According to the book "Johannes Schwalm the Hessian, p. 234, two Hessian soldiers captured at the Battle of Trenton December 26, 1776 worked as prisoners for Christopher Kucher in Lebanon, PA.Henrich Heineman and Drummer Nicholas Henchel by name, Henchel was my immigrant ancestor.Info on Kucher that I have found is copied below.Is this your ancestor?If so, what more can you tell me about him?Also, do you know of any info or sources for how the prisoner's time was spent there, what they did, what type of social life they might have had with the locals, etc?I am trying to fill in the details of this period in Nicholas's life.
Oath of Allegiance, Lebanon Twp., Lancaster County, PA NOTE: Lebanon Twp. is now part of Lebanon County, PA.
Lebanon Sept. 27, 1777, Lancaster County SS: I the subscriber one of the Justices of the Peace for the county aforesaid do hereby, certify that the following is a true list of the names and surnames of such persons as have taken and subscribed the Oath or Affirmation of Allegiance and Fidelity before me as directed by an act of assembly of Pennsylvania passed the thirteenth day of June last viz: (This is List L391B (2) in Mayhill Source below.)
Among over 50 men named was Christopher Kucher
SOURCE: Lancaster County Pennsylvania Deed Abstracts & Revolutionary War Oaths of Allegiance, Revised and Enlarged Edition, Deed Books A through M; 1729 through c1770 with adjoining Landowners & Witnesses; compiled by R. Thomas Mayhill; The Bookmark Publishers; 1965. Note: The original source for the Oaths of Allegiance is Lancaster County Deed Book L.
Nikolaus was on the List of Prisoners taken directly to Lancaster, Pennsylvania after the Battle of Trenton. Nikolaus Henckel, Henrich Heinman (of Company 5 of the Rall Regiment), and Henrich Mander (also of Company 5 of the Rall Regiment) were held as a prisoners by Christopher Kucher of Lebanon, Pennsylvania. [Sources: HETRINA III, no. 7421, entered Feb 1777; JJSHA Vol 3, No. 1, p. 12; Johannes Schwalm the Hessian, p. 234] Kucher was a flour miller on the Quittapahilla Creek in Lebanon, whose family had lived since 1732. [Source: "The Mills of the Quittapahilla", by Henry S. Heilman, 1903.] "The Hessian View Of America 1776-1783" a 'List of Hessian Prisoners Who Went Out To Work and Names of Their Employers' states on page 10 that 868...Hessians who were captured at Trenton, December 26, 1976 were marched to Pennsylvania-Dutch country. Many were confined in camps only a short time. Beginning September 10, 1777, and continuing through November 20, some 397 prisoners were released to work for civilians.....most worked ....Lancaster, Lebanon, Reading and York.