Title: > "Birth & Baptism Register, 1558-1898" Family History Library, Salt Lake City. FHL microfilm, . Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
Title: Death & Burial Registers Family History Library, Salt Lake City. FHL microfilm, Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
Title: Engagement & Marriage Register. Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
Author: Evangelical Church (Blessenbacbach, Hessen-Nassau, Germany)
Note: NI12439 �Cb�DBIOGRAPHY:�C/b�D Johan Heinrick Mathaias Esch�Cb�D �C/b�D(1702/03-1782) The following information is about three sons of Johan Heinrick Mathias Esch, who immigranted to the United States during 1753, 1754 and 1772. They were Johan Henrick, Johann Wilhelm, and Johann Adam Esch. The "Family Tradition" is the usual chestnut about 'three brothers", and as usual, there is a grain of truth, but not all of it is true - they are not Scotch-Irish. First are some examples of the "tradition". In the book - �Ci�DThe Purkey Family and the Delaney Family�C/i�D by Sandra L. Delaney (Allen Co., Fort Wayne, IN, Library) a genealogy of Adam Ash is described: "Henry Ash was the brother of Adam Ash. They came to the United States along with a third brother, John, in about 1770. Henry first settled with his brothers in Chester County, Pennsylvania, near Philadelphia. He patented land with his brother, Adam, in Bethel Township, Bedford County, Pennsylvania, in 1789. He served during the Revolutionary War in the Chester County militia and enlisted in the Bedford County militia in 1781. In 1778, he took the Patriots' Oath of Fidelity and Support in Washington County, Maryland. Apparently, he ultimately settled in Washington County. Henry married Catherine ??, probably prior to his immigration to the United States. They had five children: Abraham, died ca. 1833 in Bedford County, Pennsylvania. Married Catherine ??. Jacob; David; Henry, born ca. 1760 in Germany; died in 1849 in Somerset County, Pennsylvania. Married Barbara Miller (ca. 1765-1849) in ca. 1784; John, born February 8, 1775, died ca. 1830 in Washington County, Maryland. Married Mary ??." continuing..."Adam Ash was born in Germany in March 1744. He is said to have been of English (Scotch-Irish) ancestry on his father's side and German on his mother's side. He and his wife, Catherine Yost, sailed from Amsterdam, Holland, to settle in the United States about 1770. Adam married Catherine in Germany in ca. 1768, before their immigration. Catherine was born in Germany in 1749. Adam was accompanied to America by his two brothers, John and Henry, and their families. The passage took about six weeks, and they encountered many storms which drove the ship back toward Holland. Adam's and Catherine's first child Christopher, was born on the voyage over. The three brothers settled first in Chester County, Pennsylvania, near Philadelphia. While living in the state, Adam served as an American soldier in the Revolutionary War. He served as a private in Captain Parker's company, 2nd Battalion, of the Chester County militia from August 5, 1776 to September 10, 1776. He then moved westward to Bedford County. A land warrant was issued by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for 200 acres in Bethel Township, Bedford County, on November 4, 1789 to Henry and Adam Ash. In return, the brothers agreed to pay the state ten pounds per 100 acres "in Gold, Silver, Paper Money of this State, or certificates." The land, situated on both sides of Tonoloway Creek, was surveyed April 30, 1795 for 286 acres 107 perches. This particular parcel of land was later given to Henry Ash, Jr., by his father, Henry (brother of Adam), and is mentioned in Henry's will, dated January 6, 1801 in Washington County, Maryland." In the book - �Ci�DThe George Morris Family of Ten Mile, With Genealogical Charts For Other Affiliated Families, A Story of The Pioneer Families of The Ten Mile Valley In Harrison County West Virginia�C/i�D by Ollie B Morris and Eva Ruth Morris copyright 1967. On page 294 it says: "Three Ash brothers named John, Adam and Henry were of Scotch-Irish nationality, but in their younger days had gone to Holland where they seem to have married and lived for awhile. Several years before the Revolutionary War these brothers with their families embarked for America sailing from Amsterdam, Holland. After a six-weeks voyage they arrived and settled in Chester County, Pennsylvania, near Philadelphia." The proof that John and Henry are brothers is as follows (info provided by Mary Lowe Ash): �Ci�DThe Pennsylvanische Geschichts-Schreiber�C/i�D newspaper, published by Christopher Sauer, mentions in an article the following advertisement: "April 1,1755. Johann Wilhelm Esch, from Runckelischen Land, arrived in America a year and a half ago. His brother Henrich arrived last autumn, and is serving with Georg Schmitt, opposite the printer, in Germantown. He seeks his brother." The author of "More Palatine Families" comments "The origins of the family, then, probably would be at or near 6251 Runckel, home of several 1709er emigrants. As Henrich Esch of Pennsylvania had been looking for his brother for over six months, there is the strong possibility that Johann Wilhelm Esch may have settled in another colony. The Red Hook Lutheran Church book in Dutchess Co., N.Y., notes that a John Wilhelmus Esch joined the church there June 5, 1757. Wilhelm Esch and his wife Elisabetha Dopp are then found in other churches in the Hudson Valley, such as the New Hackensack Reformed, Schaghticok Reformed, and Poughkeepsie Reformed Churches. "'Heinrich Esch' arrived October 21, 1754 on the ship Friendship, Charles Ross, Captain. The ship sailed from Amsterdam, with the last port being Gosport, England. The inhabitants of the ship were from Franconia and Hesse, and there were 7 Roman Catholics." The ship landed in Philadelphia. Why these men were thought to be of "English (Scotch-Irish)" ancestry is unknown because Esch is a German name, they were associated with Germans traditons and churches, and Adam wrote one deed in German. The "Runckelischen Land" clue was invaluable since it was what led to the Runkel church records where the marriage of Adam and Catharine was found and eventually broke open the ancestry of the three brothers. �Cb�DImmigration:�C/b�D Esch's other than Adam & Henry, who are listed in the passenger logs included the following: -Daniel Henrich Esch, October 2, 1741, Ship, St. Andrew; 103 men; 72 women, 87 children -Johan Frederich Esch, September 30, 1743. Ship Phoenix from Rotterdam. Manifest does not indicate number of passengers, although 83 men were listed. -Johan Gorg Esch, August 13, 1750. Ship Edinburgh from Rotterdam. 151 male names, 314 whole freights. -Jacob Esch, October 16, 1751, Ship Duke of Wirtemberg, 406 passengers from Rotterdam. -Michael Esch, October 16, 1751 Ship Duke of Wirtemberg, 406 passengers from Rotterdam and Cowes in England. -Michael David Esch, September 30, 1774. Ship Union from Rotterdam. 133 male passengers listed. -Jonathan and Mary Magdelene Eash (sic), September 10, 1804, included men, women and children. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Bio on an Ash/Esch family from book on �Ci�DChester & Delaware Counties PA�C/i�D (1901). Frederick Wilhelm Esch & Anna Elizabeth Empelerin. Daniel Heinrich Esch b. Haschenburg Germany 10 Apr 1717. m. Elizabeth who died about 1807. Daniel to US 1741 settling in PA. He went back to Germany and was lost. Two sons as follows. Joseph B. b.7 Mar 1744 m.Rachel Whitaker - 13 kids no Adam or Henry. John b.7 Mar 1747. He died with no family. If there is any connection with this family, it would have to be in Germany. �Cb�DSource: �C/b�DPaul A. Schmidt, Genealogist, second report, 27 Feb 2000. Downloaded from internet 30 Aug 2010.
Note: Bride's age-19; Groom's age-23.
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