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Johann George Utz

Also Known As: "Johann George Utz I"
Birthplace: Seiderzell, Germany
Death: 1766 (72-73)
Culpeper County, Virginia
Immediate Family:

Son of Michael Utz and Margaretha Utz
Husband of Anna Barbara Utz
Father of Ferdinand Utz; Johannes Utz, Infant; Michael Utz; Mary Margaret Blankenbaker and George Utz
Brother of Eva Barbara Utz; Hans Simon Utz; Hans Balthasar Utz and Maria Utz

Managed by: Marilou Goldfarb
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About Johann George Utz


  1. Ferdinand Utz, b. 3 Apr 1715, Wagenbach, Hüffenhardt, Baden (now Baden-Württemberg, Germany), d. Virginia
  2. Johannes Utz, b. 25 Jul 1716, Wagenbach, Hüffenhardt Parish, Baden (now Baden-Württemberg, Germany), d. Between 1716 and 1717
  3. Michael Utz, b. Abt 1720, Virginia, d. 1790, Culpeper County, Virginia (Age ~ 70 years)
  4. Mary Margaret Utz, b. Abt 1722, Virginia, d. Bef 18 May 1791 (Age ~ 69 years)
  5. George Utz, b. Between 1725 and 1730, Virginia, d. Bef 24 Mar 1808, Madison County, Virginia (Age ~ 83 years)


George Utz immigrated to America with the Second Germanna Colony.


Posted by Elke Hall to the Descendants of the Germanna Settlers of Virginia, a Facbook Group page, on 15 Jan 2019: "The birth record for Hans Joerg Utz is as follows in German and then translated into English: 1693 Hanß Jörg, Michael Utze, Bauer zu Seiderzell mit Margaretha seinem Eheweib erzeugtes Söhnlein gebohren, seq. die getaufft, und von Stephan Endtlein, Bauer zu Bergnerzell bey d. H.[eiligen] Tauff versprochen worden. Hanß Jörg, the little son of Michael Utze, farmer in Seiderzell, conceived with Margaretha his wife, was baptized the following day, and promised by Stephan Endtlein, farmer in Bergnerzell at the Holy Baptism."


Posted to GERMANNA-L, 02-19-1999: "The five hundred and forty-sixth note in a series on the Germanna Colonies On any short list of the best governors of Virginia from Jamestown to the present, the name of Alexander Spotswood would be found. For many though, his lawsuits against the Germans tarnished his personal reputation forever. His motivations and the underlying reasons in filing the suits are not entirely clear. The statement has been made that he was suing for the transportation costs but his own actions later show that this was not a valid claim. Perhaps he was attempting to keep the Germans from moving. His lands, to which he did not have clear title, were based on the settlement of the Germans. If they left, his claim to the 40,000 acre Spotsylvania tract might be in doubt. Perhaps he was in need of money and saw this as a way to pick up several hundred pounds of money. The shock to the Germans can be judged by the first lawsuit which was brought against Jacob Crigler on 5 Sep 1723. Spotswood claimed that Crigler owed him thirty-four pounds, eighteen shillings, and four pence. To put this into perspective, a skilled wage earner working steadily for a year would only earn this much. The personal estate of many of the early Germans was only worth about this amount. Thus, Spotswood was suing Crigler for about a lifetime of savings. Crigler pleaded innocence and asked for an extension which was granted. Spotswood was granted time to consider the Crigler plea. During the next March term at court, the suit was dismissed with the consent of both parties with Crigler agreeing to pay the cost of the suit. At about this same time, Cyriacus Fleshman and George Utz, on behalf of themselves and fourteen other high Germans filed a petition in Williamsburg for assistance in the suits brought by Spotswood. The Council decreed, on 24 Apr 1724, that the Deputy Attorney for the King in Spotsylvania County should be appointed to assist the Germans so that they may have the benefit of a fair trail. The decree noted that the Germans had complained that Col. Spotswood had unjustly sued them in the Court for the nonperformance of a certain Agreement pretended to be made by them in consideration of money advanced them upon their transportation into this colony. The Germans said they applied to Spotswood for a copy of the Agreement but he has refused to give them any such copy. They said that they had done all of the work assigned to them. The Germans should have been worried about getting a fair trial. The lawsuits against them were filed in the court of the county named for the plaintiff. The plaintiff had appointed the justices, the sheriff, and the clerk of the court. Also, the juries would probably be composed of English people with no Germans. The time from the Crigler lawsuit to the settlement of the last suit was more than two years. The majority of the cases were heard before a jury though some were dismissed. The amounts sought by Spotswood varied considerably, from thirty-five pounds against Nicholas Yager to three pounds against Michael Cook. Certainly there was a long period of uncertainty and tension in the German community." John Blankenbaker, PO Box 120, Chadds Ford, PA 19317 Beyond Germanna, A Newsletter/Journal of Germanna Information

======= iver-valley/ by John Blankenbaker: "...George Utz came in 1717 with his wife Barbara (Meyer) Volck. She was a widow with children when he married her and the family consisted of “her” and “their” children...."

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Johann George Utz's Timeline

April 12, 1693
Seiderzell, Germany
April 12, 1693
Seiderzell, Germany
April 12, 1693
April 3, 1715
Wagenbach, Baden, Germany
July 25, 1716
Wagenbach, Hüffenhardt Parish, Baden (now Baden-Württemberg, Germany)
Culpeper County, Virginia, United States
Germanna, Spotsylvania County, Virginia
August 21, 1766
Age 73
Culpeper County, Virginia