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  • ID: I33549
  • Name: Hans Jacob Holtzclaw 1 2 3
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: ABT 1683 in Trubach, Nassau-Siegen, Germany 4
  • Will: 15 JAN 1759 Fauquier Co., VA.
  • Probate: 29 FEB 1760 Fauquier Co., VA. 5
  • Immigration: 1714 Nassau-Siegen to Virginia Colony 6
  • Event: Land Patent 22 AUG 1724 Germantown, (then Stafford) Fauquier, VA.
  • Note: ref: Northern Neck Land Patent Book A, p. 63. 7
  • Event: Land Ownership ABT APR 1724 Germantown, (then Stafford) Fauquier, VA.
  • Note: ref: 'Early Westward Movement', Virginia Historical Magazine, Vol XIII, No. 4, p. 367. 7
  • Religion: Hans became a reader for the local Germantown congregation AFT 1737 Germantown, Prince William (now Fauquier), VA. 8
  • _EMPLOY: Jacob was the schoolmaster of the Germantown community AFT 1724 Germantown, (then Stafford) Fauquier, VA. 9
  • Residence: Lot # 20 ABT 1729 Germantown, (then Stafford) Fauquier, VA. 10 11
  • Death: BEF 29 FEB 1760 in Fauquier Co., VA. 12
  • Note:
    Nassau-Siegen, now a part of Westphalia, West Germany, belonged to the House of Nassau from Holland. The Counts of Nassau had large possessions in Germany from very early times, perhaps as early as the age of Charlemagne. Siegen, the hub city of the province, is situated on the river Sieg, which flows into the Rhine from the east side. Nassa-Siegen has always been rich in iron ore, frequently very near the surface of the ground, and there is evidence to show that there was activeproduction of iron in this principality from 500 B. C. to about 100 A. D. carried on by early inhabitants, who were probably Celts. For some reason this activity seems to have ceased during the early years of the Christian era, possibly because the earlier inhabitants were driven out by the Germans. From the time of Charlemagne and the Franks,however, there are numerous evidences of iron production by the so-called Forest Smiths. Nassau-Siegen was famous for the production of iron in the early years is evidenced by the fact that in a Welsh poem ofthe 12th century, written by Geoffrey of Monmouth, the house of the legendary Wieland the Smith of the Arthurian saga, is located in the city of Siegen. There is a village in the south of Nassau-Siegen calledWilnsdorf, which in the middle ages was called "Wilandisdorf," or village of Wieland.

    Correspondence / Cecil O'Banion to Fred Lager 08/1992 suggested incorrectly that Hans father may have been Johann Holtzclaw and that his mother was ? Hebel, and that his grandfather was a Thomas Holtzclaw. However, the Holtzclaw family work by Judith H. Martin indicates the lineage that is presented here.

    Three German groups of colonists came to Virginia during Governor Spotswood's administration and settled at or near what became Germanna. The first group consisted of 12 families numbering 42 persons, as shownby an order of the Virginia Council, passed April 28, 1714.

    The settlers at Germanna in 1714 were fairly well-educated people by the standards of the time. The original Germanna settlement consistedof a fort, furnished with two cannons, including ammunition, and a road cleared to the settlement. This settlement not only served as living quarters for these colonists who were to work in Governor Spotswood's ironworks, but was also regarded as security for the Virginia frontier from Indian attacks. It was located on a peninsula on the south side of the Rapidan River, which is the southern (more properly the western) branch of the Rappahannock, nine miles above the confluence with the northern branch and 13 miles above the of Governor Spotswood's ironworks.

    The twelve families of the 1714 colony finished their work for Governor Spotswood in December 1718. Apparently they felt they were being imposed upon by the Governor and wished to take advantage of the opportunities for bettering their lot in their new country. Therefore, sometime in 1718, John Fishback, John Hoffman and Jacob Holtzclaw, the three members of the colony who had been naturalized, made an entry of approximately 1800 acres of land in the Northern Neck of Virginia. There a settlement was eventually founded which became known as "Germantown". The colonists probably moved to their new location sometime in 1719; however, the actual patent for Germantown was not made until August 22, 1724, due to the death of Lady Fairfax. Germantown, which no longer exists, was located in what is now Fauquier County, Virginia.

