|In my previous writings, John Siever was assumed to be the son of Johannes Seibert.I now say that they are in fact the same person.Over the last 15 to 20 years I have concentrated my research on proving or disproving this fact.Thanks to the research of Lewis Yankey and Lonzo Dove (distant cousins), I found all of my ancestors back to John Siever in a very short period of time. |
So who was this John Siever and where did he come from? His tombstone, a new replacement beside the original, says JOHN SIEVER born in Germany 1765. So this is where my search began.
The first theory follows a Johannes Sievert who arrived in Philadelphia in 1742.To follow this Johannes we must also follow Henry Kouckes (Cookus - as spelled today). Henry arrived on the same ship as did Johannes.My distant cousins, Lewis and Lonzo, developed the theory that Johannes Sievert had at least three sons: John Siever who first lived in Leesburg, Va. and later moved to Rockingham County; Peter Seever who lived in Shepherdstown, Va. (now WV) and married the daughter of Henry Cookus; and Casper Seever who lived in Winchester, Va.These three people did exist in the towns as listed, but I have not been able to find any records that place them together as brothers.The will of Peter Seever names a Casper Seever as one of the executors, but does not refer to him as a relative.One can only speculate that Peter and Casper were in fact brothers.
The facts today are that the Johannes Sievert that arrived in Philadelphia in 1742, did have at least three sons.The only difference was that his son John was born (1743/4), lived and died in Pennsylvania, as did his brother Casper.Peter Seever did move to Shepherdstown, VA and married Hanna Cookus. So when Peter included Casper as executer in his will, it really was his brother.
The facts today are that in Winchester there was another Seever family, with a John, Casper and Henry.They were merchants and owned a store in Winchester.So the Casper in Pennsylvania was the brother listed in Peter’s will and not the Casper in Winchester as my distant cousins had originally thought. The John in Winchester was also born in the early 1740.
The next theory, by another distant cousin, Doc Smith believed that John Siever (Johannes Siebert) was a Hessian soldier, as was Doc's ancestor Lorenzo Frederick Schmidt (see the Smith book).John Siever (spelled Johannes Siebert in the original German church records) appeared in the same church records as Lorenzo Frederick Schmidt in Lovettsville, VA in the mid 1780's.But how could this be. His tombstone said born 1765. He would only have been 10 years old when the Revolutionary War started 1775.
In trying to prove this theory my research turned up 105 Hessian Soldiers with the family name of Siebert or a reasonable variation in spelling of the name.Of the 105 Sieberts, 26 of them had a given name of Johannes.Of the 26 Johannes, 12 returned to Germany; 8 were killed in battle; the remaining 6 Siebert's are confirmed to have remained in North America.1—Settled in Canada; 2 – Settled in Winter Hill, Mass; 3 – Johan Adam Seyfert settledin America and married (given name last name spelling did not match anyone in our area);4 – Johann Gottlieb Siebert (given name last name spelling did not match anyone in our area); 5 – Johann Jacob Siebert according to records married in 1783, but I could not find trace of this Johann;6 – Johannes Siebert prisoner of war in Frederick, MD.
Now the rest of the story: Regiment Erbprinz (Crown Prince) or Prinz Friedrick was stationed at Eschwege, Germany and departed its garrison on 2 March 1776. On 6 April 1776 the regiment boarded the transport ships Berry, Friendship, Sisters and Thornton which weighed anchor on 17 April 1776.On 1 July 1776 the ships were sighted off Halifax, Nova Scotia.After a short landing at this port, the regiment reached Staten Island, NY on 15 August 1776. Johannes and Christoph Sieber