Prince/Printz Family History

From "Brentz" in Duehren, Germany to "Printz" in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia to "Prince" in Ohio and Beyond

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FYI, the most common question we get is along the lines of "is my great great grandpa Prince part of this line"? The general answer is "odds are not " as I explain in this blog post, so it might be worth you checking that out first.

Because of guestbook spammers, I unfortunately have learned that I have to ask people to register as a guest before they can post something. Sorry for the inconvenience.  

Finally, note that you should be careful in choosing what names or other personal information you post here about yourself or others, particularly of any living family members, since we live in an age where bad actors may unfortunately use information like this posted on the internet. 

Thanks,

Victor 

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186 Comments

Reply N Good
5:50 AM on April 18, 2017 
Steve says...
My Daughter has expressed an interest in becoming a member of DAR...and my sons also have interest in SAR...Are there any "family" members who are currently members...it would be helpful to know their names and associated chapters to help with application
Hi Steve, did you ever get an answer to this? If not, please let me know and I will help you. I am currently a registrar for a DAR chapter in Woodstock, VA. You would need to contact a registrar close to where you live. I can help you locate the chapter you need for DAR. Nonna
Reply Steve
9:03 PM on June 9, 2016 
My Daughter has expressed an interest in becoming a member of DAR...and my sons also have interest in SAR...Are there any "family" members who are currently members...it would be helpful to know their names and associated chapters to help with application
Reply tkoenig
8:56 PM on May 21, 2015 
victor, hi I love the site. im hoping you can help me. I looking for information on gertrude printz she immigrated from germany. her father was peter printz. she married a theodore koenig. what ive seen about them is they lived in around chester pa. thanks theresa koenig
Reply mike printz
8:05 PM on December 7, 2014 
Just wanted to say hello and thank you. I'll revisit again soon.
Reply Victor Prince
4:00 AM on December 1, 2014 
I just turned off the requirement that you become a site member to post a comment in the guestbook. I had to do that due to guestbook spammers, but will test turning it off for a while to see if I still need to do it.
Reply Rick Crume
2:24 PM on March 14, 2014 
Nice job updating the Prince/Printz Family History website!
Reply Victor Prince
11:43 PM on March 10, 2014 
Denise - if you would like to share scans / pictures of that family content on this site, let me know. You can send me an email via the Contact Us link. - Victor

Denise Woolf says...
Hi Donna - I have bible pages from Jacob Prince's bible. It has entries for Hannah Jane Prince and Dilliard Trowbridge. The oldest entry is Godfre Prince died November 1, 1840 in his 92nd year of life. I'm not sure how to hook up and get you images from the bible. If I can find a main page of genealogy on this site, I can perhaps upload images there. I'm still meandering through and looking at the organization.
Reply Victor Prince
8:03 PM on March 10, 2014 
Thanks for the note Carol. I just posted a reply on the blog page of this site. Enjoy.

carol fox says...
This is all very interesting. I feel like I am related some way. My 3 great grandmother was Elizabeth Evaline Prince. Born 1820 died about 1897 in Indiana. Her father was Jacob Prince and his father was Gottfried Printz that served in the Revolutionary War. I would love to hear from someone who has these same ancestors in their tree.
Reply carol fox
5:48 PM on March 10, 2014 
This is all very interesting. I feel like I am related some way. My 3 great grandmother was Elizabeth Evaline Prince. Born 1820 died about 1897 in Indiana. Her father was Jacob Prince and his father was Gottfried Printz that served in the Revolutionary War. I would love to hear from someone who has these same ancestors in their tree.
Reply Denise Woolf
12:13 PM on March 10, 2014 
Donna Trowbridge Domsch says...
Hannah Jane Prince and Dillard Trowbridge were my great-great-grandparents. I am interested in any information about Hannah Jane Prince and her ancestors.

