Slaves Held by the Shaw Family of Sumner County, Tennessee

Whenever I find a slave holder in the family, I try to post as much information as possible about them in order to help their descendants. This has been a major project on my paternal side, located almost entirely in the Deep South. However, on my maternal side, the subject of this blog, there were … Continue reading Slaves Held by the Shaw Family of Sumner County, Tennessee

Caspar Surber (Sarver) and Barbara Merkj

Casper Surber was born or baptized on 5 March 1719 in Switzerland.He married Barbara Merkj, and shortly afterwards, on 18 April 1741 left from the German-speaking parish of Schoefflisdorf in Oberwenigen (near Zurich) for "Carolina." Caspar and Barbara may have been Mennonites or other religious dissidents such as Anabaptists, as these formed the majority of Swiss emigrants.They were certainly … Continue reading Caspar Surber (Sarver) and Barbara Merkj