Prince/Printz Family History

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


Use to See if Your Ancestor is part of this Family Tree

Posted by Victor Prince on November 24, 2022 at 8:20 AM

The most typical question I get sent to me from people who find that website is "is INSERT NAME related to this family line?" I don't get to these inquiries as fast as I or you would like, so a much better way for you to start to find an answer to that is to search the website. That is kind of like the Wikipedia of genealogy sites with family trees. It is not always 100% correct sinc...

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Ancestors Posted on

Posted by Victor Prince on February 15, 2016 at 12:00 AM

I just entered this family tree line into the genealogy website, I found that site to be quite useful even without paying a subscription fee. Like any website that has user-generated content (e.g., Wikipedia), be wary and question the validity of information you find on there before you take it as fact. 

Best of luck with your research.


Wolfhard Family Tree in

Posted by Victor Prince on December 30, 2014 at 5:05 PM

The website has a family tree that shows where the Brentz family and the Wolfhard family got connected by marriage. It is available here. Clicking around on the names of our ancestors can provide some interesting information. For example, here is information on Georg Johann Wolfhard, one of our direct ancestors.

"About Georg Johann Wolfhardt - Pastor in Euchtersheim in 1626 in Neydenstein in...

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Good archive on Emigration from Our Area in Germany

Posted by Victor Prince on November 19, 2014 at 11:25 AM

I just came across a new resource that gives interesting information about emigrants from the German state (Baden Wurtenberg) where our ancestors came from. It is in the Stuttgart Archive library at this link -

Jacob Prince and Gottfried Printz and Elizabeth Evaline Prince

Posted by Victor Prince on March 10, 2014 at 7:25 PM

QUESTION - 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.

ANSWER - Here is what might be your line if Elizabeth was Eliza, she was born a few years after 1820, and she died in VA not IN. That's a lot o...

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Printz's of Liberal, Kansas

Posted by Victor Prince on March 9, 2014 at 6:40 PM

Question  - "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?

Answer - Bad news, good news.  Bad news - The book does not have any mention of the name "Rockefeller."  That could have been nice on so many levels.  Good news - the book does mention a "John Roc...

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George Printz to Anna Shaffer to Philip Miller Line

Posted by Victor Prince on March 9, 2014 at 6:20 PM

Question -

"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."

Answer - Here is what the book has on that line:

1B3D5E. Anna Maria Shaffer, born c!805; died c!899. She married on Sept. 8, 1821 to Philip Mi...

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Is my "Prince" Family part of this "Prince" Line?

Posted by Victor Prince on March 7, 2014 at 8:40 PM

We often get questions about whether a particular person with the last name Prince is part of this particular Brentz/Printz/Prince ancestry line. So unless you already have a link to the Printz family of Virginia or to the Brentz family of Duehren, Germany, the general answer is "it depends, but probably unlikely".  Here is why...

First, as an example, when I search my own "firstname lastname" on whitepages...

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Useful Links for Family Research

Posted by Victor Prince on March 7, 2013 at 7:25 PM

If you are doing some genealogy research of your own, I have put up a bunch of useful links on the Other Links page on this site.  Some links are specific for this family line (e.g., link to the local library in Page County, VA).  Some are useful for anyone (e.g., link to a searchable database of all soldiers and sailors in the Civil War.)  You can see them all

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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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Prince / Printz's of Piqua, Ohio

Posted by princefamilyhistory on November 8, 2008 at 9:40 AM

Question:  hello! As you can see my last name is printz my whole family is from Ohio, Piqua actually. My great-grandfather Joesph Printz was also from Piqua. And my grandfather James, my dad Jim, his sister and my aunt jan, and I all were born in Piqua (And we are all Printzs). I was just wondering if we were related and if this was our families history too. please email me back and let me know if you know anything about the Printz's ...

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Emily Emma Prince

Posted by princefamilyhistory on May 29, 2008 at 11:20 AM

Question:  My great great grandfather Alexander Alter was married to Emily Emma Prince on September 11, 1895 in

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Nellie Mae Printz

Posted by princefamilyhistory on April 1, 2008 at 8:35 AM

Question:  I have a great grandma named Nellie Mae Printz whom was born in 1881 in Iowa.  One thing says her middle name was Mae and one Victor.  None the less a very interesting factor is I have a copy of a tin print of one Victor Printz from back in the mid 1800's or so. I am not sure whom he i...

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Thaddeus Dobbs (b. 1855) and Mary Magdalene Printz (b. 1860) who were married in 1893

Posted by princefamilyhistory on February 9, 2008 at 8:25 PM

Here is the information that the book "Into the Valley - A History of the Printz / Prince Family of the Shenandoah" has on this line:

1B3D7C8. Mary Magdalene Printz, born May 8, 1860; died Dec. 30, 1951 in Shenandoah, VA. She married on June 15, 1893 to Thaddeus (Thomas) Brooks Dobbs, born May 23, 1855 in Madison Co., VA; died July 15, 1939, son of R. M. Dobbs and Sarah M. Dobbs. They lived in Grove Hill, VA where Thaddeus was a carpenter. They are buried at St. Paul's Lutheran Churc...

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