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Conrad was Hessian solider when he came to America. The story goes he left his company and moved to NC. There he joined the Militia. He was captured and taken to NY. He managed to dress up as a women and walk freely out of camp and returned to NC to continue fighting. After the war he settled in Caldwell county.
Konrad Kramm was born in Hess, Germany, and arrived in America in 1776 as a Hessian soldier; a Grenadier, to be exact. On Dec. 26th, 1776, he was taken prisoner at the Battle of Trenton, N.J. At a later date he was exchanged, and went with the British to Georgia. At Ebenezer, G.A., he deserted his army and went to an American camp a Purysburg. There he obtained a permit to go from GA to Mecklenburg, N.C., which he did, arriving there in the spring of 1779. (The present day city of Charlotte is in Mecklenburg County). On the muster roll of April, 1779, he is listed as a deserter. Early in 1780 he enlisted with the colonials as a substitute for one John Burger (Barger). He was in Colonel Alexander Lillington's regiment and served under Captain Gabriel Enoch. Pvt. Kramm was at the siege of Charleston and was one of the 5,000 troops who surrended to the British on May 12th, 1780. Taken to N.Y. as a prisoner, tradition says that he escaped after a while and traveled through New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia and finally North Carolina, reaching Mecklenburg right before Christmas in 1781. The Files of German Military Men show him as being arrested and returned to Regt. in May, 1780, and being released from arrest in Nov. 1780. By the early 1800s Conrad Crump (as he eventually became known), was raising a family in Burke (now Caldwell) County. He applied for his Revolutionary War pension in 1832, at the age of 79, and was allotted $46.66 per year.
"Conrad Crump, late a pensioner of the United States under the act of Congress of 1832 at $46.66 died at his residence in the County of Burke on the 2nd day of September 1836, leaving no widow, but leaving Daniel Crump and Lewis Crump his sons and heirs at law whereupon it was ordered by the court that the same be certified to the war department."
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