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Re: Wilheim Christman Story...looking for source information. Is it valid?
Posted by: Michael Larsen (ID *****1372) Date: April 12, 2005 at 21:51:44
In Reply to: Re: Wilheim Christman Story...looking for source information. Is it valid? by stephen chrisman of 1185

Here is another version of the story as recounted by
Charles H. Crismon in Charles Crismon, Western Pioneer:

"Charles Crismon's grandfather, Michael Christman (1), is
the first ancestor with any certainty to which a lineage may
be traced. However, several traditional family stories
corroborate the Christman history prior to Michael's advent.
The consensus of these stories is the father of the above
Michael Christman, first name unknown, was a commissioned
officer in the army of Frederick the Great of Prussia. The
world powers of the early 1700's were nearly all interested
in colonial expansion. King Frederick the Great's command
was issued to Christman to travel incognito to North America
and gather intelligence on the advisability of German
occupation along the North Atlantic coast. The Christman
ancestral lines are said to be of German and French Huguenot
descent and associated with the tradesman class of people
in the area of Northern European cities. It is undetermined
if Christman arrived at the same time his son arrived to the
"new colonies". Michael, his teenage son, arrived at
Philadelphia in the ship "Two Brothers" by way of Amsterdam,
from the German Palatinate on September 15, 1748.(l)
Christman's favorable recommendations in this new land were
not acted upon by Prussian authorities and obviously he
liked what he saw so decided to stay. Beyond this
we know little else of this legend."

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