I hope we can share family stories and learn enough to make a good start.My family oral tradition varied:
Two brothers came from Germany. Two brothers came from Prussia.
The "two brothers" part is a cliche, but it is a cliche because it happened so often.I have never found the two brothers.I did find a runaway indentured servant in Pennsylvania.And I found a Johannes Facemeyer/Fachmeyer who landed in Philadelphia on the ship "Duke of Wirtenberg, Daniel Montpelier, Commander, from Rotterdam, last from Cowes.Qualified Oct. 20, 1752" (from the Pennsylvania Archives, Second Series, Vol. XVII, p. 367).But I don't know anything more about him.
Our family oral tradition was that there were two brothers, Martin and Christine.OK.That's what my grandfather said, "Christine."That's what his father and grandfather told him.I just wonder what the German name Christian sounded like, especially after being passed down for two hundred years by non-German speakers.Martin and Christian were contemporaries.Christian (1733-1797) is a DAR Patriot.Martin was in the state militia in Joab Brooks' company in 1772.I don't have any dates for Martin.He is listed in the 1790 U.S. census for North Carolina, but not in 1800.
It was customary at the time for settlers to drive ox carts down the trail from Pennsylvania to North Carolina.I don't have any proof of Martin back in Pennsylvania, however.