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John Frederick Fishback

Also Known As: "Fishback"
Birthplace: Germanna, Essex County (now Orange County), Virginia
Death: between September 20, 1782 and October 21, 1782 (61-70)
Fleetwood, Little Fork Colony (now Jeffersonton, Culpeper County, Virginia), Culpeper, Virginia
Place of Burial: Little Fork Colony (present day Jeffersonton, Culpeper County), Culpeper, Virginia
Immediate Family:

Son of Johannes "John" Fischbach and Agnes Catharina Fischbach
Husband of Ann Elizabeth Fishback and Eve or Eva Read
Father of Ann Elizabeth Smith; John Fishback; Elizabeth Spilman; Jacob Fishback; Frederick Fishback and 4 others
Brother of Anna Catharina Rector; Elizabeth Kemper and John Henry Fishback
Half brother of John Jacob Fishback; Josiah Fishback; Dr. John Philip Fishback and Harmon Fishback

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About John Frederick Fishback

John Frederick Fishback

  • Birth: ABT 1716 in Germanna, Culpeper, Va.
  • Death: 20 Sep1782 at Fleetwood, Culpeper, Va.
  • Father: John Jacob FISHBACK Sr. b: 12 Jun 1691 in Truppbach,Nassau , Ger. --His father's name is Johannes/John Fischbach/Fishback, not John Jacob. Johannes Fischbach was born in Trupbach, Nassau-Siegen, Germany and was baptised at the Nikolai Church in Siegen.
  • Mother: Agnes HAEGAR b: 26 Oct 1697 in Siegen, , Ger.--His mother's name is Agnes Catharina Haeger, she was born in Siegen, married Johannes/John Fischbach/Fishback around 1715 at Germanna, Essex Co., Virginia and she died abt. 1725 at Germantown, Prince William (now Fauquier Co.) Co., Virginia


  1. Ann Elizabeth HOLZCLAW b: ABT 1715/1725 in ,,Va. Married: BEF 1740 in ,Culpeper,Va.
  2. Eve MARTIN b: ABT 1730 Married: ABT 1757

Children - 1st marriage

  1. Ann Elizabeth FISHBACK b: ABT 1743 in ,Fauquier,Va.
  2. John FISHBACK b: ABT 1745 in ,Culpeper,Va.
  3. Jacob FISHBACK b: 14 Apr 1749 in , Culpeper, Va.
  4. Elizabeth FISHBACK b: ABT 1750
  5. Has Children Sarah FISHBACK b: ABT 1755 in Little Fork,Culpeper,Va.
  6. Catherine FISHBACK b: ABT 1753 in ,,Va.
  7. Frederick FISHBACK b: ABT 1760
  8. Has No Children Mary FISHBACK b: ABT 1780

Children - 2nd marriage

  1. Has Children Martin FISHBACK b: 12 Oct 1763 in ,Culpeper , Va.


Genealogy of the Fishback family in America, the descendants of John Fishback, the emigrant, with an historical sketch of his family and of the colony at Germanna and Germantown, Virginia, 1714-1914 by Kemper, Willis M. Page 84. Archive.Org



He lived the latter part of his life and died at his home "Fleetwood," about a quarter of a mile west of the present village of Jeffersonton, about 16 miles north of Culpeper C. H., in Culpeper Co., Va., as did his son Martin and Martin's son Frederick. All are supposed to be buried in the family graveyard, adjoining the house, still standing (1914). Martin and Frederick certainly are.

  • B. abt. 1716, at Germanna.
  • D. between 20 Sept., 1782, the date of his will, and 21 Oct., 1782, its probate in Culpeper Co., Va. Will signed
  • M. (1) Ann Elizabeth Holtzclaw, dau. Jacob Holtzclaw, of the German- town colony, who d. bet. 16 May, 1751, and 19 May, 1763.


  • 18 I. Ann Elizabeth, m. Smith and wasnapparently dead at the date of her father's will, leaving children, names unknown.
  • John.J
  • Jacob.!
  • Elizabeth, m. Charles Spilman.i
  • Catharine, m. James Atwood.J
  • Sarah, m. Harman Button. |
  • Mary, d. n. m., 1813-17.
  • Frederick, d. n. m. bet. 20 Sept., 1782, and 10 Sept., 17S5. Served in the Revolu- tion with Benjamin Morgan in 1781; see Morgan's affidavit in pension office.

M 2) Eve or Eva Martin, mentioned in his will, who survived him.

