Gerhart "Gerhardt" "Garrett" "Gebhardt" Fiscus, was born in a part of western Germany near France called the Rhine Palatinate. His father was Garet Fiscus. From Ancestors of Edwin (Trey) Victor APEL III, I found most of the following information and their sources:
Gerhart Fiscus (born 1695 and died before 1795) and his younger brother Frederick Fiscus (born 1707, died Jan 29 1772) arrived in Philadelphia with Master James Cowie on the ship Loyal Judith from Rotterdam, Holland, via the isle of Wight in England on September 2, 1743. Gerhart's age was given as 48 and Friederich's age was 36. Various spellings for the two brothers are Fiskes, Finkes, Fiscus, Fiechgus, Fiscos, and Fischkus.
Gerhart made a mark instead of writing his signature, so he probably could not read or write (in English, anyway). It was presumed that Friederick and Gerhart were brothers, although that has not been proven.
Reasons for choosing Pennsylvania to settle may have been because other Fiscus families had emigrated there, some may have been their relatives. Pennsylvania was a colony known for its religious freedom, so, many Germans had settled there.
"General History: 'William Penn went to Germany to recruit people to come to what is now Pennsylvania. He promised religious freedom. The journey usually started in May and ended in October. 26 custom houses had to be stopped at on the trip up the Rhine. Delays in Holland, where food was dear, depleted the funds of the traveler. It took 8, 9, or 12 weeks to cross the Atlantic depending on the wind. Seven weeks was considered a short trip. Passengers were packed on the boats like sardines - many got ill - many died. On arrival here, the passengers were bargained for to pay their passage debts. No stigma was attached to this as all were in the same situation. In 1792, of 150 who left Germany, only 50 arrived in Philadelphia. Fiscus folk must have been a hardy lot. Ship captains were cruel and dishonest. Chest of required items were broken into and things stolen. One man wrote that he got on a ship at Rotterdam on 9-5-1747 and arrived in Philadelphia 4-5-1748. On arrival here most passengers were owing money to the ship captain and someone here had to pay the bill.' - Elma Fiscus "
Garhart is the brother that is the ancestor or Hester Fiscus who would eventually marry George Washington Young
Gerhart had one child, Gerhardt or Garrett Fiscus, born in 1720 and died in 1797