> With all due respect for your position which was
> expressed by Amanda Laucks-Xanders in her book: History
> of the Smyser Family in America as follows:
> "The fist one of whom we have record is Martin
> Schmeisser, a farmer who became second officer in
> command under Frederick V, and who was mortally wounded
> at the battle of Burtemburg."
> Frederick V or Friedrich V von der Pfalz (August 16, 1596 - November 29, 1632) also known as Frederick V,
> Elector Palatine
You have your Frederick V's confused and era's! Hint: notice the wording "second officer under Frederick V" The Frederick V you are pointing out was a king: you wouldn't serve as a second command under a king (at least as how thrones usually go). Which hint's only to Frederick V as being a commanding officer and not a king! Now, guess who could been the real Frederick V in early 1700's!!
Here is something else to pounder to help you with sorting out the facts:
By 1727, the influx of these foreigners into Pennsylvania assumed such proportions that the authorities became alarmed and the Provincial Council adopted a resolution requiring that all masters of vessels importing Germans and other foreigners should, before sailing from the European port, make a list of the names of all passengers, particularly the males over sixteen; though often the names and ages of all passengers, including women and children were set down. Then, upon reaching Pennsylvania, the foreigners were obliged to sign a declaration of allegiance and subjection to the King of Great Britain and of fidelity to the Proprietary of Pennsylvania.
You see there, all passengers were listed *before* setting sail from port to America. This means even if someone died in route their name would still be listed. Again, Martin could never have been on the ship since he was dead from continuing religious conflicts that re-ignited in in 1720's, and the fact his name is never recorded as being a passanger.
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