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Scherer Family
The Descendants of Peter Scherer & Catharina Blees

First Generation

Peter Scherer, born between 1755 and1765.  He married Catharina Blees in Thailen, Saarland, Prussia.  Catharina Blees was born between 1755 and 1765 in Thailen, Saarland.

Second Generation 

Children of Peter SCHERER and Catharina BLEES:

1.  Claudius, born 1782 in Weiskirchen, Saarland, Prussia; died   about 1860 in Mequon, Ozaukee County, Wisconsin; married Catherine BACKES 4 December 1809 in Weiskirchen, Saarland, Prussia.  She was the daughter of Johann BACKES and Gertrud LAUER.  

2.  Christian SCHERER was born 1810 (per 1880 census Prussia), died about or after 1868, but before 1880 (Ozaukee County).  Christian married Helene THIENNES (a.k.a. Helena, Helen, and a.k.a THUNNES, TINES), born 28 December 1817 (per 1880 census 1812 in Prussia), died 25 July 1894 per St. James Cemetery (Catholic cemetery).  Per 1910 census, had 6 children with 5 living. 

Notes on Christian Scherer by Betty Petzko (Betty was a 1st cousin of Robert Arthur Scherr, and both were great-great-grandchildren of Christian and Helene):

"There is a Claudius Scherer branch in Ozaukee County.  They appear to be Catholic.  Could be a cousin of Christian, however, relationship not established.  Also, another branch of Scherers in Washington County. 

Christian purchased 80 acres of land on 31 July 1840 for $100 from the United States.  On 16 December 1867, he sold it to Edward.  Described as E 1/2NE 1/4 26-9-21. 

More notes on Christian Scherer:

The 1860 census shows Family #896:  Scherer, Christian, age 50, a farmer; his wife, Helena, age 48; Helen, age 18, Edward, age 16; Mathias, age 10; Henrich, age 8; Nicolaus, age 6 and Peter, age 4.   NOTE:  In the 1850 census it shows Helen born in Wisconsin and in the 1860 census it shows she was born in Prussia.

Notes on Helene Thiennes:  

There is no death certificate in either Milwaukee or Ozaukee Counties for Helene.  She is buried in St. James Cemetery, which is a Catholic cemetery.  All the rest of her family was Lutheran.  Due to confusion caused by early illiteracy and language barriers, she could be the daughter of John Henry Thien, the founder of Thiensville.  John Henry Thien came to Mequon, Wisconsin, in 1842 from Germany.  His first wife died sometime between 1842 and 1850, he then married his second wife.  Nothing specific has been found to tie Helene Thiennes to John Henry Thien."  Information obtained by Betty Petzko

3.  Angela, born 8 June 1818 in Thailen, Saarland, Prussia; died 8 February 1872 in Mequon, Ozaukee Co., Wisconsin.  She married Mathias HUEBSCHEN January 1834 in Weiskirchen, Saarland, Prussia.  He was the son of Francis HUEBSCHEN and Barbara HENS. (Please visit LaVerne's pages for more information on the Huebschen family):

Notes for Mathias Huebschen:

Mathias Huebschen, age 30, and his wife, Angelique, age 27, and their children Peter, age 6; Anna, age 5; Angelique, age 3; Margaret, age 1; and John, 1 month old, arrived in New York on 28 June 1843.  They sailed on the "SOUTHPORT" from Harve.  The family could be from Luxembourg.  Margaret Huebschen, born 1887 in Luxemburg, is living with Annie Reuter in Port Washington in 1920.  Marriage record from Weiskirchen church records, FHL #0558661.

