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Nicholas Yager (Yeager, Jaeger) came to Virginia in the fall of 1717 with his wife Mary and two children.  He was sued in 1724 by Spottswood in 1724 and on June 24, 1726 was granted 400 acres in the Robinson River neighborhood (Spottsylvania Grants, Book 12, pg. 483).  Nicholas Yager was born in 1678, in Weicherach, Hesse, Germany and was naturalized July 13, 1722. (Keith, pg. 84 & 190). His first wife, Mary is said to have been a Wilhoite, probably a relative of Michael Wilhoite, a later Germanna settler.  Nothing is known of the descendants of his daughter, Mary though she may have been the wife of Matthias Blankenbaker, the 1717 colonist.  After his first wife's death, Nicholas Yager married Susanna, who was probably the widow of Jacob Crigler, the 1717 colonist.  The last time that he is mentioned in records was on August 18, 1751 when he was the sponsor of the last child of John Huffman, the 1714 Germanna colonist.  He may have lived on until the 1760's, however, for it was not until April 1, 1764 that Susanna Yager, "widow of Nicholas Yager", deeded slaves to Nicholas and Christopher Crigler, who were probably her sons.  All the Yager of the Germanna line in this country are descended from Adam Yager.  Nicholas's son, Adam Yager, was naturalized Sep 18, 1730, and was born Sept 29, 1707 at Fulkenston (or Frankenstein) near Dusseldorf, Duchy of Newberg, Germany.  He married in Oct 1727 to Susannah Cobler (Kabler), probably a sister of Frederick Cobler, who came to Virginia in Jan 1718/19.  Adam Yagers wife seems to have died prior to 1775, when the extant records of Hebron Lutheran Church begin, for Adam Yager Sr. appears alone on the communion rolls of the church until his death early in 1794, at the advanced age of 86.  His children and their families, as taken from his will are as follows: (1) Michael Yager, born June 29, 1728, m. Elizabeth ____(her maiden name was Mansfield, according to some genealogist), and had 10 children, born 1750-1773; (2) Barbara Yager, b. Sept 7, 1730; m. (1) Peter Clore, son of immigrant Michael Clore and m. (2) Philip Chelf: (3) John Yager, b. Sep 15,1732; d. Aug 17, 1826 0r 1833; m. Mary Wilhoit, daughter of John Wilhoit and granddaughter of Michael Wilhoit, the later German immigrant, and had 12 children; (4) Nicholas Yager, b. 1735; d.1781; m. Susannah Wilhoit, sister of Mary (above0, and had eleven children; (5) Adam Yager, b. May 9, 1738; d. 1813; m. Juriah Berry, and had ten children; and (6) Godfrey Yager, b. June 6, 1747; d. May 26, 1819; m. (1)____Klug, daughter of Rev Samuel Klug, the second pastor of Hebron Church; m. (2) Mary Wayland, daughter of Adam Wayland and granddaughter of Thomas Wayland, the later Germanna pioneer, and had 12 children by his two marriages.

The naturalization papers of Nicholas Yager (Yeager) dated July 13, 1722, describes him as a native of Weicherbach, Hesse, Germany.  The naturalization paper of son Adam, dated Sept 19, 1730 represents him as being born at Fulenston, near Dusseldorf in the Dukedom of Nueberg, Germany.  The German home was always given as Nedrobock.

In 1734, the following families, names taken from patents and court records were with the settlement of the 18 families of the 1717 Colony, who were sued by Colonel Spottswood: Carpenter, Crigler, Wayland, Weher, Wilhite, Cobler, Garr, Rousse, Turner, Stolts, Tommas, Zenche, Manspeil and Crisler.

From the Abridged Compendium of American Genealogy, page 360, we find Nicholas Yager (Yeagr) from Germany, 1713, settled in Culpepper Co, VA; served in the Colonial Wars, Adam Yager, b. 1707, served in the Colonial Wars, married 1727 a Miss Cobler.

