To clear up the matter of details concerning the ancestry of Jacob Daniel Scherer, the following facts were collected by me while stationed in Germany in the 1980s. Being fluent in the language I visited the registry office and abstracted the records that follow. I also researched tax records and archival records to collect supplemental details.
Keep in mind that in Germany burials are generally of short duration, usually 25 years, afterwhich bodies are dug up and disposed of unless families wish to pay to keep the gravesite longer. Imagine how large a village cemetery would have to be to accomodate burials over a period of 800 years or more. Consequently, current church cemeteries have few burials dating into the 1800s unless they were prominent persons.
During the 16th Century Ottweiler fell under the rule of the dukes of Nassau-Saarbruecken. In 1550, Duke Johann IV, by authority of Emperor Karl V, had Ottweiler raised to the status of a city. The population in 1542 was 94 families. Plagues occured in 1623, 1626, 1635 and about 1640, fires in 1552 and 1635, and the Thirty Years War from 1618-1648. In 1635, only 17 persons remained alive in Ottweiler to inhabit the ruins. The remainder of the population had died or fled. By 1707 the population had risen to 581 and in 1764 to 1450.
1. Jacob Daniel Scherer. Born 11 Nov 1726 in Oberbexbach; died 26 Nov 1795 in Guilford Co., NC. Married 7 Oct 1755 to Hannah Sophia Dick.
2. Hans Nickel Scherer. Bapt. 18 April 1685 in Ottweiler; died 14 Feb 1764 in Oberbexbach. Hans worked as a linenweaver and in his old age became an extreme burden upon his elder son, Georg Theobald. In a letter to his brother, Jacob Daniel, Georg wrote he wished his father would finally die as he was being reduced to poverty. Hans Nickel died at the age of 78 in nearby Oberbexbach to which location he had moved.
3. Maria Katharina Moll. Born about 1690 in Limbach; died 15 Mar 1763 in Oberbexbach at the age of 72 years and was buried in Wellesweiler.
4. Johann (Hans) Georg Scherer. Born 15 Aug 1657 in Ottweiler; died 16 Aug 1751 in Ottweiler. He was a soldier and later was taken by Duchess Dorothea Katharina of Nassau-Ottweiler to be her court baker. He served in this capacity until his marriage when he became a master baker. Married 26 Sept 1682 in Ottweiler.
5. Anna Katharina Gross. Born 22 Aug 1660 and baptised in Ottweiler; died 26 Aug 1729 in Ottweiler.
6. _____ Moll. Nothing is known of this man except that he had three children. The church records of the town of Limbach were destroyed in 1798 by French revolutionary troops when they burned the city of Kusel, to which the Limbach parish priest had fled with his church books for safety. Limbach was spared.
8. Johann Peter Scherer. Born c1625/30. He served as a soldier, presumably in the Nassau-Ottweiler district militia under Duke Johann Ludwig and did accompany him to garrison the city of Trier. He was a soldier still in 1657 and later moved into the field with the Duke in Holland, presumably the war in 1672 between France and Holland when the German empire sided with Holland. Following his military service he was appointed by the Duke to the court post of "Herrschaeftlicher Einspaenniger," a position that may be interpreted to be royal courier or coach driver.
9. Ottilia. His first wife and the mother of his son. She was a native of the kingdom of Wuerttemberg, but her family name was not recorded nor is her death a matter of record. Johann Peter Scherer married 2ndly, Apollonia, who also predeceased her husband on 15 Oct 1687.
10. Johann (Hans) Gross. Born about 1623, probably in Remmesweiler; died 19 Oct 1713. He was a farmer and owned meadows in Ottweiler and Niederlinxweiler. Married 2 Feb 1653, probably in Remmesweiler.
11. Magdalena Bollman. She bore her husband 11 children, the last in May 1677. Her death was not recorded.
16. ? Johann Peter Scherer. He served the ducal family, under Duke Ludwif og Nassau-Saarbruecken, as chamber secretary in 1612. It is this appointment that may have led his son and grandson to follow in service to the ruling family.
20. Andreas Gross. A resident of Remmesweiler, his death was unrecorded, but he may well have died of the bubonic plague about 1634-5. He was certainly dead by 1646.
22. Joachim Bollmann. Born about 1608; buried 27 Feb 1691 aged 83 years in Ottweiler. He fled from his native home in Ueberherrn to Ottweiler during the time of the Thirty Years War, sometime between 1634 and 1653.
40. ? Michel Gross. A resident of Ottweiler in 1572, he was living 1634 in Remmesweiler, probably well into his 80s.
I hope this will be of interest to the descendants of Jacob Daniel Scherrer and his wife.
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