  • 26 IX. Martin.}:

At this date (1914) it cannot be positively stated that Martin was the only child of the second marriage; some of the others may have been. The order is that in which they are given in their father's will; only Jacob's and Martin's births are at this date positively known.


The second member of the Little Fork group from Germantown was Frederick Fishback (1716-1782), son-in-law of Jacob Holtzclaw. Fishback's father, John Fishback of Germantown, got a grant of 400 acres in the Little Fork in 1730, just northwest of Jacob Holtzclaw's 1728 grant, but with about 250 acres of vacant land between the two grants. It is not improbable that the second Nassau-Siegen colony grew out of efforts of Holtzclaw and Fishback to get settlers on their Little Fork land. However, John Fishback died early in 1734, an event which left Holtzclaw as the chief patron of the colony. Frederick Fishback, eldest son of John Fishback, seems to have moved to the Little Fork to occupy his father's land early in the 1740's, soon after his marriage to Ann Elizabeth Holtzclaw. He got a grant of additional land in the Little Fork neighborhood in 1747, and in 1748 enlarged his father's 1730 grant to 790 acres. Probably some of the remaining colonists listed below occupied Fishback land in the 1730's, before Frederick Fishback was of age. Brother Gottschalk mentions 12 families from Nassau-Siegen in 1748 in the Little Fork Community. In addition to the 7 men mentioned above, the following 4 men appear in 1747 and 1748: In 1747 Joseph Coons (Coants) and John Crim got grants of 127 1/2 acres apiece, adjacent to each other, and Professor Hackley has shown that these two grants occupied exactly the 255 acres of vacant land between Jacob Holtzclaw's grant of 1728 and John Fishback's grant of 1730. These two grants are of particular interest, for the town of Jeffersontown was later laid out on the Coons land, the deed being made by Joseph Coons, Jr., to whom his father deeded the land in 1783. Henry Utterback was another member of the colony. In 1747 he received a grant of 200 acres north of the Fishback grant of 1730. It was separated from the Fishback land by 397 acres, originally patented by William Deatherage, an Englishman, but was deeded by Deatherage to Henry Huffman of the Little Fork group in the same year, 1747 (Orange D. B. 11, p.48). Utterback also had a survey for 400 acres jointly with John Button in 1748 (Button, too, being probably and Englishman). This land was divided, and Utterback received his half (198 acres) by patent in 1748. The survey for Utterback and Button just mentioned shows the 11th Nassau-Siegen family in the Little Fork in 1748, that of Nay (Noe, Noeh, Nohe, Noch in German), a very old family in Nassau-Siegen, which is mentioned as early as 1461 at Klafeld, just north of Siegen. On the back of the survey, dated May 20, 1748, it is stated that Jacob Noe, an orphan in his 16th year, entered a caveat through his principal against the Utterback-Button survey and division, on the ground that his mother had purchased part of the land from Charles Dewit; but a later notation states that Jacob Holtzclaw had informed the surveyor that Noe had received another grant of about 140 acres and was satisfied with it, thus clearing the title for Utterback and Button. The actual grant was not recorded for Jacob Nay until 1752, when he was 19 or 20 years of age. It was for 146 acres and was just north of the 1747 grant to Henry Utterback, and joining it. we shall see that Jacob Nay's father was probably John Nay (or Johannes Noeh), who died some time prior to 1745, and his widow, Mary Noe, early in 1746, became the second wife of Harman Fishback (1693-1783) of Germantown (see Fishback's deed to Peter Hitt Feb. 7, 1745/6. "being about to marry Mary Noe, widow", Prince William Co. D. B. "I", p. 12).The 12th family living in the Little Fork community in 1748 was that of Harman Miller, who was a chainman with Joseph Coons in the survey for Jacob Nay, and with Frederick Fishback in the joint survey for Utterback and Button, both in the year 1748. Harman Miller was apparently a young man and had just married Elizabeth Holtzclaw, the third daughter of Jacob Holtzclaw. In his will in 1759 Jacob Holtzclaw left the Millers 300 acres of the 1300 acres patented at the Little Fork in 1748, and they were probably already occupying this land in 1748. {to be continued}

lived latter part of life and died at his home "Fleetwood" about a quarter mile west of Jeffersonton, about 16 mi north of Culpeper CH in Culpeper Co. His son Martin and Martin's son Frederick also lived there and are buried there.

