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JOHN EGLIN "Founder"

APRIL 2005

1768 location unknown Aber and King's "The History of Hamilton County" (page #360)
29 November 1790 in Dutch Reform Church at Schenectady New York, to
Catalyntje (Catherine) Dods. Banns were read on 11 November 1790.
2 April 1845 in the 77 year of his age, most likely in the Town of Benson Hamilton County N.Y.
(Aber and King's's History of Hamilton County is incorrect when he states 12 April)
Middle Benson Cemetery in Lot 6 of the Benson Tract in the Town of Benson. Lot 6 was owned in early 1800's by Catherine Eglin's father, Bartholemeus Dods and willed to his son Bartholemew Dods when he died in 1808. The bodies of John and Catherine were likely reburied at this location at some time after 1880. (Aber and King's History of Hamilton County Page 373) The first location is unknown but Aber and King's notes the body of Mrs. Eglin was petrified supposedly due to the limestone content in the water. (The present location is on the side of a hill and there is no evidence of rock in the immediate area). The surrounding property is now owned by Frank Fernandez of Benson and Rexford N.Y
#1.1 John Eglin Jr See SECTION B

#1.2 Bartholemus Eglin born 29 September 1792 Baptized 27 January 1793 at First Dutch Reform Church at Schenectady N.Y. See SECTION C

#1.3 Peter Doremus Eglin born 4 August 1794 baptized 17 August 1794 at First Dutch Reform Church at Schenectady See SECTION D

#1.4 Thomas Eglin born 14 July 1796, baptized 28 August 1796 at First Dutch Reform Church Schenectady See SECTION E

#1.5 Annetje (Nancy) Eglin born 17 July 1798 in the Town of Amsterdam, Now Fulton County then Montgomery County, Baptized 31 September 1798 at First Dutch Reform Church at Schenectady See SECTION F

#1.6 Cornelius Eglin, born 4 July 1800 baptized 18 January 1801 at First (or Woestina) Dutch Reform Church which was at Hoffmans (Ferry) Town of Glenville Schenectady County See SECTION G

1.7 Mary Eglin born 1802 married an Hiram Wells See SECTION H

#1.8 Silas W. Eglin born 1806 no records of baptism yet found. Family record state that he was an uncle to Bartholemew Eglin's children See SECTION I

#1.9 Jacob Eglin born about 1807 who lived in Greene County N.Y. in the 1850's See SECTION J

#1.10 Catharine Eglin born about1811 married Robert Anibal See SECTION K

#1.11 Angelica Eglin born about 1814 married Alanson Mason See SECTION L

        The biography of Thomas Elgin, the son of John Eglin, Junior published in 1900 (see Reference in Section B of John Eglin Jr) states that John Eglin, Senior was of German descent. I (RGM) have noticed in queries, a number of Eglins who claim to be of Swiss, German lineage including the person for whom the Eglin Air Force base in Florida was named. However to date no birthplace or parents have been positively established for John Eglin, although the bio of Thomas Eglin (son of John Jr) suggested that John Sr was born in New York State.
        Donald Keefer of the Town of Glenville N.Y has provided the following.
A. New York Marriages prior to 1784 page 123 Marriage license issued to John Eaglin and Ann Howell dated 4 April 1770
B. Baptisms
records of Children baptized at St George Anglican Church Schenectady N.Y
(copy of Baptismal records etc available at Montgomery County Archives at Fonda)
page 1. Thomas Eaglin Parents John Eaglin and Ann Eaglin nee Howell 23 June 1771
page 15. Mary daughter of John and Ann Eglein baptized 11 Sept 1774 born 25 August 1774

C. Mary Stevens Register of Births She was a mid-wife in Schenectady)
a. Ann, daughter of John and Ann Eglington born 28 July 1773 at 3 in the morning
b. 25 August 1774 Ann Eglinton was deliver'd of a daughter, Baptized Mary

        Other than above the only Eglins found to date in early records were living in Massachusetts several generations prior to the time of John's birth and no connection between them and our John Eglin has been made. It is also possible that our John may have been part of the wave of immigration into the Mohawk Valley from New England after the revolution to take up the lands of Sir John Johnson and his followers who had been exiled to Canada (Butlers Rangers etc).
        John was living in the Remsenboss in the Town of Florida (Montgomery County) in November 1790 when he married Catherine Dods So far no explanation for his name being recorded as Eglington rather than Eglin has been found.
        The Baptismal records of First or Woestina Dutch Reform Church at Huffmans Ferry in the Town of Glenville, Schenectady County listed the wife of Cornelius Dods as Polley Egleton in February 1805 when son Jacob was baptized and as Egleton in May 1803 when son Bartholmey was baptized. (It is assumed that the first name Bartholomy was an error)
        John likely lived in the Schenectady area from 1790 to after 1798, either in Town of Florida or the Town of Amsterdam as the family history of the Avery Family stated that Nancy (Annetje) was born in the Town of Amsterdam. John's first 4 children were baptized in the Schenectady Dutch Reform Church and Cornelius at Hoffmans (Ferry) in January 1801.
        It is assumed that he lived near his in-laws, the Dods, all this time, however no Montgomery County land deeds have yet been found to shown the Eglins as land owners in the present Town of Florida Montgomery County. However they did own land in Town of Mayfield which was then Montgomery Couty
        In the Thomas Eglin's biography, (published in1900) it was stated that John Eglin, senior was a farmer and that Eglin family were earnest Christians and member of the Methodist church . The switch to the Methodist church from the Dutch Reform church could have occurred between 1801 and 1806. Cornelius baptized in 1801 was the last child for whom baptismal records have been found in the Dutch Reform Church records. No marriage records for any of John and Catharine's children have been found in the Dutch Reform Church either. The biography of Thomas lists eleven children of John and Catharine Eglin

