I began to collect information on my clan of Zarings some 35 years ago and discovered that the vast majority of people in American who spell their name Zehrung, Zehring, Zearing, or Zaring all descend from a common immigrant Johannes Zehrung who came from Germany in 1753. But here and there I came across a family that did not connect to my Z-clan. Of these Z-people the most common spelling appeared to be "Zehring". Among these is a Jewish family, a German family, and a Lithuanian family. There is a black Zehring family and a black Zaring family. I would very much like to know more about them
For years I assumed that all of these Z-families were unrelated to my clan and I learned very little about them. Since I could trace old Johannes Zehrung's line back to about 1450, I concluded that if these other families were related to my clan their connection had to trace back to such an early date that the connection was unlikely to ever be found, but in 1996 a suprising event occurred that opened the door to a possible link. I received an email from Per Zaring of Sweden. Initially I was sure that "Zaring" was an Americanized form of the name so I was surprised to learn that there are some 70 Zaring familes in Sweden and they trace back to a Zaring who came to Sweden, perhaps around 1810, from Poland and to Poland from Czechoslovakia. Where they came to Czechoslovakia from is not known, but remembering a letter from a German genealogist I rediscovered information that I had ignored. In a letter dated January 10, 1976, I was told that is 1711 three Johannes Zehrungs migrated from Eichenstruth to East Prussia, which is just a hop skip and jump from Czechoslovakia. I asked a more recent German genealogist and friend Margit Göttert to check this out. She not only confirmed it but discovered that in 1724, Johann Christ Zehrung, my Johannes's oldest brother sold his property to his Uncle Best Höbel and emigrated to Lithuania. This Christ could be the founder of the Lithuanian Zehring familiy.
And just a few day ago I discovered a Zarring family that came to Chicago from Russia
It appears that from 1711 to 1753, Zehrungs, and others, were leaving the Westerwald and going in all directions. Perhaps some went to Czchoslovakia, some to Russia and some went, who knows where.
I welcome comments especially from people related to Z-familes not know to be connected to my Z-clan. email@example.com
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