FICHTNER is the most common German spelling of the name - compare Feuchtner, Fuechtner (Fuchtner with umlaut, 2 dots, over the "u", same as "ue"), Feichtner, Fiechtner- all regional variations derived from the root word- Fichte, which is a spruce tree. The name loosely defined means a dweller near the spruce trees. FEICHTNER found many times in old Somerset & Bedford County,PA records.
Martin Fichtner may also have been known as Georg Martin FUECHTNER. Born in Germany - place unknown. Fairly certain to America in 1772, residing first in Lancaster,PA.
Married Catharina KRAFT/KRAFFT, daughter of Friedrich(Fredrick)- see 1779 Washington Co.,Maryland records. However, Kraft family resided near Chambersburg, Franklin Co.,PA.
Known children include Johannes (John)- no record after about 1800- and Martin,Jr. Another, George Adam Fichtner, died young??? One known daughter, Catharine. Suspect others, including a Susannah, who married John Weyand.
Descendants carrying the Fichtner name can be found not only in Pennsylvania, but also Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas, Washington, West Virginia, and ???
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