Category: Germanna Colonies in Virginia

Categories: Virginia Immigration | German Immigrants to Virginia | Virginia History | Fauquier County, Virginia Colony | Culpeper County, Virginia Colony | Madison County, Virginia | Germanna Place Study

Settled as a frontier fort under colonial Lt. Governor, Alexander Spotswood, the members of the immigrant groups moved to the counties of Fauquier, Culpeper, and Madison.

The name Germanna, selected by Governor Alexander Spotswood, reflected both the German immigrants who sailed across the Atlantic to Virginia and the British Queen, Anne, who was in power at the time of the first settlement at Germanna. Though she was to die only months after the Germans arrived, her name continues to be a part of the area. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Germanna)

The Germanna Colonies consist primarily of the First Colony from the Siegerland area in Germany brought to Virginia to work for Spotswood in 1714, and the Second Colony 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.

First Colony

The Germans who came to be called "the Germanna First Colony" arrived in Virginia in April 1714. These families include:
(1) Spillman/Spielmann (2) Fitschback (3) Huffman/Hoffman (4) Milchert (5) Tilman (6) Hitt (7) Bromback (8) Hager (9) Holtazklau (10) Kemper (11) Kuntze (12) Merdten (13) Otterbach (14) Richter (15) Weber
The First Colony references can be seen here: http://www.germannafirstcolony.org/

Second Colony

The later arrival of the Second Colony families was identified through their participation in the Hebron Lutheran Church, founded 1740, in the Robinson River Valley of what eventually became Madison County, Virginia. These families include:
(1) Amburger/Ambergey (2) Ballenger (3) Blankenbaker/Plankenbuhler (4) Broyles (Bryols)(5) Clore/Klaar (6) Cook (Koch) (7) Crigler, Grikler (8) Fleishman (9) Holt (10) Kaifer (11) Moyers (12) Paulitz (13) Smith (Schmidt)(14) Shively (Scheible)(15) Snyder/Schneider (16) Utz (17) Yager (Jager) (18) Barlow (Parler) (19) Harnsburger (Herren Burgud) (20) Kerker (21) Lang or Long (this may be a misstatement) (23) Zimmerman (24) Milcher (25) Schlucter (26) Weaver (27) Wegman
The Second Colony reference can be seen here: http://www.secondcolony.org/index.html

Later arrivals

Families who arrived after the First and Second Colonies include:
(1) Aylor/Ehler/Ohler, 1742 (2) Benenger (Penniger), 1751 (3) Beemon/ Bohme, 1747 (4) Bunger/ Bungard, 1776 (5) Carpenter, 1721 (6) Chelf , 1768 (7) Christler, 1736 (8) Deer /Hirsch, 1746, (9) Delph, 1745 (10) Finks, 1734 (11) Fray/Frey, 1764 (12) Gaar/Garr, 1732 (13) Gensle (14) Gerber (15) Holtzclaw, 1714 (16) House, 1771 (17) Jesse (18) Klug, 1738 (19) Leathers/ Lederer, 1734 (20) Lipp (21) Nunnemacher, 1754 (22) Reiser/Racer/Rauser, 1754 (23) Reiner, 1750 (24) Rouse/Rausch, 1728 (25) Schad (26) Slaughter/ Schlater, 1733 (27) Tanner/Gerber, 1733 (28) Vrede, 1782 (29) Wayland, 1728 (30) Wilheit 1728

Although many Germanna families later migrated southward and westward from Piedmont Virginia, genealogical evidence shows that many of the families intermarried for generations, producing a rich genealogical heritage.

References to individuals and more detailed accounts can be seen here:

Germanna Colonies of 1714-1721 http://homepages.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~george/germanna.html

Germanna Foundation http://www.germanna.org/


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  • Adam Yager Sr 29 Sep 1708 Neuberg, Muhldorf am Inn, Bayern, Germany - 23 Jan 1794
  • Nicholas Yager abt 28 May 1676 Weichersbach, Main-Kinzig-Kreis, Hessen, Germany - 6 Apr 1764




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