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  • Jacob Clowers (1745 - 1798)
    Jacob Clowers was the Son of Johann Jacob Klauer and Maria. In 1782 in Hanover County, Virginia, he married Rebecca Harris.* Reference: Find A Grave Memorial - SmartCopy : Feb 11 2020, 12:21:31 UTC
  • Ellender Broyles (c.1774 - d.)
    Eleanor Broyles ((Broyles)) I is James Broyles' first cousin. Ellender Broyles was a daughter of Matthias/Mathias Broyles and Eva Klug. Ellender, her husband James, and her father Matthias were all Des...
  • Elizabeth Broyles (aft.1730 - aft.1798)
    James Broyles, b. Between 1760 and 1770, d. Between 17 Jul 1837 and 7 Nov 1839 (Age ~ 77 years) #Delilah Broyles, b. Abt 1762, Virginia, d. 10 Nov 1851, Greene County, Tennessee (Age ~ 89 years) #Lewis...
  • Ursula Zimmermann (1718 - aft.1787)
    Husband Johannes Zimmerman, b. 11 Apr 1711, Sulzfeld, Baden (now Baden-Württemberg, Germany), d. Aft 15 Apr 1787, Virginia (Age > 76 years) Married Bef 10 Aug 1743 Children John Zimmerman, b. A...
  • Hans George Utz (1725 - bef.1808)
    George Trumbo married Margaretha Utz and they had a child baptized at the Lutheran Church. They probably lived in the Shenandoah Valley though.George Utz came in 1717 with his wife Barbara (Meyer) Volc...

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This project is to document all of the original Germanna settlers. Descendent profiles may be added to the project directly. All the original immigrants will be listed here in the text as well.

The Germanna Colonies consist primarily of the First Colony of 42 persons from the Siegerland area in Germany brought to Virginia to work for Lieutenant Governor Alexander Spotswood in 1714, and the Second Colony of 20 families from the Palatinate and Baden-Wuerttemberg area of Germany brought in 1717, but also include other German families who joined the first two colonies at later dates.

The First Colony 1714











Rehbach and Kaan-Marienborn


  • Heide/Heite/Hitt, Peter/Deiter and wife Maria Elizabeth


  • Hoffmann/Hoffman/Huffman, Johannes Rehbach and Kaan-Marienborn


  • Holtzklau/Holtzclaw, Hans Jacob and wife Anna Margaretha Otterbach; children: Johannes, Johann Henrich


  • Kemper/Camper, Johannes


  • Merten/Martin, Johann Jost/John Joseph



  • Richter/Rector, Hans Jacob and wife Anna Elisabeth Fischbach; son Johannes



  • Weber/Weaver, Johann Henrich and wife Anna Margarethe Huttman; children: Johannes, Cathrin, Tillman

The 1717 Colony from the Kraichgau of Baden and Württemberg, as well as some from the Rhineland Pfalz (Palatinate) settled first across the Rapidan River from Fort Germanna, then from 1725 to 1727 began to move to the Robinson River Valley in present day Madison County and patent land in their own names.

Amberger/Amburger/Ambergey, Hans Conrad, and wife Barbara Bönnigheim Öhler/Aylor, Georg Henrich/Henry, Botenheim

Ballenger, Andreas/Andrew

Parlur/Barler/Barlow, Christoph(er) and wife Barbara

Blankenbühler/Blankenbaker, Hans Balthasar and wife Anna Margaretha *



Neuenbürg Blanckenbühler/Blankenbaker, Matthias, and wife Anna Maria Merckle; son Hans Jerg/Georg * Neuenbürg Oberderdingen Oberderdingen Blankenbühler/Blankenbaker, Hans Nicolaus/Nicholas, and wife Appollonia Käfer; son Zacharias * Neuenbürg Ansbach region Neuenbürg Breyhel/breuel/Broyles/Briles/Bruhles, Johann/John and wife Ursula Roup; children: Hans Jacob, Conrad, Maria Elizabetha/Elizabeth Dusslingen Ötisheim Ötisheim Klaar/Clore, Hans Michael, and wife Anna Maria Barbara; children: Agnes Margaretha, Andreas Claus, Johann Georg(e) Gemmingen

