According to his death certificate, John George Ensslin was born in
on September 9, 1840 to Casper
and Mary Ensslin. Rev. Ensslin’s surname was spelled many different ways
through the years, including Enszlin,
Enslin, and Ennslin. After studying for six years at the Mission Institute at
Basil, Switzerland, John G. Ensslin was ordained in 1868. In that same year Rev.
Ensslin emigrated to the United States. After serving as a minister at two
different churches in Michigan, Rev. Ensslin began his ministry at Sandusky’s Emmanuel
Church on May 1, 1876.
Rev. Ensslin served as the pastor at Emmanuel Church for over thirty five years, officiating at many baptisms, funerals, weddings, and confirmations. Due to declining health, he resigned from active ministry in January of 1912. At that time he was the oldest active member of the clergy in Sandusky, Ohio. For eleven years, Rev. Ensslin also had charge of St. John’s Evangelical Church in Oxford Township. On January 6, 1914, Rev. John G. Ensslin died at his Jackson Street home in Sandusky. He was survived by three daughters and three sons. Mrs. Ensslin had predeceased him in 1910. Funeral services for Rev. Ensslin were held on Friday, January 9, 1914, at Emmanuel Church, under the direction of Rev. Theo. Eisen. Several clergymen from other cities were also in attendance. Burial was at Sandusky’s Oakland Cemetery.