This is probably old news by this time, but for the record, Joseph Esch [1808-1898] was the 7th of 9 children born to Michael Jr. Esch [10 Oct 1773 - 1812 May 13] and Catherina Lawfer (not Lacopes). The surname Lacopes is an incorrect reading of the original Will of Michael Jr. Esch. If you place Lawfer underneath La(co)pes, the (co) is really the letter w and the leter p is really the letter f, and the last two leters (es) are really (er). I have carefully studied the Will of Michael Esch, as well as that of his father, and am convinced that Michael Jr's wife was Catherina Lawfer. The surname Lawfer was used in the Will, but the name which made it into the family history was Laufer or Lauffer, and Catherina was the daughter of Peter Lauffer, the shoemaker. Peter was too short of stature to carry a musket, so he was enlisted to provide and repair shoes for General George Washington's Army. He is buried at Zion Stone Church (Now UCC) located in Kreidersville, PA. His name is listed on a sign in front of the church for Veterans of the Revolutionary War, provided by the DAR. According to church records, Michael Esch (son of Michael) was also buried in Zion Stone Church, but since he died at age 38, his wife remarried a man named Balthazar Heiny/Heiney. She had at least 3 more children with Mr Heiny, and was buried at his side in Dieter's Church Cem (now known as Little Moore UCC) located in Petersville, Moore Twp, Northampton PA, and is only a few miles East of Zion Stone church. Getting back to Joseph Esch, he married Sarah Youngkin/Younkin, the daughter of Henry and Anna Maria (Overpeck) Youngkin. Joseph & Sarah had 11 children: Salena, Adam, Hanna (died before age 4), Rebecca, Levi, Joseph Jr, Edward, Henrietta, John, Maria, and William. Joseph & Sarah lived first, 1826, in Allen Twp, and then moved c. 1831 to Ross Twp (now in Monroe County). Sarah's father Henry operated the Youngkin Mill in Kunkletown. In 1838, the entire family (including Henry) moved to western PA, where they settled in Brush Valley, Indiana County, PA. There Joseph was a farmer/blacksmith/gunsmith, using a water wheel from a nearby stream to power his equipment. For more information, see my Tree "Esch Ancestry" at Ancestry.com.