Hi Donna - I have bible pages from Jacob Prince's bible. It has entries for Hannah Jane Prince and Dilliard Trowbridge. The oldest entry is Godfre Prince died November 1, 1840 in his 92nd year of life. I'm not sure how to hook up and get you images from the bible. If I can find a main page of genealogy on this site, I can perhaps upload images there. I'm still meandering through and looking at the organization.
Reply Dotti Armstrong
5:44 AM on March 10, 2014 
Thank you for your work. Dotti Murdock
Reply Victor Prince
7:03 PM on March 9, 2014 
Sam - I just posted a reply with the relevant information on the blog on this website. I hope that helps. - Victor

Sam Miller says...
I am doing research to join the the Sons of The American Revolution. My line goes from George Printz to daughter Anna Maria Shaffer to Phillip Miller who was my 2nd Great Grand Father. I have no documentation on these people such as birth or death records. If anyone could help secure this information I would be thankful.
Reply Victor Prince
6:50 PM on March 9, 2014 
Tom - I think I may have found a link in the book. I posted it in the Blog on this site. Good luck and let us know if you find anything interesting!
Victor

Thomas Printz says...
My name is Thomas "Tom" Printz in Pueblo, Colorado. My Great Grandfather was John Rockefeller Printz, and I think he was from Liberal, Kansas. At least I know he was there when my Father and Grandfather built houses in Liberal after WWII. John was old at that time. Do you know if our family is part of your clan?
Reply Thomas Printz
5:11 PM on March 9, 2014 
My name is Thomas "Tom" Printz in Pueblo, Colorado. My Great Grandfather was John Rockefeller Printz, and I think he was from Liberal, Kansas. At least I know he was there when my Father and Grandfather built houses in Liberal after WWII. John was old at that time. Do you know if our family is part of your clan?
Reply Sam Miller
7:47 PM on March 1, 2014 
I am doing research to join the the Sons of The American Revolution. My line goes from George Printz to daughter Anna Maria Shaffer to Phillip Miller who was my 2nd Great Grand Father. I have no documentation on these people such as birth or death records. If anyone could help secure this information I would be thankful.
Reply Donna
1:53 AM on February 16, 2014 
Hi! I stumbled on your site while I was searching for info Edward Prince from the English side of the family. Wonderful site but I haven't found a connection yet. Oh well.
Reply Brandi fisher
7:19 PM on February 9, 2014 
Hi, I was wondering if i can get a copy of the book. Text only.....Thanks Brandi
Reply Margaret Cowman
1:46 PM on October 16, 2013 
I have been trying to find information about my grandmother's ancestors for several years. It has been suggested by several that her Prince line might have been German (Printz) because of the intermarriages with the Clays, Shrewsburys, Belshers in Virginia. Nancy Prince married Bartlett Clay in 1822 in Giles Co., Va. According to a will, her father was most likely William. She had at least 3 brothers, and at the same time in a tax census in Giles were listed John, John Jr., and Francis. I believe John was either her grandfather or possibly uncle. Can't figure out where they came from, her brothers names (Joseph, Wm, ?) & who her mother might have been. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!
Reply EarlH
9:13 PM on September 4, 2013 
I have been searching for my ancestors for about 60 years. My grandmother Hoffman is descended from Johann Philipp Brentz, the immigrant to America in 1751. I very much appreciate this web site and the offer of an electronic copy of the text of the book "From Brentz to Printz / Prince, From Germany to Virginia, Ohio and Beyond." - Earl
Reply jsnstarprncss
10:05 AM on July 31, 2013 
Thank you so much for this! Johann Brentz was my 9th Great Grandfather. I found you through a google search for "how George Printz came to America". I have a tree on Ancestry and on Geni.com. My lineage could take a while to list, but could I get a book, please? ~Ashley
Reply Peggy Rogers Rogers
3:17 PM on July 30, 2013 
Peggy Rogers Rogers searcxhing for Carol H. Mayer's address.
Reply Peggy Rogers Rogers
3:13 PM on July 30, 2013 
Maiden name and married names both Rogers. Mother Faye Russell Rogers, her mother Florence Prince Russell. I, Florence Margaret (Peggy) Rogers married William Albert Rogers of Huntington, LI, NY. We visited Indiana all my life to see the Prince relatives, some of information in Charles' book was donated by me. Stayed with Charles and his wife the year before his death. Great conversation and catching up on the family Helping with the search for information hs been a great joy. Searching the relatives has been a great pleasure. Peggy Rogers Rogers (formerly Descriptive cataloger, Library of Congress) Now searching the address/telephone no. of Carol H. Mayer
Reply Samuel Williams
8:04 AM on February 4, 2013 
