, notes that this William Ash may have had a brother Henrich who was of Germantown, PA and who advertised in April 1755 trying to locate William.

    A Joh Wilhelmus Esch joined the Red Hook Lutheran Church 5 June 1757, perhaps the same man who was later in Beekman. [id]. William Ash was evidently in Dutchess County by 1759 but we don't know just where. By 1765 he had settled on a small farm of about 100 acres on Mountain Road in Lot 17 about one quarter mile west of the present-day Taconic Parkway. This farm was fairly rough but had a small lake on it to the south of Mountain Road. The land is no longer farmed and the original buildings are long gone. William Ash probably came to this area about the time that he m. Elizabeth, bp. 14 April 1740, the daughter of Peter and Gertrude (Cramer) Dop who lived at the western end of Mountain Road, about one-half mile from the Ash farm.

    William Ash did not have to pay rental until 1768 and his rents then were 12 bushels per year. He must not have paid the rents because on 15 Oct 1772 the rent book notes that he was in arrears by 60 bushels. [LRB 205].

    William Ash was a customer at the Schenck store in Pleasant Valley and purchased a number of items including "one spelling book" for 2 shillings on 27 Feb 1764. Ash paid his bill to Schenck with bushels of wheat, bees wax, a heifer, and finally a bond for 19/15/5. On 6 Feb 1773, William Ash and Thomas Brundage, a close neighbor, borrowed 33 from Isaac Dennis, the miller, in Poughquag. Isaac Dennis was an impatient man and sued for his money in the May Court of 1773. We don't have a record of the disposition. [AD 8889].

    William Ash was a plaintiff in another interesting case brought before the May Court of 1774. This was about the time he left to go to the Albany area and he evidently had sold off some of his household goods before moving. The document [AD 9049] reads in part; "William Ash complains of Daniel Darbyshear... whereas the said Daniel on the twenty seventh day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and seventy three... was indebted unto the said William in the sum of Eight pounds fourteen shillings & fourpence current money of New York for one pitch fork, iron wedges, one riddle (a sieve used for sifting), one plow shear, one bool cow (?) and one shoemakers bench." William Ash may have been a cobbler in addition to his farming.

    William Ash went east on Mountain Road to Skidmore Road on 3 May 1771 and persuaded Jonathan Ricketson, who was farming the present day Skidmore farm, to sell him a mare and two colts for seventeen pounds and two shillings. Unfortunately Jonathan d. 21 Feb 1772 of small pox and never collected for the animals from Ash. The widow, Meribeth Ricketson, and two of her sons-in-law, Hezekiah Collins and John Dorland, executors of the estate of Jonathan Ricketson, sued Ash in the January court of 1773 for the money. [AD 8246]. On 6 March 1773 William Ash collected 11 from Henry Randell as a result of a law suit, [AD 8909] and on 26 Sept 1772 he paid Ruloff Oostrum 23/5/8 on a suit he lost. William Ash was assessed at in Beekman in 1769 and 1770.

    William and his family left Beekman about 1774 and went to Half Moon with a number of other Beekman settlers from the lot 17-18 area. The rent book noted that Gerardus Drake posted a bond for this farm in May 1773 but Drake died almost immediatly thereafter as he made his will on 8 June 1773 and it was probated 6 July of the same year. The tax list shows Ash in Beekman until 1774 and "farm" until 1777.

    After he moved to Albany County he was a pathmaster (road crew foreman in the construction of roads) in Half Moon in 1789 and an elder of the Reformed Protestant Dutch Church of Middletown in Saratoga County when it was incorporated 14 November 1791. [Sylvester, History of Saratoga County, 1878, 346 & 351]. William Ash Sr. was listed in the 1790 census in Half Moon Town, Albany County at 4-1-4 and was next to John Hotaling and John Lattimore. His son William Jr. was listed in the same place at 1-3-3 and next to Jacob Mae and Casper Bell. [Bell was from Beekman, qv]. Letters of administration on the estate of William Ash of Half Moon, Saratoga Co., NY who died intestate, were granted to Elizabeth Ash, his widow, 7 May 1796. [TT 1967:102]. We do not have death or gravestone records on Elizabeth (Dop) Ash.

