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Johann Heinrich Haeger

Birthdate: (93)
Birthplace: Antzhausen, Siegen, Westfalen, Prussia
Death: 1737 (92)
Germantown, Fauquier, Virginia
Place of Burial: Germantown, Fauquier County, Virginia
Immediate Family:

Son of Heinrich Haegar and Guda Schram
Husband of Anna Catharina Friesenhagen
Father of Johann Jacob Haeger; John Frederick Haeger; Elizabeth Haeger-Finlason; Johannes Haeger; Ann Marie Haeger and 6 others

Occupation: Clergyman, scholar, Lutheran clergyman and scholar
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About Rev. 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.)

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ID: I2036 Name: Johann Henrich HAEGAR Rev. Surname: Haegar Given Name: Johann Henrich Suffix: Rev. Sex: M Birth: 27 Aug 1644 in Antzhausen,Nassau-Siegen , Ger. Death: 1737 in Germantown,Fauquier, Va.. _UID: C65E2F907B41D511BD9EBDC3D79617311532 Note: connected with Siegen Church in latter part of 17th century and wasconnected with a Latin school first as teacher than as assistant principal from 1678 or earlier to 1703. Promoted to pastor of Oberfischbach by Prince of area. Resigned from this position in 1711 for health reasons and continued to live there in retirement til July, 1713.He cane with 1714 immigrants. His father was a teacher at Anzhausen, a small village about 4 miles east of Siegen. Prince William County Virginia Will Book C 1734-1744 Abstracted and compiled by John Frederick Dorman 1956 pp. 25-26

Page 108 - Will of Henry Hager 10 Apr 1733 " Henry Hager, minister of the Word of God among the Germans at Licking Run in Prince William Co. Va. being sick and weak. Unto my loving wife Anna Catharine all my estate, goods, chattles whatsoever to her during her Natural life. Unto my grandaughter Anna Catharine Fishbach one cow and calf. After the decease of my wife Anna Catharine I will and ordain that all my estate, goods.& chattles whatsoever be then divided amongst my seven grandchildren- Anna Catharine Fishbach, John Frederick Fishbach,Elizabeth Fishbach,and Henry Fishbach, Agnes Hoffman, Anna Catharine Hoffman and John Hoffman. I do hereby revoke and make void all other and former wills and testements by me heretofore made. H. Hager Verbi Dei Minister Wittness: Jacob Holtzclaw Johann Jost, Minister Johannes Campes German Reformed Congregation in London, England" whom pastor Heinrich Haerger visited in 1713 before von Graffenriedt sent him to Virginia, and who remembered him under preacher Werndli in 1719? Interestingly, the signers of the 1719 petition appear to be [as the family names suggest] from quite different parts of the German-speaking continent, namely Austrian [Edlinger], Prussian [Hanckwitz], Swiss-Basel [Stehelin.], Swiss-Zurich [Werndli]. Rev. H. Haeger [Nassau-Siegen] would be a northern German and the fund-and-petition raising Zollikoffer a man from the Swiss St. Gall. Apparently the denomination that held the London men together bound more than any narrowly local patriotism. Andreas

The eleven hundred and thirty-second note in a series on the Germanna Colonies

Looking at some of the individuals who made the trip from Siegen to London, there is one family to whom we might ascribe a motive with some certainty. That is Rev. Häger whose son had arrived in New York in 1710. All of the family that remained in Germany consisted of Rev. Häger, his wife, and his two young daughters. If all of these went to the New World, the living members of the family could be reunited. This was certainly a motivation. It was not an easy decision to make for Rev. Häger was about 70 years old, retired, and, it was thought, not in the best of health. If he died, then his wife would be left to care for the two daughters.

Possibly, Rev. Häger had been influenced by the Protestant pastors in Siegen. They had signed an agreement with Albrecht in which they were to receive money from the profits of the mine. Perhaps they, the Siegen pastors, had encouraged Rev. Häger to go as an encouragement toward the recruiting of the other individuals. The Häger family seems to have been giving up a comfortable life as a retired family. They had a house with servants. If anyone in the group had a reason for not leaving, the Häger family could claim the prize.

