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Joseph Holtzclaw

Birthplace: Warrenton, Fauquier County, Virginia
Death: January 24, 1835 (95-96)
Madison County, Virginia, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Hans Jacob Holzklau and Catherine Catharine Holtzclaw
Husband of Elizabeth (Zimmerman) Holzclaw
Father of Henry Holtzclaw
Brother of Eve Holtzclaw and Jacob Holtzclaw
Half brother of John Holtzclaw; Henry Holtzclaw; Ann Elizabeth Fishback; Catherine Darnell; Alice Katherine Hitt and 2 others

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About Joseph Holtzclaw

ID: I8512 Name: Joseph HOLZCLAW Surname: Holzclaw Given Name: Joseph Sex: M Birth: ABT 1734/1735 in ,Prince William , Va. Death: 24 Jan 1835 in ,Madison,Va. _UID: DB832F907B41D511BD9EBDC3D79617314FAD Note: this child from John Blankenbaker, along with his wife. not shown which wife of Jacob was his mother. He m 2nd Elizabeth Zimmerman and he and both wives were members of the Robinson river group and the Lutheran Church.

As those who study these 1714 immigrant Germanna families know, many of them migrated to Kentucky, which did not become a state until 1792. However, several were there prior to statehood [commonwealth].

Here is an excerpt from Quarter Sessions Court for Mercer County, Kentucky, 1793-1805. This is an abstract from deed book 4 QS

p. 40 22 Apr. 1794 Indenture between Jacob Holesclaw, Sr. of Mercer and Jacob Holesclaw, Jr., also of Mercer, land in Mercer county on waters of Dicks River, part of settlement of Jacob Sr., and containing 100 acres more or less.

(As found in 1989 Kentucky Ancestors, Vol. 25-1, page 24. This is a publication by the Kentucky Historical Society, Frankfort, KY)

The following is an excerpt from Fred L. Simpson, Back of the Cane, Early Virginia Surveys in Today's Garrard County, Kentucky, p. 167

  1. 42 Jacob Holsclaw - 400 acres on Dick's River

Land Court held at Harrodsburg 1-28-1780 Jacob Holtclaw by Peter Watts this day claimed a settlement and preemption to a tract of land on account of raising a crop of corn in the year 1776 lying on the north side of Dick's River adjoining the land of James and Edmund Archer on the wst side and to include Holtsclaw's improvement.

Land Entry 2-8-1780 Jacob Holtclaw enters 400 acres by virtue of a certificate of settlement lying on the north side of Dick's River adjoining the lands of James and Edmund Archer on the west side.

Surveyed 7-27-1781 by Wlliam McBrayers D.S.L.C.* James Thompson S.L.C.

Beginning at a dogwood and sugar tree, N 336 poles crossing a small branch to a hoopwood, ash and white oak on the edge of a drain, W 180 poles to a sugar tree and dogwood on the side of a ridge, S 220 poles crossing the mouth of a branch to a white walnut, W 80 poles to a buckeye and sugar tree S 64 poles to three cedar trees on the bank of Dick's River, E 100 poles to a hickory and sugar tree, S 52 poles to white oaks on the bank of the river, E 160 poles crossing a large branch to the Beginning.

Granted 12-1-1782 to Jacob Holsclaw by Benjamin Harrison. Governor of Virginia

  • I suspect these initials are abbreviations for Deputy Surveyor Lincoln Co. and below that is the signature of the Surveyor for Lincoln Co. Mercer Co., I believe, was parent county of Mercer Co.

There are other references in Back of the Cane to Jacob Holsclaw, to Jacob Fishback and to John Kemper who purchased some land from Jacob Fishback. (There were two John Kempers in the later adjoining Garrard Co., and they are identified by their places of residence.)


