He next shows in Lebanon, Pa. when he took the oath of allegiance 30 May 1778. On 25 Apr 1780 he married Barbara Gieseman, at Tulpehocken Church, Stouchburg, Berks Co., Pa. in 1786, Barnhart shows on the Franklin Co., Pa. tax list. He owned a farm just outside the present village of Mowersville.
Barnhard and Barbara had 11 children. Barnhard died 12 Oct. 1804, and was buried on his farm. His tombstone is all that is left of that farm cemetery, it having been plowed under in the early 1900's. Barbara died in 1807 and was also buried on the farm. Where was he between 5 April 1777 and 30 May 1778? Does anyone know anything else about him?
Any names of similar spelling or lineages...I'm interested. Other names with Hessian ties: MULDER, HEDEMANN, KLEMME, PRUIN, WESSELS, THIELING.
From what family stories that have been handed down, the name was Originally Schmit (Schmidt,) or variations. it was changed to the Americanized version, Smith. Understand that this ancestor came from Germany and fought as a Hessian soldier and his descendants lived in the Pennsylvania area and some later migrated to Illinois.
He remained in America and married Elizabeth BOWMAN (born 1758) probably in PA. They traveled to Kentucky and had seven children between 1781 and 1802: Sarah who married Obadiah Silkwood, Jacob, John Allen, Mary, Christina, Elizabeth and William.
We do have family history dating from his marriage in 1790 (to Mahulda Wilmore of Virginia) forward to the present. The only other bit if information that I have is his friend Heinrich Koch and he apparently traveled together from their homeland. They both married ladies from Virginia about the same time, and the families remained very close. If one family moved, the other soon followed.
Any information that you might be able to share would be greatly appreciated.
Susan K. Peterson
In 1776 the Continental Congress authorized Count Pulski of Poland to create an independent force of Dragoons. In his recruitment he was also authorized to enlist German POW's if they had no family ties to the British. This is most likely the way in which John Schrader came to fight with the Dragoons for 2 1/2 years.
In 1777 John was involved in the Battle of Brandywine and came near being captured. Three times the British line was attacked by the Count's horsemen before it gave way. John and some 30 others broke through, however the line was closed, cutting off these men from the rest of their troops. If John were to be captured he would surely be hung for deserting the British. The Count, determined to save his men, charged and recharged the line. They were able to rescue John and about 15 others, but not before a Redcoat had thrust his bayonet into John's hip. John once being asked what he did then reiterated: "O, mine gut sir, you eats no more breat in England. Mine saber sphlitt him to the shoulters. I mate two men of him, but dey vere both deat men."
The Americans lost the Battle of Brandywine and spent that winter at Valley Forge. After the war he settled in Hagerstown, MD where he married Catherine Harmon and where his first son John Jr. was born. He went to Towanda, PA in 1791, settling in Powell, PA in 1801. Being as he settled near the main stream at Powell this branch of the Towanda Creek is named the "SCHRADER Creek" after him. He died after 1826 at an advanced age.
I do not know what regiment he was in as of yet. We are working to find out. We have 3 of them we are looking at. If we can get the right one then maybe it will tell us what town he was born in and possible his parent's names.
Book found in the Ole Court House in Watseka, Illinois, by J.V. Giffin and the information found in the book was sent to Patsy K. Martin. "Lewis Sicker was born in Germany abt. 1738. He crossed the ocean as a German soldier in the English service at the age of 17 and served in the Canada War. By permission of his General, Lewis remained in northern New York and worked as a farm hand in Schenectady County, N.Y. While working on this farm, his employer sent him with two slaves to a Mr. Fratt in Albany County, New York. Mr. Fratt invited him to remain on his farm. Lewis stayed, loved and married Mr. Fratt's daughter, Margaret Fratt. Lewis and Margaret's son, John, married Charlotte Kicker. John Sicker and Charlotte Kicker daughter, Charlotte married Abraham Cornelius."
Patsy K. Martin, Hill Spring, Alberta, Canada
His family was Michael and Cunegunda Spaht. Sister named Charity and brother named Mathias. The name Spaht was changed to Spaid in the U.S. George stayed in America andmarried Elizabeth Cale (Kale) in 1782, she was the daughter of a German pioneer.
I am interested in knowing if an ancestor in Germany might be searching or wondering about him and may have made contact with your service.
Bryan D. Price
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