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Hessian soldiers in the American Revolution




Resource information on the American Revolution






Original manuscripts of the "Names of the Persons who took the Oath of Allegiance to the State of Pennsylvania 1778 - 1788 with a History of the "Test Laws" of Pennsylvania" (Thompson Westcott / John Campbell) British & German Deserters, Dischargees & POW's (link to browsable document*) British & German Deserters, Dischargees & POW's (link to searchable document*)

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How to research your Hessian


Resources used for the Hessians Remaining in 

America Names list Pages 89 - 110 by John Merz


Books to read    


John Merz's research


Special Collections - Johannes Schwalm Historical Association Collection from Barry Wetherington

David Library of the American Revolution


Mailing list archives,  SEARCH & BROWSE


The Royal Deux Ponts, and other French units, but German soldiers of the American Revolution


Websites that may help


HETRINA, what it is, where to find it


Hessian unit Flags (in German)


donated by: Edward Anthony (Tony) Arkin


Lehrman Institute,

has listed "muster roll of Hessians" (Brunswick troops) of 1781. You can search this early American history library without membership but must join to see actual document. Many historical letters and photographs.
donated by Ann

The Hessian POWs in Reading Revisited- new important historical items recently discovered regarding the POWs during the Revolutionary War at Reading, PA -on-line article by Henry J. Retzer



General Society of the Sons of the Revolution

The Society of Sons of the Revolution has been instituted to perpetuate the memory of the men who, in the military, naval and civil service of the colonies and of the Continental Congress, by their acts or counsel, achieved the Independence of the country, and to the proper celebration of the anniversaries of the birthday of Washington, and of prominent events connected with the War of the Revolution; to collect and secure for preservation the rolls, records and other documents relating to that period; to inspire the members of the Society with the patriotic spirit of their forefathers; and to promote the feeling of friendship among them.


Places to write for records


Kevan Hansen's Map Guide to German Parish Registers


Canadian Geographical Names at   use translation for English.


Can't find a town/township/county in Ontario Canada? 

Try the Ontario GenWeb they have a locator at


Flintlock & Powderhorn, Vol 23 No 2 Summer 2005 Extracted website addresses


C.N.Smith's monographs, should be able to be located at Barnes and Noble Book Stores, sent in by Ron Ferry


Georg Christoph,Coester

For the record:
The church records of Rev. G.C. Coester having been mentioned by a subscriber of our Hessians mail list, this is what is known about him and his records and where to locate them.

Contributed by John Merz link to information


Listings of American Revolution Reenactment groups

You will be pleased with the information you can find on these sites


Directory of Genealogy Libraries in the U.S. 


Military History:



A very good starting point for genealogical researches in Germany is this: 

A German genealogy website maybe on equal to

It is in the German language but seems to have transulation pages 


Sons of the American Revolution 

What is the SAR?
The SAR is a historical, educational, and patriotic non-profit, United States 501(c)3, corporation that seeks to maintain and extend
*the institutions of American freedom
*an appreciation for true patriotism
*a respect for our national symbols
*the value of American citizenship
*the unifying force of e pluribus unum that has created, from the people of many nations, one nation and one people.




Resource information on the Internet





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Just went through my 'favorites' to weed out some of the clutter and came across this one which is a must to see for you - John Merz ( 

the Meyers Orts- und Verkehrs-Lexikon des Deutschen Reiches:

Link to information

Transforming a German Place Name into a Research Lead
by Don Litzer

Research Leads of Place Names

For information on German forces who fought on the American side with the French, try this book:

GERMANY: A German Regiment Among the French Auxiliary Troops of the American Revolutionary War: H. A. Rattermann's History (Tolzmann)

While it is widely known that German soldiers from Hesse (Hessians) fought on the British side of the American Revolution, it is less well known that among our French allied forces were a number of German units. For example, more than half of the 300 men recruited in France by Lafayette in 1779 hailed from Alsace-Lorraine and southwestern Germany. According to one authority, it is possible that the German enrollment in the French cause may have equaled the figure of 30,000 ascribed to Germans among the British forces.


hundreds of genealogical libraries across the USA.  It gives names and addresses but not web links.  But it can be quite helpful. 






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Battles Hessian Units were involved in


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Towns and places

  named after a Hessian soldier


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Ages of young soldiers

"OUR" Mailing list archives


How to find towns in Germany


The Bayreuther Zeitung Newspaper
No. 58, 23 March, 1802.

Ansbach Regiment

Marie Rasnick Fetzer

Bob Brooks

Ansbach - Bayreuth Troops

Jochen Seidel


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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