        The Eglins were early settlers of the Town of Benson. They held land in the Town of Mayfair by June 1824 being part of Lot 5 in the Subdivision of Great Lot 8 of the Glen, Bleecker and Lansing Patent. (This lot is now part of the Town of Benson, the Town of Benson was not "set off" from the Town of Hope until 1860 and was formerly part of the Town of Mayfair).
        The property was about one mile west of North Street (which leads off Hamilton County Road 6 through Benson toward Cathead Mountain) and then about one half mile south of Road #6. At that time John was described as being a resident of the Town of Hope, Montgomery County. This deed was registered in Montgomery County in 1832 when sold to son Silas. The records of the County of Hamilton do not show the purchase of land in Benson by John Eglin, however they do record a sale in February 1826 to Eliphalet Washburn dated 20 February 1826 of a portion of Lot 71 in the Benson Patent in the Town of Hope. (The 1840 census of hope lists Eliphalet Wasburn) It appears that neither John or Catherine could sign their names as the memorial of the deed indicates that it was signed with an "X". This property is in the present town of Benson about one half mile north of Benson Center (which is at the north end of Fulton County Road 125 where it enter the Town of Benson)
        The rough condition of the terrain would act to deter any land registration etc in Hamilton County as the County seat at Lake Pleasant would be extremely difficult to reach even from the Town of Benson. Farming in the area is extremely limited and one might suggest that life based on farming would be an existence only, though game and fuel would be plentiful.
        To date the Eglins have not positively been identified found in the any census (1830-1840) in Hamilton County or the Town of Broadablin, Fulton County, However their sons Silas and Peter and their daughters Mary (Wells) and Angelica (Mason) show in the 1830 census of the Town of Hope
        In the 1840 census of Town of Broadalbin with the family of their son Silas Eglin are a male over 70 and under 80 years old and female over 60 and under 70 years old and a female who listed as over 60 and under 70 years old. Might these be John and Catherine? Likely! Silas had received property in 1832 from John and one of the conditions was that Silas would look after his parents for the rest of their lives.
        It is very likely that both the Eglins and Dods families came to Benson as farmers perhaps with the thought of being lumbermen though lumbering industry in the area was not a major industry until after the time of the Civil War.(ref Dan Mead, Town of Benson Historian, May 2001)
        It appears however that John did have a saw mill as reference is made to the Eglin Mill Lot in Great Lot 34 in the Glen, Bleecker and Lansing Patent in what is now the Town of Bleecker. A Branch of Stoney Creek flows through the lot and this would serve as a power source for the mill and provide enough water for steam during "low flow times" of the creek.
        Farming in the area would be of a subsistence level as the area is much to remote to allow any large amount of farm produce to be shipped to outside markets.
        In January 1832 John and Catherine sold to their son Silas W. Eglin a portion of Lot 5 in the Subdivision of Great Lot 8 of the Glen, Bleecker and Lansing Tract in the Town of Mayfair, (now the Town of Benson). One of the conditions of the sale was that Silas would look after them as long as they lived or pay them $8 per month. (the land involved was the land that they had purchased in 1824.) At the same time (1832) as John sold a portion of his Mill Lot in Lot 34 of the Glen, Bleecker and Lansing Tract, he sold 160 acres of Lot 52 of the Benson Tract (Lot 52 was approx one half mile north of Hamilton Road #6 and about a mile east of Benson Center)
        Isaac Bodine whose wife was buried in the Middle Benson Cemetery was also an early settler of the Town of Benson. The Bodines were neighbours of the Eglins as were the Craigens and Anibals (see Aber and King's's history of Hamilton County.)
        Catherine Dods was born 23 September 1769 and was baptized at the Dutch Reform Church at Pompton Plains Morris County New Jersey) and was the daughter of Bartholemus Dods and Marjte Doremus. She died 18 April 1845 and is buried at Middle Benson Cemetery with her husband John. (See Dods Family History by RGM)


Feb 2006
CHILD                Generation #2        Generation #3
John Jr              5 Grandchildren      9 Great Grandchildren   Total 15 
Bartholemew          5 Grandchildren      5 Great Grandchildren   Total 11 
Peter                8 Grandchildren     27 Great Grandchildren   Total 36
Thomas                                                            Total  1
Nancy (Avery)       13 Grandchildren     51 Great Grandchildren   Total 65
Cornelius            8 Grandchildren     40 Great Grandchildren   Total 49
Mary (Wells)         3 Grandchildren                              Total  4                
Silas                3 Grandchildren     11 Great Grandchildren   Total 15 
Jacob                1 Grandchildren      3 Great Grandchildren   Total  5
Catharine (Annibal)  7 Grandchildren      9 Great Grandchildren   Total 17
Angelica (Mason)     6 Grandchildren     21 Great Grandchildren   Total 28

Total Known Descendants to Great Grandchildren 246

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