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DICK, HARMON - I understand that my ancestor, Harmon Dick, was from Hesse Cassel Germany and was captured by George Washington at Christmas 1776 at Trenton, NJ. His commander was named Colonel Rahl or Rall. Harmon Dick evidently then joined up with Washington, took the oath of allegiance to the United Colonies, and then fought with Washington and became a federalist. He supposedly was given bounty land for his service and settled in Pa.

I sent to the National Archives to try to verify this but they had no information and told me I would have to contact the state where he enlisted (probably NJ as it was at Trenton that he was captured) but I don't know how to contact that state archives so I haven't been able to verify what if any of this story is true. If you have ANY information or can point me to any information, I will be very grateful.

Connie Clement
mapman@ctaz.com


DINGLER, JOHANNES - MY NAME IS BILL DINGLER. I LIVE IN DAVIDSON NC. MY GREAT GREAT GRANDFATHER WAS JOHANNES DINGLER CAME FROM SEYBOLDSDORF,GERMANY. HE WAS IN THE 3rd JAEGER CORPS FROM ANSPACH- BEYREUTH. HE IS LISTED AS DESERTED TO THE ENEMY IN AUGUST 1779, AND ENLISTED IN ARMAND'S INDPT. CORP OF LIGHT DRAGOONS UNDER CAPT. CARL MARKLE AUGUST 23 1779 FOR THE DURATION. RECRUIT SHOWN AS SICK IN QUARTERS NEXT CO. MUSTER ROLL DATED CANTITO SEPT.6, 1779. NEXT MUSTER ROLL DATED DEC. 1779 . THE NEXT MUSTER IS GERMANTOWN,FEB.24 1780. HE WAS CAMPED NEAR WHAT IS NOW WARREN CO. NORTH CAROLINA FOR ABOUT TWO MONTHS IN 1780 AND THEN ON TO CAMDEN SC. THEY WERE 60 GROUND AND 60 MOUNTED TROOPS. FROM THERE THEY CAME BACK INTO NC. CROSSED THE CATAWBA RIVER AND THEN THE YADKIN RIVER AND ON TO GUILFORD COURTHOUSE AT GREENSBORO NC. AND THEN ON TO YORK TOWN. HE CAME BACK TO WARREN CO. NC. AND MARRIED NANCY PASCHALL MY GREAT GREAT GRANDMOTHER. LEFT THERE AND SETTLED IN GA. WAS IN THE CENSUS IN 1790. RAISED A BIG FAMILY,BE CAME A BAPTIST PREACHER AND MARRIED MOST OR ALL OF HIS CHILDREN. HE DIED IN 1815 AND WE STILL GO TO DINGLER FAMILY REUNIONS IN TEX.-ALA.-GA.-ARK-MISS AND SC.

BILLY F. DINGLER
ROKYRVRMAN@aol.com


DRADER, MARTIN - Martin Drader was born in September 1755 in the town of Heiligenstat which is presently in East Germany and has a population of about 12000. At the time Martin Drader was born and growing up, it was located in the Duchy of Brunswick. He enlisted in the army in Feb 1776 when he would have been 20 years old. Many of the armies of the German principalities were engaged by the British government to fight in north America in what is known by the Americans as the War of Independence. These "rented" German regiments were generally referred to as "Hessians" although they were from areas other than the Western German areas of Hesse.

The regiment Martin Drader served with was from Brunswick: the Prinz Friedrich or Prince Frederick Regiment. The regiment was mustered at Wolfensbuttel on February 22 1776 and the foot soldiers (infantry) under the command of Lt. Col. Praetorius left for Canada on March 19, 1776 in the ship "Prince of Wales", one of a group of 14 ships carrying troops and supplies. They arrived June 14 (3 months later!) at Quebec City and were disembarked under the command of Lt. Col Baum. His lieutenants were Knesebeck and Von Reitzenstein.

The regiment was composed of 27 officers and 653 other ranks. The regiment took part in the campaign of Burgoyne in 1777 which is generally regarded as one of the turning points of the war. Burgoyne moved south from Montreal in the early summer of 1777. The American fort at Ticonderoga was captured in July and the Prince Frederick Regiment was left to garrison the fort while Burgoyne continued to advance southward. His army of 8500 men was defeated in October at the second battle of Freeman's Farm, and surrendered at Saratoga New York with most of his men being taken prisoner. Most of the Pr. Frederick Regiment returned to where they had been garrisoned, at Ange Gardien near Quebec City.

I would appreciate any additional information on his ancestors or descendants.

Don Stady
stady@planet.eon.net



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