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Re: Scherrers in Onondaga County, New York
Posted by: Paul Barfoot (ID *****3446) Date: July 18, 2003 at 06:19:09
In Reply to: Re: Scherrers in Onondaga County, New York by Scherrer Jutta of 77

Here is information about the children of Johannes in New York State. As you can see, the spelling of the name changes - Scherrer, Sharrer, Sherrer - I have even seen it as Sharer. I don't know the reason for this except that there was a tendency to Americanize names of immigrants. I will send information about the descendants of the children of Johannes and Katherine in another email. I am interested in anything you know about Rudolf and his family. I am especially interested in details about his service in the Army if you know it.

Best wishes,

(if you would like to email me directly, my address is

John (Johannes) S. Sharrer (Scherrer) (parents Rudolf Scherrer and Jeanette(Johanetta) Martin) was born 23 April, 1824 in Gimbsheim, Hesse-Darmstadt Germany. He died 29 August,1887 in Syracuse, NY.

Katherine Eichorn was born 25 July, 1826 in Egelsbach, Hessen-Darmstadt Germany. She died 2 September, 1914 in Syracuse, NY ?.
Married on boat to US. Fled Germany (smuggled out) following the Revolution of 1848 (source:notes from family)
Came to Liverpool, NY from Hesse-Darmstadt Germany in 1849. Trained as a weaver. He was one of the first basketmakers in the area later becoming associated with the salt industry. He later worked in the motive power department of New York Central Railroad where he was killed in an accident. (Source:Syracuse and its Environs by Franklin Chase 1924 V3)
Syracuse Daily Courrier 30 August, 1887
(transcribed as is, errors included)

Violent Death of a Railroad Employe Near the Central Round House

John Sherrer, an employe of the New York Central railroad, while returning to his home at 120 Otisco street, about 6 o'clock last evening, was struck by an incoming passenger train near the round house, receiving fatal injuries. Physicians were immediately summoned and he was taken to his home where he died a few minutes later.

Mr. Sherrer had been in the employ of the railroad company about seven years, having been engaged in the shops at DeWitt. It had been his custom to ride up on the engine of the DeWitt special as far as the roundhouse on his way home. The accomodation train due in this city at 5:50 was late last evening, and Mr Sherrer, not noticing its approach, stepped in front of the engine. He was thrown some distance and his skull was badly fractured. The deceased was 63 years of age and leaves a widow and seven children.
Buried Woodlawn Cemetery Syracuse, NY Section 20 Lot 34

1860 SHARER JOHN (Source:Onondaga County NY 089 Salina Federal Population Schedule NY 1860 Federal Census Index NY5829535 )

John (Johannes) S. Sharrer (Scherrer) and Katherine Eichorn had the following children:

1. Mary Appalonia Sharrer was born 1853 in NY. She died 16 May, 1916 in Syracuse, NY.

2. Jacob Sharrer.

3. John S. jr. Sharrer died July, 1923 in Syracuse, NY.

Buried Woodlawn Cemetery Syracuse Section 43 Lot 361

4. Phillip Sharrer died May, 1911 in Syracuse, NY.

5. Frederick Sharrer.

6. William Sharrer was born 16 March, 1864 in Liverpool, NY ?.

7. Anna M Sharrer was born 1867 in Syracuse, NY?. She died 1935 in Syracuse, NY?.

Buried Woodlawn Cemetery Section 20 Lot 34

8. Katherine E Sharrer was born 1869 in Syracuse, NY ?. She died January, 1926 in Syracuse, NY ?.

Buried Woodlawn Cemetery Section 20 Lot 34

Anna and Kate never married. They owned and operated Scherrer and Roehm Millinery Shop at 304 James St. Syracuse until about 1925 when the property was taken over to build the elevated railway in Syracuse.

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