Facts and Events
Cyriacus Fleischman was one of the Early Settlers of Germanna Colony
Immigration to Germanna Colony
Early Land Acquisition in Orange County, VA
Acquisition of Land from Orange County, Virginia Records:
Information on Cyriacus Fleischmann
From "Thomas Wieland (Wayland) and related lines" (http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~wayland/wayland/pafg55.htm#1161)
NOTE: Germanna Record No. Six, p.25. Name is also "Ziriakus."
1717 Colonist, sued by Col. Spotswood in 1724 and granted 390 acres in the Robinson River section June 24, 1726 (Spotsylvania Grants, Book 12, p.474). He and son Peter (who was adult when he also came in 1717) were jointly granted 400 acres in the same section Sept. 28, 1728 (Book 13, p.477). He last appears when he deeded 120 acres to Henry Huffman in 1748.
This relates to the 1717 colonists:
[The three hundred and ninetieth note in a series on the Germanna Colonies
In the last note, recognition was taken of B. C. Holtzclaw's error in saying the Second Colony came with Capt. Scott. In the colonial records there is no captain named Scott but there was a ship named the Scott. This ship was engaged in the Virginia tobacco trade where tobacco was brought back from Virginia and trade goods and passengers were taken to Virginia.
Custom officials were caught once for taking bribes from the captain of the Scott for allowing tobacco to pass through customs without the payment of the mandated tariffs. (The custom officials lost their jobs because of this.) The record is important to us because it establishes two facts. First, it names the captain who was Andrew Tarbett. Second, it tells a lot about the character of Tarbett whose morality put economics above principles. Knowing the name of the captain of the Scott, another search was made of the Virginia colonial records. One other record was found in which Tarbett appears. In the spring of 1717 he lost a ship to pirates off the Virginia coast (the pirates sank the ship). Tarbett had to give a disposition to the Governor of Virginia, Alexander Spotswood which has been preserved. The important point here is that Tarbett was speaking to Spotswood early in 1717. At this time, not long after the land scouting junket known as the "Ride of the Knights of the Golden Horseshoe," Spotswood was embarked on a western land development program on the frontier. (These lands went past the present Culpeper courthouse.) What was needed was a group of settlers who could be placed simultaneously on the land. Spotswood let Tarbett know of his interest in Germans, a whole shipload of them if possible.
Late that summer or in the early fall, Tarbett was back in London with a new ship (the Scott) when a group of Germans arrived in London seeking transportation to Pennsylvania. Tarbett promised them he would take them but he knew even then that his destination would be Virginia. Tarbett was taken to debtors' prison, perhaps because of losing a ship and cargo to pirates, but he negotiated his release and the voyage commenced.
The Germans were very surprised when the land they saw was Virginia and not Pennsylvania. Who was to blame? Mostly, Tarbett who was of a weak character. Spotswood had placed temptation in his path and Tarbett couldn't resist.
[The story is told in more detail with copies of the records in the September 1997 issue of Beyond Germanna, published by the below, who wrote the above.] John Blankenbaker Beyond Germanna PO Box 120 Chadds Ford, PA 19317 http://www.wp.com/germanna/ http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~george/germhist.html]
"There is no doubt that Cyriacus Fleshman was married at least a second time after Anna Barbara to Margaret. I doubt that there were any children of this marriage. My reasons go to the distribution of his property that Cyriacus made before his proposed trip to Germany. Not wishing to leave his estate hanging in case he should die on the trip, he disposed of all of his property before hand. I do not believe that anything in the disposition of this property suggests there was a child(ren) by Margaret.
Though he made his preparations and had official permission to make the trip, I do not know of any proof that he made the trip. And if he did make the trip (which he obviously wanted to do), there is no record of whether he returned. Thus, any statements about where he died are guessing and lack proof.
John Blankenbaker (john@@germanna.com)"
"The eight hundred and thirteenth note in a series on the Germanna Colonies
I have written about the emigration of the First Germanna Colony (of about forty-odd people) and of the Second Colony (of about seventy-odd people). Both of these colonies, being early emigrants from Germany, had to find a way to London where they were to find a way of going on to their destination. Each Colonies had a major disaster in London.
The First Colony had been expecting Christoph von Graffenried to meet them and to have the tickets for the balance of the journey. On the contrary, Graffenried was not there and, when he did come in, he was broke. Furthermore, his initial help for the Germans was to advise them to go home to Siegen. Imagine the looks of shock on their faces when they heard this.
The Second Colony signed on with Capt. Tarbett, master of the ship Scott. Barely had they agreed with him for a trip to Pennsylvania, then he was thrown into jail, probably debtors' prison. This put them into a limbo. Perhaps they had already paid him some advance money. Certainly they were left wondering what was going to happen next. And the time schedule became very uncertain.
Apparently each group survived its individual woes and remained a group with a common purpose. How did they do this? Surely there were many different opinions about what should be done. I suspect that one individual came to be accepted as the spokesperson or leader for the group. While not everyone might have agreed fully with this person, they accepted the decisions of this person.
In the First Colony, I would nominate Jacob Holtzclaw as the natural leader. We have seen on more than occasion that he seemed to be a leader. He kept the records when the group worked on developing the mines for Spotswood. He was one of the trustees for the land purchase at Germantown. In recent notes we have seen that he led the 1734 emigration from the Virginian side. The individual that the Moravian missionaries called on during their visits to Germantown was Holtzclaw. The one other individual whom the group might have listened to was Rev. Häger but he probably declined an active role due to his age and lent his support to Holtzclaw.
In the Second Colony, if I had to name one male individual of the group, it would be Cyriacus Fleshman. He was married to Anna Barbara who was the head by blood of the largest sub-contingent in the Colony. Later in Virginia, Fleshman signed petitions to the government. (I have certainly wondered about the role of Anna Barbara herself due to her unique position.)
In both groups, despite severe troubles, they seem to have held together as acceptance of a leadership role by one member provided the focal point and concentration that was needed. The members rallied around the leader's decisions and supported him.
John Blankenbaker (john@@germanna.com)"
The eight hundred and thirtieth note in a series on the Germanna Colonies
Another family, or perhaps more exactly a person, who had moved within Germany prior to the emigration to America was Cyriacus Fleischmann. The records at the church imply that he was from Klings, Fischberg, Eisenach, Henneberg, Saxony. Some of these names are thrown in just to help located the area. Before the modern reunification of Germany, this was just over the border in East Germany. Also no research has been done in the churches there, largely because no microfilming was permitted.
Anna Barbara SCHOENE [Parents] was born in Sep 1664 in Neuenburg, Kraichtal, Baden and was christened on 29 Sep 1664. She married Cyriacus FLEISCHMANN on 5 Mar 1701 in Neuenburg, , Germany.
BLANCKENBUHLER, Thomas SCHLUCHTER, Johann Jacob
F i Maria Catharina FLEISCHMANN was born on 8 Mar 1702. She died before 1704. F ii Maria Catharina FLESHMAN M iii Peter FLEISCHMANN