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  •  That's the same name of the Lutheran Church (0+ / 0-)

    that my family attended for generations in Iowa. What a coincidence. And aren't family histories interesting! I haven't run into any real black sheep in my family history, but certainly lots of "interesting characters". Now my grandmother on my father's side, she was a real corker!

    Liberals think the glass is half-full. Conservatives think the glass is theirs.

    by dewtx on Mon Apr 16, 2012 at 12:28:32 PM PDT

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    •  I have an ancestor who, according to family (2+ / 0-)
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      tradition, was a Hessian who "changed sides" during the Revolution. I did some research on the "Hessian mercenaries" of the American Revolution a few years ago, and found that since most were drafted (more precisely "press-ganged") from ne'er-do-wells and ex-convicts, the Hessians decided to just strand them in the new world at the end of the war.

      The latter story may be true, but the side-switching version is preferred because it gives more credit to my ancestor.

      "Mistress of the Topaz" is now available in paperback! Link here:

      by Kimball Cross on Mon Apr 16, 2012 at 01:07:58 PM PDT

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      •  I may have one of those Hessian (2+ / 0-)
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        deserters in my tree who eventually joined the American side ... I obtained an excerpt from this work, and transcripts of the German parish records of a man with the same age and a slightly different spelling of the name of the ancestor in question, who suddenly just shows up in American records a couple of years after the war started:

        "If you are sure you understand everything that is going on around you, you are hopelessly confused." Walter Mondale

        by klompendanser on Mon Apr 16, 2012 at 01:26:39 PM PDT

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