Scheraus/Sherouse Family

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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, 1741.

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 still living.

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Come with us as we trace the "Leaves from Our Tree."

Table of Contents

History of the Salzburger Immigrants
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The Great Expulsion of Salzburg Protestants

Theological 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

Scheraus/Sherouse Family

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)
Johannes 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
Surname List
 Bibliography (Sources used in creating this database)


Mrs. Hettie Sherouse, Jacksonville, Florida
(Mrs. Moses Emanuel Sherouse)

Links to Other Scheraus/Sherouse Web Pages

Shepherd Family Tree/Norita Moss Shepherd, Genealogy Report [Online]
Descendants of Martin Scherraus, Genealogy Report [Online]

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