Koch/Cook, Johann Michael and wife Maria Barbara Reiner

Kriegler/Crigler, Jacob

Hollenbach Schwaigern

presumed from Baden-Wuerttemberg Fleischmann/Fleshman, Cyriachus/Zacharias and wife Anna Barbara Schöne; children: Maria Catharina, Hans Peter and numerous stepchildren, see note above. Klings Neuenbürg Neuenbürg Heerensperger/Harnsberger, Hans/John and wife Anna Barbara; son Stephen Bussnang Switzerland Holdt/Holt/Hold, Hans Michael Stetten am Heuchelberg Käfer/Kaifer, Wolff Michael Zaberfeld Kercher,/Kerker, Andreas and wife Anna Margaretha; daughter Anna Barbara Zazenhausen

Lang/Long, George and wife Rebecca

Motz, Johann and wife Maria Appollonia Maubars


Bonfeld Majer/Moyer, George, and wife Anna Barbara; children: Christoph(er), John Melchior/Michael, Maria Susanna, Barbara Catherina Gross Sachsenheim Paulitsch/Paulitz, Johann Philip, and wife Rosina Margaretha Schneider; daughters Margaretha, Maria Catharine Ottmarsheim Kirchheim Schlücter/Schlucter, Heinrich/Henry * Neuenbürg Sheible/Sheibley, Johann Georg, and wife Maria Eleanora Ockert; daughters Anna Martha, Anna Elisabetha Oberowisheim Klein-Gartach Schmidt/Smith, Hans Michael, and wife Anna Margaretha Sauter; sons: Hans Michael Jr., Christoph, Father and Mother-in-law: Sauter Gemmingen Schneider/Snyder, Hans Heinrich/Henry and wife Anna Dorothea Schilling; daughter Anna Magdalena Botenheim Cleebronn Botenheim Späth/Spade, Johannes/John, and wife Anna Maria Brückmann (mother and stepfather of Hans Michael Holdt) Stetten am Heuchelberg Thoma/Thomas/Tomas, Johannes/John and wife Anna Maria Blanckenbühler/Blankenbaker;* children: Hans Wendel, Anna Magdalena Neuenbürg

Utz, Johann Georg(e) and his wife Majer, Anna Barbara

Volckh,Volck,Volck,Volk/Folg; Maria Sabina Charlotta Barbara and [Anna?] Louisa Elisabetha, children of George Utz' wife Barbara and Michael Volck

Majer, Maier, Maÿer/Moyer, widow of Johann Michael Volck, sons: Ferdinand, Johannes, [daughter Anna?]


Wagenbachhof, Hüffenhardt

Wagenbachhof, Hüffenhardt

Weber/Weaver, Phillip Joseph, and wife Susannah Klaar; children: Dietrich/Peter, Maria Sophia,

Waldburga Gemmingen

Willert/Wilhoit/Wilheit, Michael and wife Anna Maria Hengsteller; sons: Tobias, John, Johann Christian


Jäger/Yager/Yeager, Nicolaus/Nicholos and wife Anna Maria Sieber; children: Adam and Anna Maria/Mary

Falkenstein Rhineland/Pfalz

Zimmermann/Zimmerman, Johann Christoph(er), and wife Anna Elizabeth Albrecht; sons: Johannes/John, Hans Martin, Andreas/Andrew

Sulzfeld Bietigheim Sulzfeld


          Between 1717 and 1725, others arrived from the Kraichgau. Some were related to the 1717 arrivals. Some were neighbors in Germany of the 1717 arrivals. Others could have been here since 1717, but were either too young to be listed in 1717, or escaped official notice in the records. Some who were traveling with the first wave in 1717 were left behind in England to wait for the next ship. Whatever the reason for not being listed, some went to the Robinson River Valley at the same time as the earlier group and patented land in the same time period, while others stayed on their 1717 land near the village of York, which is now known as Stevensburg.

