Notes for George Fazenbaker: George was among the "Hessian" soldiers hired by England's King George III to fight against the colonial forces during the American Revolutionary War. George was a private in the 6th Company of the "Jager-batallions" (the hunter batallions). To be precise, George was not from the part of Germany known as Hesse, but the term Hessian is customarily applied to all the German soldiers hired by King George III. Jaegers typically carried special rifles shorter than the Kentucky rifle. Their role was a screening force, for reconnaisance. During engagements with Americans, they would use their firearms at a distance, withdraw to reload, then allow the infantry to deal with the close range combat. The jaegers maintained support for the infantry as snipers and inflicted heavy casualties among American officers and NCO's.
In the German military records, George's surname was recorded as Vesenbecker and Fessenbecker. German records show that George was labeled a deserter with full arms and equipment in 1781, very near the end of the combat phase of the war. Western Maryland genealogist Wayne Bittinger noted a different account. "A history of Germans in the state of Maryland..reports that he had been taken prisoner or war adn had refused return transportation to Germany." The two accounts, one German and one American, appear to be different perspectives on the same event.
He supposedly served under General Tarlton in the south and came to George's Creek after being released as a prisoner from Fort Frederick, Washington County. 1787 listed as settler on military lot #3869 in Old Warnick Place near Firm Rock on Savage Mountain, Moscow Mills 1798. He had about 200 acres. The 1798 Allegany County assessment and the 1800 federal census for Allegany County included George's name.
Georges' last will and testament was dated 10/17/1809 and it is concluded he died in late 1809 or early 1810 for his will was proved at Cumberland on 5/12/1810. He was 52 years old at the time of his death.
More About George Fazenbaker: Date born 2: 15 Aug 1756, Heidelsheim, SW, Germany.210 Died 2: 1810, West Barton, Allegany, Maryland, USA.210
More About George Fazenbaker and Elizabeth Corbus: Marriage: 1787, Firm Rock, Allegany, MD, USA.211
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