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Re: Origin and pronunciation of FICKES?
Posted by: Pamela (Fiscus) Hatch Date: December 07, 1999 at 20:13:58
In Reply to: Re: Origin and pronunciation of FICKES? by Linnea of 154

Frederick FISCUS (36) and Gerhard FISCUS (48) were both on the ship Loyal Judith which docked at Philadelphia, PA, on September 2, 1743. There is no proof that Frederick and Gerhard/Gerhard/Garrett were related, but it's a logical assumption. Another Gerhard FISCUS immigrated later to PA. One of them was a tailor and died without issue, and the other moved on to western PA. (This isn't my line, so I don't know as much about them.)

FISCUS wasn't spelled in its Latin form on any of the ship's records, but it is definitely FISCUS on the church records of Ober-Saulheim, Germany. These are the ways that FISCUS was spelled (always reflecting a middle "s" or "sh" sound).

Fischkus/Fishkus/Fiechgus/Fishkes

Even though the spelling indicates a different spelling, there are some facts in common, namely, 1) Johann Frederick FISCUS was my immigrant ancestor's full name; 2) Frederick had a son named John Adam; 3) They used Maria as a first name for two daughters, a second name for one daughter, and one daughter was known only as Maria; and 4) We believe that Frederick moved to York or Adams county after his 1st wife's death. He owned land that was on the disputed border between PA and MD.

Actually, after Frederick's family arrived in Philadelphia, there are very few references to the time he spent in Conestoga Township, Lancaster County, PA. By the 1760's he was in NC near Bethania (later Winston-Salem) where several of his daughters married men who belonged to the Moravian Church. It is from their funeral memoirs and John Adam's Revolutionary War application that we learned about Conestoga Township, PA.

I can't decide if there is a connection, but I will certainly copy your messages and keep them for future reference. One last question, is there any reference to Peter Youngblood in your research? I believe there is a connection between him and Frederick. Do you have a lost Maria Margaretha (b. 1730) in your genealogy? Frederick's oldest child is unaccounted for, but there is a Moravian record that refers to a son-in-law.

Thank you for your help.

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