Prince/Printz Family History

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


I post new information or answers to questions I get on this blog.  You can either browse through them or enter a search term in the box below.  Unfortunately because of spammers, I have had to limit comments on these blog posts to site members and I have to approve them before they get posted.  Sorry for the inconvenience. - Victor

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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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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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Visit with Charles Printz

Posted by Victor Prince on June 19, 2010 at 11:05 AM

My father and I went out to visit Charles Printz and his wife this month (June 2010).  Charles turns 95 years old next month and he is doing great.  I took my new iPad with me and used it to show him the latest on this website.  He was very impressed with all the people visiting from all over the USA and the world and especially liked to see the posts on the guestbook.  He is so glad that people are still able benefit from the book on the family tree he wrote ...

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New Posts on Guestbooks

Posted by princefamilyhistory on April 27, 2010 at 9:51 PM
Hey folks.  You may notice that I haven't posted anything on this part of the site for a while.  Instead of doing the Q&A as a blog, I just post replies to Guestbook entries on the Guestbook itself.  It is just a more simple way to do it.  Check out the Guestbook for more information.


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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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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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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Printz and Prince Reunion

Posted by princefamilyhistory on April 29, 2008 at 9:10 AM

My mom and dad and I had a wonderful visit in April 2008 with Charles Printz and Jean Printz.  Both Charles and Jean are descendants of Captain George Printz.  My dad and I are descendants of George's brother, Cutlip (also a Revolutionary War veteran.)  Jean was one of the last Printz family members to spend time on Captain George Printz's home in Stony Man, Virginia, as her uncle Lorenzo Printz was the last Printz to live in that house.  I added a couple of pictures at th...

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Gottfried (Godfrey) Printz

Posted by princefamilyhistory on April 11, 2008 at 10:10 AM

Question:  My 4th great grandfather was Godfrey Prince married to Hannah. Godfrey died in Nov 1840 in Washington Co IN. I believe Gottleib and George Printz were his brothers.  Note that Godfrey was a soldier in the Revolutionary War which would qualify you and your relatives for inclusion in the Sons of the American Revolution or the Daughters of the American Revolution.

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Luther Prince who married Eva Dodson

Posted by princefamilyhistory on April 5, 2008 at 10:20 AM

Question:  Do you have any info on a Luther Printz? He was married to a Eva Dodson, daughter of James Arnold Dodson. What little info I can find this was in Madison County, Va. Thanks for your help.

1B3D1A2H1. Lawrence Luther Printz, born 1901; died . He married (1) on Apr. 16, 1919 with the Rev. M. B. Jamison, officiating, to Eva Dodson, b...

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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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Ada Printz and Armistead Booten Fincham

Posted by princefamilyhistory on March 16, 2008 at 9:40 AM

Question:  My grandmother Ada C. Printz was married to Armistead Booten Fincham, from Rappahannock and Madison Counties.  Any info you have on this Printz lady would be greatly appreciated. My grandfather lived in the Nethers, Va area. My grandfather who was called "Boot" born 1867-died 1954.  I never saw my grandmother. Great site.

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Princes of Harlan County, Kentucky

Posted by princefamilyhistory on March 11, 2008 at 8:25 AM

My father said our name was once Printz and was Anglicized.  He often spoke of his German background although his father was born in Harlan County, Kentucky. I can't find anything beyond my grandfather.  He died in

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Link to Older Blog

Posted by Victor Prince on February 27, 2008 at 2:50 PM

I switched blog formats.  Here is a link to the old one with earlier entries -

Enjoy - 


Family History Trip - Update

Posted by princefamilyhistory on February 13, 2008 at 5:45 PM

Charles Printz and I are going to Charlottesville to visit with Jean Printz, a distant relative who has a lot of family history.  We have to move our trip back by about a month though.  I am very excited by the trip though, as Jean was one of the last members of the family to live in Captain George Printz's house in Stony Man, Virginia.  I am hoping she has things like the Printz family bible and other historical things.  If so, I will photograph or scan whatever I ca...

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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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Raymond Carson Printz

Posted by princefamilyhistory on January 29, 2008 at 11:50 AM

Question:  I'm doing research on my grandfather's lineage and believe he was related to Captain George Printz. His name was Raymond Carson Printz and he was born in Stoneyman.

Answer:  Yes, Raymond Carson Printz is in the book.  Here is relevant information.

1B3D8B5A. Raymond Carson Printz, born Feb. 12, 1888; died Oct. 31, 1968 in Herndon, VA and is buried there. He married on Dec. 28, 1910 ...

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Gathering More Family History

Posted by princefamilyhistory on January 28, 2008 at 10:20 AM

Next month, Charles Printz and I are planning to pay a visit a direct descendent of Captain George Printz who lives in Virginia.  She is the last person we know of who lived in Captain George's house in Stony Man, VA.  I am planning to capture as many family stories, pictures and such as I can and will post the highlights on this site for all to enjoy.  Stay tuned.

As always, if you are a member of this Printz / Prince family tree and have historical pictures ...

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