Sarah (Younkin) Esch was born in 1808, the daughter of Henry and Anna Mariah (Overpeck) Younkin Jr.
On Aug. 13, 1826, at the age of 18, she married Joseph Esch (1808- ? ). The ceremony was held in Easton, Northampton County, PA.
The couple produced 10 children together who are known to have reached adulthood – Salina Klinesman, Adam Esch, Rebecca Campbell, Levi Esch, Joseph Esch, Edward Esch, Henrietta Overdorff, Rev. John Esch, Maria Overdorff and William Esch.
Evidence suggests that they also bore two children who died young, for a total of 12 in the family.
Joseph was trained in the manufacture of guns. Circa 1850, when the federal census enumeration was made, the family lived in Brush Valley, Indiana County, PA, and his occupation was recorded as "gunsmith."
Heartbreak overwhelmed the family in about 1854 when their married daughter Rebecca Campbell died at the age of only 22, leaving behind a widower and newborn daughter Sarah. The baby was brought into the Esch's residence and raised there to adulthood.
The 1860 census shows the family continuing to dwell in Brush Valley, with Joseph principally earning a living as a farmer. In both 1850 and 1860, the census-takers spelled the family name "Ash."
The Civil War years were anxiety-filled as four sons and sons-in-law were members of the Union Army -- Levi, Edward and John Esch as well as Michael A. Overdorff. Fortunately, all of the four survived the ordeal and returned home afterward.
By 1870, all of their children had left home with the exception of 16-year-old granddaughter Sarah Campbell.
Sadly, Sarah died in 1892 in Brush Valley. Burial was in the community's Dutch Bethel Cemetery.
Joseph's fate is not yet known.