Good start, Earl, and I wish you good luck with your search
for your Hessian soldier ancestor. I do have a problem with
your desertion date, although the Staedtler list of Ansbach
deserters quotes him as having deserted on 18. May 1783,
which seems to be the basis of your conclusions. This would
place him in an entirely different location, and may be the
source of your problem finding him. Consider this - in the
"A Hessian Officer's Diary of the American Revolution" ,
translated from An Anonymus Ansbach-Bayreuth Diary as
originally written by Johann Ernst Prechtel, translated and edited by Bruce E. Burgoyne, published by Heritage Books,
Inc., Bowie, Maryland, 1994, on page 94 is listed
UEBELACKER as a deserter from the Grenadier Company
while the Company was stationed at Rhode Island, in 1778.
With him are lsied as deserters: Friedrich Stoll, Chreistoph Bernhard, Johann Georg Rummel, and Simon Gruber.
Mind you, they did not desert together on one day, but from
the same location at Newport, R.I. (Stoll 20 Feb 1778, Bernhart 1. March 1778, Rummel 13.Aug.1778, could not find
Anyway, let's hope that we find some cousins of yours who
can help with this search. Name like this can't get lost, eh?
retired in Ontario.