So much for the name of the principal city of Dutchess County. The date, June 9, 1687, is now recognized as not only marking the beginnings of permanent legal residence of white men in Poughkeepsie, but in the county as well. Prior to that time there were undoubtedly transient residents in the county, but there is no documentary evidence pointing to an earlier legal white residence than that at Poughkeepsie. Early local historians set forth that the first settler may have been Nicholas Emigh, or Eighmie, presumed to have arrived at Fishkill, southern Dutchess, at an early date. These historians conceded that authorities differed as to the exact date of settlement, although one writer placed Eighmie in the county as early as I682. It remained for the late Helen Wilkinson Reynolds, careful historian of the modern period, to lay before the public the complete story of the Van Kleeck-Ostrom lease and its significance as fixing the time of the first legal white residence at Poughkeepsie.Source : Chapter From Dutchess County History
The original spelling of Eighmy is thought to be Emich. When pronounced properly, Emich also sounds like "Amy". The german "ich" (eech) sound is difficult for english speaking people to pronounce which probably resulted in the Emigh spelling. Somewhere along the line, Emigh developed the variant spelling Eighmy. Other variations that I have heard about include Eighmey (mostly from Indiana), Emeigh (IL and NE), Amy, Amey and I am sure there are many other spellings. Hopefully this page will help myself and others figure out how we are linked back to Niclaus Emigh and his father, Hans Veltin Emigh, of Dannenfels, Germany.
Emich's prior to Circa 1720
Emigh Cemetery in Morrisdale, PA.
Eighmyville, Dutchess County, New York.
Larry C. Eighmy - Charlotte, NCprotocol@vnet.net
Myron Allen Eighmyeighmym@uwstout.edu
Scott Eighmy - Conneaut, OHCPTEIGHMY@aol.com
Charles J. Eighmy - Delawareceighmy@www.delanet.com
Ford Owen Eighmy III - NashvilleGrdlok@aol.com
Ton Emich - Netherlandsa.firstname.lastname@example.org
As far as it regards me: my ancestor was a 'Joannes Emick/Emich'. Around 1764/65 he came to Holland (Zolle); before that he was a soldier te Yperen (Southern Netherlands). He came wth his wife (Antonetta Tugters) and some children. They were Roman Catholic. That is all we know about him; he died in 1788. At the moment we are searching for a link with 'emich's in Germany, but that is looking for a needle in a haystack.
Why do I e-mail to you? =
First of all because you are as number one listed on the researchers on internet at the Eighmy Homepage. (What do all those researcers ??) Besides that I am very interested in 'the concise history of Dutchess County', resp. The Duthess County History. Are that article, how and where published?
Secondly: are yoy more informed about the first Emich's in the Duthess County or where can I find that information?
Acording to you Niclaus was a son of Hans Veltin Emigh of Dannenfels. Hans Veltin was - according to the Utah-libr. - born in 1693. He was a son of Hans Valtin Emich, born in 1659. I couldn't find any offspring by Hans Veltin but more af it by his brother, Johann Emigh, born in 1689 and married to Anna Catharina Mueller. Their oldest son, Philip, was born in 1713 in the Dutchess of New York. After him came Anna Maria (1715), John (1717), a second Philip (1718), Lawrence (1719), Johann Nicholas (1720), Henry (1722), Eva (1725), Hans Jury (George) (1727) and finally Catherina (1729).
According to the Amick Family tree, Johannes Amick/Emig/Emich was born between 1682 and 1695 in Germany. He arrived in 1732 at Philadelphia. According to the passengers list were Dorothy, Nicholas and Jacob also aboard. They moved to New York between 1750 and 1760.
I can't see any connections between the different sources. Can you help me ?
Finally I found an exploination of the origin of the name Emich. When you are interested, see: http//www.rzuser.uni-heidelberg.de/~x28/home/leinigen/
Greetings from A.Emich; Beekpark101, 7311 BZ Apeldoorn NL My E-mailadress: email@example.com
Karla and Eric Eighmy - Branson, MOeighmy@tri-lakes.net
James I. Eighmy Patricia Winters - Ridgefield, CTWinters4@worldnet.att.net
Ellsworth Elmer's father was also Ellsworth married to Susan Earlenbaugh. Priscilla Dasler's parents were John and Margaret Dasler, both born in Germany.
Do you possibly have any information on this family. I would appreciate any help....
Last updated : 27 May 1998