Culpeper Co., VA DB A-350-53. 16 May 1751 Frederick Fishback and Anaelizabeth his wife of Culpeper County to Peter Kamper of Prince William County.. For 15 pds current money. 100 acres in St. Mark's Parish ... near the plantation where Charles Duett formerly lived ... near a small branch ... near a small branch. Fredrick (F) Fishback Analizabh (X) Fishback Wit: Henry (H) Autuback, John (I) Butten, John (J) Crimb 16 May 1751. Acknoweldged by Frederick Fishback. John Frederick Dorman, Culpeper County, Virginia Deeds, Volume One 1749-1755 [Washington, DC: Privately published, 1975], p. 31) E.W.Wallace

This is a Message Board Post that is gatewayed to this mailing list. Classification: QueryMessage Board URL: Message Board Post: My family are the Holtzclaws, but I have an Elizabeth Fishback in my family. Her name is all I know about her besides her siblings and parents. Father - John Frederick Fishback, Mother - Ann Elizabeth Holtzclaw. Sisters - Ann Elizabeth Fishback, Catherine Fishback, Sarah Fishback, Mary Fishback and Brothers - Frederick Fishback, John Fishback, Jacob Fishback. Could the they be the same? I know the name Kemper but can't place it in my mind or my family info. Please let me know if you have any info on this Elizabeth Fishback. Thanx from

From Stafford Co., VA Deed Bk J-p. 275 To all to whom .. Know ye that whereas JOHN FISHBACK, JOHN HOFFMAN and JACOB HOLTZCLAW all of Stafford County have for themselves made a survey and obtained a deed from the Proprietors office for 1805 acres and 108 perches of land .. Now this Indenture witnesseth that it is hereby mutually agreed between the above mentioned .. that they / nor either of them shall .. take any advantage of survivership [sic] .. upon or after the Death of any or either of them but that the heirs .. shall and may Inherit enjoy the same rights .. to the lands by the above mentioned deed conveyed by the party dyeing at the time of his death did Inherit and enjoy anything in the said deed .. 13th July 1726. Presence Thos. Whittlidge Junr., Burr Harrison, John x Jackson John ffishback John HoffmanJacob Holtzclaw At Court held for Stafford County 13th July 1726 .. John Fishback, John Hoffman and Jacob Holtzclaw came into Court .. acknowledged this Writeing which on their Motion is admitted to record (Ruth & Sam Sparacio, VIRGINIA COUNTY COURT RECORDS: DEED ABSTRACTS OF STAFFORD COUNTY, VIRGINIA, 1722-1728, 1755-1765 [McLean, VA: The Antient Press, 1987], p. 35-36) Comment: Researchers will find other material about some of these persons in Prince William Co. VA records, many of which have also been transcribed and published by The Antient Press. Some of Prince William Co. records are missing, alas! E.W.Wallace

Change Date: 31 Jan 2005 at 00:00:00

John Frederick Fishback Memorial


From The Germanna Record No. 20, 2013; The Little Fork Colony, Culpeper, VA, The Mapping Challenge by O.H. Perry Cabot, page 70: "The other suspicious grant, by John Fishback (initially spelled 'Fishbey), Sep 28th, 1730, was for 400 acres. What is recorded as a 'regrant' occurred Jun 4th, 1748, for 790 acres. Oddly, a trace of the deed description for the 400 acres covers almost 90% of the later 790A version. This can only be explained as some private arrangement, perhaps to circumvent a temporary 400A-maximum rule. Fishback died in 1734 before he could meet the terms of the patent, leaving Holtzclaw [Jacob Holtzclaw whose large southeatern grant (1683-1759) is being partioned and sold] as the sole patron for the enterprise. In 1736, William Deatherage (for whom the contemporary stream there is named) received a grant for the same area, but apparently did not keep up the annual payments. The 790A 'regrant' in 1748, solidifying and expanding the first grant, went to Fishback's son, John Frederick (1716-1782). Who was leasing or working the land for the intervening fourteen years is not yet known. No record has been found of leasing to others, as did Holtzclaw, and there is no record of taxes paid on the land. Therefore, it seems unlikely that younf Frederick did much in the intervening years. ..Is this another example of preferential treatment serving the interests of someone in Fairfax's land grant office?"

Fishback, John Frederick - PS, VA, Abercrombie and Slatten, VA Rev Pub Claims, Vol 1, 257, 270, 276



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John Frederick Fishback's Timeline

Germanna, Essex County (now Orange County), Virginia
Orange, Virginia
Fauquier, Virginia, United States
April 14, 1749
Culpeper County, Virginia
Germantown, Prince William County (now Fauquier County), Virginia, United States
Fauquier, Virginia
Jeffersonton Culpeper County Virginia, USA
Little Fork, Orange County, Virginia
Fauquier, Virginia