Also includes Huffman, Pence, Eye/Au/Owie and Zorn
- Propsts in America by Bill Brobst (PDF or DOCX)
- Johann Michael WHO? by Bill Brobst
- The History of Pendleton County -- Morton (c) 1910
- A History of Highland County, Virginia by Oren F. Morton, B.L., © 1911 The Stone Printing and Manufacturing Co. (See p. 194 for Revolutionary War Muster list.)
- A History of the Descendants of Christopher S. Eye of Pendleton County, Va. (W. Va.) by Walter L. Eye
- A History of the Descendants of John Michael Propst of Pendleton County, Va. (W. Va.) by Walter L. Eye
- Ancestors of Lillie Lieu Smith by Warren Berlin Crummett
- Email from Jeff Carr to Glenn Huffman
- Find A Grave Memorial: Henry Huffman, Sr. and Jacob Zorn and other profiles
- Research of Karl Kiser (great-great-great grandson of Christian and Mary Smith Stone who were parents of Jacob Stone who married Hannah Trumbo who were in turn parents of Louisa Stone, the great grandmother of Karl Kiser), Jim Kiser and Mark Arslan
- "Grandson's Questions Trigger Eye Family History" by Herbert E. Eye, 28 March 1996, The Pendleton Times
- Jack Bowers of the Pendleton County Historical Society
- Highland County, Virginia: VaGenWeb Page: Highland Soldiers in the Revolutionary War
- Find A Grave - Henry Huffman, Sr.
- Waggy, John R. From West Virginia to Alaska Via Europe and Asia, © 2004 by John R. Waggy. Revised 2005. Printed in the United States of America by Dehart's Media Services Incorporated.
- Ancestry.com - Use judiciously!
- Jeff Carr, researcher of the Pendleton Co., WV, genealogy
- The Family of Michael Propst on The WVGenWeb Project
- Find A Grave Memorial: Barbara Swadley Propst
- Find A Grave Memorial: Daniel Propst, Sr
- Geni.com profiles for Barbara Propst (nee Pence, NOT Swadley) and Henry Huffman and reputable profiles thereof
- Ancestry.com Message Boards: Propst Church location thread: Barbara Propst
- Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) Patriot Research System Records:
- Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Records:
- Christopher Eye
- Henry Hoffman
- Frederick Propst, Christopher Eye and others listed in the South Branch (WV) Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) document - features Grant, Hampshire, Hardy, Mineral and Pendleton counties in what is now West Virginia
- FamilySearch's Revolutionary War records
- Sandra "Sandy" Propst, fellow Propst descendant and DNA match (information used with permission).
- Pennsylvania German Pioneers, Volume I, 1727-1775, by Ralph Beaver Strassburger, LI.D., edited by William John Hinke, Ph.D., D.D., of the Pennsylvania-German Society
- Pennsylvania German Pioneers Passenger Lists: Palatine German Immigrant Ships to Philadelphia 1727-1739
- Palatine Ships Passenger Lists in Pennsylvania German Pioneers from Germany to Pennsylvania 1727 to 1808 from Olive Tree Genealogy
- David M. Bruty, Sr. - fellow Pendleton Co., WV, researcher, Huffman/Propst descendant and administrator for Descendant of Henry and Mary Eva Propst Huffman Facebook Group
- Phoebe Ann Carr 1904 Letter (Formats: docx or PDF) NOTE: My Genealogy Home Page: Information about Johann Paul Summers echoes Phebe Ann Huffman Carr Davis' letter.
- Nancy Simmons Roberson - fellow Pendleton Co., WV, researcher, Huffman/Propst descendant and administrator for Descendant of Henry and Mary Eva Propst Huffman Facebook Group
- Pension roll of 1835 for Pendleton Co., WV
- Propst Family Genealogy - page 1, page 2, page 3 - Provided to Sandra Propst (above). For more details on its origins, refer to August 2020 News & Research. Still needs verification.
- Southern Campaigns Revolutionary War Pension Statements & Rosters - namely, the pension application for Revolutionary War service for Henry Huffman (local copy).
