Hello Resch researchers!
This really amazes me, I checked all your messages
on this Board for the following key words -
Dudenhofen, Manfred, Hessen, and Hessian, and none
of them turned up. This is a real surprise, because
the town of Dudenhofen now incorporated in the city of
63087 Rodgau in the German State of Hessen is the
home of many Resch families. In fact, the families of
Resch and KRATZ dominate the life of that town. There
is a popular saying: "In Dudenhofen reschts und kratzt
sich":), anyway, I have no Resch's or Kratz in my family
tree, but I do know a bit of the Resch history. In fact,
my friend Manfred RESCH from Dudenhofen is the author
of several Dudenhofen history books, and is the official
church book translator of the Dudenhofen Lutheran Church.
He has got the complete Resch history of all RESCH
families from that area.
One of his books, titled:
"1550-2000 - 450 Jahre Evangelischer Glaube in Dudenhofen"
has the name Resch as far back as 1698. One Philipp
Nicolaus RESCH born 1.Oct.1757 went as soldier with
the Hessen-Hanau Regiment Erbprinz during the
American Revolution to America to fight for the King of
England against the rebellion, became a prisoner of war,
but returned after the war at his own expense to his place
of birth, and dies in Dudenhofen in 1820.
In my own military files is another Henrich RESCH listed,
also from Dudenhofen. He served in the same Regiment,
was also taken prisoner at the same time in Saratoga
in Oct. 1777, and listed throughout the Revolution as a
prisoner, he indentured himself in October 1782 for three
years to a Pennsylvania farmer, and that is the last I have
heard of him.
One strange thing and as yet unexplained is the fact
that in 1783 a German soldier Philip RESH turns up
in Upper Canada, and having arrived there from the States
with a wife and 3 children, received a landgrant of 300 acres
at Charlotteville on Lake Erie.
My question is, did Manfred Resch in Dudenhofen mistake
Henrich for Philip, or what. One Resch prisoner goes home
and one goes to Canada.
This still needs some investigation, that's for sure.
BTW. Manfred Resch in not on the Internet, he may be
contacted by regular mail:
Trusting that this was of interest to the Resch family
researchers, I remain
John Helmut Merz, Hamilton, Ontario,
researching Hessian soldiers of the American Revolution.
(Ich antworte auch gerne in deutsch auf deutsche Anfragen.)