Hist. Mss. 1-30 (SC Long)
Sermon Manuscript, 1849-1882
3 Folders (Small Collection Long)
Christian Esch was born August 26, at Dorsterhof, Lorraine, and was
orphaned when his parents died in 1824. Lived with a Guengerich family
Emigrated to Partridge settlement, Illinois, USA
Married Anna Garber (1827-1898) on August 20
Ordained minister at Partridge Mennonite (later called Metamora
Mennonite Church), Illinois
May 25, Worth Township, Woodford County, Illinois
Source: Steve Estes and Paton Yoder,
Proceedings of the Amish Ministerrs’ Meetings, 1862-1878 (Mennonite
Historical Society, Goshen, Indiana, 1999), page 320. Harry F. Weber, History
of Mennonites of Illinois (1931), page 604. Birth year
updated by Tom Esch, 2007.
The Christian Esch Sermon manuscript
was donated to the Mennonite Archives by Mrs. Walter E. Yoder, 1508
South 8th Street, Goshen, Indiana, on April 3, 1950.
Some summary transcriptions and
translations of the funeral sermons was done by Nelson Springer,
Mennonite Historical Library, Goshen College, in 1950. George Unger,
Goshen, Indiana, transcribed and translated the sermons found in the
manuscript in 1994 – this work was done for Steve Estes of Illinois.
File #1 (Small Collection Long)
Sermon Manuscript, 1849-1882,
bound ledger, measuring 12 3/4" x 8", pages not numbered, includes 147
pages including front and back cover. Includes about 17 sermons in it,
include six of which are funeral sermons.
Inscription on third page [after
counting cover and inside cover page as page one and two] is "Received
November 3rd, 1849, Forty-Five Dollars, of Christian Esch and left
Peter Garbers Note as security for $45.00. [Signed] A. K.? Robinson.
[Also signed in red pencil] "Walter E. Yoder"
Fourth page: Tillie Baumruch, began
work 6th April, recieved [sic] for rubbers $1.50.... lost 4
day to Chicago.....
Seventh to eleventh pages: [in
Gothic handwriting] "Den Die soellen hat in Dienster Zeit den Frig uebe
Twelfth to Seventh page: [in Gothic
handwriting] "Grabreden" [Funeral Sermon]. "Am Grabe eines ungewarthet
[?] schnell abgerufenen Juenglings." [At the burial of a youth who was
called unexpectedly suddenly]
Eighteneth to Twenty-eighth pages.
"Am Grabe eines durch lange Leiden vollendeten jungen Mannes" [At the
burial of a young man who had suffered long –literally who completed
Twenty-Ninth to Thirty-Two pages.
"Am Grabe einer Glaubigen Gattin und Mutter" [At the burial of a
believing wife and mother]
[Etc. through to Ninety-Seven]
Starting from the back of the book
(and turning entire manuscript book upside down), entries are includes
on pages 145, 144, 143, 141, 139, 137, 136, 135, 127 and 123. It starts
out as "Im Jahr 1849 ...." and includes entries for 1849-1869.
File #2 (Small Collection)
Translations (English) of Sermon Manuscript, 1994.
Includes a transliteration of the
sermons found in this manuscript, as completed by George Unger, Goshen,
Indiana, 1994, for Steve Estes, Metamora, Illinois. 41 pages
Includes an English translation of
the sermons found in this manuscript, as completed by George Unger,
1994, for Steve Estes, Metamora, Illinois. 39 pages.
File #3 (Small Collection)
Undated manuscript, Gothic
handwriting, German language, 4 pages, no author given. Note
included with it: This file was found in close proximity to Hist. Mss.
1-30, Christian Esch Manuscript Sermon Collection, January 21, 1985.
[Uncertain if manuscript has anything to do with Esch, but it is
cataloged with Esch collection until a time when manuscript can be
March 15, 2004 / Posted on Web by Kathryn Yoder
March 8, 2004 / Inventory of collection by Dennis Stoesz
Mennonite Church USA
Archives-Goshen, 1700 S. Main St., Goshen, Indiana 46526