The Holtzclaw family immigrated to the United States from the principality of Nassau-Siegen, Germany in 1714. Hans Jacob, known as Jacob, was the first generation of Holtzclaw's in America. He was born in 1683 in Truppbach, Nassau-Siegen, Germany. Jacob was a schoolmaster as was his father and older brother.
Jacob immigrated to Viriginia in April, 1714 with eleven other families who were also relatives. They first settled at Germanna, Orange County, Virginia. In Virginia, Jacob held the position of "Reader" in the German Reformed Church. For this he received 30 pounds of tobacco annually from each family. In 1748, Reverand Matthew G. Gottschalk, a missionary, spoke of Jacob as "getting old" and "quite religious". Another missionary stated that "he [had] lodged with an old friend by the name of Holzklau. The little village is settled with Reformed miners from Nassau-Siegen. They live very quietly together and are nice people" (Holtzclaw, 27).
A full history of the family is found in a book entitled "The Genealogy of the Holtzclaw Family 1540-1935" by B. C. Holtzclaw, Ph.D. It is an official publication of the Memorial Foundation of the Germanna Colonies, Inc. The book begins by telling about the origin of the Holtzclaw family in Germany from 1540. I highly recommend the purchase this book as it gives a full and complete history. Anderson and Margaret Holtzclaw Booth are listed on page 83.
Contact The Germanna Foundation at the following address:
The Germanna Foundation
P.O. Box 279
Locust Grove, VA 22508
The Germanna Foundation website gives not only the history of Germanna, but also family histories of all settlers.
The following histories are on Margaret Holtzclaw Booth's Grandparents and their descendants. This is meant to give a perspective on the people that Margaret was directly related to and would have grown up with and had interaction. Varied spellings still occur even in close family relatives, as is the case in several that follow.
Henry Holtzclaw, Jr.4
(Henry3, John2, Jacob1)
Henry was born in 1770 in North Carolina. he married Sarah Shirley in Barron County, Kentucky. He died after 1860 in Jefferson County, Illinois.
Census records give information on
Henry and Shirley as follows:
1820 Census records of Barren County, Kentucky show Henry and Shirley as residents.
The 1830 through 1860 records of Jefferson County, Illinois show them as residents.
The 1860 census, taken July 6th, 1860 shows that Henry was 63 years old, and a farmer. The value of his real estate was $2,000 and his personal estate was $800. He stated that he had been married within the year, meaning that his wife, Sarah, died sometime between January and July 1860. He was living with his daughter Elizabeth, who was 26 years old, and Malcom Stacy, a 16-year-old boy, relationship unknown.
Henry and Sarah were members of the Dripping Springs Baptist Church in Metcalf County, Kentucky. Henry is listed as a member in April, 1801 and Sarah a member in June 1813. In 1820 in Barren County, Kentucky, Henry surveyed the Third Precinct of the Columbia Road from the fork at Hamiltons Mill Road to Bishops Old Place.
Their children were:
James Henry Holtzclaw
Enoch D. Holtzclaw5
(Henry4, Henry3, John2, Jacob1)
Enoch was the son of Henry and Sarah Shirley Holtzclaw. He married Jane Joliff in 1814. Their children were Harrison and Henry. He was the first settler on the site of Central City, Illinois. Enoch built the first house in 1836 which was a small log house. It was later weather-boarded, rooms built on and a cellar dug underneath it. It stood on the orginial site until 1925. Enoch planted the first apple orchard with sprouts he had brought from Jefferson County, Illinois. The first Baptist Church in Central City was organized and held in the home of Jane's parents, James Joliff which he also presided over. Enoch and his family moved to the town of Crance Creek in Mason County, Illinois. On April 25, 1878, he conveyed to the people of Illinois 1/2 acre of his land to be used as a cemetery. It is a small, family cemetery known as the Holstlaw Cemetery. It is located five miles east of Kilbourn and thirteen miles south of Havana, Illinois.
(Henry4, Henry3, John2, Jacob1)
James Henry, son of Henry and Sarah Shirley Holtzclaw was probably born in Culpeper County Virginia between 1780 and 1790. James married Rhoda McKee on September 8, 1807 in Barren County, Kentucky. He died in Jefferson County, Illinois between 1831 and 1832. Different sources list Rhoda's maiden name as McKee or Brooksher. She was born in North Carolina in 1789 and also died in Jefferson County, Illinois.
While living in Barron County, Kentucky James and Rhoda were members of the Dripping Springs Baptist Church in Metcalf County, Kentucky, James in 1819, Rody (Rhoda) in May 1822.
According to James' son, Henry, James served as a soldier under Andrew Jackson.
James was a farmer and owned 40 acres of land in Jefferson County that was recorded August 7, 1834. His son-in-law, Anderson Booth, served as the Administrator of his Will.
Rhoda Holtclaw Documents
Margaret Holtzclaw, m. Anderson Booth
Henry Jackson Holtzclaw, m. Lucretia Elizabeth Johnson
Richard Jefferson Holtzclaw
Malinda J. Holtzclaw, m. Thomas H. Hobbs
Malinda C. Holtzclaw5
(Henry4, Henry3, John2, Jacob1)
Malinda was born August 27, 1797 in Virginia. She was the daughter of Henry and Sarah Shirley Holtzclaw. She died in Barron County, Kentucky. Malinda married John Fleming Bowles on August 20, 1812. John was born march 11 1790 in Virginia, he died January 29 1838 in Barren County, Kentucky. Malinda married George Munday on December 26, 1839 in Barren County.
Malinda and John's children were:
Anderson R. Bowles
William T. Bowles
John Fleming Bowles, Jr.