    Source: The Settlers of the Beekman Patent (Online database: NewEnglandAncestors.org, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2003), (Orig. Pub. by Frank J. Doherty, Pleasant Valley, NY. Frank J. Doherty, The Settlers of the Beekman Patent, Dutchess County, New York: An Historical and Genealogical Study of All the 18th Century Settlers in the Patent, six volumes. 1990-2001). Chapter 26, pg 229 - pg 232. 
  • Immigration: Sep 1753 Pennsylvania
  • Note:
    Runckelischen Land, The Pennsylvanische Geschichts-Schreiber newspaper, published by Christopher Sauer, mentions in an article the following advertisement:
    "April 1,1755. Johann Wilhelm Esch, from Runckelischen Land, arrived in America a year and a half ago. His brother Henrich arrived last autumn, and is serving with Georg Schmitt, opposite the printer, in Germantown. He seeks his brother." The author of "More Palatine Families" comments "The origins of the family, then, probably would be at or near 6251 Runckel, home of several 1709er emigrants. As Henrich Esch of Pennsylvania had been looking for his brother for over six months, there is the strong possibility that Johann Wilhelm Esch may have settled in another colony.
    Figuring backwords, "year and a half ago" from Apr 1755 would make John's arrival about Sep 1753.
    1
  • Event: Lutheran Religion 5 Jun 1757 Red Hook, Dutchess County, New York
  • Note: The Red Hook Lutheran Church book in Dutchess Co., N.Y., notes that a John Wilhelmus Esch joined the church there June 5, 1757. Wilhelm Esch and his wife Elisabetha Dopp are then found in other churches in the Hudson Valley, such as the New Hackensack Reformed, Schaghticok Reformed, and Poughkeepsie Reformed Churches. 2
  • NATU: 16 Oct 1759 Dutchess County, New York
  • Note: See General Notes. 2
  • Event: A customer Customer 27 Feb 1764 Pleasant Valley, Dutchess County, New York
  • Note: He purchased a number of items including "one spelling book" for 2 shillings at the Schenck store in Pleasant Valley. He paid his bill to Schenck with bushels of wheat, bees wax, a heifer (young cow), and finally a bond for 19/15/5. 2
  • Residence: A 100 acre farm Abt 1765 Dutchess County, New York
  • Note: On Moutain Road beween present day Taconic State Pkwy and Freedom Road (Co. Rd. 46) east of Poughkeepsie, New York. 2
  • Event: A purchaser Customer 3 May 1771 Dutchess County, New York
  • Note: He persuaded Jonathan Ricketson, who was farming the present day Skidmore farm, to sell him a mare and two colts for seventeen pounds and two shillings. Unfortunately Jonathan d. 21 Feb 1772 of small pox and never collected for the animals from Ash. 2
  • Event: Owed rent for his farm Rent Records 15 Oct 1772 Dutchess County, New York
  • Note: William Ash did not have to pay rental until 1768 and his rents then were 12 bushels per year. He must not have paid the rents because on 15 Oct 1772 the rent book notes that he was in arrears by 60 bushels. 2
  • Event: Borrowed 33 Borrowed Money 6 Feb 1773 Poughquag, Dutchess County, New York
  • Note: William and Thomas Brundage, a close neighbor, borrowed the money from Isaac Dennis, the miller, in Poughquag. Isaac Dennis was an impatient man and sued for his money in the May Court of 1773. We don't have a record of the disposition. 2
  • Event: Court May 1774 Dutchess County, New York
  • Note: The document reads in part; "William Ash complains of Daniel Darbyshear... whereas the said Daniel on the twenty seventh day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and seventy three... was indebted unto the said William in the sum of Eight pounds fourteen shillings & fourpence, current money of New York for one pitch fork, iron wedges, one riddle (a sieve used for sifting), one plow shear, one bool cow (?) and one shoemakers bench." 2
  • Event: Moved from Beekman to Half Moon Moved Aft May 1774 Albany County, New York
  • Note: William and his family left Beekman about 1774 and went to Half Moon with a number of other Beekman settlers from the lot 17-18 area. The tax list shows Ash in Beekman until 1774 and "farm" until 1777. 2
  • Occupation: Pathmaster Abt 1789 Half Moon, Albany County, New York 2
  • Event: US Census US Federal Census 2 Aug 1790 Half Moon, Albany County, New York
  • Note:
    5 males, 4 females. The household consisted of William Sr age 58, Elizabeth 50, Henry 25, Gertrude 24, John 22, Jacob 19, Mary 17, Eve 14 and David Ash age 11.
    Note: Sartoga County was not formed untill 1791.
    3
  • Event: An Elder with the Reformed Protestant Dutch Church Religion 14 Nov 1791 Middletown, Saratoga County, New York 2



