Name: Hans Michael Klaar
ALIA: Michael /Clore/
Birth: ABT 1687 in Gemmingen, Baden, Germany
Death: ABT MAR 1763 in Culpeper (now Madison County) VA
Occupation: Vine Dresser, Farmer
from the germanna.org website > http://www.germanna.org/original_settlers
Members of the 1717 Colony --The 1717 Colony from the Kraichgau of Baden and Württemberg, as well as some from the Rhineland Pfalz (Palatinate) settled first across the Rapidan River from Fort Germanna, then from 1725 to 1727 began to move to the Robinson River Valley in present day Madison County and patent land in their own names.
>> Immigrated from Gemmingen >> Hans Michael Klaar/Clore, wife Anna Maria Barbara; children: Agnes Margaretha, Andreas Claus, Johann Georg(e)
PER CATHI CLORE FROST'S NOTES:
Michael Clore and his wife Barbara were members of the 1717 Colony at Germanna, VA.
The history of the Klaar/Clore family in America commences with the immigrant Michael Clore.
Michael Clore (or Hans Michael Klaar to use the German form of his name) resided in the village of Gemmingen, Baden, Germany in what is now the state of Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany. The record in the Before Germanna series says:
On July 12th of this year , the Hans Michael Klaar family with other parents and their children moved away from here at night with the intention to sail over to Pennsylvania in order to earn their piece of bread better there than here through the hard work of cultivating the wilderness. However, fate took them to Virginia. It is assumed that these families traveled by river to Rotterdam, Holland where they engaged in a ship to take them to Pennsylvania.
For years it has been said that the Clore family and their companions came with a Captain Scott who was thrown in debtor's prison while laying over in London before embarking for America and that the Germans were forced to consume some of the provisions intended for the voyage causing them to spend some of the money intended to pay for their passage to purchase more and that many died during the voyage due to starvation. The ship's captain landed in Virginia rather than the agreed upon location of Pennsylvania and there, claiming that the Germans had not paid their full passage, sold them as indentured servants to then Lt.Governor Alexander Spotswood. Spotswood settled the Germans at or near Germanna, Virginia, home of the First or 1714 Colony, and put them to work in his iron mine. Lawsuits were dropped upon agreeing to pay the court costs. About 1725, most of the Second Colony group
relocated to the Robinson River Valley in what is now called Madison County, Virginia.
For more information on Michael Clore & the first 4 generations of his descendants here in America , see Germanna Record #16 avail. around Fall 2004 (also see website http://www.germanna.org
Will of Michael Clore
Culpeper County, Virginia Will Book A, p.315
[Typescript by Cathi Clore Frost]
In the Name of God Amen.
I Michael Clar of Bromfield Parish in the County of Culpeper being
in good health and Sound and Perfect Mind and Memory (Thanks be to God
for the same) calling to mind the Mortality of my Body and
uncertainty of Worldly affairs have Thought Fit to make and Ordain
this my last Will and Testament in manner & form following and
First and Principally I recommend my Soul into the hands of Almighty
God who gave it (Trusting in him for perfect Remission and pardon of all
my Past Sins & follies in and through the only Merits and Mediation of my
Blessed Savior and Redeemer Jesus Christ) and my Body to the Earth
to be Buried in such decent Christianlike Manner as my Executor
hereafter mentioned Shall Think fit Nothing Doubting but I shall receive
the same again at the general Resurrection by the Almighty Power of God;
and as to those Worldly Goods wherewith it hath Pleased God to Bless
in this Life I give and bestow in manner and form following (viz.) First I
Lend to my beloved wife Elizabeth Clar the Third part of all my whole Estate
both real and Personal leaving her in full Possession of the house and
plantation where I now live as also all my household goods where She
shall remain at her pleasure and without let hindrance Disturbance
or Molestation there fully freely Absolutely and at her own Discretion
quietly and Peaceably to Enjoy the said house and premises during her
Natural life as also the aforesaid third part of my other Estate that is to say the third of
all the Tobacco, Corn, wheat, hemp, flax, and every other thing that shall be made
by my Slaves during her life aforesaid as also the third part of all Increase of Cattle horses and hogs all which premises aforementioned my said Loving Wife
Elizabeth Shall receive free and Clear and dispose of at her pleasure during her
Natural life as aforesaid.
