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Hessian soldiers in the American Revolution

Dedicated to the Memory of 

Johann Helmut Merz
John H. Merz

Many of you reading this knew John and some of you will be learning about John here. John was born 1924 in Germany and died in the afternoon of 24 March 2006, in his sleep. His wife and daughter Connie were at his side. 

John suffered a stroke in the early part of November 2005 and had good and bad days fighting to get his strength back. Sadly to say he lost his battle and we his friends and Hessian researchers will suffer the loss along with his family.

Once during his fight Connie wrote me "He enjoys when I read his mail to him and has tears of joy that people are thinking of him. He is certainly thinking and missing all of his friends."

He was a German soldier in WWII. Captured and sent to POW camps here, in the United States of America. After his return to Germany, he married the love of his life, his wife of 60 years Emmi. He moved to Canada where he raised his family. He was a loving father to Inge Parada and her husband Tony, Norm and his wife Joanne, Connie Harper and John Merz Jr.

His avocation and passion was to enlighten us with pride and knowledge of our Hessian German heritage. He spent years researching the German soldier who chose to stay in America and Canada. He shared this knowledge with all who asked. John started the AMREV-HESSIANS mailing list at back in 1998. He wrote and published books on the Hessians. He personally answered thousands of emails both on the list and privately. He spent hours transcribing the old German script into English, French and German. He even was involved with memorial services, presenting Hessian research information to organizations in Germany, Canada and the United States.

On this website you will find many of his works and additional information from other researchers. Hopefully, we will continue to grow and make information available for the new and old Hessian researchers. In this way, we can continue to honor the memory of John's devotion to the history of the Hessian and their involvement in the growth of two vital nations.

Lest we forget!

John Mertz Memorial Page

by his daughter Connie

Hessian pin & pendant



This website was created to help the Genealogist or Historian researcher with their studies on a particular Hessian of  The American Revolutionary War.

It is part of the AMREV-HESSIANS mailing list, a mailing list at  

I would suggest that you read John H. Merz's articles on the Revolutionary War. His articles are very informative, and the more you learn about what went on and where, the better you can understand what your Hessian had to deal with. You can find his articles at the Articles link in the tool bar below.

We welcome additional contributions of information from anyone; but require a listing of your resource (s) with the information. We want the information found here to be as accurate as humanly possible.

We continually welcome new members, not only will you gain knowledge from being part of "OUR" mailing list, but we will also gain valuable contributions from you.

Our main goal is the exchange of factual information for the studies of our Hessian ancestors.

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