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An American Family History

Printz Family

  also spelled Brentz, Prince  
  Johann Philip Printz  
A militia is a military unit composed of citizens who are called up in time of need.

In 1607 the London Company established Virginia as the first permanent New World English colony.

Johan Georg Brentz born on December 8, 1742 in Duehren, Baden, Germany. George came to America with his parents in 1751.

He married Elizabeth Crum about 1764.

John Printz (1765),
Magdalena Printz (1770, married Daniel Baker),
Mary Ann Printz (1775, also married Daniel Baker),
David Printz (1782), and
George Printz (1785).

On August 5, 1787 he married Mary Magdalene Shafer. The Reverend Paul Henkle, officiated. Magdalene was born on April 4, 1760.

Daniel Wesley Printz (1790),
Isaac R. Printz (1802) and
Joseph Printz (1804).

On July 26, 1771, George Printz bought 92 acres , "lying on the drains of the Great Hawksbill, "that was part of a 387 acre tract granted to Henry Crum.

George's father also patented land in Shenandoah County, Virginia.

In 1775 his name was on a list of lieutenants sworn in as officers of the county militia. George was promoted on October 11, 1780 to Captain.

David C. Mclnturff declared in the pension application of John C. Aleshite, that

Aleshite marched in August 1781 from Shenandoah Co., Virginia under Capt. George Printz and served at the battle of York; previously, he had been drafted for three months under Capt. George Printz and had marched from Shenandoah County to Newcastle on the Pamunkey River. At Newcastle, George Printz became ill and was releaved from duty.

In 1792, his name appeared on a petition to establish a new county separated from Shenandoah and Rockingham Counties. This petition was denied by the General Assembly.

In October, 1797, George represented the Hawksbill Church at the Lutheran Special Conference in Woodstock, Virginia.

In 1806, he attended the Lutheran Conference at Roeders Church.

In 1809, he was listed as a church officer of the Hawksbill Church.

On July 18, 1812, he received a grant of 80 acres in Stark County, Ohio for his services in the Revolutionary War and later he visited the area.

In 1827 and 1829 he added two codicils to his will where he gave the Ohio lands to his sons George and Reuben.

Shenandoah County, Virginia was established in 1772. It was originally Dunmore County.

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Gottlieb Printz was born on September 20, 1752 in York County, Pennsylvania. He was baptised on November 5, 1752 at Christ Lutheran Church in York County, Pennsylvania. His father was father was Johan Philip Printz. His sponsors were Gottlieb and Anna Marie Gunkel.

Gottlieb moved Virginia with his parents.

He married Magdalene Crum.

Magdalene Prince (married John Campbell),
Eve Prince (1775, married Jacob Pence), and
Adam Prince (1781, married Eve Buroker).

When his father in 1794 became "Governor of Printz Town" by purchasing the interests of his siblings.

On November 2, 1775 he was a private in Captain Joseph Borman's Company of the Virginia Militia.

Godlove was taxed for 300 acres of land in 1782-1789.

In 1789 he was granted 74 acres and was taxed on that amount until 1799 when that land apparently was transferred to Christian Smith; there is no record of such a transfer, but Christian Smith began paying taxes on the land in 1800.

In 1794, he was taxed on the 217 acres of land that he received from his father's estate. This was reduced to 167 when he transferred 50 acres to his brother, Philip.

On October 8, 1804, Godlove and Mollie Prince sold 288 acres to Mark Finks and moved to Bourbon County, Kentucky where he was listed as a householder in July 25, 1805 and June 23, 1806

Mark Finks and his wife, Eve Finks, sold the Virginia land back to Magdalene Prince, widow of Godlove, on September 24, 1807.
Choosing a Godparent sponsor was not just a formality in 17th century Germany. Each child had one Godparent of the same gender. It established ties between families that were near kinship. The Godparent was expected to provide spiritual support and material support in times of need.

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Jacob Printz, was born about1797. His father was Johan Georg Brentz.

He married Catherine Somers, born Dec. 13, 1803; died Feb. 2, 1889, daughter of Philip Somers, Jr. and Barbara Sours. Jacob was a farmer and his farm was near Stoney Man, VA. During the winter months, he was a butcher and exposure at this type of work caused his death. He sold land on Piney Mountain given him by his father on February 8,1833 to Michael Blosz. Jacob and Catherine were members of the Lutheran Church.

 
 

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Captain George Printz (Johan Georg Brentz) was born December 8, 1742 in Duehren, Baden, Germany and came to America with his family in 1751.

He married his first wife, Elizabeth Crum, about 1764. The land that George Printz' owned had belonged to Henry Crum. Their children were
John Printz (1765),
Magdalena Printz (1770),
Mary Ann Printz (1775),
David Printz (1782), and
George Printz (1785).

He married his second wife, Mary Magdalene Shaffer [Shafer], on August 5, 1787. The Reverend Paul Henkle officiated. Magdalene was born April 4, 1760 and died October 20, 1823 in Shenandoah County. Their children were
Daniel Wesley Printz (1790),
Isaac R. Printz (1802) and
Joseph Printz (1804).

The earliest record of George Printz in Virginia was a deed recorded at Frederick County Court in Winchester on July 26, 1771. It conveyed to him 92 acres of land, "lying on the drains of the Great Hawksbill," which was part of a 387 acre tract granted to Henry Crumb by the Proprietors.

On April 30, 1778 George's name appeared on a list of lieutenants sworn in as officers of the county militia. He was promoted to captain on October 11, 1780. Captain George Printz marched from Shenandoah County to Newcastle. At Newcastle he was releaved from duty due to illness. Later, in August, 1781, he marched from Shenandoah and served at the battle of York and was probably present at the surrender of General Cornwallis. "Aide to General Washington" was inscribed on his tombstone. His name is enscribed on a plaque at Valley Forge dedicated to Revolutionary War veterans.

In 1792, George's name appeared on a petition to establish a new county separated from Shenandoah and Rockingham County which was denied by the General Assembly at that time.

In October, 1797, George represented the Hawksbill Church at the Lutheran Special Conference in Woodstock, Virginia. In 1806, he attended the Lutheran Conference at Roeders Church. In 1809, he was listed as a church officer of the Hawksbill Church. In 1789, 1798, and 1819, George obtained a total of 260 acres in the Hawksbill. He received a land grant of 80 acres in Stark County, Ohio on July 18, 1812 for his services in the Revolutionary War.

George's will was written in March, 1823 and probated on September 22, 1834. He added two codicils in 1827 and 1829. He gave the Ohio lands to his sons George and Reuben. The codicil added that Joseph was to give George, $700 and that Joseph would receive the quarter section originally given George. He mentioned three grandchildren; David, Christianna and Magdalena Baker.

Frederick County, Virginia was formed in 1743 from Orange County. Old Frederick County included all or part of four counties in present-day Virginia: Shenandoah, Clarke, Warren, and Frederick, as well as five in present-day West Virginia: Hardy, Hampshire, Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan.
Many settlers in the Shenandoah Valley were Germans from Pennsylvania called the "Shenandoah Deitsch."