Hello there I'm doing a project for my next upcoming Family Reunion and would like more information if you have it. I would like the family history and the whereabouts of the rest of the Prince Family. I live in south Texas in Victoria, Texas. My email is swilliams361@yahoo.com
Reply Glen Prince
4:45 PM on January 22, 2013 
My father was William Walter Prince and his Father was Walter Reily Prince from Tenn. Pop was born in 1932 and passed away from Colon Cancer in 1985
Reply Becky Stone
4:29 PM on January 21, 2013 
Hi, Victor. Great website! My grandmother was Hazel Prince from Millerstown, OH. I am living in Virginia and would love to find a copy of "Into the Valley" . Can you direct me in how to purchase a copy?
Reply Tom
11:35 PM on January 15, 2013 
Wonderful site, Victor! Thank you so much for this. I'm a descendent of Reuben Printz through his daughter, Rebecca Elizabeth Prince Bemenderfer. I'd love to get a copy of Into The Valley if possible.
Reply willis
11:34 PM on September 8, 2012 
I have come into the possession of a marriage certificate for Loring Arthur Hottel (Hottle) and Martha C. Legg dated 12/24/1917. Martha was the mother of Bethel Hottel Printz of Shepherdstown. A friend found it at an estate sale and I'd like to return it to the family.
Reply jollykid
3:14 AM on July 16, 2012 
hi there from a printz
Reply Rick Crume
9:50 PM on June 5, 2012 
George Prince bought land in Frederick County, Virginia, from John and Christina Crum in 1771. John was a son of Henry Crum who died in Frederick County in 1767. I wonder if George Prince's wife Elizabeth Crum and Gottlieb Printz's wife Magdalena Crum were daughters of Henry Crum.
Reply JOSEPH PRINCE
12:04 AM on June 5, 2012 
I am a Prince coming from Independence County Arkansas. My father was Harry Prince, grandfather Harry Prince, great grandfather Harry Prince, and GGGF was Charles Prince married to Annie and his father was William Prince. I know that my great grandfather was born in Wheeling WV. Any info would be amazing! Thanks!
Reply Dyanne Holt
8:57 AM on April 13, 2012 
I am trying to locate any living Printz relatives from Luray Va. I am the great granddaughter of Thomas Jackson Printz (Son of Christian) and Ada Belle Nicholson, my grandmother was Tennis Aileen. ...
Contact me dyanneholt@hotmail.com...Thanks.
Reply Michael Edward Prince Gray
12:36 PM on April 6, 2012 
Happy Holidays from California to your home Cousin Debra.
Reply Michael Edward Prince Gray
12:35 PM on April 6, 2012 
Debra says...
Here is my history if any one can help
My father was Bobby Prince 1933-1991
His father was Carol Prince 1901-
His father was James I Prince 1869-1912
Hsi father was Peter Prince 1833-1870
Carol's kids were Lb, Nina, Virgal, Gerlad, and Bobby
James kids were Bishop, Christa, Noble
Peter is the only one that I know that is James son
Any help is would be great.
Reply Becky Stone
12:28 PM on February 20, 2012 
My grandmother was Hazel P. Prince Collins of the Piqua/Millerstown, Ohio Princes. Thanks for sharing all of the research. It is a beautiful site!
My mother spoke of the Prince family bible, Hazel mentioned seeing it in the family, and I am hoping to locate it. Wish me luck!
Reply Linda Printz Read
11:17 AM on February 10, 2012 
Born to Clifford Alphoeus Printz II & Yvette G Boeck in 1950. Dad's parents: Clifford A Printz & Willie Wood. Dad's paternal grandparents: Hiram Lewellyn Printz and Emma C Reamer. Dad's paternal great grandparents: Leonard S Printz & Nancy Seal. This is as far back as I can find. I understand that Leonard S Printz was a land owner in Virginia. After reading what I could on this site (I'm still looking), I could not find any of these relatives. Also, from relative hearsay, there may be some American Indian marriages. I do know that Hiram Lewellyn Printz served as a drummer boy in the Confederate Army during the Civil War and were land owners in Kansas. Maybe I'm not related, but have enjoyed this website. Thank you.
Reply Debra
5:06 PM on December 1, 2011 
Here is my history if any one can help
My father was Bobby Prince 1933-1991
His father was Carol Prince 1901-
His father was James I Prince 1869-1912
Hsi father was Peter Prince 1833-1870
Carol's kids were Lb, Nina, Virgal, Gerlad, and Bobby
James kids were Bishop, Christa, Noble
Peter is the only one that I know that is James son
Any help is would be great.
Reply Debra
3:00 PM on December 1, 2011 
Thanks for the site. I am a Prince I have been looking for information on the Prince family. Please send me information to dprinceficklen@yahoo.com
Reply donna stotler-needham
8:32 PM on November 27, 2011 
i am Bethels neice, Donna , her and my mother Helen hottle stotler were sisiters. the site is very nice and enjoyed it, such a great gift to leave to family members and friends.
Reply Laurie
9:50 PM on October 30, 2011 
Thank you for this labor of love. It is wonderful to learn so much more!
Reply Hr. R. von Lautz
9:23 AM on October 28, 2011 
princefamilyhistory says...
Thank you for your comment. I do not know the answer to that but it is a good question.