- Others noted below
Propst Family Coat of Arms (Source: A History of the Descendants of John Michael Propst of Pendleton County, Va. (W. Va.) by Walter L. Eye)
Original Propst Settlers: page 1 of 2 and page 2 of 2 (Source: A History of the Descendants of John Michael Propst of Pendleton County, Va. (W. Va.) by Walter L. Eye, pp. x-xi)
PropstAlleged Early Propst Genealogy (page 1, page 2, page 3)
Hans Michael Propst
Barbli/Barbara (maiden name unknown)
Propst has also seen as Probst, Props, Propts, Prospts, Propstin; Proops noting the German "oo" pronounced as a long "o" per Brobst, p. 4; Brobst - not to be confused with the Swiss Brobst/Probst family; and even Brofpts/Brospts. This Propst line is of German (Saxony/Bavaria) origin, not Swiss origin. "[T]he German names 'Probst' and 'Propst' all have the same occupational meaning: a prelate, pryor, abbot, estate manager, overseer, or lay administrator or superintendent of a Roman Catholic Church diocese (in Germany) ... 'Probst. A provost, superintendent, or official head of an institution.'" (Brobst, p. 3).
According to Waggy, "...Brobst became Propst..." (p. 9), but this has been debated. Bill Brobst, in his short book Propsts in America indicates that there were "two Johann Michael Probsts who arrived in Philadelphia about the same time 1732 and 1733. Early research had confused the two. One of them, born in 1701 and who arrived in 1732 on the 'John and William' ... settled in Berks and Northampton (now Lehigh) Counties, in eastern Pennsylvania. He had come from the Palatinate, where he had been livng in the little town of Minfield, near Kandel. When he arrived ... the English clerks ... wrote down the phonetic spelling of the name, and it came out 'Brobst' ... The other was Johann Michael Propsts who had come from Bonnigheim, Wurttemberg, Germany, in 1733 on the 'Samuel'. The confusion was increased when the Samuel's papers showed a clear signature 'Probst', not 'Propst'. Other related documents just as clearly showed 'Propst', which has since proven to be the case. With his parents and sister [Anna Barbara per pp. 4, 10], he settled first in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where he married Anna Maria Keller! Later, after she died and he remarried, the family then moved southwest to found the village of Propstburg, in Pendleton County, West Virginia. So Johann Michael Probst (1701) became part of a long line of Brobsts in America, and Johann Michael Propst (1712) started a long line of Propsts in America. ... What happened to Anna Maria [Keller] is not known for sure, but she probably died as a result of childbirth in July 1738 wiht Johann Michael, Jr., who also died as an infant" (pp. 1, 6-7).
According to WikiTree: Barbara (Brandter) Propst, Barbara (to the left) had the maiden surname Brandter. It is also echoed at MyHeritage. However, this is unlikely. According to a FamilySearch discussion, there is concern about documentation and there are duplicate children listed, three born when Barbara Katrina Brandter/Brand was over 60 years old. Further discussion on Geni.com casts further evidence that Barbara Brandter is not in the Propst ancestry.
John Michael Propst, Sr., arrived in Philadelphia in 1733, age 21, on the ship Samuel, Hugh Percy, Master from Rotterdam. Refer to pp. 110-111 of Pennsylvania German Pioneers, Volume I, 1727-1775. They went to Bethlem, PA and then into Lancaster before moving to Augusta County, Virginia, ca. 1749, the part of which later became Pendleton Co., West Virginia (Source: Brobst, pp. 5-6).
The Propst pioneer settled in 1753 in the South Fork bottom, 2 miles above what is now Brandywine, West Virginia.
|John (Johann) Michael Propst (Props), Sr.||
"In 1746-47, Robert Green, an East Virginian, received a monopoly of nearly thirty square miles of the best land along the South Fork and South Branch of the Potomac. Fifteen years later Michael Propst, Jacob Ruleman and Sebastian Hoover bough land from Mr. Green and built their homes in the South Fork valley between the present villages of Brandywine and Sugar Grove. ...
Since most of the settlers in this part of the valley were Lutheran, a Lutheran church was built. On December 18, 1769 Michael and his wife, Catherine Propst, conveyed three and a half acre site "for the congregation of the South Fork of the Potomach for five shillings current money of Virginia." This church became known as the Propst Lutheran Church. Serving on the church council were Michael, Jacob and Sebastian." (Waggy, p. 21)
DNA Evidence: I share these ancestors with DNA match Sandra Propst.
