Here is another angle I haven't seen explored in GenForum re. the Weichmann, Wichmann, Wickmann, etc. families' military experience:According to one source, "PRUSSIA has been established as the primary origin of the family name; from the mid-16th century, the name migrated to other parts of the continent.Bearers of the name fought with distinction in the superior Prussian Army, the most feared and respected military force in Europe."Also, several Weichmanns fought as mercenaries in the American Revolution and stayed in America after the Revolution (Internet source-?--cannot relocate.)
My G-grandfather, Ferdinand Frederick Weichmann, abt. 1827 Ger.-d. Chicago 1890, who I have inquired about previously, had been a member of the personal body-guard of Kaiser Wilhelm (I-?), before emigrating to US. That's according to the family. I have not located records. I understand they were destroyed during WW II bombing, but that some church records have this information.