Actually, George Baker, AKA George Fezenbaker] is on list as 5/ " 3869. "A history of Germans in the state of Maryland reports that he had been taken prisoner of war and had refused return transportation to Germany." The two accounts, one German & one American, appear to be different perspectives on the same event. German records show, April 1781, that George was labeled a deserter with full arms and equipment very near the end of the combat phase of the War.
Military Lot 3869, George eventually settled in what is today Garrett County. The first known record of the Fazenbaker family in western Maryland was made in 1787, Col Deakins surveyed 1787, four years after the end of the Revolutionary War. George Fazenbaker is listed as 5/ 3869 on Deakins Survey 1788. AKA George Baker. Deakins’ survey was the Map of military lots,from the original by Hezekiah Veatch in 1787. The oldest known map based on Deakins’ survey was the Map of military lots, tracts, patents, etc. in western Allegany and Garrett Counties, Wayne Bittinger wrote, "By 1787, George had made his wayto westernMD. That year, he was listed as a settler on Military Lot 3869, which is situated on the eastern slope of Big Savage Mountain in present-day Garrett County, two or three miles northwest of Barton, Maryland." [List of familes who settled on lots included in the survey before the lands were set aside as military lot.] This property was part of Washington County at that time, but it became part of Allegany County when it was formed in 1789, and in 1872, it became part of Garrett County. The 1798 Allegany County assessment and the 1800 federal census for Allegany County included George's name. In the German military records, George's surname was recorded as Vesenbecker and Fessenbecker. Western Maryland genealogist Wayne Bittinger noted a different account.
In the 1970s, Jack Fazenbaker wrote, "I have located the farm that George the Hessian left in his will. It is now owned by Howard C. Michael and was purchased by Mr. Michael's grandfather in 1856 from George Fazenbaker's son Godfrey. Godfrey Fazenbaker, had bought the land from his brothers and sisters after Elizabeth died."
Does this Godfrey in any way connect with John Godfrey's heirs?
Descendants of John W. Godfrey, heirs & patents 1 John W. Godfrey, heirs & patents Died: Abt. 18 March 1794 in Great Cove, Ayr Twp., Bedford Co. ........ 2 Paul Custer, Pat. Dec. 23 1796 Died: in PA MONTGOMERYREMAINDER OF CO ........ 2 Rebecca Custer, Pat Dec 23. 1796 ........ 2 Sarah Custer, Pat. Dec. 21 1796 ........ 2 Susanna Custer, Pat. Dec. 23 1796 Godfrey Fazenbaker, had bought the land from his brothers and sisters after Elizabeth died." John Fazenbaker [Hessian John] was neighbor of Paul Custer in VA.