Sandra Propst (above) shared a possibility that our shared Propst line is descended from Martin Luther, the Reformer, according to a February 28, 2019, article in The Pendleton Times (related Facebook post) and an accompanying chart. However, while the claim is a relation to Martin Luther through his great granddaughter who married Peter Hans Propst, she doesn't agree with the relation as her genealogy records (page 1, page 2, page 3) show that the Hans Michael Propst in our line descended from the brother of Peter Hans, Rudolph Propst (1595-1853), which would make us cousins to Martin Luther's Propst descendants as opposed to descended from him. Yet, she mentions her information could be wrong and that she could use some help on the earlier Propst line. Paula Mitchell, author of the February 28, 2019, article, indicated she used Ancestry.com for sourcing as opposed to authoritative sources. I have asked for sources in the comments at Martin Luther - Yes, THAT Martin Luther – 52 Ancestors #13 | My Search for the Past. So, more research is needed.
|Catherine Elizabeth (maiden name unknown)||Stofel (Stophel/Stophil) Au||
Eye Coat of Arms (Source: A History of the Descendants of Christopher S. Eye of Pendleton County, Va. (W. Va.) by Walter L. Eye)
Origin of the name Eye (Source: A History of the Descendants of Christopher S. Eye of Pendleton County, Va. (W. Va.) by Walter L. Eye)
|unknown||Jacob Andrew Zorn (Zornes)||Jacob's first wife was Anna Maria Gotteskind (1722-1741) (Source: Find-A-Grave)
Discussion regarding Maria Catharina Ruhlmann indicating Maria Catharina (Ruhlmann) Eckard was not the same as Maria Catharina Zorn. The research of Jeff Carr, mentioned to the right, seems to put the discussion to rest.
|Mary Catherine ______
(Maria Catharina ______)
Per research by Carr, it is doubtful that Jacob Zorn's wife was a Ruhlman/Ruleman, but he suggests her first name was Catherine. He mentions while there is a circumstantial connection between Jacob Zorn's widow Catherine and Jacob Ruleman, there is no documented evidence of Jacob Zorn's wife being a Ruhlman/Ruleman. Carr indicates that after her husband Jacob died, Mary Catherine Zorn married widower Harry Stone as documented in Augusta Co., VA Order Bk. 8, p.396 [March 1764].
born on the high seas when his parents were coming from Germany to America. This is referenced in Phoebe Ann Carr's 1904 letter.
NOTE: Multiple Huffman families came to Virginia near Rockingham County, something I discovered in looking at a Huffman Family Tree website, Larry Huffman's site and in correspondence with other Huffmans, one sharing about Christian Hoffman, a progenitor mentioned in a book by Clifford Huffman in 1967 (with more detail in this PDF about Christian and John Huffman followed by this PDF about Jacob William Huffman).
|Email from Jeff Carr to Glenn Huffman mentioning John Michael Propst||b. 1712 in Bonnigheim, Wurttemberg, Germany (Bavaria)
Last Will and Testament: page 1 | page 2
(Source: A History of the Descendants of John Michael Propst of Pendleton County, Va. (W. Va.) by Walter L. Eye, pp. 1-2)
|m. 1745 after the death of his second wife Maria Margaretha Correll who died giving birth to her 4th child. Johann Michael, Sr., had been married before to Anna Maria Keller who died in 1738 soon after giving birth to the first Johann Michael Propst, Jr., who died as an infant. With third wife Catherine Elizabeth (maiden name unknown), they had six children -- Catharina Barbara, Maria Elizabeth, Frederick George, George Peter, Maria Eva and Heinrich -- though it is possible some of these children were children of Maria Margaretha Corell. (Source: Brobst, p. 7)||b. ca. 1715
d. 14 December 1804
|b. ca 1710 Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
d. in same location
Had 3 sons: Frederick, Gerick and Christopher shown below.
Note: On this page, I once had Stofel d. ca. 1710, but that doesn't make sense given his son's birthdate and the birth dates of his contemporaries. I may have accidentally put 1710 for death when it should have been birth. I assume that is the case and have moved the date where it makes sense.
"Various Internet sites make claims about [his] parentage and origin in Germany, but I know of no proof to support these." He arrived at Philadelphia on the ship Friendship (Carr).
d. November 1755
The first immigrant to die in Pendleton County, VA
|m. ca. 1750, Monongalia County, Virginia (what is now West Virginia)
Yet, this is questioned by Carr since a genealogist he knows desceneded from the other Zorn family who settled in Monongalia County.
|b. ca. 1726, Germany
|Henry Huffman, Sr.
(also seen as Hoffman)
Revolutionary War Patriot
Mentioned in the Pension roll of 1835 for Pendleton Co., WV
Pension application for service in the Revolution
Extensive records about Henry Huffman are available here.
|Maria Eva Propst||George Frederick Propst
(seen as Frederick George Propst in some records)
Revolutionary War Patriot
Many sources have Barbara's maiden surname as Swadley -- The Family of Michael Propst on The WVGenWeb Project, Find A Grave Memorial: Barbara Swadley Propst, Ancestry, FamilySearch and WikiTree. Others conclude that her maiden surname was Pence -- Geni.com, Find A Grave Memorial: Daniel Propst, Sr, Ancestry.com Message Boards: Propst Church location thread: Barbara Propst and Jeff Carr's "Barbara Propst wife of George Frederick Propst" being the most substantiated and conclusive. She is also seen as Barbara Conrad as she had also married a Jacob Conrad II.
