Joseph Essicks, Q.M.
These 2 are of my line-still not done alot of research but I do have a North
Carolina Pension record for Joseph Essig/Essicks/Essex where he states he
was an Indian Spy in the wild land of KY. He returned to NC before the capture
of the fort-Casper Brown (Gaspar Braun) was mentioned in his record as his
in-laws who were too poor to return to NC and they were captured and taken to
Detroit. It appears they settled in the Detroit area after their release but
I haven't tracked down the leads I have for that yet.
I also don't know exactly how they were related-my guess is the two wives
but it's only a guess since I haven't confirmed the maiden name of Joseph's
wife. His son, John was born in Philadelphia in 1771 and Joseph came over on a
ship (not sure which one) at age 10. I believe the Brown family probably
connected to the Essex family in PA, if not earlier. Joseph didn't appear to be
Moravian-he went to Pilgrim church-his son did marry into the Moravians
(Rothrocks) and they seemed to be closely associated with them since Joseph made
the bricks for the Moravian church that was built around 1798 (Salem, NC).
As for the Bakers-I have Bakers in the same county about 10-15 years later
on the opposite side of my family tree-I believe it is Abraham Baker but not
sure-I will have to look them up. So far I haven't connected them to the
Ruddle's fort yet-but they eventually made their way to Shelby/Rush County
Indiana whereas John Essex settled one county south in Bartholomew County Indiana.
I thought it was co-incidental that mom's family and dad's family ended up
in the same county in KY in the 1780's-1790's but now I'm wondering if it is
more than that. Any info would be appreciated!
No other mention of other people at the fort in Joseph Essex's application.
If anyone wants to swap more notes on this line-let me know. Don't know if
Caspar had a pension or not-haven't looked yet.
Thank you for the information. I have to admit that my information is from
sources on the net and one library trip.
From your research, were all of the men (of Capt Isaac Ruddell Company of
Melitia in the County of
Kentucky under the Command of Colo. John Bowman) residents of that area of
KY? That area being around the fort itself in the area on the South Fork
of the Licking River, south of what is now Cynthiana, Harrison Co. KY.