Another family who would seem to have little reason for going was the Jacob Holzklau family. He held a job as a school teacher and was probably farming. It would not seem that he was under any economic pressure. But like the Hägers, there were family reasons. The family of Margaret Holzklau, Jacob's wife, seems to have been going "in masse." (These were the Otterbachs.) So perhaps the Holtzclaws and the Hagers were primarily motivated by family reasons. They went either to keep a family united or to be reunited with family members.

Hans Jacob Richter earned his admission to the Guild of Steelsmiths and Toolmakers in 1712. To be admitted, presumably as a Master, meant he had studied the craft for many years. The existing members of the guild did not admit members freely to the guild since the primary purpose of the guild was to ensure a comfortable living for the members. They did not want too much competition. Someone who had won the status of Master could expect a comfortable living. So why did Jacob Rector leave Trupbach? Again, one reason is family. Jacob Richter had married Elizabeth Fischbach and the Fischbach family was leaving.

So of the first three families that we have examined, it would appear that none of them had a pressing economic reason for leaving. The three families seem to be trying to keep a family united or to reunite a family. This leaves the basic reasons with the Otterbachs and the Fischbachs and we will look at them in another note but I will not promise any answers. Incidentally, both the Otterbach and the Fischbach families lived in Trupbach. Trupbach itself, from the historical description, seems to have been a small, quiet village, basically of farmers.

John Blankenbaker William Montgomery Clemens, VIRGINIA WILLS BEFORE 1799 [Baltimore: Geneal. Publ. Co., 1981] p. 41 Henry Hager, Prince William Co., VA. Will filed March 28, 1737. Named: wife Anne Catherine. Granddaughters: Anna Fishback, Elizabeth Fishback. Grandsons: Henry Fishback; John Fishback. Grandson John Hoffman. Granddaughters: Agnes Hoffman, Anna Hoffman.

Rev. Henrich Haeger's successor as the Oberfischbach pastor, Rev. Knabenschuh, wrote a letter to his superiors in which he noted that Haeger had left quietly in the morning without telling anyone. He adds that Jacob Holtzklau is willing to travel if he gets permission of the authorities. This is one of several letters which were translated by Andreas Mielke in the article, "The Decision of Henrich Haeger to Emigrate" in the September 2003 issue of Beyond Germanna. Apparently, the First Colony did not leave in one total group. Haeger may have left separately and independently of the others and perhaps he had no original intention of joining the "miners." John Isn't it a fact that Rev. Haeger left without permission? I think that he was retired in 1711, he was sick. The life that he led in Oberfishbach, described by Herr Moisel, was not an easy one and quite a step down for him, if I remember correctly. It's interesting to me that he left, without permission, and that he influenced the others to go, too. following from Barb Price at As for Hager, there is most definitely a Haeger/Hager connection to Germanna--Rev Johann Henrich Haeger, John Henry Hager, was the minister for the 1714 Colony. He was living in Oberfischbach at the time of emigration and my ancestors, Hans Jacob Holtzclaw and his first wife, Anna Margreth Otterbach, were also living in Oberfischbach, Jacob being the schoolmaster there at that time. There is a lot of information about the Haegers and the Friesenhagens, his wife, Elizabeth's, family. Change Date: 26 Jul 2010 at 01:00:00

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Father: Henrich HAEGAR b: 1590/1595 Mother: Guda SCHRAMM b: ABT 1610

Marriage 1 Anna Catherina FRIESENHAGEN b: 24 May 1663 in , , , Ger. Married: 3 Dec 1678 in ,Nassau-Siegen,Ger. Children Has No Children Johann Frederick HAEGAR b: ABT 1684 in Netphen, , Ger. Has No Children Elizabeth HAEGAR b: 1687 Has Children Agnes HAEGAR b: 26 Oct 1697 in Siegen, , Ger. Has Children Anna Catherine HAEGAR b: 15 May 1702 in Siegen, , Ger.

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Rev. Johann Heinrich Haeger's Timeline

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