Children of Angela Scherer and Mathias Huebschen 

i.  Peter, born March 1834 in Prussia; married Margaret EVANS

ii.  Anna, born 1835.  She was on the passenger list

iii.  Angela, born before 1838 in Weiskirchen, Saarland, Prussia; married Johann BACKES

iv.  Margaret, born in 1842

v.  John was born in May 1843

vi.  Maria, born about 1846 in Mequon, Ozaukee County, Wisconsin

vii.  Elizabeth, born/baptized 27 October 1849 in St. James Catholic Church, Mequon, Ozaukee County, Wisconsin.  She married John Joseph CRAMER.  She died on 7 March 1929 at age 79.  

v.  Catherine, born 11 February 1851; married Joseph SPEHN

4.  Hans, born 1814; married Wilhelmine VOLKMAN

Child of Hans SCHERER and Wilhelmine VOLKMAN:

i.  Heinrich, born 2 July 1936 in Prussia.  

Notes for Heinrich Scherer:

The Wisconsin census records for 1900 show Henry Scherer, born July 1836, age 63, a widower.  He arrived in the United States in 1861.  The Ozaukee County death record for Heinrich Scherer shows he died at the age of 70 on 30 December 1906.  His father was Hans Scherer and his mother Wilhelmine Volkman.  He was buried in Grafton Lutheran Cemetery.  

Third Generation

   Children of Christian SCHERER and Helene THIENNES:

1.  Helene (Magdelene) , born 23 September 1842, in Mequon, Ozaukee County, Wisconsin, died 18 August 1899 in Mequon; married [they received a dispensation to marry]1 September 1868 in Saukville, Wisconsin, to Nicholas BARTH, [son of John BARTH and Anna HUEBSCHEN] born 28 October 1848 in Weiskirchen, Germany, died 5 February 1931 in Thiensville, Ozaukee County, Wisconsin;  he is buried in St. James Catholic cemetery, Mequon.  He died of arteriosclerosis (Death info:  Vol. 9, page 529, Ozaukee).  In 1905 Nicholas was a saloon keeper.  In 1924 place of residence was 955 10th Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 

Notes on Helene (Magdelene) from LaVerne M.

In the 1870 census, Helene, age 27, and her 2 children, Magdalena, age 7, and John 8 months old, are living with Nicholaus, age 21.  Also living with them are Johan Barth, age 62, and his wife, Anna, age 63.  Death record Vol. 3, P. 420 shows her father as Christian.  She died at age 56.  Her nickname was Helene (Helen).  She died of stomach cancer.  

Notes on Nicholas BARTH:

The 1880 U.S. census shows the family:  Nicolaus, a farmer; his wife, Helena, age 38; Helena, age 17; John, age 10; Nicolaus, age 9;  Peter, age 5; and Maria, age 2.  On 25 April 1901, Nicolaus, a widower, received a dispensation to marry Anna Elizabeth FREY.  The 1905 Wisconsin census for Mequon shows Nic Barth, a saloon keeper, and his wife Anna, age 34.  In the 1920 census, Nic Barth, age 71, a bartender, and his wife, Anna, age 48, are living in Mequon.  The 1924 Milwaukee city directory shows Nic and Anna living at 955 10th St. in Milwaukee.  His death record from Ozaukee County, Vol 9, P. 529 shows he died at the age of 82 of arteriosclerosis.  He is buried at St. James Cemetery in Mequon.  His will listed his family as:  Anna L., his wife; Nick Jr. of Thiensville; Mary Reuter of Milwaukee; Ida Barth Hammer; Anton of Milwaukee; Jacob of Milwaukee; Benedict; Rose and Ida Barth Hammer or Ida Burke of Milwaukee.  

Marriage Notes for Magelene SCHERER and Nicolaus BARTH:

Marriage record from Ozaukee County, Vol 4, P. 377 shows Nicolaus Barth, a farmer, born in Germany, married Magdalena Scherer on 12 September 1868 in Saukville.  Witnesses were Claudius Scherer and Nicolaus Becker. 

