Oberkalbach Area Hessian Soldiers
Village of My Berthold & Ullrich Ancestors
     The King of England hired German soldiers to fight on the side of the English in the Revolutionary War from 1776-1784.  He paid a rental fee for them to fight  and paid a price for each one wounded or killed.  Among these approximately 29,000 soldiers were almost  17,000 from the Hesse-Cassel area.  Of these 17,000 soldiers, approximatly 6500 were "lost", some of them by desertion  in order to remain in America. The German deserters of the English army were promised 50 acres of land.  Many took advantage of this offer. Some apparently even sold themselves into indenture in order to remain here.
     Soldiers from the Oberkalbach area who remained in America number about 100.  In the 6-volume set of reference books titled HESSISCHE TRUPPEN IM AMERIKANISCHEN UNABHAENGIGKEITSKRIEG (HETRINA) a team of researchers led by Inge Auerbach and Otto Froehlich list the German soldiers who participated in the war.  From these volumes I extracted the names of those soldier who were from the Oberkalbach area who deserted, were separated in America, or sold themselves into indenture in order to  remain  here. There were  4 soldiers from Oberkalbach listed, but apparently none remained in the U.S. The names listed with an asterisk were taken from a German book titled BERGWINKEL CHRONIK.

Melchior Schmitt b. abt. 1756; deserted
Nikolaus Schmitt b. abt. 1760; deserted Jul 1779
Johannes Seelig b. abt. 1757; deserted  Dec 1778
Ulrich Zeth b. abt. 1758; deserted Jan 1779

Henrich Cress b. abt. 1754; deserted
Nikolaus Linck b. abt., 1748; deserted Jul 1779
Henrich Schumm b. abt. 1754; deserted Dec 1778
Kaspar Spahn b. abt. 1754; deserted Sep 1782
Kaspar Weitzel b. abt. 1754; deserted Jun 1782

Johannes Hohmann b. abt. 1758; deserted Sep 1783

Georg Baist b. abt. 1755; deserted Jan 1779
Johann Friedrich Jahn b. abt. 1750; indentured Nov 1782

Karl Hoefling b. abt. 1758; deserted
Adam Roehm b. abt. 1755; separated in America

Henrich Voegeler b. abt. 1751; deserted May 1783

Nikolaus Cress/Kress b. abt. 1761; deserted Aug 1783
Johannes Koch b. abt. 1748; deserted Mar 1780
Georg Schlingelhoff b. abt. 1761; indentured Oct 1782

Johannes Kohlepp b. abt. 1761; deserted Nov 1779
Kaspar Kohlepp b. abt. 1759; deserted Apr 1781
Melchior Kohlepp b. abt. 1750; deserted Feb 1779
Kaspar Rueb b. abt. 1757; deserted 1783
Johannes Weitzel b. abt. 1743; deserted Feb 1781
Nikolaus Weitzel b. abt. 1751; separated in America Jul 1783
Nikolaus Weitzel b. abt. 1757; deserted Oct 1777

Henrich Iffland b. abt. 1760; deserted
Johannes Iffland b. abt. 1754; deserted 1783

Daniel Leibold b. abt. 1754; deserted Mar 1780
Stefan Linck b. abt. 1760; deserted Dec 1778
Johannes Traband b. abt. 1755; deserted Jul 1781

Johann Georg Daefner b. abt. 1747; deserted Jul 1783
Nikolaus Dietrich b. abt. 1756; deserted Nov 1778
Konrad Hahn b. abt. 1753; deserted Oct 1777
Henrich Krutsch b. abt. 1757; deserted Nov 1778
Kaspar Lotz b. abt. 1756; deserted Jul 1783
Johannes Rau b. abt. 1754; deserted Oct 1777
Nikolaus Zehner b. abt. 1751; deserted May 1780
Georg Ziegler b. abt. 1756; deserted 1781

Gotthard Schaeffer b. abt. 1764; separated in America Jul 1783

Georg Bensing b. abt. 1743; indentured Sep 1782
Philipp Bensing. b. abt.______; indentured  Nov 1782
Nikolaus Leibold b. abt. 1758; indentured Nov 1782
Johannes Rosenberger b. abt. 1751; deserted Oct 1777

Kaspar Linck b. abt. 1751; deserted Jul 1779
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