m. 20 May1683
m. abt. 1714/15
Facts and Events
Maria Els (Mary Elisabeth) was the daughter of Philipp and Elsbeth Fischbach, and bore the same name as her older sister. She was christened in 1696 in Trupbach. Her godmother was Maria, wife of JostFischbach.
Mary Elisabeth immigrated to Virginia when she was seventeen. It is believed that she was the sister who married John Spilman of Oberschelden, who was born in 1679. They were married after they reached the colony of Virginia. John Spilman died young and left six Spilman children. His wife, Mary, married again and had children by her second husband.
This husband, George Gent, left her with their two children, as well, to rear by herself. It is because she attempted to give John Spilman's lotto her Gent children, and the resulting court suit by her son, JacobSpilman, that the information describing the Germantown land agreement has survived. The agreement among the twelve men was described in detailin the suit and confirmed the fact that John Spilman's heir, and thus Jacob, was the only one who could inherit the land by the terms of the agreement.