German New River Settlement of Virginia

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Date: 1726 [unknown]
Location: The contemporary counties of Giles, Montgomery, and
Surnames/tags: Albert, Barger, Harless, Herlos, Herlash, Horlas, Herlass and Herlos, Haeven, Haven, Heavener, Hofner, Hafner, Haffner, Haffenner, Hefner, Heffner, Heffenner, Hevner, Hevenner, Harman, Harmon, Harmen, Hornbarger, Harnberger, Kipps, McCoy, McKay, Linkous, Linkus, Lorton, Laurton, Pepper, Prices, Preisch, Preis, Pruse, Preinz, Prenz Shell, Scholl, Schull, Smith, Schmidt, Snider, Snidow, Snido, Trolinger, Trollinger, Wall, Wahl, Williams, Wilhelm,
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We are the descendants, genealogists and aficionados of the German New River Settlement of Virginia, which antecedes the English Settlement of "Drapers Meadow "

Our mission is to unite and clarify family lines through community sharing and documentation. We are honoring our ancestors who left their beloved Germany in the early & mid-1700s to settle in the New Colonies of America. They arrived at the place on the New River that reminded them of their homeland. Some names of these settlers (NOT INCLUSIVE) were as follows:

BARGER, HARLESS ( Herlos, Herlash, Horlas, Herlass and Herlos) HAEVEN, Haven HEAVENER (Hofner,original German name) Hafner, Haffner, Haffenner, Hefner, Heffner, Heffenner, Hevner, Hevenner, Hivenner HARMAN, (Harmon, Harmen,) HORNBARGER, (Harnberger), KIPPS, McCOY, (McKay,) LINKOUS,( Linkus )LORTON, (Laurton) PEPPER, PRICE, Preisch, (Preis,Pruse, Preinz, Prenz), SHELL(, Scholl, Schull,) SMITH (Schmidt), SNIDER (Snidow, Snido), TROLINGER (Trollinger), WALL, (Wahl,) WILLIAMS, Wilhelm

German New River Settlement

"The German New River Settlement, contiguous to but not technically part of the Middle New River Settlement of Southwest Virginia, occupied an area consisting roughly of the contemporary counties of Giles, Montgomery, and Pulaski. It was settled in the mid-18th century by Rhinelanders from the Palatinate in Germany..." [1]

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  1. German New River Settlement: Virginia, Rev. Ulysses S. A. Heavener, Reprinted, Anita Comtois, Clearfield, 1929, 1976, 1992, 1994 & 2002, Genealogical Publishing Co, Baltimore Maryland.
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Could you please remove any text, link or categories related to US Southern Colonies Project since we are not involved in this project? Thank you.
posted by Jillaine Smith
Jillaine - since Abby added you as a manager, could you "upgrade" Virginia Project to be a manager instead of just on the trusted list? Thanks!
posted by Liz (Noland) Shifflett
ps - i've edited the page, removing the category and modifying the test that refers to US Southern Colonies Project - see

update - Jillaine deleted that section & links to the Southern Colonies pages that had been provided (Project Home Page, Main Image Page, Project Resource Home Page). Perhaps these pages are going away under the restructuring taking place.

posted by Liz (Noland) Shifflett
edited by Liz (Noland) Shifflett
I am not familiar with the New River settlements per se, but it appears to me that these people were part of the population that we cover in the Palatine Migration Project. Check the project pages to see why I say that.
posted by Ellen Smith
I think you're right Ellen. And you already have a link to the Germanna Descendants page.
posted by Liz (Noland) Shifflett
That Germanna Descendants page is just one of several independently created free-space projects for the Germanna settlers that have been treated as Virginia projects. When we set up the Palatine Migration Project, we kept hands off Germanna because we did not know what it was, and the descriptions in WikiTree indicated that the Germanna settlers had arrived under the sponsorship of Lt. Governor Alexander Spotswood, and thus were separate and distinct from the larger wave of Palatine migrations of the 1700s. I am not entirely sure that is the case, as I have seen indications that some Germanna settlers arrived in Philadelphia on Palatine immigrant ships and went to Germanna.

Regardless of that, it looks to me like these New River settlers probably were part of that larger wave of Palatine migrations.

posted by Ellen Smith
update: categories added

and also - could you add [Category: Virginia Immigration]

In researching that category, I found [Category: Virginia History], which you might want to add also.

Cheers, Liz

posted by Liz (Noland) Shifflett
update: categories added

Hi! Could you add Category:Virginia Colony & the location categories for the modern counties?


posted by Liz (Noland) Shifflett