Due to the prominence of Lt. Governor Alexander Spotswood in American history, much was known of his involvement with the establishment of the Germanna Settlement, but little of the German Settlers who were brought to this area with the 1714 Colony, the 1717 Colony, and later groups.
The Germanna Foundation has conducted continuing research regarding these families and their descendants.
Through these efforts, significant historic data has been obtained regarding these families who bravely traveled to a new country leaving many of their friends and family behind.
Research into these families is ongoing, therefore this list represents the best information we have at the present. Further documentary research could lead to additions or deletions from this list.
The Germanna Foundation wishes to especially thank, John V. Blankenbaker, Dr. Katharine L. Brown, Cathi Clore Frost, and Barbara Price for their diligent efforts in amplifying and correcting this list.
The 1714 Colony
The 1714 Colony from the Siegerland, settled first at Fort Germanna then at Germantown in present day Fauquier County. Names are listed with families and town of emigration from the Siegerland.
- Albrecht, Johann Juste
- Brombach/Brombach, Melchior/Melcherd
- Kemper/Camper, Johannes
- Merten/Martin, Johann Jost/John Joseph
- Cuntze/Koontz, Jost and wife Anna Gertrud Reinschmidt, children: Johannes, Anna Elisabeth, Catherina
- Fischbach/Fishback, Philip and wife Elisabeth Heimbach; children: Maria Els (Elisabeth), Johannes, Hermann, Maria Els (Elisabeth)
- Otterbach/Utterback, Hermann and wife Elisabeth Heimbach; children: Johann Philip, Johannes, Ellsbeth, Elisabeth Cathrina, Maria Cathrina, Anna Catharina
- Richter/Rector, Hans Jacob and wife Anna Elisabeth Fischbach; son Johannes
- Haeger/Häger, Rev. Johann Henrich wife Anna Catharina Friesenhagen; children: Agnes, Anna Katharina
- Holtzklau/Holtzclaw, Hans Jacob and wife Anna Margarethe Otterbach; children: Johannes, Johann Henrich
Rehbach and Kaan-Marienborn
- Heide/Heite/Hitt, Peter and wife Maria Elisabeth Freudenberg
- Spielmann/Spilman, Johannes
- Hoffmann/Hoffman/Huffman, Johannes
- Weber/Weaver, Johann Henrich and wife Anna Margarethe Huttmann; children: Johannes, Cathrin, Tillman
The 1717 Colony
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.
- Motz, Johannes & Maria Apollonia (Maubars)
- Amberger/Amburgy, Hans Conrad
Botenheim and Cleebronn, Württemberg
- Schneider/Snyder, Hans Heinrich & Anna Dorothea (Schilling)
Bussnang, Thurgau, Switzerland
- Heerensperger/Harnsberger, Hans & Anna Barbara (_____), ch: Stephen
- Klaar/Clore, Hans Michael & Anna Maria Barbara (______, ch: Agnes Margaretha, Andreas, Johann Georg
- Mühleckher/Milker, Hans Michael & Sophia Catherina (Wimmer), ch; Anna Margaretha, Anna Catharina, Maria Barbara; wife’s sister (not named)
- Schmidt/Smith, Hans Michael & Anna Margaretha (Sauter), ch: Hans Michael, Christoph; wife’s parents (not named)
- Schmidt/Smith, Matthäus & Regina Catharina (Schlözer), ch: Matthäus
- Weber/Weaver, Philipp Joseph & Susanna (Klaar), ch: Hans Dieterich “Peter”, Maria Sophia, Waldburga “Burga”/“Peggy”
Gross Sachsenheim, Württemberg
- Majer/Moyers, Hans Georg & Anna Barbara (Klaar?), ch: Christoph, Johann Melchior/Michael, Maria Susanna, Catharina Barbara
- Utz, Johann Georg & Anna Barbara (Majer), ch: Ferdinand; stepch: Maria Sabina Charlotta Volck, Anna Louisa Elisabetha Volck
Marienthal and Falckenstein, Pfalz
- Jäger/Yager, Nicholaus & Anna Maria (Seiber), ch: Adam, Anna Maria
- Blanckenbühler/Blankenbaker, Hans Balthasar & Anna Margaretha (_____)
- Blanckenbühler/Blankenbaker, Hans Mattheus & Anna Maria (Mercklin), ch: Hans Jerg
- Blanckenbühler/Blankenbaker, Hans Nikolaus & Maria Apollonia (Käfer), ch: Zacharias
- Fleischmann/Fleshman, Cyricaus & Anna Barbara (Schön), ch: Maria Catherina, Hans Peter, stepch: Anna Maria Blanckenbühler, Heinrich Schlücter
- Thoma(s), Johannes & Anna Maria (Blanckenbühler), ch: Hans Wendel, Anna Magdalena
- Scheible, Johann Georg & Maria Eleanora (Ockert), ch: Anna Martha, Anna Elisabetha, Anna Maria
- Breuel/Broyle(s), Johannes & Ursula (Ruop), ch: Hans Jacob, Conrad, Maria Elisabetha
Ottmarsheim and Kirchheim am Neckar, Württemberg
- Paulitz, Johann Philipp & Rosina Margareta (Schneider), ch: Maria Margaretha, Maria Catharina
- Koch/Cook, Johanna Michael & Maria Barbara (Reiner)
Stetten am Heuchelberg, Württemberg
- Hold/Holt, Hans Michael
Sulzfeld, Baden and Bietigheim, Württemberg
- Zimmerman, Johann Chrisoph & Anna Elisabetha (Albrecht), ch: Johann Martin, Andrew
- Käfer/Kaifer, Wolf Michael
- Wegmann, Hans Georg & Anna Maria (Sellgle), ch: Maria Margaretha, Maria Gottlieb
- Kercher/Kerker, Andreas & Margaretha (_____), chi: Anna Barbara
- Ballenger, Andrew
- Barler/Barlow, Christoph & Barbara (_____), ch: Matthias
- Crigler, Jacob
More German Immigrants to Virginia
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
- Kabler/Cobbler, Christopher
- Kabler/Cobbler, Frederick, and wife Barbara
- Kabler/Cobbler, Nicholas
- Wayland/Wieland, Thomas, and wife Mary; children: Jacob and Catherine
- Yowell/Uhl/Owell, Christoph, and wife Eva, children: Georg Frederich, Magdalena, Anna Catharina, Frederich David, Anna Barbara, Hans Jacob
- Yowell/Uhl/Owell, Nicholas, and wife Catharine; son Jacob Michael
- Rouse/Rausch, John, and wife Maria/Mary
- Tanner/Danner, Robert, and wife Mary and five children
The Little Fork Colony
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
- 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
- Weidmann/Wayman, Georg, bachelor. The cousin of Hermann/Harman Back/Bach
- Button, Harmon and wife Catherine. Not from Nassau-Siegen, but intermarried with the immigrants
- Button, Johann Holland
- Cuntz/Coons/Koontz, Johann Jost, bachelor, the nephew of Joseph Cuntze, the 1714 Immigrant
- 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
- 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
- Fischbach, Frederick. The eldest son of Johannes and Agnes (Haeger) Fischbach, 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
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