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Subj:   [AMBURGEY-L] A note about John Amberger
Date:   Thu, 1 Mar 2001 7:57:00 PM Eastern Standard Time
From:   "Barbara I. Amburgey" <>
I thought the members of this list might also like to see this post from the

Germanna list--Barb
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Subject: [GERMANNA] (1106)Germanna Colonies, History of

John Amberger was a name on the list of Rev. War participants. He was the
grandson of the 1717 immigrant, Hanns Conrad Amberger. Conrad came from
Bönnigheim in Württemberg where he had been born to Johann Conrad Amberger
and Anna Magdalena Lederer. Conrad (Jr.) is described as a vine dresser or
a worker in a vineyard. In 1714 Conrad, Jr. married the widow of Hans Georg
Rohleder (nee Anna Catharina Schuhnig). She was, at this time, the mother
of a six year old daughter, Maria Magdalena. Two children born to Conrad,
Jr. and Anna Catharina died at an early age.

There is no record in Virginia for Anna Catharina or her daughter. Conrad
was settled by Lt. Gov. Spotswood at New German Town where, among other
activities, the colonists were encouraged to make wine. Conrad’s skills
would have been very useful in this endeavor. Even though Spotswood sued
Conrad for thirty pounds of money, he was awarded less than ten percent of
that amount. Conrad did not move to the Robinson River Valley but lived
southeast of Mt. Pony for a while where Christopher Zimmerman and Frederick
Kabler also lived. Apparently a son, John, was born about the time of the
move to the Mt. Pony land in 1725 or 1726. At this time, it seems that
Conrad’s wife was Barbara. She was perhaps of English origin. About ten
years later, Conrad moved to land in the Robinson River community though it
was on the northeast periphery. In 1742, the widow Barbara was appointed
the administrix of Conrad’s estate with Christopher Zimmerman as security.
About this same time, Barbara was appointed by the Orange County Court to
teach Anne Stuart the fine arts of reading, writing, and spinning.

The only known male descendant of Conrad was John who first appears in the
records as a witness of the will of James Gillison in 1759. He frequently
appears in the land records after that date. He married Anne ___ in 1750.
Their children include Anne, William (perhaps), and John, Jr. who was born
in 1758 (from his Rev. War Pension Application). After the mother Anne
died, John, Sr. was married to Margaret in 1769 when they owned land
previously owned by Francis Lucas.

About 1775, the family moved to North Carolina, to land now in Wilkes
County. John, Jr., the grandson of the immigrant, filed for a pension
(R174) for Revolutionary War service but he was denied the pension. He said
that he had searched for Indians and Tories and was at the Battle of King’s

A more popular spelling of the name today is Amburgey. Much of the
information here came from Dorothy Amburgey Griffith who is the premier
historian of the family.

P.S. Last May, during a visit to Bönnigheim, Eleanor and I dropped in to
the church which was open for the organist to practice and the cleaning
people. One other man was present and he wanted me to follow him.
Communication was limited as he spoke no English and I little German. But
we climbed the stairs in the tower to about the third floor and he proudly
showed me his responsibility. It was the bell ringing mechanism which is an
elaborate clock mechanism but separate from the clock. My guide took care
of this rather elaborate mechanism and he oiled and adjusted it as needed
(with Teutonic efficiency?).

John Blankenbaker


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