    Father: Johan Heinrick Mathaias Esch b: 13 Feb 1703 in Runkel, Oberlahnskreis, Hessen-Nassau, Prussia c: 18 Feb 1703 in Runkel, Oberlahnskreis, Hessen-Nassau, Prussia
    Mother: Anna Maria Graw b: 29 Oct 1707 in Blessenbach, Limburg-Weiburg, Hessen, Prussia

    Marriage 1 Elizabeth Dopp b: 14 Apr 1740 in Red Hook, Dutchess County, New York
    • Married: Abt 1760 in Red Hook, Dutchess County, New York
    • Note: The Dop family was a Beekman Patent family, as was William Ash.
    Children
    1. Has No Children Peter Ash b: Abt 1760 in Dutchess County, New York
    2. Has Children William Ash b: 25 Dec 1764 in New Hackensack, Dutchess County, New York
    3. Has Children Henry Ash b: Abt 1765 in Dutchess County, New York
    4. Has No Children Gertrude Ash b: 19 Jun 1766 in Poughkeepsie, Dutchess County, New York
    5. Has No Children John Ash b: 22 Oct 1768 in Poughkeepsie, Dutchess County, New York
    6. Has No Children Jacob Ash b: 10 Feb 1771 in Poughkeepsie, Dutchess County, New York
    7. Has No Children Mary Ash b: 25 Mar 1773 in New Hackensack, Dutchess County, New York
    8. Has No Children Eve Ash b: 19 Aug 1776 in Albany County, New York
    9. Has No Children David Ash b: 19 May 1779 in Schaghticoke, Rensselaer County, New York

    Sources:
    1. Title: "Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500-1900," database, The Generations Network, Inc, Provo, UT, Ancestry.com
      Author: P. William Filby, Gale Research, Farmington Hills, MI. 2009
      Publication: (http://www.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7486 : 2009)
      Page: accessed 1 Sep 2010), entry for Johann Wilhelm Esch; citing Passenger and Immigation List Index, 1500-1900.
      Text:
      Name: Johann Wilhelm Esch; Year: 1753; Place: America; Source Publication Code: 2883; Primary Immigrant: Esch, Johann Wilhelm; Annotation: Data on immigrants from France (Alsace-Lorraine), Switzerland, southern Germany, and some adjacent places, arriving between 1727 and 1775. "Palatines" was a term adopted from British merchants and the people of Philadelphia whose first contact with large; Source Bibliography: HALL, CHARLES M. "Pal-Index": A Surname Index of Eighteenth-Century Immigrants. Salt Lake City: Global Research Systems, 1979. 147p.; Page: 29.
    2. Title: The Settlers of the Beekman Patent, Dutchess Co, New York, 6 volumes
      Author: Frank J. Dohery
      Publication: Pleasant Valley, New York: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2003.
      Date: 1 Sep 2010
      Page: chapter 26: pg. 229-232.
    3. Title: 1790 U.S. census, Ancestry.com, Digital images
      Author: New York, Albany County
      Publication: http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=5058: National Archives and Records Administration, 2010
      Page: M637, roll 6, p. 323, col. 1, line 9, Willm Ash, accessed 1 Sep 2010

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