Henry Climinghawk died in 1837. He was buried on the Presbyterian side of the Birmingham cemetery in Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania. In Warriors Mark Township, where Henry resided for 50 years, a legend has grown up around him. It is said, by some, that Henry “Climbing Hawk” was “Chief of the Bald Eagle Indians”, and a scout for the Americans during the Revolutionary War—he was even said to have fought against the Indians. But, is this legend true? Was Henry Climinghawk a Native American Chief, and did he fight in the American Revolutionary War against the Indians? In a series of posts I will be documenting the life of Henry Climinghawk. I will argue that Climinghawk was not an Indian Chief, but was instead a former Hessian soldier named Johann Henrich Kleimenhagen who deserted from the 3rd English-Waldeck Regiment in 1777. And, that he subsequently joined, and served with the 2nd New Jersey Regiment before finding his way to Warrior’s Mark, Pennsylvania in the late 1780s.
- “United States Revolutionary War Pension Payment Ledgers, 1818-1872,” images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1961-33241-20268-18?cc=2069831 : accessed 18 December 2015), 5-vol E Revolutionary War pensioners > image 30 of 436; citing NARA microfilm publication T718 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1962); Gunning, K.M. (2004). Selected final pension vouchers 1818-1864: Pennsylvania (Vol 1). Westminster, MD: Willow Bend Books. [Note: It is assumed that Henry died in 1837 as his last pension payment is made in September of that year. Conversely he could have died early in 1838](↵)
- Elizabeth Nearhoof. Echoes from Warriors Mark, Pennsylvania and surrounding areas. Self published, 1968; Africa, J.S. (1883). History of Huntingdon and Blair Countries, Pennsylvania. Philadelphia: Louis H. Everts.(↵)
- Altoona Mirror, Altoona Pennsylvania, 3 July 1991, p. 14.(↵)