Prince/Printz Family History

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


Wolfhard Family Event in Duhren, Germany

Posted by Victor Prince on March 31, 2018 at 10:05 PM

Manfred Wolfhard is publishing a book about the Wolfhard Family history and having an event on July 22, 2018 in Duhren Germany. I am going, as well as others from my family. If you are a descendent of of Johann Philip Brentz, then you are connected to this Wolfhard family in Germany, which goes back to the 1300s. Contact me if you are interested in joining us in Duhren for the event.

The Authorship Gene Must Run in Our Family

Posted by Victor Prince on April 8, 2017 at 11:10 AM

In 2012, I made my first visit to the Brentz/Printz/Prince family ancestral hometown in Duehren, Germany. While at the Sunday service at the village’s only church, the pastor made me stand as he announced my visit as a Brentz descendent to the rest of the audience. I was a bit embarrassed, but was glad he did when a woman came up to me after the service to say we wer...

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Wolfhard Family History Website

Posted by Victor Prince on April 25, 2015 at 1:20 PM

Manfred Wolfhard is the historian of the Wolfhard family, the German family line that married with our Brentz family line in the 1600s before our ancestors came over to America. (See earlier blog posts to see the link.) I have been in contact with Manfred since we met each other in November 2014 in Duhren. He has built a wonderful website on the Wolfhard family, complete with many illustrations and photos. His website is in German and is at If you want to see the website tr...

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Duhren, Germany Visit in November 2014

Posted by Victor Prince on November 28, 2014 at 6:45 AM

I just visited Duhren, Germany for the second time in two years. Duhren is the small village near Heidelberg that the Brentz family emigrated from in 1751 to start the Printz/Prince family in America. In my first visit, I went to a Sunday service in the church in Duhren and met up with members of the Wolfhard family, who are direct ancestors of the Brentz's. We met up with them again this year and had a wonderful visit with them, including visits to their homes and a very nice luncheon. A hig...

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Upcoming trip to home village of Duehren

Posted by Victor Prince on October 21, 2014 at 11:20 AM

In the next few months, I will be going on my second trip to the village in Germany where the Brentz/Printz/Prince family lived before coming to American in the 1700s. I am planning on going to a couple of the other villages nearby where our Wolfhard ancestors were mayors, religious leaders, etc.. Stay tuned for more pictures.

-- Victor

Pre-Brentz Family Tree and History back to 1375

Posted by Victor Prince on February 17, 2014 at 7:05 PM

During our trip to Duehren in 2012, we met some members of the Wolfhardt family who are our distant relatives.  They shared a bunch of documents with me on the family tree and history.  Here is the family tree that documents ancestors all the way back to 1375. To put the year 1375 in perspective - this was the last part of Middle Ages and the eve of the Renaissance. Black Death just wiped out 1/3 of Europe’s population 25 years earlier. Edward III is King of England in 1...

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Journal of Another Relative's Visit to Ancestral Homeland Village of Duehren, Germany

Posted by Victor Prince on October 4, 2013 at 7:50 PM

Our Visit to Duehren—Taking a Step back in Time

By Sue Halen

Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013

When I first saw the beautiful choir room in Duehren where our ancestors were married, I had the desire to attend a church service there someday. Today that became a reality! We first had breakfast at our nice hotel Wincent. The weather was quite pleasant, so we decided to walk the short distance to the Lutheran Church. When we arrived, two ladies g...

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Victor's Thanksgiving 2012 Visit to German Home Village

Posted by Victor Prince on November 24, 2012 at 8:50 PM

I finally made the trip to Duhren, Germany -- the Prince/Printz/Brentz home village in Germany - this Thanksgiving 2012.  My parents and brother and his wife joined me.  I had wanted to do this trip ever since I first found out about it from meeting Charles Printz and reading his book on our family.  To say it lived up to my wildest dreams would be an understatement.  I will give the blow by blow below, but I will...

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Duehren Visit by Ralph Prince in 2008

Posted by Victor Prince on September 7, 2008 at 12:35 AM

(Note: Ralph Prince submitted stories and a link to pictures of his 2008 trip to Duehren, the Brentz/Printz/Prince Hometown in Germany.  I am reposting this story on this blog as I am doing some updating and housecleaning on this website.  The pictures still show up in the old format of this site. - Victor)

These pictures are of a recent trip to Germany during which I (Ralph) had the ...

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