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>The following is research my mother did from 1970 - 1992. She was
>researching as a member of the National Genealogical
>Society. Unfortunately, the citations are incomplete, but the research is
>good, the theories are interesting, and the location of Hecktown, PA is a
>whole lot closer to Simon's legendary service during the battle of Trenton
>and the Crossing of the Delaware than the location of Hagerstown, MD. I
>beg you read this with an open mind and confirm the research for yourself.
>THE DESCENDANTS OF SIMON ESSIG
> We show here excerpts from (1) a four-page typewritten transcript of
> an "Account of the Essig Reunion, June 1884" held near Canton, Ohio and
> (2) a one-page "History of the Simon Essig Family" from the mimeographed
> publication "Indiana Descendants of the Simon Essig Family That have met
> in Reunion in Elkhart County since 1896" compiled in 1938. Neither
> account gives sources, although we suppose they combine word-of-mouth
> information with family Bible records. History, and records not known
> about in 1938, disprove some of the "legends" and raise serious questions
> about others.
> Wendell Essig himself documented his arrival at the port of
> Philadelphia: he signed with his own hand the oath of allegiance papers
> presented to the governors of the Colony of Pennsylvania by Captain
> ______ Russell, Ship Edinburgh, carrying ___ "whole freights" (males over
> 16 counted as one apiece, women and children counted 2-for-l) identified
> as "Prussians," from Rotterdam on 7ber [September] 15, 1749.1 The ship
> had reached port the day before, as published in ____________.2
> "Wandel Esach" is on a 1772 Northampton Co., Pa. tax list.3
> Genealogist Mary Harter (whose husband was a descendant of another Essig)
> had also seen Wendel's name in church records.
> Wendel Essig indeed was a communicant at the Dryland (Union) Church,
> Nazareth Twp., Northampton Co., from Pentecost 1770 through Easter l782.4
> The Jacob (wife Eva Rosina) Essig and Adam (wife Elizabeth) Essig in
> those same church records 1768-1783 were older than Simon, judging by the
> dates of their children's births and baptisms. A George Essig sponsored
> one of those baptisms in 1776. SEE ALSO FOOTNOTE 13. None of this
> proves relationships, but it is interesting that Simon named his oldest
> four sons John, Adam, Jacob, and George.
>1. Strassburg & Hinke, Pennsylvania German Pioneers ["S&H"] (___), vol.
>__ pp. __ and vol. __ pp. -. This is a transcript of all available
>colonial ship lists from Philadelphia; volume 2 contains photographs of
>the lists. Wendel's fraktur signature is small and precise, that of an
>educated man -- not the scrawl of someone who knew only how to sign his name.
>2. [Cite published work abstracting the newspaper entries]
>4. Dr. William J. Hinke's 1929 handwritten translation of "Church Record
>of the Reformed and Lutheran Congregation in Nazareth Township,
>Northampton County, formerly the Dryland Church, now the Trinity Lutheran
>Church and Dryland Reformed Church, Hecktown, Pennsylvania 1763-1808";
>microfilm reel 135 at Evangelical Historical Society, Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
> Mary Harter has also disputed that Simon was Wendell's son; but
> even though we have no documentary proof of the relationship, his name
> was known to the family in 1884. Thus, the only known child of Wendel
> Essig (apparently from Simon's own stories) was Simon1 Essig,5 b. 26 Dec.
> There is an Indian massacre story, but it involves Simon's wife's
> family: The Anniversary History of Lehigh County (1914), pp. 1210-11,
> states that John Sensinger had married Maria Magdalena Kunkle "and had
> four children: Margaret, b. 1750, Magdalena, b. 1751, Andrew, b. 1753,
> and Barbara, b. 1755. He was killed by Indians about the year 1756 . . . ."
> Richard T. Williams' Index of Wills and Administrations Records
> (1971) includes the probate (#121) in what was then Northampton Co. of
> the Will of John Sensinger in 1757; his widow Magdelena was the executor.
> The History of Lehigh County. Pennsylvania (____), p. 78, states:
> John Sensinger was the son of Ulrich Sensinger,
> one of the pioneer settlers of Heidelberg township. He
> had a family consisting of his wife and four small
> children, Margaret, Magdalena, Andrew and Barbara, a
> child of only a few months. For four years after the
> massacre of Sensinger and his mother, whose name was
> Mary Catharine, the place where he had lived was
> deserted, the family having been compelled to live with
> relatives and the buildings were in bad condition.
> Casper Schnerr, who had married the widow,
> Magdalena Sensinger, then [ca. 1760) settled upon the
> place and reared the children of the murdered father.
>Caspar Schnerr and his wife Magdalena had two daughters:
> Anna Maria, b. ____, bp. 9 May 1761, sponsors Johannes Kunckell
> and [wife] Margaretha7
> Juliana Margaretha, b. "the 15th of April", bp. 28 [Apr.)
