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Simon Essig was the son of Wendel Essig who came to America as early as 1750. Simon was born near Hagerstown, Md. He and some of the other children escaped being killed by being sent on an errand to some distant relative when his father, mother and most of their children were massacred by Indians, and their bodies burnt in their own cabin.
Simon learned the blacksmith trade and during the Revolution he served as blacksmith in the American Army, being present at the battle of Trenton and several other engagements.
After the close of the Revolution, he married Julia M. Schwarrin (Schneer). In 1808 they emigrated to Ohio, arriving on their land, which was afterwards known as "the old Essig home" just north of the present Nimmisilla Park in Plain Township on the 10th day of May 1808. Here he followed farming and blacksmithing until old age began to creep in upon him and compelled him to retire from his business.
He was very decided in his views, either political, financial or religious. In religion he was an enthusiastic Lutheran and endeavored to rear all his children in that faith, and in politics he called himself a "Jackson Democrat"
He was the father of thirteen children-Magdalena, Polly, Elizabeth, John, Adam, George, Julia, Sarah, Samuel, Catherine, William, Rebecca and Jacob.
From these children has sprung the numerous members of the Essig family so well known throughout Stark County, Ohio.
His remains repose in Warstler Cemetery
He died March 18, 1851, aged 97 years, 2 Mo, 21 da."
-The North Canton Heritage, Vol 1, 1805-1940, by Ruth Harpold Basner, pp. 221-222.
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