SIMON ESSIG Simon Essig was the son of Wendel Essig who came to American as early as 1750. Simon was born near Hagerstown, Md. * SIMON ESSIG WAS NOT BORN IN HAGERSTOWN.*
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 enthusiatic 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, O. His remains repose in Warstler Cemetery He died March 18, 1851, aged 97 years, 2 mo, 21 da. --Sept. 8, 1998 email from Barbara Dunn to Gregory Sweitzer. Barbara said she found this information in the Stark County, OH, Library. ==================================================
An exhaustive search of Maryland Archives, tax lists, land records, printed accounts of Indian raids, and quite extensive church records, for Old Frederick County (which then included present-day Montgomery, Frederick, and Washington Counties (the latter where Hagerstown is)) from 1750 through 1785 turned up many Troxells, but failed to uncover any mention of the Essig name.
Hagerstown [did not exist even as a village during the time of the French and Indian Wars?].
Furthermore, there were no Indian raids/massacres in that entire area after 1763 (when Simon would have been only about 8 or 9 years old). THE WHOLE PROBLEM HINGES ON ERRONEOUS CLAIMS THAT WENDEL WAS EVER IN MARYLAND.
We suspect that because some settlers of Stark Co., Ohio had indeed come from "near Hagerstown", in the course of time a Germanic pronunciation of "Heck(s)town", sounding roughly like "Hakestown" (see narrative about Drylands Union Church), was mistakenly assumed to refer to Hagerstown.
Pick up narrative about the October 1763 Indian raids in the upper Northampton (now Lehigh) area -- when Simon would have been going-on 9 years old.
Simon could only have learned the blacksmith trade if he had been apprenticed to a blacksmith when he was about 14 (1769). The usual term of indenture being seven years, he would have fulfilled his indenture in 1776, when he was 21 years old~
Just because Simon was a blacksmith and may well have fought at Trenton and Princeton does not justify another 1938 added fringe that he "shod General Washington's horse at the battle of Trenton." [As a matter of fact, did Washington and his officers have horses waiting for them when they disembarked from the boats after crossing the Delaware?)
- Sally Haigh, 1977
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