...one source (Doehla's Diary) that on the 10th Nov.1778, both the Lt. Philipp Christian von Wagner and Lt. Johann Sebastian von Molitor, received their releases from the Margrave and will return to Germany. And the entry of 17 Nov 1778 confirms that both lieutenants, Wagner and Molitor departed from here at Newport in order to begin their trips home to Europe.
Next thing I find Lieutenant Sebastian de Molitor on the Muster Rolls of the DIEMAR'S HUSSARS, taken 2.Nov.1779 and 13.May 1780, and still on 21 Dec. 1781. He plainly did not go home.
(Source National Archives Canada Microfilm Reel C-9818, MG23, D1, Vol.25 pages 162 (1-3). (also listed in my book 'The Hessians of Quebec')
Another strange thing is that Christian von Molitor is not listed in the Staedtler dissertation at all, there is only one officer by the name Molithor, Johann Sebastian, a Lieutenant, who received his discharge while stationed in Newport, R.I., and was sent home to Germany in 1778. From: "John H.Merz" <email@example.com>
...information on Christian (Theodor Sigismund) von Molitor in Staedtler's dissertation. He is mentioned on p. 71, where his land grant in Annapolis County is mentioned. He's then listed on p. 151 in Steadtler's list of deserters or new settlers. In this book his name is (mis-)spelled Molithor.
One still has to keep in mind that Molitor is just a latinized form of the extremely frequent surname Müller! Let's hope that Christian's ancestor changed their name a couple of centuries ;-) before he came to America. Jochen
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1. Sebastian Molitor Genealogy courtesy of Bruce Clarke
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