    The Memorial Foundation of the Germanna Colonies, Inc., Box 693, Culpeper, Virginia 22701, was established in 1956, and purchased the original site of the Germanna Colony and has instituted an archeological dig on this site. The Corporation owned 270 acres, "Siegen Forest," ofthe original Germanna tract. That acquisition of the property was made possible by the generosity of one of the trustees of the Foundation. Approximately 100 acres of this was given, in 1969, to the State ofVirginia for the erection of the Germanna Community College. By authority of the Virginia State Highway Commission, issued March 2, 1969, Virginia Route #3 from Culpeper to Fredericksburg has been designated "Germanna Highway". This highway borders "Siegen Forest" and traverses the area where the first colony of 1714 was settled by Governor Spotswood.

    The Foundation has published 13 different Germanna Records containinga wealth of information on the colonists, including much on the Hittsand the Holtzclaw families.

    The instant Hans was one of the Nassau-Siegen Immigrants to Virginia in 1714. Hans Jacob Holtzclaw, was born in Truppbach, Germany, in 1683, the son of Hans Henrich Holtzclaw and his wife, Gertrut Solbach. Hewas christened at St. Nicolai Church in Siegen, Germany on Laetare Sunday, 1683. Jacob grew up in Trupbach with his ten brothers and sisters. His parents had moved there in about 1680, when his father, Hans, took the position of Schoolmaster. It is reported that the instant Hans Jacob succeeded his brother Johannes, as schoolmaster at Oberfischback in 1708. It is probable that Jacob attended the famous Latin School in Siegen. Jacob Holtzclaw was naturalized July 11, 1722, and the copy of his naturalization has been preserved in the records of Spotsylvania County, Deed Book A, page 165. Jacob Holtzclaw on his death left over 3,000 acres to his children, giving over 200 acres to each one male and female, and some to his grandchildren.

    He is reported to possibly have been a Schoolmaster at Oberfischbach prior to his immigration to the colonies. Henry's first wife died andhe married a second time to Catherine ? who died between 1754 and 1759.

    Will of Holtzclaw - 15 Jan. 1759. - 29 Feb.1760. Hamilton Parish, Prince William Co.

    To son, Joseph Holtzclaw, 374 acres of land.
    To son, Jacob Holtzclaw, 200 acres of land that I purchased of HarmanKamper and Harmon Button, also land that I purchased of Thomas Barton.
    Son, Joseph Holtzclaw, to have the liberty of taking as much timber off 150 acres as he has need for building a dwelling house.
    Son, Harman Holtzclaw, to have land that I bought in Prince William County of Thomas Stone. Grandsons, Henry and Joseph Holtzclaw, sons of John Holtzclaw (son).
    Grandsons: Henry Hall, Joseph Hall.
    To daughter, Eve Wiley (hus. Alien Wiley), 300 acres of land.
    To daughter, Elizabeth Miller (hus. Harman Miller), land.
    To daughter, Alice Katherine Hitt, 1 Negro boy.
    Grandson, Joseph Darnall, son of Jeremiah Darnall, to have 355 acres of land in Prince William County.
    Grandson, Jacob Fishback, son of Frederick Fishback, to have 1Negro.
    Land in Augusta County to be sold and the money to be divided among all my children.
    Errs: son Jacob Holtzclaw and Jeremiah Darnall (son-in-law).
    Wit: Peter Hitt, Thomas Marshall, Henry Kamper. (P. 10)

    Additional references for Hans include:

    1.) Holtzclaw, B. C., Peter Hitt, John Martin and Tillman Weaver of the 1714 Colony and their descendants, Germanna Record No. 1.
    2.) Holtzclaw, B. C. and Hackley, W. B.; Germantown Revived., Germanna Record No. 2.
    3.) Holtzclaw, B. C. Ancestry and Descendants of the Nassau-Siegen Immigrants of Virginia, 1714-1750. Germanna Record No. 5.
    4.) Holtzclaw, B. C. and Wayland, John W.; Germans, Outpost of Adventure. Germanna Record No. 7.




