Johann Heinrich Haeger (1644 - 1737) MP

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Birthplace: Antzhausen, Siegen, Westfalen, Prussia
Death: Died in Germantown, Fauquier, Virginia
Occupation: Clergyman, scholar
Managed by: WILLIAM E. GIESLER
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About Johann Heinrich Haeger

Johann Heinrich Haeger (Heger), clergymen and scholar, B 27 Aug 1644 Anzhausen (christened at Netphen), D 1 Jan 1737/38 Germantown, Prince William (now Fauquier) County, Virginia.

He was the son of Heinrich and Guda (Schramm) Haeger [schoolmaster at Anzhausen ]. Johann Heinrich married about 1678 to Anna Katharina Friesenhagen, born 1663. Johann Heinrich was admitted in April 1668 to the Teacher’s College in Herborn, about a third of the way from Siegen to Giessen to the southeast. In 1669, he taught at the Latin School in Hanau east of Frankfurt about 65 miles southeast of Siegen). In 1678, he was teaching at Siegen.

In 1689, Johann Heinrich was “Konrektor” or Associate Director of the school at Siegen at the same time was a pastor. From 1703 until 1711, he was a pastor at Oberfischbach, just west of Siegen. Members of this Lutheran Reformed church boarded a ship in Rotterdam and sailed to New York in 1709, likely because of religious persecution.

On April 3, 1711, Johann Heinrich received permission to retire from the pastorate because of ill health, but this did not prevent him and his family and 12 other families in the mountains from leaving Oberfischbach in the summer of 1713, and emigrating to the New World. In early 1713 Lieutenant-Governor Al exander Spotswood of Virginia had asked Swiss nobleman Christoph von Graffenried to send him some miners to search for iron ore on his estates along the Rappahannock River. Once he had arrived to New York, Johann Heinrich moved down to Virginia. Thus, he undertook and led the families arriving in April 1714 to Tappahannock and then up about 20 miles west past Fredericksburg to construct the Germanna Colony settlement and Lutheran Reformed Parish on the Rapidan River.

(Sources: Translated by Jaque Pinton of Chambrun, who wrote about events after 1660 through 1690. Friedrich Wilhelm Cuno, Geschichte der Stadt Sieg en (1872), page 244; H.J. Ruetenik, Bahnbrecher der deutschen Reformiert en Kirche in den Vereinigten Staaten von Nordamerika (1901), page 81; Sie gerland: Blätter des Siegerländer Heimatvereins (1926), pages 49-54; William J. Hinke, The 1714 Colony of Germanna, Virginia (1933), page 121; Alfred Lück, Erz und Abenteuer (1955), pages 28-30, 70f.; Friedrich Wilhelm Ba uks, Die ev. Pfarrer in Westfalen von der Reformationszeit bis 1945 (1980 ), page 175; and Otto Renkhoff, Nassauische Biographie (2l992), page 265.)

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Rev. Johann Heinrich Haeger's Timeline

1644
August 27, 1644
Netphen, Siegen, Westfalen, Prussia
August 27, 1644
Netphen, Siegen, Westfalen, Prussia
September 25, 1644
Antzhausen, Siegen, Westfalen, Prussia
1678
December 3, 1678
Age 34
Siegen, Westfalen, Prussia
1682
July 1682
Age 37
Siegen, Westfalen, Prussia
1684
1684
Age 39
Siegen, Westfalen, Prussia
1687
March 1687
Age 42
Siegen, Nassau-Siegen, Germany
1689
July 1689
Age 44
Siegen, Westfalen, Prussia
1692
November 1692
Age 48
Siegen, Nassau-Siegen, Germany
1695
March 1695
Age 50
Siegen, Westfalen, Prussia