> 1765, sponsors Jurg Kern and [wife]
> Juliana Margaretha [Troxell?? ]8
>5. The superscript "1" after Simon's name designates him as the first
>generation born in this country.
>6. In New Jersey, according to the 1850 Census of Plain Twp., Stark Co.,
>Ohio; age 94; occupation Blacksmith (rather than "at home", as most of the
>elderly were recorded)!
>7. The Four Gospels . . . and Daniel Schumacher's Baptismal Register,
>transl. with introduction by Frederick S. Weiser, Publications of the
>Pennsylvania-German Society, vol. 1 (1968), Allentown, Pa. ["Schumacher's
>Baptisms"], p. 278. On the same page, Caspar Schnerr and Maria Magdelena
>sponsored the baptism of Maria Magdalena, d/o Johannes Kunckell and Anna
>Margaretha 8 Aug. 1762. All of these baptisms "at Heidelberg [Twp.]"
>8. Schumacher's Baptisms, p. 310.
>Caspar's name was spelled "Snare" [?] to match the German pronunciation by
>the time his will, probated in 1790 in now Adams Co., Pa., was written.9
>His gravestone at Bender's Church (SEE FOOTNOTE 13) shows that he was b.
>21 Apr. 1732, d. 30 Mch. 1790, and has a Revolutionary War marker; 8 rows
>away is a stone for Mary Schnare d. 30 Aug. 1839 [if b. 1761, ae. 78]]
> Simon's name is on the muster rolls for Northampton
> County,________________10 As the Pennsylvania Archives makes clear, many
> of the muster rolls are missing from 1776 through 1781. However, Simon
> was in the right place that he may indeed have been at the Battles of
> Trenton and Princeton.
> The 1884 account gives York Co. as the place of birth for the first
> 4 children; Adams Co. for the next 4; this does not necessarily mean that
> Simon moved as often as it might appear: York Co. included what is now
> Adams Co. until 1800.
> Simon was taxed in Tyrone Twp., York Co. in 1782 (for one cow) and
> in Menallen Twp., York Co. in 1783 (with three inhabitants). Township
> lines also changed; the map shows where these townships now are, in Adams
> Co. Simon Essex appears in the 1790 census for Menallen, Tyrone, etc.
> townships, York Co., with 2 males under 16, 2 males over 16 (in other
> words, with an older man besides Simon in the household), and 3 females.
> The one move we can document is to a tract named "Libertyâ, 203+
> acres in West Pennsboro Twp., Cumberland Co., sold to Simon and Juliana
> Essig by David Ralston in December 1799; sold by them to Jacob Meier 14
> Apr. 1808.11
> [Add Cumberland Co. militia rolls]
> Simon was on the 1800 census for Cumberland Co. with __ males aged
> ___-___, __ males aged ___-___, __ females aged
>___-___, and __ females aged ___-___.
>11. [cite record, not recorded until ca. 1820] The deedbook entry shows
>that not only Simon (in English script) signed the 1808 conveyance, but
>also by Juliana (in fraktur).
>The children of Simon1 and Juliana Margaretha (Schnerr) Essig were:12
>+ 1. i. Maria Magdalena "Polly" Essig, b. 15 Nov. 1782
>+ 2. ii. Elizabeth Essig, b. Ca. 1784
>+ 3. iii. John Essig, b. 22 Sep. 1786
>+ 4. iv. John Adam Essig, b. 22 Nov. 1788, bp. 8 Feb. 178913
>+ 5. v. Jacob Essig, b. 8 Apr. 1791, bp. 22 Apr. 179114
>+ 6. vi. George Essig, b. ca. 1794
>+ 7. vii. Juliana Essig, b. 1797 }twins?
>+ 8. viii. Sarah "Sally'1 Essig, b. 1797 }
>+ 9. ix. Samuel Essig, b. ca. 1800
> x. David Essig, b. ca. 1800, d.i.
>+10. xi. Wilhelm Essig }, twins b. 9 Apr. 1804 and
>+11. xii. Catharine Essig} bp. 3 June l80415
>+12 xiii. Rebecca Essig, b. ca. 1806
>12. The + before the number means that person's family will be traced on
>13. Typewritten copy of Pastor Frederick Weiser's January 1978
>translation of 1786-1860 Parish Register of Bender's (Union) Church
>["Bender's Church Parish Register"], Butler Twp., Adams Co., Pa., p. ;
>original translation at Reformed __________ Historical Society,
>Gettysburg, Pa., copy at National Genealogical Society, Arlington,
>Va. Jacob and Eva Rosina Essig sponsored a baptism there 4 Nov. 1787, as
>did Simon and Juliana 24 Mar. 1788. Simon Esig "on the Lutheran side" and
>Caspar Schnerr "on the Reformed" signed as deacons Jan. 1789-90; Caspar,
>17 Mar. 1790; and Simon, 29 Jan. 1791. Caspar and Machtalena Schnerr also
>sponsored baptism .
>14. Bender's Church Parish Register, p. __.
