Jerg WILLHEIT History

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This is the THIRD page of TERRY HATFIELD's Genealogy Report on the Descendants of Jerg WILLHEIT (Gerg WILLERT), which he has allowed to be placed on this web site.  We have attempted to divide the pages by generations of descendants.

(NOTE:  The genealogy data contained in these Pages is the work of Terry HATFIELD.  It is not thoroughly documented and is not meant to be an authoritative source of the WILHITE/WILHOIT genealogy.  It is meant, instead, to be an aid, or starting point, for further research on the lines/branches contained in the History.  If readers find data that conflicts with proven documented material, please let us know.  There is a link below that you may click to send both Terry and me a message.  In the data below you will see "WFT Est." with a range of dates.  Those items are estimates made by a genealogy program, and are generally useless; some have ranges of 60-70 years!!!!!)

This Page Contains Generations 7 through 8.

Jerg WILLHEIT History

Generation No. 7

CONRAD REUBEN (WILHITE)7 WILHOIT (TOBIAS6, JOHANN MICHAEL (WILHOIT/WILHITE)5 WILLHEIT, HANS MICHAEL4, JOHANN GEORGE3, JERG (GEORG)2, GERG1 WILLERT)273,274 was born 1737 in Orange Co.,Virginia, and died 1806 in Campbell Co., Tennessee.  He married ELIZABETH BROYLES275 December 3, 1758 in Culpepper Co. Va., daughter of HANS JACOB BROYLES and MARIA FLEISCHMANN.  She was born Abt. 1741 in Orange Co., Virginia, and died 1783 in Campbell Co., Tennessee276.

From John Blankenbaker's Germanna Notes ©, Page 9, Note Nr. 224.

There is nothing permanent about the names of geographical features.  At one time there was a river called the Rappahannock, which flows down toward the ocean, from the eastern slopes of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  Going upstream, a little way above the modern town of Fredericksburg, the river divides into two parts.  These used to be called the North Fork and the South Fork of the Rappahannock.  When Alexander Spotswood came to Virginia, he renamed the South Fork the Rapidan (or Rapidanna, Rapid Anne, after Queen Anne).  Then, the North Fork no longer needed to be called "North" and it became simply the Rappahannock.  Later, it was decided the Rapidan was the main fork of the Rappahannock River.  Now, the land between the Rappahannock and the Rapidan Rivers is called the Great Fork of the Rappahannock, or simply the Great Fork.  This was a fairly sizeable area, taking in the modern counties of Culpeper, Madison, and Rappahannock.  So, the history of many of our Germanna people occurs in the Great Fork, which extends to the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Fort Germanna, itself, the original home of the Germanna people, is outside the Great Fork, but just across the Rapidan River.  Germantown, in Fauquier County, is also outside the Great Fork, but not far from the lands of the Great Fork.

Returning to the Rappahannock River, i.e., the Northern Fork of the original Rappahannock River, it has undergone a few other name changes.  The river, that is the Northern Fork of the original river, itself forks.  These two branches, of the Northern Fork, have a variety of names.  One, the southern branch, is called the South River, and has been known as the Elk River, Eastham River, and Hazel River.  The other fork, the northern branch, is called the North River, and has been known as the Hedgman River, or, just simply, the Rappahannock River.  The tendency to use one or another of these names depends on where you are along the river.

The land between the North River and the South River is called Little Fork.  The Little Fork is a part of the Great Fork.  A patent description may say, "the Little Fork in the Great Fork".  Unfortunately, though the term Great Fork seems never to be misapplied, the term Little Fork is also applied to splits in other water ways.

Many of the smaller waterways duplicate names.  Some names are extremely popular, such as Beaverdam Run, Muddy Run, & Crooked Run.  (A "run" is a term for "a small, fast-flowing stream" throughout the upper eastern United States especially.  Speakers in the eastern part of the Lower North (including Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware, Maryland, and southern Pennsylvania) use the word run, as in Bull Run.) In the Great Fork, I can cite two Beaverdam Runs, though there are probably more.  One Beaverdam Run flows into White Oak Run, known originally as Island Run, and the other Beaverdam Run is in the Little Fork, flowing into the North River.

