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Nicholas Yager (b. May 28, 1678, d. April 06, 1764)Nicholas Yager was born May 28, 1678 in Oberzell, Wickerback, Hesse, Germany, and died April 06, 1764 in Hebron, Culpepper County, Virginia.He married Anna Marie Sieber on May 11, 1706 in Marienthal, Palatinate, Germany.
Notes for Nicholas Yager:
The birth record of Nicholas Yager is in the church in Oberzell, a tiny community near Weichersbach, Germany.This record indicates that Nicholas was born in Oberzell, christened in Oberzell and that his father, Paul Hans, lived in Oberzell.The German spelling of his name as written on his birth record, is Nicholas Jäger, and the date of his birth 28 May 1676.The complete social upheaval occasioned by the Thirty Years War (1618-1648) may have had its effects upon record keeping.Nicholas was naturalized 13 Jul 1722 during the governorship of Alexander Spottswood.The Orange County, Virginia records show that he had to take out naturalization papers a second time 2 May 1727.Nicholas, like others in the 1717 group, was sued by the Governor for his transportation money in 1724.He endured the hardships of Germanna until the small colony left this first home and settled on the Robinson River, in what is now Madison County, Virginia.Nicholas Yager made his first patent of land in the new place of settlement on 24 Jun 1726 (Patent Book 12 page 483 Land Office Richmond, Virginia).This patent reads as follows: "Unto Nicholas Yager of Saint George Parish, in Spotsylvania County, one certain tract or parcel of land containing four hundred acres, lying and being in the Parish and county aforesaid and in the first forks of the Rapidan River".Although he had other land exchanges and acquired others he lived on this original tract of land until his death.
From "Before Germanna" No. 10 May 1990 is found: "Nicholas Yager one of the original 1717 group of Second Germanna Colonists, came from Falkenstein in the Palatinate, rather than Baden or Württemberg like the others. However, that's where the differences end.From the Evangelical Lutheran Parish Registers, Marienthal, Pfalz comes the following: "1st Nicolaus Jäger, Paul Jägers, Inwohners zu Meierspach aus Hessen ehel. Sohn mit Anna Maria, Christian Siebers von Falchenstein ehel.Tochter copuliert worden" [Translation: were married Nicholas , legitimate son of Paul Jager, resident of Meierspach [sic] in Hessen, and Anna Maria, legitimate daughter of Christian Sieber of Falchenstein.]
Falkenstein was a divided village in the early 1700's with its halves belonging to two different noble families.One half attended church at Marienthal, and the other went to Winnweiler parish.Nicholas Jäger's children were christened in both churches. Of those children, it appears that only Adam and Anna Maria survived the voyage to Virginia.
The original spelling was Jäger, and English variations were Yager, Jeager, and Yeager.Nicholas and wife, Mary, emigrated to Virginia in 1717 with their two children, Adam and Mary. Nicholas intended to join brothers, Adam & Henry, in Pennsylvania (1717), but the ship was blown off course, landing in Norfolk, Virginia.Capt. Scott indentured the family to Governor Spotswood who worked them in his mines for eight years.
The ancestry of Nicholas is only known through the church records of the tiny church in Oberzell.Nicholas' father was Paul Hans, born in 1636. Paul's father was Claus, also a resident of Oberzell.
Naturalization Paper of Nicholas Yager
Alexander Spottswood, His Majesty's Lieutenant-Governor and Commander-in-Chief of the Colony and Dominion of Virginia.
To all to whom these Presents shall come, Greeting:
Whereas, by an Act of Assembly made at the Capitol the twenty-third day of October, 1705, for the better settling and peopling of this his Majesty's colony and dominion, it is enacted that it shall and may be lawful to and for the Governor or Commander-in-Chief of this colony and dominion for the time being, by a public instrument or letters patent, under the broad seal thereof, to declare any alien or aliens, foreigner or foreigners, being already settled or inhabitants of this colony, or which shall hereafter come to settle, plant, or reside therein, upon his or their taking the oaths therein prescribed, to be to all intents and purposes fully and completely naturalized; and that all persons having such public instrument or letters patent shall by virtue of the said Act have and enjoy, to them and their heirs, the same immunities and rights of and unto the laws of this colony and dominion as fully and amply as any of His Majesty's natural-born subjects have or enjoy within the same, and as if they had been born within any of His Majesty's realms and dominions; provided, that nothing herein contained shall be construed to enable or give power or privilege to any foreigner to do or execute any matter or thing which, by any of these Acts made in England concerning His Majesty's plantations, he is disabled to do or execute:
And NICHOLAS YAGER, native of Wickersbach in Hesse (?), having settled and inhabited for several years in the County of Spottsylvania in this colony, and now made application to me for the benefit of naturalization, and before me taken the oaths prescribed by law and subscribed to the test; I do therefore, pursuant to the said authority, hereby declare the said NICHOLAS YAGER to be to all intents and purposes fully and completely naturalized, and to have and enjoy to him and his heirs the same immunities and rights of and unto the laws and privileges of this colony as fully and amply as any of His Majesty's natural-born subjects have or within the same, and as if he had been born within any of His Majesty's realms and dominions, according to the aforesaid Act; saving always in such matters and things a which by the laws of England concerning the plantations he is disabled to do or execute.
Given under my hand and the seal of the colony this 13th day of July, 1722, in the eighth year of His Majesty's reign.
NICHOLAS YAGER, his naturalization.
WILLIAM Gooch, EsQ. His Majesty's L. Governor and
Commander-in-Chief of Virginia.
And ADAM YAGER, born at Fulkenston, near Dusseldorf, in the Dukedom of Neuberg, in the Empire of Germany.
Given under my hand and the seal of the colony at Williamsburgh, this nineteenth day of September, Seventeen Hundred and Thirty, in the fourth year of His Majesty's reign.
(Adam Yager was six years old when his father, Nicholas Yager, emigrated from Germany to America.)
(Additional data from material prepared by Vaughan & Jean Parrish and supplied by Richard A. Yeager, Bothell, Washington.)
More About Nicholas Yager:
Record Change: November 26, 2003
More About Nicholas Yager and Anna Marie Sieber:
Marriage: May 11, 1706, Marienthal, Palatinate, Germany.
Children of Nicholas Yager and Anna Marie Sieber are:
- +Adam Yager, b. September 30, 1708, Falkenstein, Duchy Of Neuberg, Palatinate, Germany, d. January 23, 1794, Madison County, Virginia.