My Name is Ken Herman and I am a descendant of Jacob Zike and Katherine Avey, via John Zike and Susannah Smith, their son Jacob Zike and Elizabeth Fountain, their son William Zike (Civil War Company C 137th Indiana Infantry) and Julia Ann Wineinger, their son Lewis Zike and Molly Cross, their son Glen Zike and Pearl Turmail, their son Lewis Zike and Ann Aquino, their daughter Carol Ann Zike and William Herman.
My brothers and I had done some research on Jacob Zike / Katherine Avey in the early 1990's and were able to locate a 80 acre parcel of his original 113 acre farm in Jessamine Co. Ky, via courthouse records. Also I located and copied his last will and testament, which lists all of his possessions at the time of his death. These are available in the courthouse there.
While there, we spoke with a local historian who informed us that another farmer, Conrad Earthenhause (anglicized name) had been a friend of Jacob as well as a fellow Hessian soldier when both of them had switched sides and joined the American Army after being captured. Conrad had applied for a pension and in his application recounts all of the exploits that both he and Jacob experienced from the start of the war. This information is also publicly available.
Based on this information, it appears that both Conrad and Jacob were in the North Carolina Militia under the command of General Stevens. They participated in the battles of Camden, Cowpens,and Guilford Courthouse, and finally Yorktown. During the last year of the war they fought British and Mohawk Indians. Jacob's farm was possibly payment for enlisting in the American Army.