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Dedicated to the Memory of 

Johann Helmut Merz

John H. Merz


Connie's memorial to her papa...




In German





Another article 

this one for the OSG


Paddy Chitty , Author                                                                                     

First Rights 

292 Words


Posted here with permission

 Johnannes Helmut Merz  (April 21, 1924 - March 24, 2006)



In the early 1990's, I saw a query in the Hamilton Branch of the O.G.S. Newsletter.  A fellow member was looking for information on my ancestor, Heinrich Dickhaut.  I called the phone number listed in the query and reached an answering machine. The man's voice on the recorded message had a noticeable German accent. I was puzzled, but left my number. John Merz returned my call. That telephone call resulted in a new friendship formed and my being the recipient of a great deal of information on my Hessian ancestor.

 With his wife Emmi and their children, John immigrated to Canada in April of 1957.  The family settled in Hamilton.  John worked hard and started a small business manufacturing wooden pallets for warehouses.  After selling the business, he became a real estate agent.  When John retired in 1984, he decided that he needed a hobby.  He chose something he felt had been neglected in our schools, Canadian History.  Eventually, his interest narrowed to Hessian soldiers of the American Revolution who settled in Canada.  This became an all-consuming passion that would last the rest of his life. 

John was a tireless, meticulous researcher, a lecturer, and author.  His contribution to Hessian research benefits genealogists and historians all over the world.  John founded AMREV-HESSIANS, QUEBEC-HESSIANS, QUEBEC, AND UPPER CANADA mailing lists on the Internet, and had friends and contacts worldwide. 

 In 2004, John turned over his research collection and his stock of published books to the 7th Town Historical Society, located at the Marilyn Adams Genealogical Research Centre in Ameliasburg, ON

 John was a good husband, father, grandfather, and friend to many.  He passed away on March 24, 2006, in his eighty-second year. 

 Thank you for your legacy, John.  You will be missed.

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