Prince/Printz Family History

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


Hermann Wolfhard

Posted by Victor Prince on August 30, 2019 at 8:50 AM

I just heard the news earlier this month that the patriarch of our remaining German cousins in Duhren, Germany passed away. I had the absolute pleasure to meet Hermann Wolfhard both times during my visits to the Prince/Printz/Brentz home village in Duhren, Germany. He lived quite a full life and will be missed. His family still lives in the area and we have built a cross-Atlantic relationship...

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Wolfhard Ancestor Biking Across USA this Summer

Posted by Victor Prince on June 12, 2016 at 12:55 AM

One of our distant cousins from Germany is biking across the USA this summer. Yannick Wolfhard is from the Wolfhards who are in Germany. We are related to via a marriage between Hans Melchior Brentz and Anna Dorothea Wolfhard in the 1600s in Germany. Hans Melchior Brentz was one of the earliest documented ancestors in the Brentz line that became Printz and Prince after emigrating from Germany to Am...

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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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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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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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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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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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