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Re: Sarah Silkwood Carter, Greene Co., IL
Posted by: Richard Brown Date: December 13, 2001 at 01:57:49
In Reply to: Re: Sarah Silkwood Carter, Greene Co., IL by Kathy Rapp of 42


Please let me know what info you have. I have information on Harmon Snider, Sarahs father, he was a Hessian German Mercenary. I have other information as well.
Just a tid-bit below

Lying to the east of Wakefield is the large area known as Ashes Creek,
>much of which is now under water. On the hills surrounding the extinct
>village dwelled many of Spencer County's pldest citizens. Living and
>later dying in this area was one Harmon Snider, the Hessian soldier,
>who left a great many descendants. His story follows:
>The Harmon G. Snider story is probably one of the most unusual in
>Spencer County's list of early immigrants. An exceedingly large number
>of present citizens can trace their ancestry to him. The circumstances
>by which he came to this country add drama to his life.
>Harmon G. Snider was born in the German province of Hesse-Kassel in the
>1740s or 1750s. Prior to his conscription into the military service of
>his country, he had been a weaver... SCHNEIDER, the German spelling of
>Snider, was one of the 22,000 Hessian soldiers sold to the British
>government for service in the American Revolution... No provision was
>made for these mercenaries when the war ended. MOst were paroled to
>Washington's army officers as farm laborers in the Philadelphia area.


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