Zimmermann/Carpenter/, Johann Wilhelm/William, and wife Elizabeth Castler/Kastler/Gessler,

Zimmermann/Carpenter, Mathias, and wife Susanna Christina; children: Matthias Friedrich, Anna Magdalena Enzweihingen Kabler/Cobbler, Christopher Sulzfeld Kabler,/Cobbler, Frederick, and wife Barbara Sulzfeld Kabler/Cobbler, Nicholas Sulzfeld

Rouse/Rausch, John, and wife Maria/Mary

Tanner/Danner, Robert, and wife Mary and five children Westhofen

Wayland/Wieland, Thomas, and wife Mary; children: Jacob and Catherine


Christoph Yowell, and wife Eva Yowell, children: Georg Frederich, Magdalena, Anna Catharina, Frederich David, Anna Barbara, Hans Jacob

Nicholas, and wife Catharine and son Jacob Michael


          Beginning in 1734 several members of the First Colony purchased land across the River from Germantown in the forks of the Rappahannock and Hazel Rivers. This land was located in present day Culpeper County and was purchased for speculation purposes and to encourage other Siegerländers to come to Virginia and purchase this land from their kinsmen. These later settlers became known as the Little Fork Group.

Bach/Back, Harman and wife Anna Margaret Hausmann Harman Bach is the cousin of Georg Weidman/Wayman, their mothers are sisters Freudenberg

Button, Harmon and wife Catherine Not from Nassau-Siegen, but intermarried with the immigrants. Holland

Button, Johann Holland Holland

Cuntz/Coons/Koontz, Johann Jost, bachelor, the nephew of Joseph Cuntze, the 1714 Immigrant Niederndorf

Fischbach, Hans Jacob and wife Anna Catharina Holdinghaus Jacob is the nephew of Philip and Elizabeth (Heimbach) Fischbach, the 1714 Immigrants Jacob's godfather is Hans Jacob Holtzclaw, 1st Colony Trupbach Fischbach, Frederick The eldest son of Johannes and Agnes (Haeger) Fischbach, the 1714 Immigrants Trupbach

Grimm/Crim, Johann and wife Gertrud Son of Elisabeth Spilman, sister of John Spilman, the 1714 Immigrant

Grimm/Crim, Johannes Jacob and wife Margaret Brother of Johannes and son of Elisabeth Spilman, sister of John Spilman, the 1714 Immigrant Oberschelden Hanback/Heimbach, Johann Jacob His father, Johannes Heimbach, is a first cousin of John Jung/Young, the 1734 Immigrant Johann Jacob is the nephew of Elizabeth (Heimbach) Otterbach/Utterback, the 1714 Immigrant


Hoffmann/Huffman, Hans Heinrich and wife, Anna Margaret Huettenhen Cousin to Johann Hofmann, the 1738 Immigrant


Mueller/Miller, Johann Friedrich and wife, Anna Maria Arnd; child Matthias Probably lived at the Little Fork with his brother, Hermann/Harman Miller

Mueller/Miller, Hermann/Harman, bachelor Married Elizabeth Holtzclaw, the daughter of Jacob and Anna (Otterbach)Holtzclaw, the 1714 Immigrants

Noeh/Nay, Johannes and wife, Maria Clara Otterbach; children: Gerderuth, Anna Catherine, Maria Clara and Johann Jacob. Maria Clara Otterbach is the niece of Hermann and Elizabeth (Heimbach) Otterbach, the 1714 Immigrants

Spilman/Speilmann, James The son of Johannes/John and Mary Elizabeth (Fischbach) Speilman/Spilman, the 1714 Immigrants

Utterback/Otterbach, Johann Henrich, bachelor Emigrated with his uncle, Johann Henrich Otterbach(Henry Utterbach of Fauquier Co.) and his aunt, Maria Clara (Otterbach) Noeh, and her family






Weidmann/Wayman, Georg, bachelor The cousin of Hermann/Harman Back/Bach Freudenberg

Weissgerber/Whitescarver, Tillman and wife Anna Margarethe Cuntze; children: Anna Maria, Anna Maria, Hermann, Anna Catharina and Maria Catherina Anna Margarethe Cuntze is the sister of Joseph Coons, the 1737 Immigrant Anna Margarethe Cuntze is the niece of Joseph and Anna Gertrud (Reinschmidt) Cuntze, the 1714 Immigrants Niederndorf

Jung/Young, Johannes and wife, Anna Maria Baeumer; children: Maria Gerderuth, Harman, Elizabeth; and Elizabeth Catherine Jung and Anna Cathrin Jung, perhaps cousins. John Jung/Young is the son of Johann and Anna Katherina (Holzklau) Jung, the sister of Jacob Holtzclaw, the 1714 Immigrant Trupbach

Other Related Resources

John Blankenbaker's GERMANNA History Notes and Genealogy Comments

Germany Geneology Society Palatines

Palatine Germans to America

Wikipedia article on Germanna