There are two Essig families recorded on the 1775 census of the Volga German colony of Schilling. They both immigrated first to Denmark (Schleswig-Holstein) arriving in Flensburg on 7 November 1761.
(1) Johann Georg Essig, his wife Anna Maria, and daughter Louisa (age 19) are recorded on the 1775 Schilling census in Household No. 58 along with a note that their house had burned down in 1767. The Eichhorns record that Johann Georg Essig came from "Sulzfeld, Ritterlicher Kanton Kraichgau, Herrschaft von Göler von Ravensburg." They were last recorded in the Danish colonies in June 1763.
(2) Johann Michael Essig, his wife Anna Elisabeth, and their daughters (Eva Margaretha, age 16; Maria Sophia, age 9½; Eva Katharina, age 7½; Anna Maria Rosina, age 5½) are recorded on the 1775 Schilling census in Household No. 57 along with a note that their house too had burned down in 1767. The Eichhorns record that Michael Essig came from the German region of Hessen-Darmstadt, having lived in the village of Büxhausen just before departing for Denmark. They were dismissed from the Danish colonies on 10 June 1763.
- 1775 Census of Schilling (Nos. 57 & 58)
- Eichhorn, Alexander, Jacob & Mary Eichhorn. The Immigration of German Colonists to Denmark and Their Subsequent Emigration to Russia in the Years 1759-1766 (Deiningen, Germany: Drukerei und Verlag Steinmeier GmbH & Co. Kg, 2012): B-354, B-355.