From John Blankenbaker's Germanna Notes ©, Page 10, Note Nr. 233.

In Virginia, the first settlements were along the rivers:  the Potomac, the Rappahannock, the James, and the York.  Civilization in the first century proceeded inland as far as ships could sail.  In other colonies, the Delaware and the Hudson Rivers attracted civilizations along their shores.

When river access reached its limits, roads began to be built.  But, this was not the norm for the establishment of roads.  Usually, settlement came first, by means other than river traffic, and then the roads came.  When the First Germanna Colony settled at Germantown, they reached the site by walking, probably following trails used by the Indians, then they built roads.  The Second Germanna Colony was entrenched in the Robinson River Valley long before roads reached the area.  As to how difficult it was to travel in the early eighteenth century, one has only to read John Fontaine's description of the expedition, in 1716, over the Blue Ridge Mountains.

What determined where roads were built?  Several factors influenced the choice.  Most roads originated as a result of petitions for roads, by the settlers, to the County Courts.  They wanted roads that reached their homes, and then, that reached commercial outlets for the goods they were selling and buying.  Many times, a mill was one terminus, or a point along the road.  So, usually, the pattern of settlement and commercial activity was the primary influence.  As to the course that a road took, it was influenced by geographical factors such as hills and waterways.

In physically laying out a road, which often involved clearing trees and leveling ground, an existing trail was often followed.  Very commonly, these had been laid out, and used, by the Indians, perhaps for centuries.  Many of our early roads were an elaboration of the early Indian trails.

To give an example, from Pennsylvania, the Hans Herr party landed at Philadelphia in 1710, and paused there only long enough to ask where there was land for sale.  "To the west," they were told.  Then, they went as far West as they could, using the available roads.  As civilization thinned out, the roads became poorer, until they were essentially non- existent.  Then, they followed Indian trails until they were past the bounds of civilization.  Their settlements, and the like settlements of others, were the impetus for building roads.

From John Blankenbaker's Germanna Notes ©, Page 10, Note Nr. 239.

In 1768, a chain of events was launched which was to lead to a spur, or new branch, of the Great Wagon Road.  John Finley, an itinerant peddler, had told Daniel Boone that there was a big gap in the mountain range which the Indians used.  That was all Daniel Boone needed to hear.  Boone, Finley, and four others hacked their way through dense underbrush to prove that a route was possible.

Colonel Richard Henderson, a North Carolina lawyer, saw the possibilities.  He purchased land from the Cherokees along the Ohio River in Kentucky.  To provide access, he hired Boone and thirty workers to cut a road through.  His actions were not universally acclaimed but Boone completed the road in short order.

This modest beginning quickly became the Wilderness Road, leading to what became Kentucky and Tennessee.  The new road branched to the southwest at (today's) Roanoke, VA, leaving the Great Wagon Road, which continued in a southerly direction.  In terms of today's locations, it passed Christianburg, Wytheville, and Abingdon, in Virginia, before branching in a westerly direction to pass through the Cumberland Gap into Kentucky and branching in a southwestern direction toward Knoxville.

By 1776, Henderson's company, Transylvania, petitioned the Continental Congress for admission as the fourteenth colony.  Conflicting claims and rivalries doomed the request.

However, colonists from Pennsylvania to the Carolinas were undeterred by the political status of the new area.  The lure of the new lands in the west added to the volume of the traffic on the Great Wagon Road.  By 1790, when the first United States census was taken, 70,000 people had made new homes across the Appalachians.

"The opening of Tennessee and Kentucky deflected much of the traffic on the Wagon Road for several decades, but the road continued to grow in importance.  Indeed, the great years of the Deep South's settlement were yet to come.  The ancient path which had led through the Carolinas to Georgia would continue to lead to green lands and golden opportunity.  The Great Philadelphia Wagon Road would grow with the years." (Frank Rouse, Jr., "The Great Wagon Road," The Dietz Press, 1995.)

This history of the Wagon Road is of interest for its own story, but it was also the route by which many of Germanna people moved on to new life's away from Virginia.  Germanna people were among the first in nearly all of the new areas.