Secondly it is my will and desire that my Lands shall be Equally divided between
my two sons John Claur and Peter Claur (of which the last will come to be
Possessed of the Plantation where I now live after my wifes Decease) so that one may have as much as the other and that the said John Claur and Peter Claur shall each of them pay
out of their Share of Land Ten pounds Current money to be divided Between my two Daughters (Vizt.) Agness Margaret wife of Michael O'Neel and Margaret wife of
Paul Leatherer in consideration of their Small Quantity of Land.
Thirdly I leave to my son in Law Paul Leatherer and to his wife Margaret the Sole use
of two hundred acres of Land which I bought of Christopher Yowell during their
Natural Lives and after their Decease the sd. two hundred acres is to fall to
my Son John Claur and his heirs.
Fourthly my will is that Michael O'Neel shall not have any claim to any part of
my Lands and that the Portion of heritage owing[?] to my Daughter Agness Margaret shall not fall into his hands but shall be faithfully kept by my Executors and by them Delivered for the Supplying the said Agness Margarets Necessities in which
they shall not fail whenever Occasion Shall Appear.
Fifthly I give and bequeath to my Grand Children by my Daughter Catharine formerly
the Wife of Martin Walk one Shilling Sterling with which they shall be satisfied.
Sixthly My Will is that after the Decease of my aforesaid wife Elizabeth and
not before all my Slaves and Personal Estate shall be Valued by three
faithfull men and According to their Valuation to be Equally Divided
among my five Lawfull heirs (vizt.) John Clawr, Peter Clawr, Agness
Margaret O'Neel, Margaret Leatherer, and the Children of George
Clawr so that one fifth part thereof shall fall to the said Children of the
said George Clawr Deceased; and to be Equally Divided amongst all of them
by my Executors who shall keep the said fifth part Carefully for the said
Children and Deliver each one their part as they Shall Come to age.
Seventhly and Lastly I do hereby Constitute and Appoint my two Sons
John Clawr and Peter Clawr to be my Joint Executors of this my last
Will and Testament hereby Disannulling and Revoking all other
Will or Wills Testament or Testaments before made by me in
Witness whereof I have here unto set my hand and affixed my Seal
this tenth day of May in the year of our Lord Christ one thousand seven
hundred and Sixty two.
Michael H Clawr (TS)
Sign'd Seal'd publish'd & Deliverd
in presence of us Witnesses
Christopher K Kreeglar
Henry Jonas, George Row
At a Court held for the County of Culpeper on Thursday the 17th day of March 1763
This Last Will and Testament of Michael Clawr was Exhibited to the Court
by John Clore the Surviving Executor therein Named and was proved by
the Oaths of George Row and Christopher Crigler Witnesses thereto and
Ordered to be Recorded and on the motion of the said Executor Certificate
is Granted him for Obtaining a Probat thereof in Due form he having
Sworn to the same and given Bond and Security as the Law Directs and
at the same time Elizabeth Clawr Widow and Relict of the said Decedent
Personally appeared in Court and renounced all Benefit and Advantage
that accrued to her by Virtue of the said Will.
Test Roger Dixon Cl. Cur.
Father: Hans Martin Klaar b: ABT 1665 in Gemmingen, Baden, Germany
Mother: Maria Barbara unknown
Anna Maria Barbara b: ABT 1687 in Germany
- John Clore b: ABT 1704 in c1704 in Germany (more likely aft 1717 in VA)
- Maria Barbara Klaar b: ABT 4 OCT 1707 in Gemmingen, Baden, Germany
- Hans Michael Klaar b: ABT 20 NOV 1709 in Gemmingen, Baden, Germany
- Agnes Margaretha Klaar b: ABT 25 FEB 1711/12 in Gemmingen, Baden, Germany
- Andreas Claus Klaar b: ABT 17 DEC 1713 in Gemmingen, Baden, Germany
- Catherine Clore b: ABT 1715 in Virginia
- Johann Georg Klaar b: ABT 1720 in Gemmingen, Baden, Germany c: 20 APR 1716
- Margaret Clore b: BET 1720 AND 1730 in Orange (now Madison) Co., VA
- Peter Clore b: ABT 1726 in Culpeper (now Madison Co.) VA
Anne Elizabeth unknown
BEF 14 JUL 1760