The Haucks | The Naumanns | The Oberles | The Scherers
The Fitzkams | The Langhardts | The DuPonts | The DelCommunes

First Edition
Compiled by
Louise Vorst Sheppard Wade
November 1, 2009

There are several families in Sainte Genevieve, Missouri, which are related to the Vorst and André families through marriages. One family, the Oberle family, is related to both the Vorst and the André families. Damian André married Julia Hauck whose sister Rosina married Louis Naumann.

Some Vorst relations from Germany came to settle in Missouri – the Langhardts and Joseph Paul Vorst, the artist. The Zieglers and the Moores are included in the Vorst Family book.

Through Anna Marie Scherer, who married Joseph Johannes Vorst, the family is related to the many Scherers and also the Fitzkams in Sainte Genevieve.

Here is a list of the families in this edition:

      • Nicholas Hauck
      • Louis Naumann
      • Joseph Oberle
      • Johann Langhardt
      • Nicholas Scherer
      • Philip Fitzkam
      • Jean Francois DuPont (added 7/10/11)
      • Louis J. DelCommune (added 7/2/11)

The color-coding throughout these reports begins with the generation of my grandparents, Louise André and Léon Vorst, being pink and working back through brown, green and blue. Hopefully this will make it easier to follow the generations.

Nicholas | Anna M. | Joseph

The Scherer Family
in Sainte Genevieve, Missouri

Color Key: Generation 1 Generation 2 Generation 3 Generation 4

This is a brief sketch of the Scherer family. Nicholas and Joseph were both sons of Martin and Agatha Tim Scherer.

Much of the information on the Scherer family is thanks to Wayne C. Scherer, who kindly shared copies of many newspaper clippings and also of his own research on Feb. 23, 1998.

1. Nicholas SCHERER

Birth: 1811, Prussia
Death: 19 Oct 1891, Ste. Genevieve, Missouri
Burial: Valle Spring Cemetery, Ste. Genevieve, Missouri

The Scherer family arrived at Castle Garden in New York on July 31, 1858. The passenger list for the ship shows that Nicolas, 48; Anna, 41; Anna 13; Jacob, 7; Phillip 5; John 6; and Maria, ½ traveled “between decks” which meant steerage class.

On August 4, 1885, Nicholas Scherer purchased property from Mary Harris for $850.00.  The property is described in the deed as:

All of lots (10) ten and (11) eleven in Block numbered (2) Two in "Ziegler's Addition to the said city of Ste. Genevieve," Bounded north by Lahaye Street, South by Lot numbered twelve, East by Lot numbered nine of said Block numbered two, west by Laporte Street, being forty five feet more or less front, and one hundred and twenty five feet in depth.

The census for 1870 lists Nicholas as sixty years old and a farmer and head of household with John, age 20, and Philip, age 18. Nicholas appears in the 1880 census as a member of the household of John and Sophia Bahr Scherer in Quarrytown, Ste. Genevieve. Nicholas died of gastro enteritis after being ill for eight days. He had lived in Missouri for 33 years, which would confirm that he came there about 1858. A newspaper printed the following:

The will of Mr. Nicholas Scherer was admitted to probate last Wednesday.  The estate is valued at about $16,000 and Joseph Fitzkam is appointed executor without bond.
After directing the executor to pay his funeral expenses and all just debts, Mr. Scherer disposed of his property as follows:
To his daughter, Mary Fitzkam, he gives the use and occupancy of his farm, containing 54 acres, together with rents and products thereof, for fouteen years.  At the end of fourteen years or in case of death of Mary Fitzkam before the expiration of that time, the farm goes to her children.
He places the sum of $11,500 in the hands of the executor to loan out at interest and to pay the interest to his four children, Mary Fitzkam, interest on $1,800; Anna Vorst, interest on $2,700; John Scherer, interest on $4,000 annually for fourteen years.  At the end of that time or in case of death of Mary Fitzkam, John Scherer and Philip Scherer before the expiration of fourteen years he directs that the sums given to the parents be immediately divided among the children share and share alike.
In case of death of Mrs. Anna Vorst or at the end of fourteen years the amount given her is to be divided among her children as follows:  to Josephine, wife of H. C. Ziegler, $200; to Belle Vorst, $625; to Marie, wife of James Moore, $625; to Joseph Vorst, $625; to Leon Vorst, $625.  The remainder of his estate is given to his four children to be divided equally.
The will futhermore states that if any of the legatees contest said will, they will forfeit all claims to any gifts made in the will and such gifts will become a part of the remainder of the estate and be divided among those who do not contest with...........

