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Report by military tribunal committee to the Estonian Provincial Government regarding a deserter from the 3rd rifle regiment, one Juhan son of Jakub.

The National Archives of Estonia

The National Archives of Estonia

The recruit, Juhan son of Jakub, was interrogated and his story, according to his own testimony and that of his brother, was as follows: Jakub was a peasant owned by the Baron Unger from Dorma village in the Narva region of the province of Estonia. He was ceded as a recruit in autumn 1806 in Tallinn. In 1811, Jakub decided to go on the lam. His brother Andres said Jakub came home after five years in the service and claimed he was freed. Andres didn’t believe Jakub and the next day he took his brother to Narva and delivered him to the military officials. When checking into Jakub’s account, the officials were perplexed by his claimed origin: Estonian province, Dorma manor. Jakub, it appeared, was from Livonian province, where there was a Torma manor.

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  • Title: Report by military tribunal committee to the Estonian Provincial Government regarding a deserter from the 3rd rifle regiment, one Juhan son of Jakub.
  • Date: 1812-01-13

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