Re: Anthony Schoppe - Military History
Anton (Anthony) Schoppe is one of my great great...grandfathers.I am descended through one of his twin sons, Ephriam, b. aug 26 1828.I have been reseraching him off and on for several years.I have a copy of the Mary Coffin Schoppe book left by my grandmother so knew that he was a "Hessian" soldier and my line of descendancy but little else.
I have within the last couple of years filled in many missing pieces.One of the key places I found information was the AMREV-HESSIANS genealogy Board (not sure it is still active).From there I discovered he was actually a Brunswicker (from the Duchy of Braunschweig)as well as much else of interest.
A real treasure trove of information was uncovered in volumes of "The Journal of the Johannes Schwalm Historical Association".(I found bound volumes at the Genealogical Library in SLC).One article in particular is of interest from Vol 12, 2009, pages 91-93I really fleshed out his story.The Article Title is "Profile of Anton Schoppe - One of eleven "Forgotten POWs" of the Brunswick Army who remained in the United States after the Revolutionary War" by Robert Webler.From here I discovered he was a private with the Lieb Company of the von Specht musketeer regiment of the Brunswick Army.He is listed from Eimen/Amt. Wickensen Braunschweig (Germany) and was of the Evangelical religion. His unit was actually detached and sent to Bennington with LTC Baum's initial force (not von Breymanns reflief force).Much of my other information regarding his capture, serving with the American cuase, being wounded etc. corresponds with yours but is pulled together with nice detail in the Schwalm Journals.
I, like you, wondered how he and Phebe Spear Schoppe ended up Downeast.I agree the Fellows collection seems quite likely.It is interesting that Anton and Phebe's ninth child was named James Pierpont Schoppe, b. 13 May 1799.
Can it be coincidental that Gustavus and Sarah Fellows' eighth child, James Pierpont Fellows, b. jun 12, 1799 died just months before J.P. Schoppe's birth on March 18, 1799 and that this is the preiod in which Gustavus and Sarah lived in Jonesborough?
What I am currently reearching is how and when Anton Schoppe may have become connected to Gustavus.Was he paroled from the POW ship/camp to work in the Gustavus Fellows household in Boston before he deserted and joined the Americans and then returned later after the war to work again for the Fellows?Gustavus at this time was a very welthy and influential man in Boston, a selectman.His former father-in-law, Robert Pierpont, (his first wife Hannah's father) may in fact be the Robert Pierpont who was The Commissary of Prisoners and was responsible for the Hessian and Brunswick prisoners held in Boston.I feel the answer may be in the Massachussetts Archive Collection.In the meanitme I am trying to establish thePierpont connection or find any other evidence of Anton being in the employ of Gusatvus Fellows in 1777-1778 before he deserted to the American cause.
There is more here and more to discuss if you are interested.I vaguely seem to recall some genealogical work done to establish Anton Schoppe's parentage in Eimen. I may be confusing it with another family line of moine however.I'll look through my notes.