1- Nicholas Yager (Yeager), b. 1678 Weichersbach, Hesse, Germany; d. ca 1760, Virginia.  He came to Virginia in the fall of 1717 with his wife and two children, Mary and Adam.  his second wife was Susannah, who was probably the widow  of Jacob Crigler, the 1717 Colonist who died in 1734.

        1A - Mary, b. In Germany. Nothing is known of her descendants,

              although she may have been the wife of Matthias Blankenbaker,

              the 1717 colonist;

        1B - Adam b. Sept 29, 1707; d. 1794, Madison Co, VA; m. Oct 1727

              Susannah Cobler, d. before 1775; children:

               1B1 - Michael, b. June 29, 1728; m. Elizabeth (Mansfield?); 10

                       children born 1750-1773;

               1B2 - Barbara, b. Sept 7, 1730; m. (1) Peter Clore; (2) Philip

                      Chelf;

               1B3 - John, b. Sept 15, 1732; d; Aug 17, 1826 or 33; m. Mary

                      Wilhoit, daughter of John Wilhoit; 12 children;

               1B4 - Nicholas, b. 1735 in Virginia; In the Colonial Wars; d.

                       1781; m.  Susannah Wilhoit, sister of Mary; 11 children:

               1B5 - Adam, b. June 6, 1738; d; 1813; m. Juriah Berry; 10

                       children;

               1B6 - Godfrey, b. June 6, 1747; d. May 26, 1819; m. (1) ____Klug;

                       m. (2) Mary Wayland; 12 children.

         1B4 - Nicholas, b. 1735 in Virginia; In the Colonial Wars; d. 1781; m.

                 Susannah Wilhoit, sister of Mary; 11 children:

                    1B4A - Solomon, b. Sept 1759; d. Oct 1851;

                    1B4B - Cornelius;

                    1B4C - Absolom;

                    1B4D - Nicholas;

                    1B4E - Margaret;

                    1B4F - Benjamin, b. Fe 17, 1768; d. March 29, 1857;

                    1B4G - Jesse; b. Nov 17, 1768; d. Sept 10, 1841;

                    1B4H - Frederic, b. 1776; d. Nov 28, 1848;

                    1B4I - Susannah, (twin) b. Oct 9, 1778; d. June 2, 1853;

                    1B4J - Rosanna, (twin) b. Oct 9,1778; d. Feb 21, 1866:

                    1B4K - Elijah, b. 1796 (?); d. Dec 12, 1844.

 

            1B4A - Solomon, b. Sept 1759; d. Oct 1851; m. Elizabeth Broyles, b.

                     May 15, 1760, daughter of Nicholas Broyles, son of Jacob

                     Broyles, grandson of John Broyles Sr.; 12 children:

                     1B4A1 - Mary, b. 1778 Culpepper Co, VA; d. April 8, 1870; m.

                               March 12, 1794 to Rueben Wilhite;

                     1B4A2 - Daniel Yager, m. Susanna Yager;

                     1B4A3 - Elizabeth, m. Christopher Wilhite;

                     1B4A4 - Elias;

                     1B4A5 - Joel;

                     1B4A6 - Abigail, m. Farley;

                     1B4A7 - Solomon;

                     1B4A8 - James;

                     1B4A9 - Eliza, m. William T. Farley;

                    1B4A10 - Benjamin, m Elizabeth Davis;

                    1B4A11 - Nicholas;

                    1B4A12 - Susanna, m. Thomas Broyles, probably son of

                                Zacharias Broyles, grandson of John Broyles Sr.

Solomon Yager of White Co, TN was pensioned Feb 28, 1833 for service in the Revolutionary War as a private in the Virginia line.  His second wife was Phoebe Hamblen.  She had no children.

There were many marriages between the descendants of the Germanna Colonist.  It is said there were over one hundred marriages between the Wilhite's and Yager's.

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