Notes for Peter Lisman: It is believed that Peter and Elizabeth arrived in America at the port of Philadelphia in 1785-86. Came with his wife from Palatinate of Germany in 1785 to Philadelphia and was in Jefferson Co., Ky by 1800.
Peter Lisman built "Fort Lisman" on the Busseron Settlement near the Wabash River in the Indiana Territory. Completed in 1810, Fort Lisman was one of 5 original fortifications ordered by the U.S. Government in advance of the War of 1812. The preparations to war allowed early settlers in the Indiana Territory safety from the indians as well as bolstered the outlying frontier for the War of 1812 and the French and Indian War. The book, "Haddon, McClure, Curry, and Allied Families", talks in great detail about the early settlers and the role that Peter Lisman played in developing Fort Lisman on the ford in the Busseron Settlement.
The year 1808 was very disturbing in the Indiana Territory. Settlers not only had to seek protection from hostile indians but apparently from the politicians and land mongers as well. The territorial papers contain 2 petitions with signatures of members of the Lisman Family. The first, addressed to President Thomas Jefferson, asked that the territory not be divided and the seat not be moved to Jeffersonville.. A Mr. Jones, elected to represent them, is tainted with foreign politics and is violent and indecent. We consider him an unfit person to participate in our public councils. Three of the many signers include Peter, James, and Adam Lisman.
The second, also in 1808, addressed to the senate and house of representatives of the United States asks for the territory not to be divided. This petition contains the signature of James Lisman only.
A third document, from Elias McNamee, addressed to the president of the Senate on Dec 12, 1809, describes the official misconduct of William Henry Harrison, Governor of Indiana of the Indiana Territory. In this letter he states that Gov. Harrison headed a land speculating company, soiled the character of a bidder, McFadden, giving hush money and passed a law contrary to the U.S. whereby a negro may be held in bondage for 99 years when there was at that time a decided majority in this territory who were opposed to slavery. When the members of the house treated a bill he wanted passed with neglect, he became so enraged that he dissolved the house of representatives and the legislative council. The consequences of this action is that the territory is now without a legislature. A law of congress which prohibits agents and superintendents of indian affairs to be concerned in trade with the indians. Not withstanding the governor has been engaged in a mercantile partnership with the contractors for furnishing indian provisions, indian goods, and etc. The governor has invaded the elective franchise and by what intrigue and address he has got himself recommended for reappointment. From this rash act of the governor, much evil and confusion has risen to the territory, some of which will come before congress amd the senate. (A notation indicates that this letter was forwarded to the senate by J. Madison on Feb 8, 1810, over a year after it was written. The president inadvertently opened some time since the error was just then discovered.) By the time this letter was in the hands of the proper person, Indian affairs had broken down. The Battle of Tippecanoe took place in Nov, 1811.
While Peter Lisman and his wife, Maria Linxweiler Lisman, crossed to America on the same ship in 1785 with the George Linxweiler family. The Lismans had already migrated west and were already settled north of Vincennes, Indiana. The area below Vincennes and North of Kentucky were lands not protected by Indian Treaties. Because of the hostilities between the red man and white man, the growth of the territory in this region was slow and did not prosper until after 1820. Lisman families indicate that they visited with the son in Ky but it could not have been frequent. Peter and Maria Elizabeth Lisman's son, John, returned to Ky where he settled in Webster Co., Ky.
More About Peter Lisman: Burial: Unknown, Indiana. Occupation: Farmer.
More About Peter Lisman and Maria Elizabeth Linxweiler: Marriage: July 01, 1784, Dorrenbach, Lorddom of Zweibrucken, Germany.
Children of Peter Lisman and Maria Elizabeth Linxweiler are: