Twenty years later a record of him is found in Williams Township, Northampton County, Pennsylvania. The 1772 property tax list shows that France Hilgert was a farmer who paid 1.12.0 pounds tax on his property. Williams Township is to the south of Easton, Pennsylvania.
Some time after this he relocated to Mount Bethel, north of Easton, Pennsylvania. On July 30, 1778 Francis Hillyard took the Oath of Allegiance in Mount Bethel under the direction of Justice of the Peace, Judge Benjamin Depui. His sons Isaac and Peter had signed the Oath declaring their allegiance to the support of war against England one month earlier on June 29, 1778.
His name is found on the 1781 tax list for Mount Bethel: Hilliard, Francis, 3.10 pounds.
He settled in the area of Centerville, Upper Mt. Bethel Township, Northampton County, Pennsylvania.
Johann Franz Hilgert service in the Revolutionary War is evidenced by his having signed the Oath of Allegiance. The DAR application names him as Von Johann Franz Hilgirt. He is Ancestor #: A056226 also known as Francis Hilliard and recognized for Patriotic Service.
He married Christina Mauny/Mohney Johann Franz and Christina Hilgert had nine children (six sons and three daughters). His will, written on May 16, 1797, was probated September 21, 1797 and provides us with the names of his children. Hilgert, Francis, Upper Mt. Bethel, yeoman: wife Christina, sons Peter, Isaac, John, and George, Ann-Mary, wife of Abraham Houck, son Jacob, Catharina, wife of Adam Mauny, and son Abraham who was deceased and his widow and 4 children.
The inscription on his gravestone in the Old Union Cemetery in Upper Mt. Bethel, Pennsylvania is in German. It says, "Hier ruhet der leib Van Johann Franz Hilgert Er ward zur welt geboren den 1st February 1722 Ist gestorben den 19 August 1797 Alter 75y 6m 4t
Her gravestone, also in German reads: "Hier ruhet der leib Christina Hilgertin Sie war geboren den 7 Ma..." and the rest is buried in the ground.
His gravestone translation is: Here lies the body of Van Johann Franz Hilgert He was born into this world Feburary 1, 1722 and died August 19, 1797. 75 years 6 months and 4 days. Her gravestone translation is: Here lies the body of Christina Hilgert She was born on May 7... However it is known that she died on June 9, 1797, at the age of 73.
Johann Franz and Christina had a son named Peter, who also fought in the Revolutionary War. He married Elizabeth Emrich. Peter and Elizabeth's daughter Christine married Jacob Eilenberger. Their daughter Catherine Eilenberger married John Correll. They had a daughter named Josephine Correll who married Henry Good and had a son named George. George Good was the grandfather of Dorothy Alice Good Smith.
Eyerman, John, WILL ABSTRACTS OF NORTHAMPTON COUNTY, PA; 1752-1802. Vol. 2, 1897, p108.
Eyerman, John. THE OLD GRAVEYARDS OF NORTHAMPTON.