The 12 known Children of Magdelene SCHERER and Nicholas BARTH (please visit LaVerne's pages for more information on the Barths:

i.  Helena, born about 1862

ii.  John, born 15 September 1869; married Ida FREY

iii.  Nicolaus [Jr.], born 28 October 1871 in Mequon, Ozaukee County, Wisconsin, died after 1931; in 1931 residence was in Thiensville.

iv.  Anna Maria, baptized 8 June 1878 in St. James.  She married Albert Martin REUTER 18 February 1901.  He was born 28 September 1877 in Mequon, Wisconsin.

Children of Anna Maria Barth and Albert Reuter:

i.  Charles, born about 1903

ii.  Elroy, born 7 August 1904; died January 1975, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Notes for Elroy Reuter:

SS# 390-46-8046, issued in Wisconsin.  Last known residence: 53209 Milwaukee Wisconsin.

v.  Maria, baptized on 4 February 1874 in St. James Catholic Church; her Godparents were Mathias Scheer and Maria MAUS.  Probably died as a child, she is not in the 1880 census.  

vi.  Peter A., born 6 January 1875; married Clara HUPPERT

viii. Clara, born on 9 April 1881

ix.  Jacob, born 20 August 1883; married Christina SCHAEF

x.  Ida, baptized 25 November 1887 in St. James Catholic Church, Mequon, Wisconsin.  Her Godparents were John BARTH and Ida MAUS; married Anthony BURKE on 22 November 1904 in St. James Catholic Church.  She died in November 1977.  

xi.  Benedict, born after 1888

xii.  Annie; married Adolph Peter GERLACH after 1903 in St. James.  

xiii.  Rose Ida, born after 1888   

2.  Edward, born 28 March 1844, Ozaukee County, Wisconsin (Ozaukee County, Wisconsin, Vol. 6-211); died 3 May 1914 (Ozaukee County, Wisconsin, Vol. 6-211); married Caroline TIMM between 1868 and 1870. She was born 1844, in Germany, immigrated 1863.  (Census 1880: Mequon, Ozaukee, Co., Wisconsin, page 57, line 46, Enumeration 150 with family.) 

Notes on Edward Scherer:

Edward enlisted in the Army at 18 years of age on 26 November 1862 (Certificate of Service issued by the State Historical Society of Wisconsin 16 May 1994 by Harold L. Miller, Reference Archivist).  Edward Scheerer (Scherer), late a private in Company C of the 34th Regiment of Wisconsin Infantry Volunteers for the term of nine months, and was mustered into the military service of the United States on the 2nd day of December 1862, at Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  At the time of his enlistment, Private Scheerer (Scherer) gave his residence as Mequon, Wisconsin.  The muster rolls show that a substitute soldier was provided by Edward Scheerer.  The substitute soldier's name was J. G. C. Harttert and the date of substitution was January 12, 1863.  The records further show that Edward Scheerer when enlisted was 18 years of age.  No place of birth, physical description or occupation was given for Private Scheerer.

More Notes on Edward Scherer:

Census 1880:  Mequon, Ozaukee County, WI., page 57, line 46, Enumeration 150 with family.

The 1900 Wisconsin census for Mequon shows the family:  Scherer, Edward, born Mar 1844, married 33 years; his wife, Caroline, born Nov 1843, arrived in U.S. in 1862, had 8 children, 5 living; Edward, Feb 1871, age 29; William, Jan 1873, age 27; and Frederick, Mar 1883, age 17.  The 1905 census for Mequon adds Arthur, age 25 who does not appear in 1900.  

Notes for Carolina Timm:

The 1900 Wisconsin census shows she arrived in the U.S. in 1862.  

Children of Edward SCHERER and Caroline TIMM:

i.  Ida, born about 1867

ii.  Edward, born February 1871 in Mequon, Ozaukee County, Wisconsin, died 1958; married Otillia (Othlie) KEMP.  She was born in 1890 and died in 1973.  

