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Loyalist Directory: William Melick (Melich/Moelich)

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Surname : Melick (Melich/Moelich)
Given name : William
Rank : Sergeant
Where Resettled : St. John, NB
His Parrtown allocation was 1110
Status as Loyalist :  
Proof of Loyalty : NYGBS; V38 N1 Jan 1907
Notes (Expunged, Suspended, Reinstated) : Freeman 1785; d 27 Apr 1808 aet 55.
Regiment : First New Jersey Volunteers. Served the British army as a sergeant in a “regiment of foot”
Enlistment Date :  
Date & Place of Birth : 9 Mar, 1753, Sussex County, New Jersey
Settled before war :  
Date & Place of Death : 27 April, 1808, St. John, NB
Place of Burial : Old Burial Ground, St. John, NB
Wife Name : Zeruiah Kent
Children : Sarah, Rachel Jane, Margaret, David, Mary, Huldah, William Godfrey, Elizabeth
Biography : He was a Loyalist, much to the dismay of his patriot family. He was the eldest of eight children born to Gottfried and Margaret Moelich, a couple who emigrated to New Jersey from Germany before the revolution. (Credit for this information goes to Stephen Davidson, who included it in his article, “If Tombstones Could Talk,” in Loyalist Trails issue 2008-#01, Jan. 6, 2008).

He was a tanner, and died intestate, unfortunately. The tannery was a large one, on the south side of King Street, one lot removed from the Charlotte Street corner.
Proven Descendants : Victoria 2009.01.19;
Military Info : His military service in the First New Jersey Volunteers was with Captain Cougle's Company, in which he was part of the light infantry in Sept 1780, on Staten Island. After the war, he became a Captain in the St. John County Militia.
Loyalist Genealogy :  
Family History : He was the grandson of William Moelich who had been born in 1724 in Bendorff near Coblentz, Germany. His father Gottfried left there in 1724, for British Colonial America where he lived at various times in Philadelphia, then Somerset County, PA, and finally settled in Greenwich West, New Jersey in 1747. He died 11 Sept 1766.

William's wife Margaret's maiden name was Folkenburger. She was the daughter of Christopher and was born on 2 February, 1733. William had 6 brothers and 2 sisters.
Family Genealogy :  
Sources : Reference letters A; L
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