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CONRAD BONGARD - Hessen-Hanau Artillery.

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CONRAD BONGARD - Hessen-Hanau Artillery.

Posted: 21 Jan 2002 11:09AM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 3 May 2002 4:09PM GMT
I don't think I ever posted anything to the BONGARD Board,
and I think an introduction is in order. For almost 17 years
I have been researching the Hessian soldiers of King George
the Third of England, who were hired by him to fight the rebellion in his 13 colonies in America. Quite by accident did
I stumble on the history of this soldiers during a trip to the
Quinte Isle near Belleville Lake Ontario. There I found the
Rose House Museum in the North Marysburgh Township of
the Prince Edward County, Ontario. This was and is the
home turf of the BONGARD Family. = Conrad's history was
reported in some old historical books and was terribly distorted. With the help of some very active descendants,
we set out to find the truth about this man. My thanks to
Mrs. Susan Vickerman of Florida and to Mrs. Ruth Hyslop of
Ohio, with their help and encouragement We found all the
documentation of his military duty for the Prince of Hanau,
we found his land petitions and his land grants in Marysburgh
and we found his marriage in the Holy Trinity Church in
Quebec City, and most important, Susan Vickerman travelled
to his place of birth in Lohrhaupten, just inside Hessen north
of the border with Franconia/Bavaria, and Susan sat down
with Pastor Imhof of the Lutheran Church of Lohrhaupten and
went through the church records, where they not only found
the birth and baptism of Conrad, but his whole family. In
fact the name BANGERT is still very much represented in this
lovely village, and the cemetery shows the name quite often.
In any event, to make a long story short, in 1997 I wrote my
book "The Hessians of Upper Canada', and in it I devoted
four full pages to the amazing story of this man. He sure was not a high ranking officer, and he did not get 5000 acres for
his services, but he was a simple artilleryman with the
Hanau Artilley, who at the end of the war had enough of
military duty, and decided to stay in Canada. My book is
deposited in many historical and/or genealogical libraries, as
well it is still available from me. Hope this should clear up
a lot of mysteries about your ancestor. Thanks for reading,
John Merz
SubjectAuthorDate Posted
hessianmerz 21 Jan 2002 6:09PM GMT 
Elke 2 Jan 2003 9:09AM GMT 
merzhessian 2 Jan 2003 4:34PM GMT 
bilbo158 14 Mar 2003 6:35PM GMT 
David Bongard 7 Sep 2004 7:37PM GMT 
hystahan 28 Apr 2012 3:23AM GMT 
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