LEAVES FROM OUR TREE:
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The following pages show some of the descendants of several of the earliest families to settle
in the area known today as Effingham County, Georgia, including
the Scheraus/Sherouse, Gott, Freyermuth/Freyermouth, Mohr and related families. Many of the Sherouse descendants
then migrated to the Marion County, Florida, area where they
married into various families including the Brooks, Grantham, Proctor, Tyner and other lines.
Each family played a part in taming
and civilizing a wilderness only recently ceded by the Indians.
These sturdy pioneers set up their new homes in an area where
"conditions were primitive and justice was rude but swift.
For ten years after the end of the Revolution, most counties
had neither courthouses nor jails. Trials were held in some
private residence or under a tree." [Source: Coulter, E. Merton. Georgia: a Short History. Chapel Hill, NC: University
of North Carolina Press, 1947,. p 196-7.]
These early families endured more
hardships than many new arrivals in the newly settled territory
of Georgia since they were forced to leave their homes, friends
and loved ones in Salzburg,Germany, during the purging of Protestants
by the German Catholic leaders. Hundreds of immigrants, including
Johannes Scheraus, his wife, Maria Helena Gott Scheraus, and
their six-year-old son, Johannes, traveled first to England
to escape religious persecution. From there they sailed to the
new country of America with the 4th Salzberg Transport aboard
the ship Loyal Judith, captained by John Lemon. The Loyal
Judith reached port in Savannah, Georgia, on December 2,
We compiled the lineages of these
descendants to the best of our ability and present them here.
Many hours of work by many contributing family members have
been put into the research and documentation of these family
members. We all have attempted to make the following data as
complete and accurate as possible, but we know that gaps and
errors do exist. As with any genealogical research, this is
a work in progress. Additions and corrections are welcomed.
To protect privacy, we have omitted personal data on persons
who print out data from this, or any, Web site, should also
print out the source citations (if available). Our source citations
are included on this Web site, but the Webmaster did not personally
verify all of them. The Webmaster did categorize each source
as either primary or secondary.
may rely with reasonable confidence upon sources marked
as primary since this category includes public records,
photos of tombstones, family Bible pages, or original documents
in the possession of the Webmaster or another family member.
should verify all data from sources in the secondary category
before relying on the information. Secondary sources include
published books and genealogy reports, information shared
over the Internet without source citations, undocumented
family stories or legends, etc.
a source (usually a living family member) was marked both
primary and secondary, it means that person possesses primary
family documents for him/herself, his/her own spouse, children,
parents and possibly grandparents. However, for generations
beyond the grandparents, the visitor should treat the data
as coming from a secondary source
and verify it.
us as we trace the "Leaves from Our Tree."
Table of Contents
of the Salzburger Immigrants
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The Great Expulsion of Salzburg Protestants
and Political Roots of Georgia Salzburgers
Original Georgia Salzburger
Settlers (4th Salzburg Transport
History of the Salzburger Immigrants (Georgia Salzburger Society)
Georgia Salzburger Society
Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church
Heritage Day Festival
Annual event each Labor Day, (the first Monday in September) celebrating the 1734
arrival of the Salzburgers
in Ebenezer, Georgia
2980 Ebenezer Road (Highway 275),
North of Rincon, Georgia.
Of German origin, the SCHERAUS surname was derived from a place of occupation, i.e., a "shearing house," or a house where cloth or sheep were sheared. [Source: Jones, George Fenwick. German-American Names. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co. Inc. 2006,. p 23.]
Family of Johannes Scheraus (on this site)
Scheraus (individual page on World Connect)
Descendants of Johannes Scheraus (generations 1-6 on World Connect)
Surname Index Page (on World Connect)
Sherouse Photo Gallery
Bibliography (Sources used in creating this database)
Hettie Sherouse, Jacksonville, Florida
(Mrs. Moses Emanuel Sherouse)
of Martin Scherraus, Genealogy Report [Online]
to Other Scheraus/Sherouse Web Pages
For more information, send e-mail to:
Home | Washington County Table of Contents
Sherouse Photo Gallery | Scheraus Surname Index on WorldConnect (all spellings)
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