8 known Children of Edward Scherer and Otillia:

i.  Stella, born circa 1910; married Manfred J. SPERBER

ii.  Pearl, born circa 1911; married Walter LINDERT

iii.  Rose, born on 10 December 1912.  She died in September 1980 in Palmyra, Wisconsin, at age 67; married Kenneth Kuehl.

iv. Ida, born in 1913/14; died in September 1980; married Albert BUNTROCK

v.  Norma, born circa 1915

vi.  Viola, born circa 1917/18; married Paul E. SACHSE

vii.  Alice, born circa 1919; married Alexander FROMM

viii.  Leroy John, born on 3 October 1919.  He died on 7 January 1995 at age 75.  

iii.  William, born January 1873 in Mequon, Ozaukee County, Wisconsin; died 27 April 1955 (buried So. Mequon)

iv.  Arthur, born 1879/80 in Mequon, Ozaukee County, Wisconsin.  He lived at 3722 No. 10th Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin; married Maria ALFKE, born 1882.

v.  Frederick, born March 1883 in Mequon, Ozaukee County, Wisconsin; died 27 October 1952; married Alma JAGER, born 1884.  Two known children:  Harold and Irwin.  

Notes for Frederick Scherer:

The 1920 Wisconsin census for Mequon, Ozaukee County, Wisconsin, shows Fred Scherer, age 36 and his wife, age 35.  

3.  Mathias (Mathius, Mat, Mathew), born 24 February 1850 in Ozaukee County, died 8 May 1912 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin;  6 March 1871 married to Anna Johanna GAULKE, born 20 February 1852 in Germany, died 5 May 1925 in Ozaukee County, Wisconsin.  She was the daughter of Carl GAULKE and Caroline FRINZER.  

Notes on Mathias Scherer:

Census 1880:  Mequon, Ozaukee County, Wisconsin, page 60, Emumeration 150.  The 1905 Wisconsin census for Mequon, shows Mathias, age 55, a farmer and his wife, Johanna, age 53, both born in Germany.  Living with them is their son Henry, age 27, born November 1877, born in Wisconsin. His death record from Ozaukee Co. Vol. 5, P. 811 shows he died at the age of 62.  His parents were recorded as Christian and Helena Scherer.   

Notes for Johanna:

The 1920 Wisconsin census for Ozaukee Co., Mequon, shows Johanna Scherer, age 68, arrived in the United States in 1856, living with her son Henry, age 40.  

Mathias Scherer and Johanna Gaulke were married 6 March 1871 by a Justice of the Peace in Milwaukee (provided by Michael Weber obtained from the Milwaukee Library).  Anna daughter of Carl and Caroline Frinzer.  (5th ward, marriage info: Vol. 5, page 11, Milwaukee; witnesses:  George Alert (?) and H. Wilfe - Wolfe?)    

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Wedding photo
Mathias Scherer & Anna Johanna Gaulke

4.  Heinrich (Henry), was born 1852 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, baptized 4 February 1853 in St. James, Mequon, Wisconsin; Godparents:  Henry RAUSCH and Margaretta SCHERER), died 1880 in Ozaukee County, remained single, (Volunteered for army at age of 12??).  Died same year as Nicholaus.

 5.  Nicholaus, born 1854 (per 1860 census) in Wisconsin, was baptized 29 March 1855 in St. James, Mequon, Wisconsin; died February 1872 at age 16, remained single. (Volunteered for Army at age of 10??).  Died same year as Heinrich. 

 6.  Peter, born 1856 in Wisconsin.  

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Back Row:  Robert Scherer, Louisa Scherer, Theodore Scherer
Middle Row:  Mathius Scherer & Johanna Gaulke Scherer
Front Row:  Henry Scherer
Taken about 1900

This is a photocopy given to me by Betty Petzko.