Elijah Wilburn Bowles
Henry C. Bowles
Daniel R. Bowles
Cassandra Lou Ann M. Bowles
Melvina Catherine M. Bowles
Margaret Evaline M. Bowles
Claibourne S. Bowles
Frances Lodusky Ann Malinda Bowles
Henry Jackson Holtzclaw6
(James Henry5, Henry4, Henry3, John2, Jacob1)
Henry was the son of James Henry and Rhoda Holtzclaw. He had a twin brother, Richard Jefferson Holtzclaw. They were born June 27, 1815 in Barren County, Kentucky. Henry came with his parents to Jefferson County, Illinois in 1827. After the early death of his father in approximately 1831 or 1832, he helped his mother raise his brothers and sisters. He was a farmer and owned the homestead comprising 360 acres of land in Mount Vernon, Illinois.
He and his wife, Lucretia Elizabeth Johnson were married in 1859. They were members of the Baptist Church. Lucretia was the daughter of Reverand Lewis Johnson, another early pioneer of Jefferson County. Henry took an active interest in politics, though never sought office. He was a democrat of the Jackson School. In a biography published about Henry, it states he had a "veneration for that old hero of New Orleans, under whom his father served as a soldier." (Perrin, 65).
Their children were:
Martha Ann Holtzclaw
Ida A. Holtzclaw
John Henry Holtzclaw
Thomas Jefferson Holtzclaw
(Malinda6, James Henry5, Henry4, Henry3, John2, Jacob1)
Malinda, daughter of James Henry & Rhoda Holtzclaw was born in 1823. She married Thomas Hobbs in 1843. She was his second wife. They had one son, James H. Hobbs who was a machinist in Mount Vernon, Illinois. Malinda died in 1852.
Daniel Smith Holstlaw6
(Richard5, Henry4, Henry3, John2, Jacob1)
Daniel, the son of Richard and Mary Smith Holtzclaw was born November 15, 1813, died December 2, 1905 in Marion County, Illinois. He married Ruth Wade Middleton June 9, 1836. She was born January 23, 1819 and died February 13, 1915. A newspaper article regarding Daniel and his sons is in the Maps, Documents, and Photo Section of this page.
Their children were:
Richard Josephus Holstlaw
John Henry Holstlaw
Abel Thomas Holstlaw
Ava Harriet Holstlaw
Mary Ann Lucinda Holstlaw
Sarah Angeline Holstlaw
Daniel Wilshire Holstlaw
Joel Wesley Holstlaw
Ruth Ann Emma Holstlaw
Marion Columbus Holstlaw
Martha Alice Holstlaw
Thomas Jefferson Holstlaw7
(Henry J.6, James Henry5, Henry4, Henry3, John2, Jacob1)
Thomas was born in Shiloh Township, Jefferson County, Illinois on August 26, 1862. He married Sarah A. Whitlock on October 28, 1896. She was born in Field township on June 8, 1867. Her parents were George and Margaret Patton Whitlock. Thomas attended Ewing College for two years. He was a secretary and treasurer of the Jefferson County Farmer's Institute. Thomas was very active in the community. He held the office of Township Assessor and was a member of the Democratic Party. They were active in the United Missionary Baptist Church. Thomas and Sarah had one child, Ida Muriel born February 7, 1903.
Maps, Documents, and Photos
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Margaret Holtzclaw Booth
Map of Germanna, Virginia. First settlement of Holtzclaw Family in 1714
Land Plats of Germantown, VA Settlers
Map of Barren County, Kentucky
Eastern Barron County, Kentucky
East of Glasgow on US 68 - KY 80, 6 1/2 miles,
turn left on Love Knob Road, approx. 1/2 mile, turn right.
This road leads to the Holtzclaw/Bowles place. White Oak Creek
ran through property owned by Holtzclaw/Bowles.
Booth property lay along the Little Barren River
1836 Jefferson County, Illinois
Daniel Smith Holtzclaw Family
Land Deed of James Henry Holtzclaw,
Jefferson County, Illinois
I wish to express my thanks and gratitude to the following Holtzclaw cousins who shared their time and research with me. Not only did they provide information on the Holtzclaws, but also the Booth and Gregory Families. They are:
Virginia and Wilma are sisters and descendants of John and Malinda Holtzclaw Bowles.
Memorial Foundation of the Germanna
Colonies in Virginia, Inc.
P. O. Box 693
Culpepper, Virginia 22701
The History of the Holtzclaw Family, as one of the Founding Families of Viriginia. Purchase books detailing life in Colonial Virigina from this site.
County, Kentucky Genealogy and History. Provided by the USGenWeb Project
County, Illinois Genealogy and History. Provided by the USGenWeb Project
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Kentucky Historical Society. Kentucky Marriage Records. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1983.
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Gorin, Sandra K. and Vivian Rousseau. Barren County, Kentucky Road Book 1820-1844. Glasgow: Gorin, 1990.
Wall, John A. Wall's History of Jefferson County, Illinois. Indianapolis: Bowen, 1909.
Jillson, Willard Rouse, Sc.D. Old Kentucky Entries and Deeds. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1972.
Cawthorn, C.P. and N.L. Warnell. Pioneer Baptist Church Records of South-Central Kentucky and the Upper Cumberland of Tennessee 1799-1899. Provided by Gordon A. Gergen.
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Sutherland, James F. Early Kentucky Landholders 1787-1811. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986.
Sutherland, James F. Early Kentucky Householders 1787-1811. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986.
Ellsberry, Elizabeth Prather. Will Records of Barren County, Kentucky 1800-1824. Chillicothe: Ellsberry.
Klotter, James C., ed. Genealogies of Kentucky Families From the Register of the Kentucky Historical Society. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1981.
Perrin, William Henry. History of Jefferson County, Illinois. 1883.