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Conrad Betz
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Birth: 1753, Germany
Death: Jun. 11, 1830
Franklin County
Virginia, USA

Conrad Betz was a Hessian Soldier sent to the [United States] Colonies at the out-break of the Revolutionary War. He elected to "turncoat" after being captured near Trenton and elected to remain in America after the war.

I feel it may be impossible to gather additional information on Conrad. Typically, Hessian Soldiers recruited for war by England were mainly conscripts, debtors, or the victims of impressment; some were also petty criminals. If any did track lineage, it would most likely be through family bibles, which would have certainly stayed in Germany.

Additionally, upon entering or joining the United States, Hessians changed their names by changing the spelling or changing their sir name. Conrad Betz is believed to changed his name from Konrad Beatz.

Konrad Beatz, Hesse-Cassel; Hersfeld; Private; JAG Co 2; HETRINA Vol VI; captured near Trenton, NJ and joined Americans in Mar 1777.

Source -, dmbickford 2007.

According to the obituary for Conrad Betz, published in the "Lynchburg Virginian" 21 June 1830 p.3 col.3 Conrad died at home in Taylor Store ( a small community in Franklin County, VA, not Snow creek) on the 11th of June 1830 after suffering a paralytic stroke two days earlier.

He carried the title of P.M. (meaning police magistrate). He was a Hessian soldier who served with Howe and Clinton and deserted just before the battle of Monmouth, NJ in 1778.

In 1788 he emigrated to Franklin where he lived until his death. He was a member of the Dunkard (German Baptist church). He was in the 77th year of his age. he left an aged wife and numerous offspring.

Source -, dicksomer 2008.

Married Mary Ann Harley in 1788 in Virginia.
Family links: 
  Mary Ann Harley Betz (1770 - 1855)*
  Sarah Betz Bernard (1787 - 1850)*
*Calculated relationship
Created by: Jack Mitchell
Record added: Nov 12, 2013
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