My cousin who has been researching our family for years, says that his mother
had a document in German which she thought was John George Hindelong's
discharge papers from the German Army (Which army is unknown)
At some time in the last forty years I have been told that document which was
in a leather binder disappeared into dust before it could be copied.
Based on the age of the "Discharge" document, it could help determine what
generation came from German.
1st Generation ?Christian? b: ?1770-1890?
2st Generation John George b:about 1810
3st Generation John Frederick b:1839
Assuming the discharge document was kept as a prized document in a drawer,
would anyone be willing to estimate how old the document would be when it
crumbled to dust?
If this 1st generation ?Christian? was the a Christian Hindelong from Russia
who immigrated from Baiersbronn in 1804 to the US, the discharge document
would have been issued before 1804. It would have been 140 - 160 years old
when my cousin said it crumbled to dust.
Knowing the approximate life span of a document of this type could help in my
search as it would give me a better idea as to who was in the army and when
they came to America.
Thank you for any help you can give me.
Keith Nuttle <Keith_...@sbcglobal.net