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From: debbi Z <>
Subject: Re: [QUEBEC-HESSIANS] Andre Berck; BERCK, Johann Andreas
Date: Wed, 25 Jun 2008 09:47:07 -0700 (PDT)
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Hello Dominique and all,
Some time back in my search for Andre Berck (BERCK, Johann Andreas), you suggested I look at  the Wolfenbüttel archives for military records.
My German is poor.  I have not received anything back yet from the mail.
I was wondering if you (or anyone else) might have any suggestions as to what areas on that website would be a good place to start looking.  I have spent quite a lot of time over the past months without finding anything of use.  To be honest, I really do not know what I am looking to find there.
As an aside, I also have attempted to contact Ludwig’s brother, if it was in fact his obituary I found, but the address was several years old.
I have copies of the info from Merz’s collection they sent me on Andre but I had most of it already from the mailing lists.  I will happily share any new information I find going forward, if any. 
Is there any “central” location or collection for Hessian research that gathers and keeps it, as it is discovered? 
If anyone else is interested in this family, please let me know!
> I am sorry, I cannot translate this into French:
>   Je suis désolé, je ne peux pas traduire ceci en Français

--- On Sun, 10/14/07, Dominique Ritchot <> wrote:
From: Dominique Ritchot <>
Subject: [QUEBEC-HESSIANS] Andre Berck/Berk/Berke/Bork/Bourque; Brunswick; lived in Quebec; Origine : HESSE-DARMSTAD EN ALLEMAGNE
Date: Sunday, October 14, 2007, 1:33 PM

[message traduit en français]

Hello Debbi,

the best place to start you search in Germany is the Wolfenbüttel archives
for military records :

address :

Niedersächsisches Staatsarchiv
Forstweg 2
38302 Wolfenbüttel, Germany

tel : +49 5331 935 - 0
web :

Another tip is to contact the Hessen-Darmstadt Staatsarchiv :

Hessisches Staatsarchiv Darmstadt
Karolinenplatz 3
64289 Darmstadt

Tel.: +49 (0) 6151 16 59 00
Fax: +49 (0) 6151 16 59 01

You may also try to contact Ludwig Barck, a descendant :

although we haven't heard from him in a while.

Here are the basic infos I have :

DeMarce p. 65
BERCK, Johann Andreas : Brunswick troops, from Nauenheim (Hessian
territory), age 32 years 7 months, discharged 1783 (Rimpau) ; regt.
Riedesel, Speth co. (WB). Private, regt. of Riedesel, in Québec 1800 (V) ;
Andre Berk, soldier, son of Andre and Elisabeth from Armstad, Germany,
married 20 October 1783 Berthier-en-Haut to Euphrosine Mandeville, dauthter
of Joseph and Marguerite Charon of this parish (repertoire).

WAGNER, Johann Georg : Brunswick, 2nd transport (WB), discharged Canada
29-07-1783 (Rimpau), 22 years 9 months, born Dorsen (Bavaria).

abreviations :

Rimpau : Rimpau, Hans Helmuth
The Brunswickers in Nordamerika 1779-1783.
Staatsarchiv Wolfenbüttel 38 B Alt Nr.260. List of
Brunswick soldiers who remained in Canada & U.S.A.

V : Wilhelm Von den Velden 1800 land petition

WB : Wolfenbüttel military rolls

The Georg Wagner who witnessed Andreas Berck's marriage might be the
following :

Keep us posted on the results !


Dominique Ritchot

DeMarce, p. 65 :

BERCK, Johann Andreas : Brunswick, régiment Riedesel, compagnie Speth (WB),
démobilisé au Canada le 26-06-1783 (Rimpau), natif de Nauenheim
(Hesse-Darmstadt), 23 ans 7 mois. Pétitionnaire 1800 (V). Fils de André et
Elizabeth …, marié le 20-10-1783 à Berthier avec Euphrosine Mandeville
(Joseph & Marguerite Charron) ; 14 enfants. Sépulture le 26-04-1820 à
Lanoraie. Descendance au Québec. Réf. : Ludwig Barck (descendant).

voici les principales adresses pour commencer vos recherches pour les
soldats des troupes de Brunwick :

Niedersächsisches Staatsarchiv
Forstweg 2
38302 Wolfenbüttel, Germany

tel : +49 5331 935 - 0
web :

contact pour les archives départementales de Hesse-Darmstadt :

Hessisches Staatsarchiv Darmstadt
Karolinenplatz 3
64289 Darmstadt

Tel.: +49 (0) 6151 16 59 00
Fax: +49 (0) 6151 16 59 01


Dominique Ritchot

> I am sorry, I cannot translate this into French:
> Je suis désolé, je ne peux pas traduire ceci en Français :
> Please help me find more information for my ancestor Andre Berck.
> I found a list on that
listed some of the Hessian names and seems to be from the JOHANNES SCHWALM
> I am pretty sure this is my ancestor:
> Name
> Army and German Town of origin; Military rank or rating; Military
unit; Source of military record; Personal information and source for additional
information, if any.
> Berck, Johann (Andreas?)
> Brunswick; Hessen Territory; Smith (Rimpau); listed as deserting in
Canada in 1783.
> They (JSHA) told me the entry seems to be pulled directly from Virginia
DeMarces's The settlement of former German auxiliary troops in Canada after
the American Revolution : a monograph.
> I have Drouin church records that identify Andre Berk/Berke/Bork/Bourque
(and many other spellings in church entries from marriage record through several
children’s births and their deaths) at his marriage listed as having been a
Hessian soldier born in Germany, from Arnstadt. He lived in Quebec and married
in 1783. Notice that they list him deserting the year of his marriage. He
died in Canada in 1820.
> From
> ANDRE BERK Married 1783-10-20
> Résidence : BERTHIER-EN-HAUT
> -----------------------------------------------------------------
> Incidentally, a fellow soldier, Georges Wagner, is listed in the church
entry and is the only one present listed as Andre’s friend. I have not seen
his name mentioned on any Hessian list yet, either.
> I have found some emails online from people researching him several
years back, and corresponding about it, including John Merz, but none of those
email addresses are working anymore and John Merz has passed away. I have
contacted the JHSA as well as the Marilyn Adams Genealogical Research Centre
who now holds the Johannes (John) Helmut Merz Collection.
> I would like some details about him so I can research further back into
> Can any of you help?
> Do you have more information for me?
> Thanks,
> Debbi
We are discussing those soldiers of the American Revolution who were supplied
by German princes to the British King George III for the defence of Canada and
after the war settled in Quebec.
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