Posted By:Ken Tesh
Subject:Re: Adam Tesch early Lehigh Valley settler
Post Date:July 26, 2005 at 08:54:15
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Forum:Lehigh County, PA Genealogy Forum
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Hi Wendy,
Good to hear from you.
Peter Tesh was my ggggrandfather. As I said, he immigrated from Germany to Baltimore Md probably around 1787 which would have been just after the Revolutionary War. His son (my gggrandfather) was also named Peter. This Peter II was quite a character and apparently ran away from home to enlist in the war of 1812. He was born in 1798 in Baltimore. This is an excerpt from his obiturary
"Peter Tesch was one of the best known residents of the city. He came to Pittsburgh with his father from Baltimore where he was born, in the year 1811(1). After a short residence in this city, then little more than a frontier village, the family moved to Columbiana county, O, and while living there, Peter enlisted in the war of 1812. Being under age, his father took him home, but Peter ran away again and this time served in an Ohio regiment throughout the entire war.


He loved to tell of his experience at the battle of Lake Erie as well as other engagements through which he passed."

The Battle of Lake Erie was a famous engagement in the war of 1812.
So to answer your question, PeterII was in the military and it is possible the sword might be his. However, let me add a reservation here. I'm not a military historian but I believe that swords (particularly engraved ones) were carried by officers and not enlisted men. Since Peter would have only been around 14 at the time of the battle, I doubt he was an officer. It may have been that it was a ceremonial sword issued after the war to commemorate the battle, I don't know.
Officers also carried swords in the Mexican American war as well as the Civil War so I wouldn't narrow your search to only the Revolutioary War.
Peter Tesh II also had a son named Peter (born in 1831. This Peter Tesh III served in the Civil War in the 5th regiment, 204th Pennsylvania Volunteers, heavy artilery. I do not know whether or not he was an officer. Perhaps someone who does know military history could help you pinpoint more precisely what era your sword was manufactured in. That would ceratinly help narrow the search.
I do not know Peter Tesh I's fathers name yet. It is possible it might have been Heinrich but to my knowledge we have no connection to Vermont or New York.
As I understand it most of the German immigrants in the early days came in thru the port of Philadlephia and exited Germany from Rotterdam. I know that the Heinrich Peter and Adam Tesh brothers came into Philadelphia( I believe it was 1752) and settled in the Lehigh Valley area around Bethlehem. Heinrich converted to Moravianism and emmigrated with his family to North Carolina where there are many of his decendents to this day. To my knowledge I am not related to this family unles it is earlier in Germany.
I think I mentioned that Peter Tesh I had three other sons in addition to Peter Tesh II. Henry b 1800, Frederick b 1801 and Adam b 1810. They were all born in Baltimore but the Father moved the family briefly to Pittsburgh and then to Ohio. Henry stayed in Ohio, Adam and Peter returned to Pittsburgh and Frederick ended up in Johnstown Pa.
I hope this all isn't to confusing!
Ken Tesh