Victor

Hallo Victor, did you know that in the 16th century one of the Brentz-Family was a quite welknown and preaty importent reformator of the
kathilic church beside Martin Luther?
Reply Hr. R. von Lautz
9:19 AM on October 28, 2011 
true: My name is Horst Rainer von Lautz.
I am still serching fora eventuell "missing link" between
Düren - Printz or Brentz and the Printz /Brentz of first Durlach, from 1681
the 181th newciticen of the newfoundation of Karlsruhe.
Reply Victor Prince
6:45 PM on October 25, 2011 
Thank you for your comment. I do not know the answer to that but it is a good question.

Victor

Hr. R. von Lautz says...
Hallo,
being the vewest and latest signed up in your community
I shoud declare my interrest: I came up of the Bretz or Printz
of Karlsruhe, before Durlach and have informations of this branche
of the Printzfamily down to 1681 and even 1510.
I would like to find out if there are relationships between the Düren-Printz
and the Printz of Baden (Würthenberg).
Is there someone in the Printz-Community who knows something
concerning my interest?
So please answer.
Althogh I would like to compare the arms of the diffrent tribes.
And at last: pardon me of my unperfect english.
Reply Hr. R. von Lautz
3:05 PM on October 25, 2011 
Hallo,
being the vewest and latest signed up in your community
I shoud declare my interrest: I came up of the Bretz or Printz
of Karlsruhe, before Durlach and have informations of this branche
of the Printzfamily down to 1681 and even 1510.
I would like to find out if there are relationships between the Düren-Printz
and the Printz of Baden (Würthenberg).
Is there someone in the Printz-Community who knows something
concerning my interest?
So please answer.
Althogh I would like to compare the arms of the diffrent tribes.
And at last: pardon me of my unperfect english.
Reply Kathy Lomaskin
1:13 PM on October 25, 2011 
Dear Charles,

It was a pleasure and an honor knowing you. Thank you for your service to our country, and thank you for your dedication and service to our Family History.