-----Original Message----- From: To: ; Sent: Fri, 16 Mar 2007 3:58 PM Subject: Re: Jacob Holtzclaw and Ashland/Ashlawn Farm John, I have just replied to your notes about Jacob Holtzclaw being the Reader for the Church after the death of Rev. Haeger and I did address the subject of Ashland/Ashlawn farm, but I'll do it in a little more detail here as I've been researching this land for several years, as have Bill and Susan Holtzclaw. We originally thought that this land was purchased by Jacob Holtzclaw early on and was the same land that Jacob left to his grandson, Joseph, in his will of 1759, but last year, with the help of Don Tharpe, found that the land was purchased by Joseph Holtzclaw, in 1768. The land consisted of 163 acres and was sold to Joseph Holtzclaw by Joseph and Caty Thomas. I found the deed at the Fauquier Co Courthouse in July. I think that this land was originally owned by Henry and Mary Martin, the children of the Immigrant, John Joseph Martin. This land was granted to his children, Henry and Mary Martin, in 1729, they being very young children at the time and the total acreage am! ounted to 327 acres, 163 acres to each of them. Next to this property was land that was granted to John and Jacob Kemper, also the 2 young children of the Immigrant, John Kemper, granted on the same day in 1729 and consisting of 327 acres. I found a great description of both of these tracts, along with a map of their boundaries and to whom they were granted. Now, back to the land that we thought was what is today, Ashland/Ashlawn---Bill Holtzclaw found a deed to Jacob Holtzclaw that is dated 1724, if I remember correctly, in Stafford Co at the time, and Bill thought that this deed was Ashland/Ashlawn. Don Tharpe looked at it and it was not Ashland/Ashlawn, but it was the earliest deed that he has seen for the First Colony and for Jacob Holtzclaw and we have yet to actually locate it in present day Fauquier Co. While researching at the Fauquier Co Courthouse last July, I did find a document having to do with the division of land in Jacob Holtzclaw's estate after his death and this document had a map of a tract of land at the top of it and it bears resemblance to the land that he bought in 1724, but I have to do some more research on this. Also of note is the relationship between Joseph Holtzclaw, Jacob's grandson and the owner of the land at Ashland/Ashlawn, and Joseph and Caty Thomas--we know that Joseph Holtzclaw's mother, Catherine, was married prior to her marriage to Joseph's father, John Holtzclaw, to a man whose last name was Thomas and she had a son named Jacob Thomas. BC Holtzclaw speculates that Jacob Thomas married Mary Martin and that their son is the Joseph Thomas that sold the land to Joseph Holtzclaw as he was in possession of Mary Martin's land when he sold it to Joseph in 1768. The land that Joseph Holtzclaw purchased in 1768 was definitely part of the Martin tract per the deed of 1768: "...that the said Joseph Thomas and Caty his wife for and in consideration of the sum of five shillings current money of Virginia to them in hand paid the receipt where as they doth hereby acknowledge themselves to be fully satisfied and paid hath demised granted bargained and sold to the said Joseph Holtzclaw one hundred and sixty three acres of land in the County of Fauquier it being part of a larger tract of land taken up by Henry and Mary Martin as appears by a Deed from the proprietors office bearing date one thousand and seven hundred and twenty nine and bounded as follows........ Joseph Holtzclaw was the builder of the home on Ashland/Ashlawn, although it certainly didn't look like it does now! Joseph is probably buried there, as there is a small cemetery that had been fenced off by Sam Cummings several years ago and we did find a marked grave with the name S. Holtzclaw and the appropriate dates for this to be Sarah (Barnett) Holtzclaw, Joseph's wife. I have traced the ancestry of the home to the sale of it to the Carharts in 1929, I believe, for around $36,000, after the death of it's last Holtzclaw owner, Charles Eli in 1922, the land was sold by his wife, Katherine. It sold about a year ago for around $4million! Yes, the Historical Marker on the 211 and Holtzclaw Rd is wrong ! Thom Faircloth has been trying to get this corrected for about 2 years now. Hopefully, that will be finished soon. I thank you for your wonderful notes, John, and for the information regarding Jacob Holtzclaw and the mystery of the lost church records. Barb Price Change Date: 4 Jun 2010 at 01:00:00

Father: Hans Jacob HOLZCLAW b: 1683 in Trupbach, Westphalia, Ger. Mother: Catherine b: ABT 1710

Marriage 1 Mary THOMAS b: ABT 1737 in ,Orange,Va. Married: ABT 1761 in ,Culpeper,Va.

Marriage 2 Elizabeth ZIMMERMAN b: ABT 1743 in , Culpeper, Va. Married: ABT 1765 Children Has No Children Susannah HOLZCLAW b: ABT 1766 Has No Children John HOLZCLAW b: ABT 1769 Has No Children Jemima HOLZCLAW b: ABT 1770 Has Children Jacob HOLZCLAW b: ABT 1772 Has No Children Henry HOLZCLAW b: ABT 1775 Has No Children Elizabeth HOLZCLAW b: 27 Mar 1778 Has No Children Joseph HOLZCLAW b: 19 Nov 1782 Has No Children Eve HOLZCLAW b: ABT 1788 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Joseph Holtzclaw [Parents] was born in 1737 in Germantown, Fauquier, Virginia. He died about 1836 in , Madison, Virginia. Joseph married Elizabeth Zimmerman before 1770.

Elizabeth Zimmerman died. Elizabeth married Joseph Holtzclaw before 1770.

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Joseph Holtzclaw's Timeline

Warrenton, Fauquier County, Virginia
February 29, 1760
Age 76
Germantown, Fauquier County, Virginia

1760 29 Feb — Age: 77
Germantown. Fauquier County, Virginia, USA
Age: 77 Jacob left over 3,000 acres to his children, giving over 200 acres to each one male and female; as well as some to his grandchildren.


Will:sons Joseph,Jacob,Harman,John(John's sons Henry & Joseph); dau.Eve m Allen Wiley,dau Alice Katherine m. Hitt,dau Elizabeth m. Harman Miller, other grndsns: Henry & Joseph Hall; Joseph by son in law Jeremiah Darnall;Jacob by Frederick Fishback.

May 10, 1775
Culpeper, VA, United States
January 24, 1835
Age 96
Madison County, Virginia, United States

Joseph Jacob Holtzclaw in the Family Data Collection - Deaths
Name: Joseph Jacob Holtzclaw
Death Date: 24 Jan 1835
City: Madison
State: VA
Country: USA
Source Information
Edmund West, comp.. Family Data Collection - Deaths [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2001.
The Family Data Collection - Deaths database was created while gathering genealogical data for use in the study of human genetics and disease. Learn more...
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Joseph Holtzclaw in the Family Data Collection - Deaths
Name: Joseph Holtzclaw
Death Date: 24 Jan 1835
County: Madison
State: VA
Country: USA
Source Information
Edmund West, comp.. Family Data Collection - Deaths [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2001.
The Family Data Collection - Deaths database was created while gathering genealogical data for use in the study of human genetics and disease. Learn more...
© 2015,

May 24, 1945
Age 96
March 27, 1946
Age 96
January 31, 1957
Age 96