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The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. XI, No. 3 (Jan., 1904), page 233

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The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography

The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. XI, No. 3 (Jan., 1904), page 233 [Click for larger image]The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. XI, No. 3 (Jan., 1904), page 233

get a minister, because they are so few in number. Hence they cannot raise enough money sufficient to pay a minister's salary. I preached for them, which they accepted with thanks. They expect more visits. They asked me to visit them again. John Jung and Hoffman's brother seemed to understand me when I spoke to them of the Saviour. IX. GERMANTOWN.* It is like a village in Germany, in which the houses are far apart. It is situated along a little creek, called Lucken Runn [Licking Run]. They are from the Siegen district, and are all Reformed people. They live about ten miles from the Little Fork of the "Rippehanning." They have as their Reader the old Mr. Holzklo,† who receives annually from each family thirty pounds of tobacco as salary. A church and a school are there. I preached in this church with the approbation of all. They thought the Holy Spirit had sent me to them. They would have liked to keep me as their regular pastor, if I so desired. They asked that I * To this place the original colonists removed in the year 1721, because Governor Spotswood refused to sell them the land on which they were settled at Germanna. They were of the German Reformed faith, the great German branch of the Presbyterian family of churches. The first grant of land to these colonists was made by the proprietors of the Northern Neck of Virginia, by deed dated August 22, 1724, which conveyed 1,805 acres of land to Jacob Holtzclaw, John Fishback and John (Henry) Hoffman, who were the only members of the colony then naturalized. Midland Station, on the Southern Railroad, is believed to be on land settled by them, and Licking Run flows through the boundaries of this early settlement. Further reference will be made to them during the publication of these diaries. For full and accurate accounts of Germanna and Germantown see Genealogy of the Kemper Family, by Mr, Willis M. Kemper, Cincinnati, Ohio, and also sketch entitled "The First German Reformed Colony in Virginia, 1714-1750," Journal of the Presbyterian Historical Society, Philadelphia, Pa., Vol. II, Nos. 1-3. † Jacob Holtzclaw, a prominent member of the first Germanna colony. He was the schoolmaster of the colony, and is said to have been

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