This photo was in a carton of photos that came from Arthur William Scherr, husband of  Anita Scherer.  This is the farm owned by Anita's Scherer family in Mequon, Ozaukee County, Wisconsin.  I speculate that it was owned by Mathias Scherer and would have fronted on the Milwaukee River.  The photo was taken between 1916 and 1919.
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Mathius Scherer & Nicholas Barth Families - about 1900
In back by himself: Henry Scherer
Back Row:  Theodore Scherer, Bertha Radtke Scherer, Robert Scherer, Anna(?) Scherer
Middle Row: Mathius Scherer, a daughter of Nicholas Barth(?), Anna(?) Hertziger, Louisa Scherer, daughter of Nicholas Barth(?), daughter of Nicholas Barth(?), daughter of Nicholas Barth(?), possibly mother of Johanna Gaulke. Johanna Gaulke Scherer, possibly Carl Gaulke, father of Johanna
Front:  Possibly Nicholas Barth (1st wife died in 1899) - he had 4 daughters
Photocopy received from Betty Petzko



Fourth Generation  

Children of Mathias SCHERER and Johanna GAULKE:  

i.  Louisa, born 1871, Mequon, Ozaukee Co., Wisconsin, died 1929; married Bernard STAUDY, born 1879  

ii.  Robert, born about 1873, Mequon, Wisconsin, died 1934,Ozaukee County, Wisconsin; married Anna HABERER  

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Wedding Photo
Robert Scherer & Anna Haberer

iii.  Theodore P., born June 1876, Mequon, Ozaukee County, died 13 June 1903; 19 February 1899, married Bertha RADTKE (Marriage Certificate), born 24 October 1875 at Milwaukee, Wisconsin, died 1953.  Bertha is buried in Graceland cemetery, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.   

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Theodore P. Scherer
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Wedding Photo of
Theodore P. Scherer & Bertha Radtke
18 February 1899
Above photos received from Betty Petzko

Notes on Theodore P. Scherer:

Theodore drove a brewery wagon. They had 6 children, with 5 living at time of 1910 census.  He is buried in Union Cemetery, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  He died of a ruptured appendix.   

iv.  Henry, born November 1877, died 1940.  The 1920 Mequon census shows Henry living with his mother Johanna Scherer.  There is no record that he ever married. 

v.  Anna Christine, born October 1879, died 1879 (could be 1880),Mequon, Ozaukee County, Wisconsin


Fifth Generation

Children of Theodore P. SCHERER and Bertha Helena Louise RADTKE:  

i.  Anita Rose Johanna, born 13 January 1900, died 1 August 1993; married Arthur William SCHERR 30 August 1919, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  Arthur was born 13 May 1894 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (Birth:  Vol. 201, page 276, #3979), died 26 May 1960, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  He died of colon cancer. 

ii.  Viola, born 1901, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, died ?; married to Arthur STOFFLET, born 4 October 1901 in Milwaukee; [he may have had an older brother Walter STOFFLET, born 9 July 1895 and died in December 1967 in Milwaukee.  Arthur died in April 1967 in Milwaukee at age 65; SS #387-03-7660].

2 known children of Viola Scherer and Arthur Stofflet:

i.  LaVerne J., born 1929; married John FISCUS.

ii.  Arthur, Jr., born circa 1935, died 1964; married Janille ???

iii.  Marie Clara, born 21 October 1902 in Milwaukee (Baptism Certificate); married Anton NOVESKY, born 1900.  She died on 27 August 1995 in Milwaukee at age 92. 


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Anita Rose Johanna Scherer Anita, Marie & Viola



Sixth Generation

Children of Anita Rose Johanna SCHERER and Arthur William SCHERR:

i.    Robert Arthur, born 27 October 1920, Milwaukee, Wisconsin; died 1 April 1984, Fairfax, Virginia; married 10 October 1942, Quantico, Virginia, to Joan Lorraine JACQUES, born 17 April 1923 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Notes on Robert Arthur Scherr:

Robert graduated from the Marine Corps officers candidate training school at Quantico in June 1942.

