Our Reibsamen (Turnipseed) Family History

Adam Reibsamen, was a Hessian soldier, taken prisoner by the Colonials at surrender at Yorktown 1781 and was a prisoner of war in Maryland. The prisoners were loosely guarded and in fact urged to go out in the community and seek work to help support themselves. Many married local girls and stayed in the colonies. This is what happened to Adam. He married  November 12, 1783 Frederick Co. MD (Lutheran Church registers) to Maria Dorothea Steinbrenner, daughter of Jacob and Anna Eve of Loudoun Co. VA. 

Hessian troop records gave his birthplace (in Germany), but a letter to the minister there got a reply that he was not found in the records. I haven't found where or when Adam died, but apparently by 1800 when his widow was a sponsor at New Jerusalem church in Loudoun Co., VA.   He was on tax list 1788 and 1789 there and on Loudoun Co. militia records as Adam Turnipseed. The church records used the German version, Reibsamen.  Apparently he felt that was the translation although I had a letter from a Reibsamen lady who said it definitely is not!

Of Adam Reibsamen/Turnipseed's children, Adam, Catharine, and Susannah m. in Columbiana Co. OH as early as 1807; Peter (used the name Reepsummer) m. 1818 in Trumbull Co. OH; Henry stayed in VA but eventually went to Carroll Co. OH.


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