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Ephratah Town


Ephratah Town Hall is located at 3782 State Highway #10, Saint Johnsville NY 13452; phone: 518-762-5688.

Beginnings [1]

Ephratah was formed March 27th, 1827. The name, from the Bible, is said to mean "abundance," or "bearing fruit," and was given by Anthony Beck who was one of the area's oldest residents at the time. The town's first supervisor was Thomas R. Benedict.

The first land grant in the area was the Stone Arabia patent, which included all the land south of Garoga and Sponable creeks. Settlements began as early as 1720 by Frederick German, Johannes Bearman, Frederick Empie, John Shoemaker, Johannes Schell and Honnas Reed, who came from Germany. Among those who followed them and settled in other parts of the town previous to the Revolutionary War were Jareh Frey, Gerritt Marcelles, Michael Strayer, Christian Blopper, Nicholas Rector, and Lodowick Herring, among many others.

  1. History of Montgomery and Fulton Counties, N.Y., F. W. Beers & Co., New York, 1878.
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