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Hessians remaining in America listing.
by John Merz
page 43 reprinted here with permission
kindly sent in by Bill Hawk
During and after the American Revolution of the 30,000 Soldiers supplied by six German principalities, an estimated 6,000 men were discharged or deserted from the ranks, and quite a number returned later from Germany. Of those men, approx. 3500 remained in the new United States of America, and the rest selected to settle in Canada, mostly in the French-Canadian part, a few hundred in either Nova Scotia or Ontario, only a very few in the Provinces of Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick.
During my first fifteen years of researching where those so-called Hessians settled down and raised families, I have found some information on about 3000 of them, not counting the Hessian settlers of Quebec (1500 - 2000).
In the following list of names which is by no means complete, in fact, due to an unfortunate computer problem I lost quite a bit of data, and only the fortunate circumstance that months earlier I had made a printout saved those names in printed form. It will take me a few months again to feed them back into my computer together with the since newly found names. However, research is an ongoing process and it would not be a good idea to wait with publishing until you feel you have them all.
of the names are variations, as everybody is aware of the fact that the original
German name has undergone changes, in some cases very drastic ones, I would
advise to check through the whole list and mark those which you suspect could be
related to yours. Every name has some references to where it was found, and in
order to find those references, turn to the full listing of references,
appearing in numerical sequence right after the list of names. There is no
particular system to find those references, they were numbered as they were
found, from 1 to 100 are mostly books or official publications, from 101 to 299
articles found in respect to Hessian soldier's history, and 300 to 399 are
personal documents as supplied by descendants, etc.
From John Merz's Guide to Help You Find
Your Hessian Soldier of the American Revolution
From John Merz's Guide to Help You Find Your Hessian Soldier of the American Revolution
Note from John Merz
Hello Hessians; After my first printing of my book "GUIDE" of which I sold many many copies, I have now been made aware of the fact that there was a page missing explaining the abbreviations used in my Hessian soldiers listings: I apologize for this oversight and here they are:
A B B R E V I A T I O N S
These German Military units served in North America from 1776 to 1783
Page 10 of the Hessian Guide
note from John: dated 25 Aug 2005 and sent to the mailing list.
"SOURCES" The information collected for this publication has been found in various sources, such as books, historical works, dissertations, and other documentations, and is listed herein in numerical order as the information has been received. In other words, the S#1 (Source #1) was the first source studied by this researcher, followed by #2, and so on. When studying the "One-Line-Name" entries or personal data files of particular soldiers, sources are quoted as they have been found. Most of the material quoted can be obtained for closer study from your local Public Library or through Inter-Library loan. Most research centres do have significant holdings of source material of their own. One more clarification: If it says $18, 192, 400, that means it refers to S#18, S#192, S#400. With one-line listings, every type space counts. Hope this will answer some of your questions. Yours John Helmut Merz
INDEX of NAMES
Names of Additional Soldiers not found in the Hessian Guide - Link
(Can't find your Hessian check here, if you have your solider and proof of units list him here.)
The S# numbers are explained on these pages
TERM PDF as used by John Merz is not an Adobe electronic file, it is Personal Data File for an individual soldier.
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