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Johann Georg ZAHER (1675-1752) m. Maria Catharina PALINKAS (abt 1680-nd)
s/o Unknown
d/o Unknown

1675 Johann Georg ZAHER born in Switzerland
abt 1680 Maria Catharina PALINKAS born in Switzerland
10 Nov 1705 Johann Georg ZAHER and Maria Catharina PALINKAS married at
Evangelisch, Gersbach, Loerrach, Baden [Baden Lutheran Marriages: Windischbuch, p.123-124]
1710 son Johannes Georg ZAHER born
in Switzerland; married Barbara MILLER 1741 in Switzerland; emigrated to Pennsylvania abt 1741 [“Johannes Zaher was born in Switzerland about 1710. He came to America in 1740 as a religious refugee. In the early 1500s, Martin Luther and John  Calvin were leading the rebellion against the old system of religion. Those people who wanted a more radical reform were called Anabaptist (or rebaptizers) because of their stand against infant baptism. From this group came the Swiss Brethren, Mennonites and Amish. Related were Dunkards and Morovians. Many of these people were from an area in Switzerland called the Palatine and spoke the Palatine dialect, known today as Pennsylvania German or Pennsylvania Dutch. Many Anabaptists with a Swiss background migrated to Pennsylvania. The largest migrations were Mennonite (1717-1732) and Amish (1727-1754). We don’t know any specifics about Johannes Zaher’s religious beliefs, but his coming to a Morovian settlement in Pennsylvania in 1740 as a Swiss religious refugee would fit into this pattern. Johannes Zaher first settled in the Morovian community of Euphrata, Pennsylvania. He anglicized his name to John Sears and moved to the Yadkin Valley in Rowan County, North Carolina. John Sears is known to have had two sons, John Jr. and Christian. John Sears Jr. served in the Revolutionary War. He married Catherine Conrad and they were parents of ten children. In about 1800 John Jr and Christian along with their families moved to Nicholas County, Kentucky. They could have traveled the road through the Cumberland Gap, following the route of Daniel Boone some thirty years before. John Jr. died in Kentucky at age 90. One of John’s and Catherine’s sons was David Sears. He married first in Kentucky, on September 26, 1811 to Anna Kern. She was the mother of seven children including twins who died in infancy. Before Anna’s death in 1824, the family had moved to Lawrence County, Indiana. David Sears married again on October 1, 1824 to Hannah Rainey Morris. She was a widow and the mother of three children. Her father was Joseph Rainey, a veteran of the Revolutionary War. David and Hannah began their marriage with a family of eight children (his 5 and her 3) and they had eight more children. After Hannah’s death in 1849, David married for the third time, in 1850 to Rachel Adamson Cox, who was the widow of Simon Cox. David and Rachel had two children before his death in 1864. David Sears was a pioneer in Lawrence County, Indiana. He owned a considerable amount of land. He was the father of 17 children and had three step-children. Rainey Sears was the son of David and Hannah Rainey Sears. He was the fourth of their eight children. On January 22, 1853, he married Telitha Cox in Lawrence County, Indiana (See Cox Family History). On November 19, 1850, Rainey bought land from his father, David, and third wife, Rachel, consisting of Section 22, which was one mile S.W. of Fayetteville —From the Rowan Public Library, History & Genealogy Dept, Salisbury, NC
1722 son Johann Abraham ZAHER born (died abt 1724) [Germany, Select Deaths and Burials, 1582-1958; Burial 17 Nov 1724; Linsenhofen, Württemberg, Germany, FHL Film #1056621, Reference ID#1724-7; lists father Johann Georg Zaher, mother Catharina]
21 Oct 1726 dau Rosina Barbara ZAHER born at Linsenhofen, Württemberg, Deutschland [Wurttemberg, Germany Lutheran Baptisms, Evangelische Kirche Linsenhofen (OA. Nürtingen) p. 62; lists father as Johann Georg Zaher, mother Catharina Zaher] (doc)
24 Aug 1750 Johann Georg ZAHER,
son Johannes ZAHER immigrated to Philadelphia, PA [Passenger and Immigration Lists, Source Pub Code 9041, p. 437; Pennsylvania German Pioneers: A Publication of the Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia from 1727 to 1808. Vol. 1. 1727-1775. 776p.; Die Auswanderung in die Neuengland-Staaten aus Orten des Enzkreises im 18. Jahrhundert. (Suedwestdeutsche Blaetter fuer Familien- und Wappenkunde, special supplement, 1977.) 59p., p.19
1752 Johann Georg ZAHER died in Euphrata, PA {I believe people have mis-identified the death location as Rowan, NC; this is appropriate for his son Johann Georg ZAHER Jr but I believe the correct death location for Johann George Sr. is Euphrata, Pennsylvania; he did not live long enough to settle in PA and then move to NC}

Ralph Beaver Strassburger & William John Hinke (editor);
Pennsylvania German Pioneers: A Publication of the Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia from 1727 to 1808; Norristown, Penn., Pennsylvania German Society: 1934; Vol. 1, Pages 436-437. The Ship Brothers Passenger List Rotterdam to Philadelphia 24 August 1750; List 152 C; At the Court House at Philadelphia, Friday, the 24th August, 1750.  Present: Thomas Lawrence, Esquire, Mayor. The Foreigners whose Names are underwritten, imported in the Ship Brothers, Captn Muir, from Rotterdam & last from Cowes, did this day take & subscribe the usual Oaths. By List 90. 198 Whole Freights. 271 Persons: Johann Georg Zerr

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