John McCurdy Family

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  • ID: I04974
  • Name: Johannes Daniel HILLENBERGER
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 10 SEP 1752 in Roehenfurth, Hesse-Kassel, DEU
  • Death: BEF 19 JUN 1819 in Crockett, Wythe, VA
  • Census: 1810 Wythe, VA 1
  • Burial: JUN 1819 Crockett, Wythe, VA
  • Probate: MAY 1819 Peter Wampler appt. administrator of estate
  • Military Service: 3 MAR 1776 Recruited into German Army
  • Military Service: 10 MAY 1776 Set sail from Bremerlehe on North Sea
  • Military Service: 14 AUG 1776 Arrived Staten Island
  • Military Service: 2 JAN 1777 Marched to Lancaster, PA as prisoner.
  • Military Service: 1778 Exchanged for American prisoner
  • Military Service: 27 DEC 1778 Captured Savannah, GA by ship
  • Military Service: APR 1779 Deserted
  • Residence: 1787 Crockett, Wythe, VA
  • PROP: MAY 1790 50 acres, Christianburg, VA
  • Will: 24 JUN 1819 Book 2, Page 294
  • Occupation: Linen Weaver
  • Event: Tax Lists 1800 Tax rolls
  • Note:
    Daniel was born in 1753 at a small village named Roehenfurth, Hesse, West
    Germany. When he was 21 years old he was recruited into the German Army.
    On March 3, 1776 the were told they were going to America to fight. They
    received ammunition, sixty bullets each, sharpening stones, a kettle,
    bottles, axes, hoes, shovels, knapsacks, Linen bread containers, and
    other implements. On March 4 the marched to Cassel and after inspection
    by the Serene Highness, they marched out of the city and began the march
    to the port of Bremerlehe on the North Sea. They set sail May 10, 1776
    and arrived at Staten Island on August 14, 1776. They marched through
    the Bronx in late October with the First Hessian Division, and the 27th
    they received the first taste of battle as the waded across the Bronx
    River. After a period of skirmishing and maneuvering around New Jersey
    and Pennsylvania, Daniel and 54 of his company were captured at Trenton,
    New Jersey. Others were captured later.
    Some 800 Hessian soldiers began a march January 2, 1777 to Lancaster,
    Pennsylvania, where they were housed in a prisoner stockade. Many of the
    men were permitted to go among the farmers and business men to work,
    Daniel was a linen weaver so he found plenty of work. There was much
    encouragement to these German soldiers to desert to the American side. In
    1778 Daniel was exchanged for American prisoners. Two German Reginments
    sailed to Savannah, Georgia where they captured the city on December 27,
    1778. The main body of this army were encamped nearby most of the
    winter. The next April, Daniel deserted, with weapons and full pack,
    alone while the guard was on duty nearby.
    Family tradition says that Daniel fought for the American side and he may
    have but records to verify it have not been found. He is next found in
    Virginia where he bought land, married and raised 10 children. He
    apparently followed his trade in this country as his inventory at his
    death listed four spinning wheels, some looms, and other tools of that

    HETRINA III #7812/13 = Hilgenberg/Helg- (meaning could be
    Helgenberg), Daniel, born 1752/53, Roehrenfurth D3509 (perhaps someone
    on the HESSE-L list can tell you where this village is located), he was
    a Grenadier in the Rall Regt., 2.Comp., and as you can see by the
    entry numbers, there are only 2 entries: 1.) his capture under date
    of Feb/1777 (first prisoner report), 2.) deserted April 1779 (where
    from he deserted is not stated). He is also listed under # 275 on the
    list of prisoners held at Lancaster, Penns. in 1777 and 1778, and his
    disposition was that he was on the exchange list #3 of prisoners sent
    from Lancaster to Philadelphia on 29.July 1778, but his name is not
    on the 1779-1782 Philadelphia prisoner list. Since he is not reported
    back by his Regiment, it could be assumed that he disappeared during
    the transfer from Lancaster to Philadelphia, and never joined his
    comrades again.

    Vincent Shrader
    3486 Piute Drive
    Provo, UT 84604

    Clifford Smith's Hessian Monography

    Daniel Hilgenberg, captured Hessians marched to Lancaster, PA beginning 2 Jan 1777. In 1778 there was a prisoner exchange. Two Hessian regiments sailed to Savanna, GA which they captured 27 Dec 1778. In april 1779, Daniel Hilgenberg "deserted with weapons and full pack" while on guard duty.

    Father: Johann Christian HILGENBERG b: ABT 1712 in Rohenfurth, Hesse-Kassel, DEU
    Mother: Anna Catherine SINNING b: in Roehenfurth, Hesse-Kassel, DEU

    Marriage 1 Mary Barbara SHRADER b: 1770 in MD
    • Married: 25 MAR 1787 in Montgomery, VA
    1. Has Children John Lewis HILLENBERG b: ABT 1787 in Wythe, VA
    2. Has Children Polly Magdalena HILLENBERG b: ABT 1792 in VA
    3. Has Children Catherine E. HILDENBORG b: 8 JAN 1796 in Wythe, VA
    4. Has Children Christiana HILDONBORG b: 5 JAN 1797 in Wythe, VA
    5. Has Children Salome HILDONBORG b: JUL 1802 in Wythe, VA
    6. Has No Children Barbara HILLENBERG b: 1806 in Wythe, VA
    7. Has Children Daniel HILLENBARGER b: 4 JAN 1807 in Wythe, VA c: 10 AUG 1806 in Zion Lutheran Church, Wythe, VA
    8. Has Children Valentine HILLENBERG b: ABT 1807 in Wythe, VA
    9. Has Children Burgh Christopher HILLENBURG b: ABT 1816 in Wythe, VA
    10. Has Children Mary A. HILLENBERG b: ABT 1810 in Wythe, VA
    11. Has Children Margaret HILLENBERG b: ABT 1815 in Wythe, VA
    12. Has Children Susan HILLENBERG b: ABT 1815 in Wythe, VA
    13. Has Children Rosanna HILLENBURG b: ABT 1815 in Wythe, VA

    1. Title: 1810 Census Wythe, VA
      Page: 838
      Text: 2 - 1 - 1[]4 2 2 1 -
      Note: 1810 Census Wythe, VA, 21, 2 - 1 - 1[]4 2 2 1 -.
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