email from Frank Teller, historian at Johanngeorgenstadt:
From: F. Teller [Frank.Teller@t-online.de]
This information you can find in the booklet "Die Gründungsgeschichte von Johanngeorgenstadt" by Dr. Friedrich Francke (1854). [See also FAM quotation at Johanngeorgenstadt history page.]
The granting of the petition of Christoph Meichßner and Caspar Bernd was the mentioned "Privileg".
In the Chronicle of Johann Christian Engellschall we learn more about this. Meichßner und Bernd had to pay their taxes to the county of Schwarzenberg. But after the arrival of the Exulants on the Fastenberg, they acted like Exulants themselves. Both of them signed the petition (2 Dec 1654) of the Exulants to the saxon Elector Johann Georg I, althoug they didn´t came from Bohemia.
On the 22 nd of September 1654 Christoph Meichßner took the oath of a citizen of Johanngeorgenstadt like the other Exulants. Later he didn´t pay his taxes to the county of Schwarzenberg. Real Exulants were tax-free for 23 years. The county-administrator (Amtsschösser) of Schwarzenberg brought an action against him to the Elector (06/12/1668). But Johann Georg II. dismissed this case. In this way Christoph Meichßner became an Exulant.
|LPM Note: Compare the German version (above) with the following translated quotation from Friedrich Adolph Meissner [Letters written by Friedrich Adolph Meissner; <T233>] which is probably derived from Francke. There are some discrepancies.|
|> Freie Presse , "Von Waldhaeuslern auf dem Fastenberg": I would like to see the text of this story if it is not too long.|
The Freie Presse article,"Von Waldhaeuslern auf dem Fastenberg," discusses the early settlers (Meichsner and Berndt) on the Fastenberg. After the death of Georg Meichsner, his wife and children inherited his house on the Fastenberg. Christoph Meichsner bought this house from the other heirs on 6 May 1644 for 140 gulden. As partial payment for the share of the house that he bought from his brother Elias, on 17 Mar 1647 Christoph gave Elias a small plot of ground on the Fastenberg called "Schallern"*. In a petition [also signed by Caspar Berndt] on 24 Feb 1652, Christoph requested a tax exemption for this house from Elector Johann George I, confirmed 2 Mar 1652.
Sorry. I don´t know the original source of the petition and of the "Privileg".
|* Frank Teller adds that there is still a lane at the bottom of the old part of town called Schallergasse. "An old legend tells of a rich mine-owner named Schaller who was beheaded although he was innocent. On foggy nights, you can see him as a headless horseman, carrying his head under his arm." Actually there was a mine-owner, Wolff Schaller in Platten (which belonged to Saxony before 1546). Schaller protested against a new mining order made by the Elector Johann Friedrich and stirred up trouble, so he was banished from Saxony in 1536.|
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