[Editor's note: It was sometime after 1781 that Conrad Wilhite and Elizabeth Broyles moved their family to Tennessee, presumably by the Wilderness Road (unverified).]


Community Service:  May 1796, Conrad is named to a Road Committee in Greene Co., Tennessee.277

Legal:  January 16, 1796, Conrad is security for the marriage of his daughter Rossana, to Isaac Wilson, Greene Co., Tennessee.277
Locations:  October 26, 1786, The property purchased this day is located along the border of Washington and Greene Counties.277
Migration:  1780, Moves to Washington, Co., Tennessee277
Probate:  February 17, 1809, Hugh Montgomery and Simeon Willhite, executors of Conrad Wilhight, dec'd, sell the 100 acres of land in Campbell Co., Tennessee.  Conrad's will is said to have been probated in Campbell Co. in 1803, but has not been located.  Conrad died prior to March 1806.
Property:  November 10, 1784, Mathias Broils and Conrad Woolhight (sic) patent 200 acres on the south side of the Nolachuka (sic) River, joining John Wadel, Washington Co., Tennessee.277
Tax Records: 1797, Conrad is taxed for 200 acres.277
Witness:  August 2, 1783, Conrad Wilheite witnesses 2 deeds from Joseph Bullar to Nicholas Broyles, on the Little Limestone.277


Property:  March 15, 1772, Adam and Mary Broyules sell 139 acres to Connard Wilhoit.277
Sponsors:  April 13, 1777, Elizabeth and Conrad are sponsors at the baptism of Michael Broyles, son of Michael.277
Witness:  April 21, 1776, Elizabeth Wilheitin (sp) witnesses the christening of Matheus Breil, Jr..277


  1. ADAM (WILHITE)8 WILHOIT277, b. Abt. 1760, Culpeper Co., Virginia; m. MISSY BALEY, Abt. 1780, Va.; b. Abt. 1762, Va.
  2. SOLOMON (WILHITE) WILHOIT11, b. Abt. 1762, Culpepper Co., Virginia; d. April 12, 1824, Greene Co., Tennessee.
  3. JULIUS WILHITE12, b. April 25, 1764, Culpeper Co, Virginia; d. Abt. 1842, Campbell Co., Tennessee.
  4. MATTHIAS WILHITE277, b. 1766, Culpeper Co., Virginia; d. 1857.
  5. SAMUEL WILHITE13, b. November 28, 1768, Culpeper Co., Virginia; d. November 26, 1842, Greene Co., Tennessee.
  6. REUBEN WILHITE14, b. November 28, 1768, Culpeper Co., Virginia; d. December 6, 1862, White Co., Tennessee.
  7. ELIZABETH WILHITE277, b. 1772, Culpeper Co., Virginia; m. FREDERICK COLLETT, August 30, 1790; b. Abt. 1770.
  8. FRANCES WILHITE277, b. 1773, Culpeper Co., Virginia; m. SAMUEL MOORE, July 24, 1791; b. Abt. 1770.
  9. ROSINA (ROSANNA WILHOIT) WILHITE15, b. November 7, 1777, Culpepper Co., Virginia; d. Washington Co., Tennessee.
  10. ELIJAH WILHITE277, b. 1778, Culpeper Co. Va.; m. ELIZABETH SEATON277, March 1, 1797; b. Abt. 1780.
  11. SIMEON WILHITE, b. Abt. 1781, Culpeper Co, Virginia; d. 1864, Campbell Co., Tennessee.

10. MARY7 WILHOIT (TOBIAS6, JOHANN MICHAEL (WILHOIT/WILHITE)5 WILLHEIT, HANS MICHAEL4, JOHANN GEORGE3, JERG (GEORG)2, GERG1 WILLERT)278,279 was born 1743 in Orange Co. Va.280,281.  She married (1) ADAM BROYLES282,283.  She married (2) CYRUS BROYLES290,291,292,293 1765, son of HANS BROYLES and MARIA FLEISHMAN.  He was born Abt. 1734 in Orange, Virginia294, and died 1826 in Washington, Tennessee295,296.

