Gertrud Stuell was my 13th g-grandmother. The lineage from Gertrude to my grandfather is as follows: 1. Gertrud Stuell; 2. Jost Stuell; 3. Ann Stuel Otterbach; 4. Herman Otterbach; 5. Anna Margreth Otterbach; 6. Johann Holtzclaw; 7. Henry Holtzclaw; 8. Henry Holtzclaw, Jr.; 9. James Henry Holtsclaw; 10. Margaret Holtsclaw; 11. John William Booth; 12. William Anderson Booth; 13. George Oval Booth.
Gertrud and her husband Hans lived in Klafeld, Germany (near Siegen), Gertrud was originally from the village of Alchen. Hans was born circa 1530-35 and Gertrud's date of birth in unknown, only her death in 1590 is known since it was such a well-known event.
Please read the following account that was published in the Germanna Foundation Newsletter Spring 2016. It details the known facts concerning Gertrud and her fate.
To view the connection between Gertrude and the actor Neil Patrick Harris click here:
Germanna Foundation Newsletter Spring 2016
Germanna Record #5, Ancestry and Descendants of the Nassau-Siegan Immigrants to Virginia, 1714-1750 by Dr. Benjamin C. Holtzclaw; published by The Germanna Foundation
7/23/2020 10:36:22 am
Gertrud is an ancestor of mine as well! Please tell me the source of the photo of the Siegen witches tower. Thanks!
7/23/2020 12:19:35 pm
Hi Jennifer, the source of the photo was in the book listed above - Germanna Record #5, Ancestry and Descendants of the Nassau-Siegan Immigrants to Virginia, 1714-1750 by Dr. Benjamin C. Holtzclaw; published by The Germanna Foundation
5/22/2021 03:06:31 pm
I'm a descendant too!
5/22/2021 04:09:02 pm
Hi Laura, glad you found the post It's nice to hear from you!
Angela Holtsclaw Engler
6/18/2021 07:04:19 am
She was my 13th great grandmother also. I cannot even imagine what she was put through, that poor woman! May her soul rest in peace.
6/18/2021 09:35:13 am
Hello Angela, I too wondered what she went through and for so long. I'm glad to hear from a Holtsclaw cousin!
7/11/2021 08:37:36 pm
She was my 12th great grandmother. So nice to see such a well put together article.
7/11/2021 08:42:24 pm
Hi Rebecca, I'm glad you enjoyed the article. Thank you for your kind words!
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