I'm still so curious about your surname. I've been doing more of my FISCUS research lately, and I find FICKES, FICKAS, and FICUS in Lancaster, York, and Adams counties of Pennsylvania. The names are also in Frederick and Carroll counties of Maryland. (I'm sure that the Mason-Dixon line is part of the explanation.)
Anyway, I have found Valentine FICUS on records of PA and MD, and I have wondered if he is the progenitor of the FICKES and FICKAS families. At first, my family thought that he was a FISCUS, but that his name had been spelled incorrectly on the ship's manifest. In Latin, his name would be pronounced "feye-kus." It means "fig" in Latin.
Who is your immigrant FICKES ancestor?
It has always surprised me that some of the non-English immigrants ended up adopting an incorrect spelling and even pronounciation of their surname because of their illiteracy. Because my FISCUS family passed through all of the above named PA and MD counties, I have wondered if there was a family connection.
Of course, there is no evidence for this supposition at this time. Thanks for writing.
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