Simon Essig


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1. Julia Margaret Schneer

Simon Essig 1 2

  • Born: 27 Dec 1754, Hagerstown, Washington, MD 1 2
  • Marriage (1): Julia Margaret Schneer in Mar 1781 in Hagerstown, Washington, MD 1
  • Died: 18 Mar 1852, Plain Twp., Stark, OH at age 97 1 2
  • Buried: Plain Township: Henry Warstler Cemetery, Stark, OH, USA 2

   FamilySearch ID: LK6J-ZQS.

  Noted events in his life were:

1. Book: Hisotry of Stark County, Canton Townshp: "Rev. A. Weier, of the Lutheran Church, died in 1828. The first organization of this congreation was effected about the years 1812 or 1813. Among the first appear the names of Simon Essing, Jacob Becher, ...", 1881. 3

2. Book: 1884 Essig Family Reunion: biography of Simon Essig, 1884. 1
[Note: some Essign researchers dispute facts in this account.]

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 children, 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 bla!
cksmith 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). They moved to York county, Pennsylvania, where four children were born:- Polly, Elizabeth, John, and Adam. In 1790 they went to Adams county, Pa., where 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 northern frontier, and were in the battle of Lake Erie, George being 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 83 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 to neither threat nor bribe.

Simon married Julia Margaret Schneer in Mar 1781 in Hagerstown, Washington, MD.1 (Julia Margaret Schneer was born on 15 Apr 1761 in York, York, PA,1 4 died on 30 Aug 1844 in Plain Twp., Stark, OH 1 4 and was buried in Plain Township: Henry Warstler Cemetery, Stark, OH, USA 4.)


1 Essig, Jacob E., Account of the Essig Reunion, June, 1884 (June, 1884. Canton, Stark, Ohio.).

2 Find A Grave,

3 History of Stark County : with an outline sketch of Ohio (Chicago: Baskin & Battey, 1881, 1022 pgs.), Canton Township, Page 360.

4 Find A Grave,

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