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John Spilman b. 6 November 1679

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Lineage Spilman
Sex Male
Full name (at birth) John Spilman

Henrich Spielman [Spielman] b. 1646 d. 3 March 1705

Agnes Risserodt [Risserodt] b. about 1650 d. 11 September 1690



6 November 1679 birth: Siegen, Prussia, Oberschelden

1714 marriage: Germantown (Virginia), Fauquier County (Virginia), Rappahannock Riv., Mary Fischbach (Fishbeck) [Fischbach] b. 7 August 1696 d. 1762

1725 child birth: Germantown (Virginia), Fauquier County (Virginia), Mary Spilman [Spilman] b. 1725

1727 birth: Germantown (Virginia), Fauquier County (Virginia), Mary Elizabeth Fischbach


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In 1708 Johannes was living as a bachelor with his stepmother in Obewrscheden, when he was recruited for the trip to Virginia. John, Philip Fishbach and his daughter Mary Elizabeth Fishbach (John's future wife) and about 40 other iron miners left Siegen, Prussia, (about 40 miles up the Sieg River from Bonn on the Rhine River in western most present day Germany) in 1713 to mine silver in Virginia. The reasons for their leaving Siegen were religious problems (between the Protestants and Catholics) and an economic depression, plus they had the promise of using their mining expertise in America. The religious problem was that they were protestants and Germany had been Catholic. The representatives of the Pope were nothing more than crooks who lined their pockets with taxes. It must be remembered that the Pope ruled all aspects of life including civil courts and even the persons selected to be local leaders. But other leaders such as Martin Luther and Calvin pointed out to the people the many evils of the Popes requirements which caused protestant uprisings leading to the 30 year religious war with the Catholics from 1618 to 1648 which led to economic devastation. Due to the uprisings German regions (including Prussia the western part of Germany) became Protestant which in turn prompted Catholic France to invade Prussia and again destroyed economic endeavor. The promise of mining work in Virginia came from Christopher de Graffenried and Franz Louis Michel (Swiss natives) who were active in establishing German and Swiss Protestants in the colonies and probably supported by Governor Alexander Spotswood in Virginia. Michel discovered a silver mine in the lower valley of the Shenandoah and the partners took a grant in that locality in 1709. Graffenried wrote to J. Justiss Albrecht a head miner in Siegen. Albrecht organized the Prussian party mentioned above and traveled to London. Graffenried was short of funds and had expected only a few miners when he met the party in London. After considerable trouble two English merchants and a Lord provided the necessary travel funds with the expectation that the Governor of Virginia, Spotswood, would welcome these mining experts and would reimburse backers via the Captain of the ship carrying the miners. Spotswood did his part and soon located the Prussians above the falls of the Rappahannock River as Rangers (to protect Virginia from Indian attacks). Spotswood assisted their construction of a fort, and provided arms and provisions. The settlement was in a horseshoe of the river which created a 400 acre peninsula and became known as Germana or Germantown (also as the Parish of St. George). The miners faced hard times but maintained their existence on the Ranger pay and hunting. Due to the promise of mining riches the Virginia government exempted the miners from taxation and rent but they still had little on which to survive. The English government was very slow to approve silver mining permits. In 1716 Spotswood, encouraged by the miners who discovered possible iron resources, took title to 3,229 acres and eventually built his famous furnace for iron processing. But Spotswood and the miners disagreed on compensation and the miners then reached agreement with an agent to acquire 1,805 acres (150 acres each for 12 families) in Faquier County and in 1720 moved to the Licking river site about 10 miles north of Germana. The miners prospered in their new tract first by raising cattle and then in farming raising corn and tobacco. Eventually the miners sold their property to church wardens of Hamilton Parish, dispersed and thus Germantown ceased to exist by the time of the American Revolution. In all of the recordings of that time the name of John Spilman was prominent as well as John Hoffman and Jacob Holtzclaw. A book by Benjamin Clark Holtzclaw (interesting name!), written about 1897, presents the scenes in Germany and Virginia very clearly and should be read if one likes history.

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From grandparents to grandchildren

Johann Spielman
birth: about 1609, Seelbach, Germany
military service: about 1628, Johann was in the militia
death: about 1670, Seelbach, Germany
Henrich Spielman
birth: 1646, Germany
marriage count: 15 July 1673, Germany, Marriage 1 Anna Margarethe Grimm b: ABT 1662 Children Marie Elizabeth Spielman b: ABT 1688 Marriage 2 Agnes Risserodt b: ABT 1650 in Seelbach, Germany Married: 15 JUL 1673 Children John Spilman b: 6 NOV 1679 in Oberschelden, Siegen, Westfalen, P
death: 3 March 1705, Oberschelden, Germany
Agnes Risserodt
birth: about 1650, Germany, Seelbach, Germany
death: 11 September 1690, Siegen, Germany, Oberschelden
== 3 ==
Mary Fischbach (Fishbeck)
birth: 7 August 1696, Trubach, Siegen, Westfalen, Prussia
marriage: John Spilman , Germantown (Virginia), Fauquier County (Virginia), Rappahannock Riv.
death: 1762, Prince William, Frederick County, Virginia
John Spilman
birth: 6 November 1679, Siegen, Prussia, Oberschelden
marriage: Mary Fischbach (Fishbeck) , Germantown (Virginia), Fauquier County (Virginia), Rappahannock Riv.
birth: 1727, Germantown (Virginia), Fauquier County (Virginia), Mary Elizabeth Fischbach
== 3 ==
Timothy Redding
birth: about 1695, Wales
marriage: Mary Spilman , Fauquier County (Virginia)
Mary Spilman
birth: 1725, Germantown (Virginia), Fauquier County (Virginia)
marriage: Timothy Redding , Fauquier County (Virginia)
Sarah Redding
birth: 1743, England
death: 13 July 1830, Clay Village (Kentucky)

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