← The strongest evidence suggests her maiden surname was Pence, not Swadley.
|Christopher Stophel Eye
(Christafur Stophil Au/Owie)
Revolutionary War Patriot
FamilySearch record showing Christopher Eye in Capt. Peter Hull's Augusta County Militia
|Information from Karl Kiser: Jim Kiser, who researched the old Kiser material (see Mark Arslan's site), believes that Stophel is a short form of Christopher such that Christopher S. Eye would be incorrect. Stophel wouldn't be a middle name as he has found no primary document with the two names--either Christopher or Stophel is used.||Catherine (Katrine/Katrina) Anna Zorn
(Some histories have her name as Elizabeth Zorn)
Surname Zorn is questioned and thus unverified.
|Carr questions Christopher Eye's wife being a Zorn, indicating that only Morton suggested it in 1911, while in his 1910 publication, he gave no maiden surname. So, more evidence is needed.|
|b. 1757 in Rockingham Co., VA
d. ca. June 1835, Mitchell, Pendleton Co., VA (WV)
Burial: Rader-Mitchell Cemetery, Mitchell, Pendleton Co., VA/WV
Find A Grave
|m. ca. 1777; WFT Est. 1765-1815
Henry lived in the Blackthorn or Black Thorn area near Sugar Grove of what is now West Virginia.
|b. ca. 1734, Rockingham County, Virginia
d. 1801 at Winfield Propst's in what is now Pendleton Co., West Virginia
|m.||b. ca. 1748,
Pendleton, West Virginia, or Augusta County, Virginia
d. 17 December 1829, Propstburg, Pendleton, in what is now West Virginia
|b. 1747 in Germany
d. March 1797
|m. ca. 1770-1772
Arrived from Europe to American on the ship Neptune in 1754.
She had been married before to Henry Stone in 1764. Purchased land with Jacob Ruhlman (Rollman) in 1763.
|Christopher Stophel Eye arrived in Philadelphia aboard the Recovery, Amos Jones, Master, from Rotterdam. He has been mentioned living 1721 - 21 Feb. 1797, where the birth year particularly is off when considering his father's birth year. According to Jack Bowers, the correct information for Christopher Stophel Eye is as follows: "1747- Mar 1797, born in Rotterdam/Germany, died in Pendleton County, Virginia, fought in the American Revolutionary War, married Catherine Anna Katrina Zorn, 1751-1813, daughter of Jacob Andrew Zornes and Mary Catherine Ruleman/Ruhlman." Jack Bowers also mentions "two other sons born to Stophel: Frederick and Gerick."|
|Descendants through daughter Susan Elizabeth Huffman via her marriage to George Rexrode/Rexroad, Jr. -- Rexrodes and Smiths would connect with Waggys.||The descendants of Maria Eva Propst and her brother Frederick George Propst would reunite in the marriage of Martha Jane Waggy and David R. Smith. Click here to see that section of the genealogy.||Daniel Propst||I have a DNA match with whom I share common ancestors Daniel and Elizabeth Sophia (Eye) Propst as common ancestors. Twana Smith.||Sophia Elizabeth Eye
(Also seen as Anna Elizabeth Sophia Eye; A History of the Descendants of John Michael Propst of Pendleton County, Va. (W. Va.) by Walter L. Eye, p.6, lists her as Elizabeth Sophia Eye as does A History of the Descendants of Christopher S. Eye of Pendleton County, Va. (W. Va.) by Walter L. Eye, p. 4).
|b. 1785 in Brandywine, VA (later WV)
d. 1850 in Brandywine, VA (later WV)
A History of the Descendants of Christopher S. Eye of Pendleton County, Va. (W. Va.) by Walter L. Eye, p. 4, and A History of the Descendants of John Michael Propst of Pendleton County, Va. (W. Va.) by Walter L. Eye, p. 3 both have 1846 as the year of death.
