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jeudi 23 octobre 2014

No 13

The military file 
1. Philip listed as a German soldier 
in the Waldeck regiment
Philip had to come through a port in America. He did so through the port of New York with the 3rd Waldeck regiment in 1776. The following screen capture was made from a query at ANCESTRY.COM.

Philipp Lange arrived in America (New York) in 1776
with the German 3rd Waldeck regiment.
Philip was consequently a 3rd Waldecker soldier.
(If you click on the screen snapshot, 
it will reappear at its full size)
From the Marburg Archives where the military files of these regiments are stored, I came across the military file of Philipp Lange. Here is a screen snapshot of it.

The military file of Philipp Lange showing 
that he was born circa 1756
and lived in Wirmighausen, Germany

First blown-up section of the military file of Philipp Lange
(Since it is difficult to read, I have divided it in two sections and increase their size.)

Second blown-up section of the military file of Philipp Lange

The name of Philipp Lange in the list of German soldiers who
came to America during the ARW of 1775-1783

Where is Wirmighausen located? I guess it will be more convenient for you to find it through GOOPLE MAPS. But, here a screen shot that will help you locate it in Europe. 
2. Birth certificates in Germany
On a military file, we learn that he was living in Wirmighausen at the time he was a soldier in the 3rd Waldeck regiment. Was he born there? Do we have birth certificates to his name?

I must advise you in advance that, for instance, the name Johann Philip Lang is the name given at baptism. The individual will go on in life as Philip Lang. Even though our ancestor signed his name as Philip Long, it means that we have to search in Germany for Philip Lange, or better, Johan Philip Lange. The Longs in Germany were very scarce in the 18th century.

If you work with ANCESTRY.COM, the result will look like the first screen capture. If you work with LDS, the result will look like the second capture.
1st screen capture:

2nd screen capture: LDS

A few German birth records
for the name of Philip Lang/Long

You have surely noticed that there is no birth certificate that seems to match perfectly the data on his military file. First, the military file is not sure about his exact birth date: it could be 1756 or 1757. Second, on a passenger document, it says roughly the same thing: about 1757. Getting the exact date of his birth could very well a monumental task due to the distance and language barrier that separate us from Germany. Nevertheless, I think it is just a matter of putting the right resources at the right place, and it will get done. 
At least, we know where he was living in 1775.

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