Simon Essig, Plain Township Pioneer, born December 27, 1754 was married to Julian Marg’ Schnarin. They had twelve children together and settled in Plain Township, Ohio.
The Essig family had many reunions as documented in an invitation to a reunion, Thursday June 14, 1900 and by the Roller Monthly publication of Canton.
Edna Schea was inspired to paint Simon Essig’s home in Plain Township. The location of the home is described in the 1900 reunion invitation as being located on the Middle Branch of the Nimishillen Creek, near Canton, Ohio.
The donor who lives in Maine knew the artist briefly. The artist painted this landscape in 1968 in Meriden, Connecticut. Edna died December 23, 1986 and is buried in Walnut Grove Cemetery, in Meriden, Connecticut.
Why Edna painted this landscape is a mystery. Volunteer, Judy Pocock, and I have begun to put the pieces back together. I had a nice talk with the donor of the painting, and she is very happy the painting has landed in a safe home. Judy Pocock has found no direct link between Edna Schea, and the Essig family.
We will continue to investigate.