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John Martin Dasher
Birth: Dec. 16, 1825
Effingham County
Georgia, USA
Death: Jul. 11, 1853
Dublin
Laurens County
Georgia, USA

John Martin Dasher was the son of Solomon Dasher [1787-1854] and Maria Wylly Dasher [1794-by 1841] of Effingham County, Georgia. Theirs was a family of seven known children: Leucretia Elizabeth 1816, Annie 1822, Elvira Leonora 1823, John Martin 1825, Bolivar Washington 1827, Sarah Matilda 1829 and Jackson?.

John's great-grandfather, Martin Dasher, arrived at the Salzburger community of Ebenezer by 1744, a little more than a decade after King George II awarded Oglethorpe the charter for Britain’s 13th colony in the Americas. Martin evidently came over as a “redemptioner.”

Redemptioners were immigrants that had not yet engaged themselves to an employer – as had indentured servants – but had merely obligated themselves to the ship’s captain to pay for their passage, or the part not yet paid, with money to be advanced by an employer in America. If the market for labor was good, they could choose their own employer and make their own terms. It was the method favored by most German immigrants, especially by those traveling in family or village groups.

John moved from Effingham County to Laurens County sometime prior to 1848. He was not the first of his family to make such a move. His sister Elvira Leonora Dasher [1823-1869] married Thomas Northrop Guyton 17 October 1837 and they made their home in Laurens having a house in Dublin as well as other properties. At some point his sister Leucretia Elizabeth Dasher Stevens, wife of James Nappa Tandy Stevens also moved to Laurens County. She is listed in the 1860 US Census as living there with the family of her son Joseph E Stephens and his wife Margret.

It is highly probable that John met his wife-to-be when he moved to Dublin. Mary Elizabeth McElwayne was a striking looking woman with dark hair, blue eyes and fair skin. It’s no wonder that caught the eye of young John Martin Dasher. He himself was a rather romantic looking dark haired man with a small neat beard and mustache. John and Mary were married March 28, 1848 in Laurens County, Georgia were he lived out the remainder of his short life. He died in Dublin, Laurens County, July 11, 1853 when only 27 years old.

John Martin and Mary had two daughters, the eldest, Eliza Augusta Dasher, married Michael L Burch, moved to Eastman, Georgia and raised seven children to adulthood. The younger, Tallula, born about 1851, died at the age of about four in 1855.

John was a charter member of the Laurens Lodge #75 Free Masons and Associated Members which was chartered on November 1, 1848 during a session of the Grand Lodge of Georgia held in Macon. The number 75 designates the Lodge as the 75th lodge founded in Georgia. The Laurens Lodge was temporarily organized on August 17, 1848. The officers of the Lodge were Phillip Ketterer, Worshipful Master; W.R. Steely, Senior Warden; and Jacob Cohen, Junior Warden. One day after the Lodge was chartered, Charles B. Guyton was elected as Senior Warden Pro Tem. Jacob Cohen remained as Junior Warden. T.N. Guyton was elected Secretary of the Lodge. The first regular election was held in December and the following officers were added: Francis Thomas, Treasurer; Freeman H. Rowe, S.D.; John W. Yopp, J.D.; and John M. Dasher, Tyler.

A "Tyler" is the name of The office of "Outer Guard" of a Masonic Lodge. Early speculative Masonic lodges met in rooms in taverns and other public meeting places and all Lodges appoint a Tyler to guard the door from unqualified, malicious or simply curious people. He is charged with examining the Masonic credentials of anyone wishing to enter the Lodge and keeping unqualified persons from infiltrating Masonic meetings. Other duties often involve preparing the room for meetings, supply regalia and act as permanent caretaker of the furniture and premises.

The masons were important to John and he to them. Written across the bottom of his tombstone is the legend, "erected by a brother Mason" and at the top their symbol.

Although he died when his eldest daughter was still small, she always remembered him with love and honored him by giving the name John to her first born son.

"Our death is not an end if we can live on in our children and the younger generation. For they are us, our bodies are only wilted leaves on the tree of life." ~Albert Einstein
 
 
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 Spouse:
  Mary Elizabeth McElwayne McClendon (1826 - 1900)
 
 Children:
  Tallula Dasher (____ - 1855)*
  Eliza Augusta Dasher Burch (1849 - 1931)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Old Dublin Cemetery
Dublin
Laurens County
Georgia, USA
 
Created by: Sue Vrooman
Record added: May 18, 2011
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John Martin Dasher
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Your life was brief but has meant much to the dozens of us who trace our line through you. I remember you Great-great-grandfather with thanks and Love,
- Sue Vrooman
 Added: May. 18, 2011
 
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