[Veltin Fleisshman, Vol. 11, #2731.FTW]

[Brøderbund WFT Vol. 11, Ed. 1, Tree #2731, Date of Import: Mar 16, 1999]

MARY WILHOIT:  Wife of Cyrus Broyles (but her fathers will says wife of Adam Broils).  Born ca 1743 in Orange County VA, daughter of Tobias Wilhoit and Catharine.

[Veltin Fleisshman, Vol. 11, #2731.FTW]

[Brøderbund WFT Vol. 11, Ed. 1, Tree #2731, Date of Import: Mar 16, 1999]

CYRUS BROYLES:  Cyrus Broyles, who was son of Hans Jacob Broyles and Mary Catherine Fleishman, was born in 1733/34 in Spotsylvania/Orange county VA.  He died in 1826 in Greene County TN, where the "settlement between heirs of Cyrus Broyles" names heirs.  His first wife was Mary Wilhoit, and 2d wife was Jean (Reed?).

Another researcher thinks that my Mary Broyles was the daughter of Cyrus' brother Adam.  (Mary Wilhoit married Adam Broyles, rather than Cyrus, according to this researcher.)  Adam was b. 1728 in Madison County, Virginia, died 1782 in Washington County, TN.  He had a will in Washington County, TN, dated April 19, 1782.  (This Adam was son of Conrad Briles (Broyles), the brother of Hans Jacob Broyles.)  In the will, Adam lists his children as:

  1. Moses;
  2. Aaron, born 5 June 1767 in Washington County, TN, died 5 October 1815, married Frances Reed;
  3. Mina;
  4. Milla (Porter);
  5. Mary;
  6. Anna (Brown).

FROM Broil/Briles Database, August 14, 1999:

Cyrus was named after Ziriakus Fleshman, his grandfather, and his name shows up as Ziriakus in Hebron Church records in Virginia.  Like his brother Michael, and sister Catharine, Cyrus lived to a ripe old age (94).  He lived on Limestone Creek in Washington County, Tennessee, and shared the property line with his brother Nicholas.  Cyrus seems to be the original owner of the Broyles mill.  There is a mill ('the old Taylor mill) in present day Broylesville, which may be where Cyrus' mill was located.


  1. DANIEL8 BROYLES297,298, b. May 1, 1763, Culpeper Co., Virginia299,300; d. February 12, 1848300,301.
  2. TOBIAS BROYLES302,303, b. Abt. 1772, Culpeper Co., Virginia304,305,306; d. Abt. 1838, Harrison Co., Indiana307,308,309.
  3. ADAM BROYLES310,311, b. Abt. 1765, Washington Co., Tennessee312,313; d. April 1816, Greene Co., Tennessee314,315; m. MARY MAGDALENE WALKER316,317, December 23, 1811318,319; b. 1785, Virginia319,320.
  4. ROSANNAH BROYLES323,324, b. November 19, 1769, Culpeper Co., Virginia325,326; d. October 25, 1837, Washington Co., Tennessee327,328; m. (1) ADAM BROYLES329,330; m. (2) RUEBEN BROYLES337,338,339, Abt. 1787, Washington Co., Tennessee340,341; b. Abt. 1768, Culpeper Co., Virginia; d. Abt. 1796, Washington Co., Tennessee.
  5. SAMUEL THOMAS BROYLES342,343, b. Abt. 1767, Culpeper Co., Virginia344,345,346; d. Bet. 1840 - 1850, Cocke Co., Tennessee347,348; m. PHEBE BROYLES349,350,351; b. July 30, 1773, Culpeper Co., Virginia; d. Bet. 1840 - 1850, Cocke Co., Tennessee354.
  6. RACHEL BROYLES355,356, b. Abt. 1778, Culpeper Co., Virginia357,358; m. (1) JOHN LAMON361,362; m. (2) CHRISTOPHER SLIGER369,370, November 22, 1849371,372.
  7. MARY BROYLES17, b. January 16, 1779, Culpeper Co., Virginia; d. Abt. 1823, Washington Co., Tennessee.
  8. ELIZABETH BROYLES377,378, b. Abt. 1780379,380; m. WILLIAM RUSH383,384.


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