I married into the Esswein family. My father-in-law is John George Esswein, who was raised in Brooklyn, N.Y. His father was John William Esswein, whose father was Lewis Esswein, whose father was John. John shows up in the 1880 census in New York as being 30 years old, married to Lizzie; son Lewis is 5. John cites Hesse as his source of origin in Germany, but my father-in-law says that the family was from Bavaria.
When I searched on www.familysearch.com, I found a Johann Georg Esswein, christened in 1849 in Ersingen, Karlsruhe, Baden. His parents were Joseph Esswein and Engelbertha Voegele of the same place. They were Catholic. I'm wondering, could this John Georg Esswein be our John Esswein?
Our Essweins were originally all from Brooklyn. My father-in-law has one brother, Herbert. My husband's brothers have now spread from northern Virginia to California and Arizona. My husband and I always check phone books wherever we go and we're aware of the Essweins in St. Louis and Columbus, Ohio, but we've never met any other Essweins outside of our immediate family.
I'm curious to know what anyone knows about the Esswein name and family and whether anyone has a clue as to how I might prove that the Johann Georg Esswein, above, is our link to Germany.
By the way, I don't fully understand the reference to sausage and sauerkraut, but believe you me, we consider it one of the major food groups!