The 103rd annual Dillenbeck reunion took place on Aug. 3 and 4 in the Mohawk Valley.
A group of Dillenbeck descendants toured the restored Peter Kilts farm in Stone Arabia on Aug. 3. Skip Barshied, who owns the property and restored it, was the tour guide.
In August 1750 Kilts purchased the 50-acre lot in the first division of the Stone Arabia Patent from the heirs of Philip Livingston. On Oct. 19, 1780 during the battle of Stone Arabia, it is believed that all of the buildings on the property were destroyed to discourage the people from supplying Gen. George Washington and his army with grain and food during the war. The buildings were later replaced. In the 1870s the Kilts family moved to a farm a short distance south and the original property fell into disrepair. In June 1965 Willis Barshied, Jr. purchased the property and for the first time in 215 years it was removed from the Kilts family. Over the years he restored the buildings on the property and even purchased an old shoe shop and an 18th century house frame from other properties and reassembled them on the Kilts property. Among the buildings is an original Dutch barn. Barshied has also collected artifacts from the Palatine era and has them displayed on the property.
After the tour of the Kilts farm the group went to Trinity Lutheran Church for a buffet lunch. The current owner of the Peter Dillenbeck homestead led a tour through the house and cemetery after lunch.
The reunion closed with a picnic at Mick and Barb Kineke’s home on Robinson Road in Mohawk on Aug. 4. Seventeen people had lunch that consisted of dishes brought to pass. People attended from Chittenengo, Johnson City, Troy, Herkimer, Frankfort, Fort Plain and Appleton, Wis. There were also two young girls who were from Germany visiting.
Next year the annual reunion will take place on Aug. 9 and 10. The details of events for next year’s reunion will be available at www.dillenbeck.com in May 2014.
All Dillenbeck and Tillapaugh descendants are invited to check out the website and to join the descendants each year for the annual reunion.