I will always remember our visits to the family homesteads in Printztown, our talks about business, birds, motorcycles, cows, gardening, canning, and WWII.

You will be happy to know that I finally met your children, Chaz and Mary Beth, and your grandson Matt and his wife. They are all lovely people and I fully intend to stay in touch with the family.

Your legacy is a gift to many, but especially to everyone in our family tree for all time.

Love always,
~ your (not so) distant cousin ~
Kathy Lomaskin
Reply augustana
11:37 AM on October 10, 2011 
I was sorry to receive the news about the death of Charles F. Printz on September 30, 2011. I expressed my appreciation for such a wonderful man on the Funeral Home Guestbook.
I joined this Blog in August 2011 and made a Post but have never seen it appear on the Blog. This Website motivated me to pursue futher information about our "Immigrant Ancestor" who moved from Germany to Luray, Virginia. Philip Somer and his wife Susanna had a son Joshua ( 1782-1841) who is our family relative. He and his wife, Lytha Judd, moved to Northeastern Indiana in 1840.. His sister, Barbara Somers, married George Printz, Jr. (1785-1858) on June 25, 1811. They raised a large family in Luray and became part of the remarkable legacy of the Printz Family.It is an honor to be related to the Printz Family ! I very much want to learn information about Philip Somer, both his life in Luray and membership in the Hawksbill Church, and discover the area in Germany he emigrated from to the Virginia Colony. ANY assistance would be gratefully received and appreciated and I will certainly share any information about the Somer/Somers/Summers Family that would be helpful. THANK YOU, Jeffrey R. Somers, jrhsomers@msn.com
Reply Whitney
11:33 PM on September 6, 2011 
Please thank Charles for me. I belong to the Levi Lucas and Ellen Printz line. I must defer to Charles' spelling. He has earned it.

I have spent the last two years stealing away spare minutes and hours searching for my ancestors. Even with the advantage of an inheritance of someone else's twenty years research and the leverage of internet accessible, indexed census tables, I was not able to identify persons who lived before 1830. The research Charles has shared has allowed me to finally link my ancestors with the patriots of Colonial America.

My intent when I began my own research was selfish. I wanted to know whether I had an historical inheritance. With each discovery, however, I found a greater fulfillment in sharing discovered history. I found that the value of the genealogical research was in the sense of community and social linkage it formed. This work, published here, shared to all, that you have produced is such a great gift to all of us. Its greatness isn't just an enscribed name on a Valley Forge Bell but in the sense of shared heritage it allows us all.

I have a greater sense of shared ownership in my nation. It is an unfamiliar but inspiring conception. Thank you Charles and Victor.
Reply Chuck Sours
8:35 PM on August 27, 2011 
Beautiful Site
Reply Donna Trowbridge Domsch
11:18 PM on May 2, 2011 
Hannah Jane Prince and Dillard Trowbridge were my great-great-grandparents. I am interested in any information about Hannah Jane Prince and her ancestors.
Reply tkoenig
6:01 PM on January 8, 2011 
Hi. I'm looking for information on Gertrude Printz from Germany. Her father was a Peter Printz. She married Theodore Koenig (konig) who was also from Germany. This is my great grandparents and I have been having a hard time finding anything out about them. I know that they came from Germany and lived in Chester, PA which is where my grandfather Peter Koenig was born. But he passed away when my father was young and my great grandparents passed away we think before my grandfather married my grandmother. Any information you have would be greatly appreciated. My e-mail address is tkoenig31@yahoo.com. Thanks Theresa
Reply amber
11:55 PM on December 15, 2010 
Hi. I found your site while searching for information on Annie L. Printz. She married John H. Arbogast and she passed away in 1943. I have not found much except for her obituary in a Page Co. Paper. Do you have any information that you would be willing to share on Ms. Annie Printz (or any information at all?) with me? If you do would you please email it to me at trinni3180@hotmail.com ? Thanks