Prince/Printz Family History

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


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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George Printz's Land Grant signed by President James Madison

Posted by Victor Prince on March 13, 2014 at 8:50 AM

Thanks to Gary Summers for sending in this copy of the land grant George Printz received in 1812 for his service in the Revolutionary War.  The land grant was for land near Steubenville, Ohio.  It is signed by President James Madison and Commissioner of the General Land Office Edward Tiffin.  The Madison signature looks more like initials than a signature, but the M is Madison has the same distincitve slant that can be seen in other Madison signatures.

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Handwritten document from 1500s from an ancestor

Posted by Victor Prince on January 15, 2014 at 7:05 PM

Distant cousin Susan Halen shared the following discovery from her visit to Germany last year:

"Hello Victor, I thought you might enjoy having some documents written by Alexander Wolfhardt in the 1500s. These are stored in the Stuttgart Archives, which we visited on our tour. We actually we permitted to handle them and touch the sealing wax, which was still affixed to the envelope!"

(Note: Alexander Wolffhardt was the Great Great Grandfatherof Johann Heinrich Brentz, who was the ...

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Captain George Printz at Valley Forge?

Posted by Victor Prince on February 5, 2011 at 8:40 PM

Charles Printz noted in the book that: "George was also found on a list, dated Baltimore, MD, July 29, 1778, on General Nelson's Corps of Light Dragoons.  Whether the Virginia Militia was a part of this group or not, has not been ascertained.  George's name is enscribed on a brass plate at the Valley Forge Memorial Bell Tower dedicated by the NSDAR to patriots of the Revolutionary War."

I just found some new information that might help more directly connect George ...

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Printz/Prince Info at Library of Virginia Website

Posted by Victor Prince on February 4, 2011 at 6:55 PM

An interesting insight I had while doing the research in the microfiche room of the National Archives in DC was that a lot of the Printz/Prince family documents were not stored there because they happenened before the US federal government was established in 1789.  Major documents like land deeds and such are instead held by the Commonwealth of Virginia, which did exist before the US federal government was set up.  The Library of Virginia has a great website with lots of great old d...

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Prince's Listed in the 1790 US Census

Posted by Victor Prince on February 4, 2011 at 6:45 PM

I went to the National Archives this week to see what information they had on the root of this family line in Page County, Virginia.  Here is how the Princes (note the spelling) showed up in that first US census in 1790.  That census only listed the head of each household and then the number of people in that household.  (Note that way back then they published two numbers for each household, "White" and "Black", with the numbers showing below being "White" and no number entered...

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