Immediately after his marriage (honeymoon spent on a trip across the U.S.), Robert shipped out to the South Pacific with the 1st Marine Division.  He fought in the Pacific Campaign in WWII, seeing action in the Marshall Islands, the Solomon Islands, and Okinawa.  He later fought in Korea and in Vietnam.  He attended George Washington University after WWII and became a lawyer.  He stayed in the Marine Corps, later became head of Marine Corps discipline and was on the Judge Advocate Generals Corps. and retired as a colonel.  After retiring from the Marines, he worked for the U.S. Postal Service until his death. Robert is buried at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia.  (For additional information please see Scherr genealogy.)

ii.  Audrey Anita, born 28 May 1925 at Milwaukee, Wisconsin; married to Donald MERTZ  

Seventh Generation

Children of Robert Arthur SCHERR and Joan Lorraine JACQUES

Jacqueline Joanne, born 5 September 1945 at Milwaukee, Wisconsin; married Robert Henry Shroy on 28 February 1964, at Winston-Salem, North Carolina; divorced in 1976.  Graduated in 1965 with A.A. degree, Legal Major, from Strayer University in Washington, D.C.

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High School Graduation
June 1963


Michael Robert, born 31 May 1954 at the Naval Hospital, Bethesda, Maryland; married Marliese Martin 26 June 1971. 

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15 April 1985

Stephen Raoul, born 22 January 1954 at Milwaukee, Wisconsin; married Linda Lippold 10 October 1992 at Woodbridge, Virginia.  Linda is the daughter of James Edward Lippold and Mildred (Peggy) O'Neal. There are no children of this marriage.   

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 Notes on Stephen Raoul Scherr:

Steve became an Eagle Scout in 1969.  He received an A.A.S. degree in Police Science in 1975 and graduated from George Mason University with a B.S. in law enforcement in 1977.   

Notes on Linda Diane Lippold:

Linda is the daughter of James Edward Lippold and Mildred (Peggy) Lorraine O’Neal.  Linda graduated from Field High School in 1976, where she was a member of the Honor Society.  She graduated from North Virginia Community College in 1980 with an A.A.S. in Advertising Design (Magna Cum Laude).   

Children of Audrey Anita SCHERR and Donald MERTZ (click for more on the Mertz family):

i.  Matthew R., born 1948, single

ii.  Mark D., born 1951; 1st marriage Kathy NIARKAS, 2nd marriage Susan EBNER

iii.  Mary Ann, born 1952; married J. SHAFFER

Children of Mary Ann MERTZ and J. SHAFFER:

i.  Christy M.     born 1978

ii.  Lauren A. born 1980

iv.  Margaret C., born 1956; married Thomas RURIK

Child of Margaret MERTZ and Thomas RURIK:

Brandon, born 1986

v.  Michael D., born 1962; married Lynn Clover HATCH

Children of Michael D. Mertz and Lynn Clover Hatch:

i.  Justin Michael, born 1983

ii.  Jillian Ashley, born 1986


Eighth Generation

Child of Jacqueline Joanne SCHERR:

i.  Joan Michele (Shelly) SCHERR, born 8 Sept 1972 at Bridgeport, Connecticut, graduated 1997 with an Associates Degree in Applied Science,  Dental Hygiene major, from Northern Virginia Community College, Department of Dental Hygiene.  On 21 April 2001, Shelly was married to Nicholas James Lambis at Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church in Washington, D.C.  Visit the pages on the wedding.

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Shelly Scherr
High School Graduation

Children of Michael Robert SCHERR and Marliese MARTIN:

i.  Kristin Marliese, born 27 December 1973 at Charleston, South Carolina  

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Kristin Scherr

ii.  Renée Marie, born 27 February 1978 at Brunswick, Maine.   

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Renée Scherr

iii.  David Michael, born 20 January 1983 at Stafford, Virginia.       


For additional information on the following surnames, please visit LaVerne's pages: Barth, Freund, Huebschen, Huppert, Klauck, Maus, Reuter, Robel



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