The year the largest number of German palatines migrated from their homeland into America was 1709.The German people had grown tired of having to raise enough food for their countrymen as well as the French Empire who had conquered them.Each year the numbers the German farmershad to feed increased and the land once used for farming was begining to tell the years of abuse.That, and the fact that the weather in the year 1708-1709 had been the coldest in the history of man-kind. Birds froze in flight, and the fires built to keep the families warm were extinguished by the winds that blew the bitter cold back into their homes.It was so cold that even the oceans froze, and travel was almost impossible.
Our Progenitor, John Kilian Feldman, did not come into American until the year 1751; however, by earlier records we do know that many of his family had proceeded him.It had been his dream to come one day to this land called America, but when the Renz family of Germany boarded the ship for America, and with it John Kilian's bride to be, he made it a point to make his dream become a reality. At all cost, as even of today, love will find a way.
The name change came when the ship captains registered their passengers, and then the census takers put down what they thought the name should be.
The Germans do not put two vowels in one name; therefore, the true spelling of our name would have been Fieldman, which means farmer.All German names are occupational; therefore, from the Germany spelling we got the Greek spelling, and also the English spelling, i.e. Fillmon, Philemon, Fillman.
If you spell your name any of the ways above, I would be interested in any or all of your genealogy.In return, I will share with you all that I have learned.I am attempting to write a book on the history of our family.
Related lines are as follows:
Union County, N.C.,: Brooks, Rogers, Harrington, Deese, Nash, Stegall, Carnes,Hinson, etc.
Taylor County, Ga.,: Windham, Wactor, Bird/Byrd, Driskell, Cosey, Parr, etc.,
Early County, Ga.,: McCorkle, Baker, Shefield, Rogers, Goodman, etc.
Alucha, Florida: Before it became a state in 1820. Hawthorne, Dials, Thigpen, Ryles, etc.
Thanks, and may God go with you in the search for your family.
Barbara Phiemon Parsons