    Father: Hans Henrich Holtzclaw b: MAR 1646/47 in Weidenau, Nassau-Siegen, Germany
    Mother: Gertrude Solbach b: 1644 in Germany

    Marriage 1 Margreth 'Anna Margarethe' Utterback b: JUN 1686 in Trubach, Nassau-Siegen, Germany
    • Married: 07 AUG 1708 in Nassau-Siegen, Germany 13 6
    Children
    1. Has Children Johannes Holtzclaw b: 17 JUL 1709 in Nassau-Siegen, Germany
    2. Has Children Johann Henrich Holtzclaw b: 14 NOV 1711 in Oberfischbach, Nassau-Siegen, Germany
    3. Has Children Anna Maria Holtzclaw b: ABT 1718 in Germanna Colony, Essex (now Orange), VA.
    4. Has Children Katherine Holtzclaw b: ABT 1716 in Germanna Colony, Essex (now Orange), VA.
    5. Has No Children Harman Holtzclaw b: ABT 1725 in Germantown, Prince William (now Fauquier), VA.
    6. Has No Children Elizabeth Holtzclaw b: ABT 1727 in Germantown, Prince William (now Fauquier), VA.
    7. Has No Children Alice Katherine Holtzclaw b: ABT 1730 in Nassau-Siegen, Germany

    Sources:
    1. Author: B.C. Holtzclaw
      Title: Ancestry & Descendants of the Nassau-Siegen Immigrants to Virginia 1714-1750
      Publication: Name: Name: The Memorial Foundation of the Germanna Colonies in Virginia, Inc 1964: Green Publishers, Inc. Orange, VA. 1978;; Location: 1964;
      Repository:
        Name: Hutchinson Public Library - Hutchinson, Kansas

      Note:
      Source Medium: Book

      Page: p. 482
    2. Author: Virginia Lee Hutcheson Davis
      Title: Tidewater Virginia Families
      Publication: Name: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc.; Location: Baltimore, MD.; Date: 1990;
      Repository:
        Name: Jefferson-Madison Regional Library

      Note:
      specific book at Louisa County Library - Mineral, VA.
      Page: p. 629
    3. Title: Electronic Internet (unverified)
      Note:
      Source Medium: Electronic

      Needs Verification

      Page: Rootsweb:
    4. Title: Electronic Internet (unverified)
      Note:
      Source Medium: Electronic

      Needs Verification

      Page: From Wayne Brumback : http://archiver.rootsweb.com/th/read/GERMANNA_COLONIES/
    5. Title: Electronic Internet (unverified)
      Note:
      Source Medium: Electronic

      Needs Verification

      Page: http://www.angelfire.com/mo/lindassignpost/holtzclaw8.html - JAMES GROOMS
    6. Author: Judith H. Martin
      Title: Holtzclaw Family
      Publication: Name: Name: 26 February 2004;;
      Repository:
        Name: Fred Lager Files: 1994.1 & /My Documents/Personal Files/Genealogy/Holtzclaw

      Note:
      Source Medium: Manuscript
    7. Author: Virginia Lee Hutcheson Davis
      Title: Tidewater Virginia Families
      Publication: Name: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc.; Location: Baltimore, MD.; Date: 1990;
      Repository:
        Name: Jefferson-Madison Regional Library

      Note:
      specific book at Louisa County Library - Mineral, VA.
      Page: p. 636
    8. Author: Virginia Lee Hutcheson Davis
      Title: Tidewater Virginia Families
      Publication: Name: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc.; Location: Baltimore, MD.; Date: 1990;
      Repository:
        Name: Jefferson-Madison Regional Library

      Note:
      specific book at Louisa County Library - Mineral, VA.
      Page: p. 637
    9. Author: Virginia Lee Hutcheson Davis
      Title: Tidewater Virginia Families
      Publication: Name: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc.; Location: Baltimore, MD.; Date: 1990;
      Repository:
        Name: Jefferson-Madison Regional Library

      Note:
      specific book at Louisa County Library - Mineral, VA.
      Page: p. 639
    10. Title: Virginia Perspectives
      Page: Outline of the Germantown 1829, reconstructed Woodford B. Hackley - 1961
    11. Title: Virginia Perspectives
      Page: 'Genealogy and Historical Notes on Culpeper County, Virginia', Raleigh Tavers Green, 1900, 1964 reprint
    12. Author: Cecil O'Banion
      Title: Correspondence / Cecil O'Banion to Fred Lager 08/1992
      Publication: Name: Name: 08/ 1992 - Billings, Montana;;
      Note:
      Source Medium: Letter
    13. Author: William I. Utterback, A.M. Marshall College, West Virginia
      Title: Utterback Family - William I. Utterback
      Publication: Name: Name: 1937 - Gentry Brothers Printing Company - Huntington, WV.;;
      Repository:
        Name: Culpeper, Virginia: Culpeper Public Library

      Note:
      Source Medium: Book

      Full Title: 'The Utterback Family 1620 - 1938'

      Page: p. 21, 34

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