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VOGEL, GEORGE - My GGGGG grandfather was a Hessian soldier named Georg Vogel. He and his brother Hans Heinrich Vogel were taken into the army from the town of Michelsburg, Germany at the age of 17 and 19. Hans was captured at Trenton and died in the New Goal Philadelphia Prison of non-battle related causes in Oct. 1779. George was captured at Brandywine and I believe taken to Easton, PA POW camp.

We have no proof of this but 9 months after Brandywine he enlisted in the Northampton Co. Militia as a pvt. Records show he came from Mt Bethel Twp. It was common for the Hessian enlisted men to be put on farms in areas adjacent to the camps. Mt. Bethel Twp. is very close to Easton.Georg's story to his sons and grandsons was that he deserted at Brandywine and immediately joined the American Army. He said he was put to work driving a wagon and after the battle of Brandywine found his dead brothers body on the battlefield. There must have been great shame in being captured as his story is an obvious fabrication.

He married Deborah Thomas in 1788 and lived in PA until 1818 when he was 61 years old. He and his family moved to Muskinghum Co. Ohio, Blue Rock Twp. and there he lived until his death in 1840. Would like to hear from anyone who might have information on him.

Allan Geo. Bird
alnobird@prodigy.net


VOGES, HEINRICH - My husband's ancestor md. as her 2nd husband, Heinrich Voges (later Anglicized to FOGUS). He was from Brunswick, not Hesse, according to the book by Clifford Neal Smith as seen in the Lancaster Co., PA Historical Society Library. There were two men of this name and one given as Joh. Heinr. Voges listed in Mr. Smith's book, but I think that I've narrowed it down to the one from Langelsheim who "deserted in Virginia".

Heinrich was probably captured either at the Battle of Bennington or the Battle of Saratoga---more probably the latter. If the latter, those prisoners were taken to Boston and then sent down to either Frederick or Albemarle Co., Virginia. Charlottesville in Albemarle Co. was where Heinrich (Henry) was taken. He then deserted and evidently was hired out in Augusta Co., VA where he met and married Elizabeth, dau. of Henry HAWK (also of German ancestry), as her 2nd and last husband. She was the widow of Jacob GRASS, Jr. who had died in Augusta Co. ca. 1785. They were md. there in Oct of 1785.

Dolores C. Rutherford in California
dcr555@softcom.net


VON BARDELEBEN - Seeking all those interested in descendants of Lt. Arthur Franz Ferdinand von Bardeleben (of the von Ditfurth Reg't) or Capt. Johann Heinrich von Bardeleben (of the von Donop Reg't).

Arthur remained in Charleston after the war and descendants are of the names DEBARDELEBEN or DEBARDELABEN.

John DeBardeleben
debard@mindspring.com
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VON KUNTZ, NICHOLAS - He received land in Grainger Co, TN. I don't know if he was a desserter or if he was actually born in the USA. Other descendants have other stories. I just want to keep an open mind about how he got here. My branch says he came here from Germany to fight in the Revolution. Another source said there was a private who desserted in PA by the same name, nothing concrete as yet.

lacy@zapcom.net



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