I'm one of the Livonia Esch's. I interviewed my dad's Aunt Hulda Ash for a school project in 1970 and have can tell you that my grandfather's father came from Wilbur Germany, and my grandfather's mother came from Berlin.
They settled in Livonia in 1984, taking work on farms...the first farm being on 7 Mile Road west of Farmington Road... and lived near the Dutch Mill on 5 Mile Road west of Inkster...in a rented house on a hill, eventually moving to 7 Mile, Detroit in the vicinity of 'Corktown', and then back to Livonia where they bought a house on 7 Mile road. Their oldest children originally attended Elm school in Livonia on Middlebelt Road between Plymouth and Schoolcraft. Aunt Hulda furnished my history teacher a description of the schoolhouse and it was published in a book on Livonia published by the Livonia historical society, listing Aunt Hulda as the source for the description.
The children's names were Hulda, Louis (my grandfather), Herman, Bertha, Minnie, and William.
The parents who first came over were Wilhelm Esch (originally from Wilbur Germany) and Wilhelmina Riedel Esch (from Berlin). Wilhelmina's brothers and sisters were Minnie, Fredericka, Elfrieda, Bertha, and Charles. Her parents were Frederich and Sophie Riedel.
Wilhelm Esch's brothers and sisters were Peter, Louis, John, Fred, Charley, and Minnie. Wilhelm's parents were Wilhelm and Wilhema Esch...nicknamed Amelia.
Wilhemina (Riedel) married Wilhelm Esch in Germany and my grandpa (Louis...but spelled Ludwig Carl Johannes Esch on his Confirmation Certificate)was born in October 1882in Germany. Wilhelm wore a German service uniform in one of the pictures.
Wilhelm and Wilhemina (Riedel) Esch came to Livonia in 1884...they wanted to bring his mother's brother (also named Wilhelm), but he couldn't travel because of injuries--he was a musician--he'd been sitting on a chair and was pushed backwards down stairs without a railing--he never recovered and eventually died in Germany; they brought 10 of his family members (brothers, sisters, mother and father) to Livonia in 1884 or 1885. They brought her family over in 1889.
Most of the older members of the family were buried in the Clarenceville Cemetery...others in the old cemetery in Livonia on 8 Mile.
I've also got some pictures, but not as many nor as old as Aunt Hulda had.
Does that help?
If anyone out there has any more than what I've got, I'd appreciate it if they'd share it with me. I've just started researching that side of the family for my cousins.
Thank you. Have a nice day.
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