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
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.
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.
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