Jacob Prillaman was born in 1721 most likely near Amriswil, Switzerland. He embarked on a journey to the colonies in 1747 on the ship Lydia. Before departure, he stated he was from Lohn in the canton of Schauffhausen, Switzerland and was headed for Philadelphia. The ship had 201 Swiss emigrants onboard; 134 men and 61 women. He arrived in Philadelphia on Sept. 24 where he signed his name as Hans Jacob Brüllmann on the list of abjuration. Early historical records indicate he farmed land in Conococheague Manor around Williamsport and Hagerstown, Maryland in the 1760's. By 1772, he is a landowner and farmer at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains along Daniel's Run in Pittsylvania County, Virginia. His farm later becomes part of first Henry County and finally Franklin County as boundaries change and new counties are formed in 18th century Virginia.
Prillaman Family Tree
Much of the Prillaman Family Tree can be found at www.prillamanfamily.com or by clicking on the picture to the left.