Wendell Essig, the earliest known person by the name of Essig, was born in Switzerland in 1700, in the canton of Berne, where he spent his youth, but while yet quite a boy he spent some time in mining in Rhine Phals in Germany. He served seven years in the Prussian army, being one of the imperial body guards, and was present at the coronation of Frederick the Great in 1740. In 1750 he left Europe and sought a home in the new world, landing in Baltimore, Maryland. He took as partner in life Miss Anne Eve Matte and had a family of several childern [sic], of whom Simon Essig, the stem of the above represented family, was born near Hagerstown, Md., December, 27th, 1754. In 17-- the Indians massacred almost all the whites in Mr. Essig's neighborhood, killing the whole Essig family excepting Simon, who was at some distant settlement on an errand. The body of Wendell Essig was consumed in one of the burning cabins. Simon continued to live among strangers, and learned the blacksmith trade. At the opening of the Revolutionary war he entered the American army as a blacksmith, but served as a volunteer soldier in the battles of Princeton and Trenton.
In March 1781, he married Julia Margaret Scharrin [sic). The[y] moved to York county, Pennsylvania, where four children were born:- Polly[,] Elizabeth, John, and Adam. In 1790 they went to Adams county, Pa., wher[e) their children, Jacob, George, Julia, and Sally were born. About 1799 they removed to Cumberland county, Pa., where Samuel, David, Catharine, William, and Rebecca were born. In 1808 they emigrated to Ohio, arriving at what was afterwards known as the Old Essig Home, in Plain Tp., Stark county, Ohio, just north of the Stark county Fair Ground, on May 10th, 1808, where he continued to reside until after his death. Three of his sons served in the war of 1812, Adam, Jacob and George. They served in the no[r)thern frontier, and were in the battle of Lake Erie, George b[e]ing wounded at Put-in-Bay in an engagement with the Indians. During his residence in Plain township, Mr. Essig followed farming and blacksmithing. On August 30th, 1844, his wife died, aged 8e [sic] years, 4 months, and 15 days. Simon Essig died March 18th, 1852, at the advanced age of 97 years, 2 months, and 21 days. In politics he usually called himself a Jackson man, and each of his sons held the same views until their end. He was [an] energetic member of the Evangelical Lutheran church, his wife being a member of the same denomination, as were also all of his children. He was of a mild and obliging disposition, entertaining a strong aversion for all kinds of deception. He was firm in his views of right and justice, yeilding [sic] to neither threat nor bribe.
John Essig settled near Elkhart, Ind; Adam in Plain Township; George in Columbia township, Whitley county, Ind.; Julia in Plain township; Samuel in Plain Township; Sally near Canton, 0.; William in Marion township, Allen county, Ind., and David died in infacny [sic] in Pennsylvania.
I am a descendant of John.