I have a document issued to Thomas Nicholas Yohn that gives him land in Orangeburg SC in 1737. He immigrated from Switzerland into Charleston SC and moved on up. The name in German was JANN , pronounced Yon.In researching my line (YAUN) the spelling went from Yohn to Yonn to Yon to Yaun. In Ga it was changed to Yawn. Since most immigrants were illiterate the census takers and those who were literate spelled it like it sounded. Go to the website Swiss-German Genealogical Society of Orangeburg SC for more history on the first settlers.I have two documents copied from the Aiken Co.SC records that use the spelling on the husband as Yaun and on his wife as Yon so you see how loosely they spelled the name.Your Yohns may not be the same line but probably were related in Europe.
Marijo Yaun Culwell
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