Name: Lorenz PROTZMAN
Given Name: Lorenz
_AKA: Laurence Brotzman
Birth: 8 Jul 1721 in Wittgenborn, Wachtersbach, Hesse, Germany
Death: 9 Dec 1767 in Graceham, Frederick, Md
Change Date: 3 Jun 2001 at 10:05:20
From the Genforum message area for the Prottsman family:
Origin of the Prottsman/Protzman Family by Leo S. Prottsman on January 05, 1999
The Prottsman family centered in Iowa is descended from the Protzmann family of Witgenborn, Germany. Witgenborn is still a small town located about 45 miles northeast of Frankfurt am Main.
The closest city is Waechtersbach, the German version of a county seat. Waechtersbach is about 3 miles south of Witgenborn.
In the 1740s when family members began to emigrate to America, Witgenborn was a part of the Hessian states. I am not sure exactly which of the Hessian principalites it was. I have also been able to trace a member of the family to Russia. This Protzmann was one of many Germans that took advantage of free land and benefits offerred to Germans by Catherine the Great (herself a German princess who had been married to the Russian heir).
Back to the Iowa Prottsmans....our first ancester in America was Ludwig Protzmann, who landed at Philadelphia in 1750. His younger brother Lorenz Protzmann arrived 7 years earlier in 1743. They first went to York county Pennsylvania and then to the Moravian settlement of Graceham, in Frederick county Maryland. From there, their descendents spread out, headed west, lost track of each other, and began the spelling changes to our last name: Protzman, Protsman, Prutzman, Prutsman, Pritzman, Pretzman, Prottsman, and even a Sproutzman.
The Prottsman spelling was made permanent by John Wesley Prottsman. He was born Protsman in Ohio and spelled his name that way up through the Civil War, having served in the 66th Ohio Vol Infantry. Upon moving to Iowa in 1866, he began spelling his name Prottsman as did his descendents. A curious fact is that his brother, Charles Augustus Protsman, came to Iowa with him but did not change the spelling of his name (Protsman). Charles and John farmed together in Iowa and Nebraska for nearly 40 years, until John died. Only then did Charles return to Urbana, Ohio, their chilhood home, where died a few years later, still spelling his name Protsman.
I will continue this story at a later time.
Re: Lorenz Protzman b. before 1745
Posted by: Leo S. Prottsman Date: November 26, 1999 at 08:11:31
In Reply to: Lorenz Protzman b. before 1745 by R. James Spidle of 32
James . . 26 Nov 99
The Lorenz Protzman mentioned in #12 was born in Germany and was married to Elizabeth Haens. He was the brother of Ludwig Protzman, who named one of his children Lorenz (Lawrence) after his brother. Both of the brothers, Ludwig and Lorenz, are buried in the Moravian cemetary at Graceham, Maryland. I will send you a copy of his will if you send me your address.
You can send it by post or email. The post address is: 359 Longstreet Drive, Gettysburg, PA 17325-8927
Father: Johann Peter PROTZMAN b: 1679 in Wittgenborn, Wachtersbach, Hesse, Germany
Mother: Gertrude KOCH b: ABT 1679 in Streitburg, Wachtersbach, Hesse, Germany
Maria Elizabeth HEINTZ b: 18 Feb 1726 in Kusel, Pfalz, Bayern, Germany
in York County, Pa
- Johann Jacob PROTZMAN b: 18 Jun 1745 in York County, Pa
- Daniel PROTZMAN