Monday, March 10, 2008

· ID: I535261363

· Name: Daniel HILLENBURG

· Given Name: Daniel

· Surname: Hillenburg

· Sex: M

· Birth: September 10, 1752 in Rohrenfurth, Hesse-Kassel Germany

· Death: 1819 in Wythe County, Virginia

· Note:

Properly named Johann Daniel Hillenburg he changed the spelling of his name several times upon coming to America.

During the American Revolutionary War 1776 the British Army brought forth what was know as Hessian Soldiers. These soldiers were of German Descent, coming from the area of Hessen-Cassel, Germany. Thus the name Hessian derived. One such soldier was Johann Daniel Hilgenberg.

Daniel Hilgenberg as he was called was born September 10, 1752 at Rohrenfurth, Hessen-Cassel, Germany. Entering the Hessian Army at the age of 24, Daniel shipped to America to help the British during the American Revolutionary War. A grenadier in Rall's also known as Von Rall's Regiment Company 2, Daniel fought in New York and New Jersey. Captured by Washington's Troops at Trenton, Daniel became a POW one year before being exchanged. After the Battle of Savannah Daniel deserted at Zitterauer's Bridge near Purysburg, South Carolina on April 24, 1779. Other Hessians also left at this time and Daniel may have accompanied one to North Carolina. Some believe Daniel joined the American Forces, but I have found no proof of this thus far.

Daniel settled on Spraker Road near Crockett, Virginia, changed his name to Hildenberg and engaged in linen weaving. He married Barbara Shrader or Shrider in 1787 in Montgomery, Virginia. Daniel and Mary became the parents of nine daughters and four sons, all born in Wythe County, Virginia. Three of these daughters married sons of Jacob Deckert/Deckard of Wythe County, Virginia

In 1819 and right before his death, Daniel changed his name to Hillenberg.
Hillenburg, Hiltonberg, Hilenberg, Heltonberg, Hylenberg, Hylgenberg, and Hiltonberg are just some of the spelling variations used by descendants in the Hilgenberg line .
Upon his death Daniel was buried on his land. John Wampler was appointed guardian of Daniel's children and later married Mary Barbara Shrader Hilgenberg, Daniel's widow. John and Mary were married January 14, 1821. Daniel Hillenberg Jr. purchased Daniel Sr.'s farm from the heirs on October 25, 1834. It later was passed on to Daniel Jr's son Eli Hillenberg. Daniel Jr. son of Johann Daniel Hillenberg/Helgenberg and his sons were Virginia Confederate Soldiers. Daniel Jr.'s son Eli Hillenberg died in 1897 and was buried at Kings Grove Methodist Cemetery.

Father: Johann Christian HILGENBERG

Marriage 1 Mary Barbara SHRADER b: 1770 in Maryland


Brian said...

ELi had a daughter named Laura Ellen Hillenberg. She married Sidney Gray. My G-grandfather was Oren Gray Sidney's son. It is my understanding that the land he lived on and I visited as a child was part of the original Hillenberg land. My mother said she can remember as a young girl a trunk of documents in the house that related to the Hillenberg family.