|m.||b. 1785 in Sugar Grove, VA (later WV)
d. before 1853
|"The Waggys were pro-Union hence Republican. The Propst ... gave 35 men and boys to the Confederate Army which is more than any other family in the county. For a hundred years they were stanch Democrats.... That does not mean that they were slave owners. Records do not show that any Propst owned slaves. Only one out of ten Confederate soldiers came from a family that was a slave owner." (Waggy, p. 35).||Alice (Allie/Ally) Helena Propst|
|b. 16 March 1807
d. 16 March 1882
|m. 21/25 August 1830 in what is now Pendleton Co., WV
Register of Marriage
(source: West Virginia Division of Culture and History via FamilySearch which indicates 25 August 1830)
A History of the Descendants of Christopher S. Eye of Pendleton County, Va. (W. Va.) by Walter L. Eye, p. 9, indicates 21 August 1830.
|b. 15 February 1807 in Pendleton Co., VA
d. 3 February 1887 in Sugar Grove, WV
descendants through son Adam Waggy via his marriage to Susan Kiser
Propst was derived from the German surname Brobst. The Propst pioneer settled in 1753 in the South Fork bottom, 2 miles above what is now Brandywine, West Virginia. Jacob John (Johann) Catherine Stofel Andrew Anna Mary Michael Elizabeth (Stophel/Stophil) Zorn + Maria OR Catherine Propst (Props) + (maiden name Au (Zornes) | Gotteskind? Ruleman/Ruhlman? | unknown) +------------------+ +-------+--------+ +--------------+-------------+ | b. 1710 Germany, | |b.1718 |b. about| |b. 1712 in |b. about 1715| | Rotterdam, | | in | 1720 | | GERMANY |d. 14 Dec. | | Zuid-Holland, | |GERMANY+--------+ |d. 1789 | 1804 | | Netherlands. | |He was the first| |Arrived in +-------------+ | d. ca. 1710 in | |immigrant to die| |Philadelphia in 1733, age 21| | same location. | |in Pendleton Co,| |on ship Samuel, Hugh Percy, | | 3 sons: | |VA. d. Nov 1755.| |Master from Rotterdam. | | Frederick, Gerick| +------+---------+ +--------------+-------------+ | and Christopher | | | | shown below. | | +---+ +------------------+ | | | | | | | | | | | | | | +-----+ | | | | | | | | | | Henry Maria Frederick + Barbara Christopher Catharine Anna Huffman + Eva George | Pence Stophel Eye + (Katrine) | Propst Propst | (Christafur | Zorn | | Stophil Au) | +-------+-------+ +----------+---------+ +-------------+-----------+ |Click on their | |b. about | | |b. 1747 in |b. 1751 | Christopher Stophel Eye has been mentioned living 1721 - 21 Feb. 1797, |names as their | | 1734 | | | GERMANY |m. second | where the birth year particularly is off when considering his father's |descendants -- | |d. 1801 at| | |d. March |husband | birth year. According to Jack Bowers, the correct information |Rexrodes and | |Winfield | | | 1797 |Henry Stone| for Christopher Stophel Eye is as follows: "1747- Mar 1797, born in |Smiths would | |Propst's | | |Arrived in |in 1764. | Rotterdam/Germany, died in Pendleton County, Virginia, fought in the |connect with | +----------+---------+ |Philadelphia |Purchased | American Revolutionary War, married Catherine Anna Katrina Zorn, |Waggys. Hence, +----+ | |aboard the |land with | 1751-1813, daughter of Jacob Andrew Zornes and Mary Catherine |descendants of Maria| | |Recovery, |Jacob | Ruleman/Ruhlman." Jack Bowers also mentions "two other sons born to |Eva Propst and her | | |Amos Jones, |Ruhlman | Stophel: Frederick and Gerick." |brother Frederick | | |Master, from |(Rollman) | |George Propst would | | |Rotterdam. |in 1763. | |reunite in the | | | |d. 1813 | |marriage of Martha | | +-------------+-----------+ |Jane Waggy and David| | | |R. Smith. Click here| | | |to see that section| | | |of the genealogy | | +-----------+ +--------------------+ | | | | | | Daniel Sophia Propst + Elizabeth | Eye (Also seen as Ann Elizabeth Sophia Eye) +-----------+-----------+ |b. 1785 in|b. 1785 in | |Brandywine,|Sugar Grove| |VA/WV |VA/WV | |d. 1850 in|d. before | |Brandywine,| 1853 | |VA/WV | | +-----------+-----------+ | | | John + Alice Waggy (Allie) Helena Propst +-----------------------------------+ |b. 15 Feb. 1807 Pendleton Co, VA/WV| |d. 3 Feb. 1887 in Sugar Grove, WV | +-----------------------------------+