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."