Proofs of Importations of Germans
1724 to 1729, in Spotsylvania County


To obtain a certificate entitling one to fifty acres of land for each person who came into Virginia, one went to the courthouse and testified as to their importation. Many of these were recorded in the Spotsylvania Will Book A up to 1724 and in the Order Book for 1724 to 1730. James E. Brown researched these and they reported in Beyond Germanna in volume 7, number 5, starting on page 401. All dates below are Old Style.

On April 7, 1724, Jacob Holscrow said that he “came in the month of April 1714” and was accompanied by his wife Margaret and sons John and Henry. [page 69]

On April 7, 1724, John Camper [Kemper] said that he too “came in the month of April 1714” with his wife Alice Katherina. [page 69]

On April 7, 1724, Johanes Martin said that he “came in the month of April 1714” with his wife Maria Katherina. [page 69]

On April 7, 1724, Fredrick Cobler said that he arrived “in the month of January 1718 [1719 on the New Style calendar]” with Barbara his wife. [page 69]

On June 3, 1724, John Spellman said he arrived “in the year 1714” with Mary, his wife. [page 73-74]

On June 3, 1724, Harmon Fitchback said he arrived “in the year 1714” with Katherina, his wife. [page 74]

On June 3, 1724, John Huffman said that he arrived “in the year 1714” with his wife, Katherina. [Since we know from his family Bible that John Huffman was married after 1714, we should observe that the implied marriages here may have occurred after the importation.]  [page 74]

On June 3, 1724, Joseph Cuntz testified that he came “in the year 1714” with Katherin, his wife, son John, and daughters, Annallis and Katherina. [page 74]

On June 3, 1724, John Fitchback said he too came “in the year 1714” with Agnis, his wife. [page 74]

On June 3, 1724, Jacob Rickart [Rector] said he came “in the year 1714” with Elizabeth, his wife, and son, John. [page 74]

On June 3, 1724, Milchert Brumback said he came “in the year 1714” with his wife Elizabeth. [page 74]

On June 3, 1724, Dillman Weaver said that he came “in the year 1714” with his mother, Anna Weaver. [page 74]

On June 3, 1724, Peter Hitt said that he came “in the year 1714” with Elizabeth, his wife. [page 74]

All of the following are in the Spotsylvania County Order Book for 1724 to 1730.

February 1, 1725 [1726 NS], John Motz testified he came in “one thousand seven hundred and seventeen” with Maria Pelona, his wife. [page 89]

Februray 1, 1725, Hans Herren Burgud [Harnsberger] said he came in “one thousand seven hundred and seventeen” with Anna Purve [Barbara], his wife, and son, Stephen. [page 89]

On April 5, 1726, Christopher Zimerman said he came in “one thousand seven hundred and seventeen” with his wife, Elizabeth, and sons, John and Andrew. [page 107]

On April 5, 1726, Henry Snyder said he came in “one thousand seven hundred and seventeen” with his wife, Dorothy. [page 107]

On April 5, 1726, Matthew Smith said he came in “one thousand seven hundred and seventeen” with Katherina, his wife. [page 108]

On April 5, 1726, Michell Cook said he came in “one thousand seven hundred and seventeen” with Mary, his wife. [page 108]

On April 5, 1726, Andrew Kerker said he came in “one thousand seven hundred and seventeen” with Margeritta, his wife, and daughter, Barbara. [page 108]

On April 5, 1726, William Carpenter said he came in “one thousand seven hundred and twenty-one” with Elizabeth, his wife. [page 108]

On April 5, 1726, Christopher Parlur [Barlow] said he came in “one thousand seven hundred and seventeen” with his wife, Pauera [Barbara].  [page 108]

On May 2, 1727, Jacob Bryoll said he came “nine years since in Capt: Scott.” [page 142]

On May 2, 1727, John Bryoll said he came “nine years since in Capt: Scott” with Ursley, his wife, and children, Conrad and Elizabeth.[page 142]

On May 2, 1727, Nicholas Yeager said he came “nine years since in Capt: Scott” with his wife, Mary, and childrren Adam and Mary.[page 142]

On May 2, 1727, Phillip Paulitz said he came “nine years since in Capt: Scott” with his wife, Rose, and children, Margarett and Katherin. [page 142]

On November 8, 1727, Robert Turner said he arrived in the year “one thousand seven hundred and twenty” with Mary, his wife, and children Christopher, Christiana, Katherine, Mary & Parva. [page 214]

On October 7, 1729, George Lang, said he came “about twelve years since in the ship called the Mulberry” with Rebecca, his wife. [page 352]

November 4, 1729, Thomas Wayland testified he came with his wife, Mary, and children Jacob and Katherine [no arrival date given]. [page 356]

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