>15. Typewritten copy of Dovenmire's 28 Feb. 1927 translation of the
>records of Ziegler's (Union) Church, Mifflin Twp., Cumberland Co., Pa.
>"Book in possession of Zion's Church" (sponsors Conrad Wertz and wife);
>original translation at Reformed _________ Historical Society?,
>Gettysburg, Pa., copy at National Genealogical Society, Arlington,
>Va. Simon Essig and wife Juliana also had sponsored baptisms of Christina
>Jumans 10 May 1801 and of John Wirts, s/o Conrad and Mary Wirts 6 Sept.
>1801 (p. 3)
> 1. Maria Magdalena2 âPollyâ Essig, b. 15 Nov. 1782,
> m. _________
> George Weick (later spelled "Wike", "Wyck")
>This family stayed awhile in Adams Co., then moved to Mead Co., Pa. before
>or after a brief while in Stark Co., Ohio; eventually settled in Pike Co.,
>Ill. [although I think the county history says Polly was buried back in
>Pa. -- or did it? CHECK]
>Pick up Pike Co., Ill. history information; be sure to make note of "his
>mother [sic] was an Essig" quote re Scott4 Wyck [sic] in the 1884 account;
>"Julia Market [sic]" given as Simon's wife's name in the county history.
>Be sure to include the scant information about Jacob Becher in the early
>Stark Co., Ohio tax and/or "early settlers" lists
> 2. Elizabeth2 Essig, b. Ca. 1784,
> Jacob Becher (sometimes misspelled "Beecher", "Becker")
>Besides the scant information in the 1938 Account, be sure to include the
>Indiana cemetery/death record for Elizabeth's [probably youngest] son.
>John is not mentioned in the 1884 Account as having been in the War of
>1812, although he would have been the right age; National Archives /
>Congressional Records documents show that a John Essig had served from
>pleasant Twp., York Co., Pa., but we don't know if this is "our" John
>Essig. This John Essig is not listed among the soldiers in the rolls for
>the War of 1812 at National Archives because he became ill by the time his
>unit arrived at [Black Rock?], New York (near Niagara) and he was sent
>home [describe "safe pass" asking sheriffs along the way home to give him
>lodging; transcribe pertinent parts of his petition to Congress
>mentioning his small family, etc. -- and that he was denied a pension
>because he had never actually fought]: give plenty of cites (this
>information, whether or not he's "our" John, took a lot of research to find!)
> The possibility that this John Essig was Simon's son is furthered by
> the fact that all of the records about Simon and family's move to Stark
> Co., Ohio, show that Adam [and Jacob?] went there before Simon did in
> 1808-- but do not show John [on the 1810? tax lists]; [the first record
> of John and his family is on the 1820 Census.]
>DID I EVER CHECK THE PENNSYLVANIA 1810 CENSUS INDEXES FOR THIS JOHN
>ESSIG? [some of those indexes are very poorly done, but --
> 3. John2 Essig, b. 22 Sep. 1786,
> Susan(na) Holtz
> This John Essig is the one with whom Simon was living in 1850; he
> also is the one who moved with his sons to Elkhart Co., Indiana [ca.
> 1857] and died there in ___.
>The 1884 Account says the following three boys were in the War of 1812;
>National Archives records exist for only two of them [check which ones]
>4. John Adam2 Essig, b. 22 Nov. 1788, bp. 8 Feb. 1789
> Catherine Leichtenwalter (also sp. "Lichtenwalter"?)
> See also _____ Co. Pa.? history re Lichtenwalners
>5. Jacob2 Essig, b. 8 Apr. 1791, bp. 22 Apr. 1791
> Elizabeth Weaver, d/o Valentine Weaver
> Pick up Stark Co., Ohio history info re Valentine
>George is the one the 1884 Account says was wounded at the Battle of
>Put-in-Bay [check whether Archives says anything about it] he would only
>have been 18 at the onset of that War.
>6. George2 Essig, b. Ca. 1794
> (was this the one who m. Catharine Schollenberger?)
>7. Julia(na)2 Essig, b. 1796 or 1798?? 1797?
> m.(l) Jacob Troxell, who d.
> m.(2) _____ Miller
>Combine info from censuses and Powellâs to show how family was split up
>when Miller died (her Troxell and Miller children taken in by various
>relatives); her grave in another cemetery from most of the rest
>8. Sarah2 "Sally" Essig, b. 1797-8?? 1797?
> (was this the one who m. [Samuel?] Trump?)
>9. Samuel2 Essig, b.
> (was this the one who m. Salome Rank?
>10. William Essig, b. 9 Apr. 1804,
> Anna Maria Hohn (later spelled "Hane"; "Anna M. Hane"
> was then later misread as "Anna McHane")
>11. Catherine2 Essig, b. 9 Apr. 1804,
> __________ Pontius
> 12. Rebecca2 Essig, b. Ca. 1806,
> __________ Pontius
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