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Mystery of John Martin's wives

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Location: Ebenezermap
Surnames/tags: Dasher Ursulas Meyer Dasher Ursula Schweighoffer
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See Linda Purvis' research below:

For years it has been recorded in various places that Martin Dasher's wife was Ursula Schwinkhofer the widow of Paulitsch. In my research using the book Ebenezer Record Book 1754-1781 published in 1991, I have concluded that while Martin's wife's first name was indeed Ursula [Lucy when translated into English] the maiden name Schwinkhofer and her state as the widow of Paulitsch is incorrect.

Below are the pages which lead me to the conclusion that there were two Ursula's -- Ursula Schwinkhofer Paulitsch and Ursula [Meyer?] Dasher. Pg. 84

  • Johann Martin Paulitsch and Ursula Schweighofer were united in marriage April 22, 1754, Pg. 2.
  • Under births and Baptisms: Maria, the daughter of Heinrich Meyer and his wife, was born at Great Ogeechee, Jan. 3, 1753, and was baptized Oct.19, 1756 in Jerusalem Church. Sponsors are Martin Daescher and his wife and Ursula Paulitsch. This may be where part of the mistake slipped in. Pg. 30
Jonathan, child of Johann Martin Paulitsch and his wife Ursula, was born July 21, 1763. Pg. 26
Benjamin, child of Martin Taescher and his wife Ursula, was born Feb. 8, 1762.
Martin Dasher and his wife Ursula had a child in 1762. We know Ursula Schwinkhofer married Johann Martin Paulitsch in 1754 and had a child together in 1763 -- a year after Martin and his Ursula had a child together.
  • Therefore there are TWO Ursula's: Paulitsch was alive and kicking in 1763 so his Ursula couldn't have been a widow and couldn't have been the one to give birth to Martin Dasher's children.

I received the following email from a gentleman in the Georgia Salzburger Society who is the expert on the Dasher line. It reads as follows: Sue- You are absolutely correct in your thinking about the wife of Martin Dasher. We have long figured that . . . . . an error [was made] in his [a writer on the Salzburgers] thinking that he [John Martin] married Ursula Schweighofer. It is believed he married Ursula MEYER.

In the "Detailed Reports" vol. 10, page 131, is listed the different transports, with dates and passengers. Listed as arriving in 1735 are : Thomas Meyer, wife Ursula, d. Magdalena. Thomas Meyer died in 1740 at such time his widow Ursula and daughter Magdalena (about age 12) moved to Ebenezer for her education and help from the orphanage. Many people believe it is the "widow" Ursula Meyer that Martin Dasher married. The early records of Ebenezer do not survive and as you know, they start in 1754.

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