Ste. Genevieve Herald
April 2, 1892:
We were this week shown a marble monument which is to be erected over the grave of the late Nicholas Scherer.  The work was executed by Amandee Boyer and is really first-class.  The monument may be seen at the hardware store of Henry Okenfuss on 3rd and Merchant streets.

Spouse: Anna Maria SCHOOR
Birth: abt 1817, Prussia
Death: 10 Sep 1862
Father: Petrus SCHOOR
Mother: Apollonia MOHR
Marr: 16 Jun 1839, Kobern, Prussia


Children: Anna M. (1840-1915) - married Joseph Johannes Vorst
  Maria Anna (1844-) – married Christophorus Neuhaeuser
  Jacob (1845-)
  John (1848-1894) – married Mary Sophia Bahr
  Philip (1851->1915) – married Louise Meyer
  George (~1852-)
  Mary J. (1856-1942) - married Henry Fitzkam
  Joseph (~1858-)
  Isabel (1861-)

Only four of the Scherer children seem to have survived Nicholas Scherer – Anna, Mary, John and Philip. Philip eventually moved to California but John remained in Ste. Genevieve and farmed. He and his wife Mary Sophia had nine children.

Nicholas | Anna M. | Joseph

1.1 Anna M. SCHERER

Anna was the oldest child of Nicholas and Anna Scherer. She was born on August 23, 1841 in Koblenz, and christened August 24, 1840 in Roemisch-Katholische, Kobern, Rheinland, Preussen. Anna came to America with her family in 1858. She married Joseph Johannes Vorst in St. Louis, Missouri, on August 26, 1864.

After the death of her husband in 1885 Anna continued to operate the Old Southern Hotel. According to the Civil War Pension Index, Anna Scherer Vorst received a pension based on her husband's military service in the Civil War. (Application #347.995  Certificate #272.779)

Reprinted in the Fair Play
Friday, June 3, 1964
Looking Back 75 Years - 1889
Mrs. Joseph Vorst has had the window blinds of the Southern Hotel repainted this week which greatly improves the looks of the building.

Looking Back - 1904 
Shortly after noon last Wednesday, fire was discovered in a barn belonging to Mrs. Vorst, near the Southern Hotel. The engine was promptly brought out and by hard work the surrounding buildings were saved. The fire is supposed to have been started by several boys who were in the barn smoking cigarettes. Three sleighs, 140 bushels of corn, a lot of hay and two pigs were burned. The loss is estimated at $300 with no insurance.

According to this newspaper ad Anna endorsed the “Key-stone” washer.

This machine is warranted, if proper-
ly used, to wash clean anything of what-
ever size that can be washed by hand,
without rubbing or boiling the clothes.
It saves time, does not injure the clothes
and can be managed by a child.  It is
simple, durable and cheap.  It can be
seen at G. KAMMERER's on Main Str.
For reference apply to Mrs. Geo.
J. VORST, and Mrs. M. ARNOLD.

Anna died February 19, 1915, in Sainte Genevieve, and was buried in the Joseph Johannes Vorst plot in Valle Spring Cemetery. Her nephew, Fr. Charles Fitzkam conducted the funeral rites.

Nicholas | Anna M. | Joseph

2. Joseph SCHERER

Birth: Feb 1824, Baden Germany
Death: after 1900

Nicholas’s brother Joseph also immigrated in 1858 and settled in the Sainte Genevieve area. The census for 1900 says that he was a widower and living in the household of his son, Anthony.

Spouse: Louise SCHILLI
Birth: abt 1835, Baden Germany
Death: before 1900
Marr: 4 Jan 1859, Saint Joseph's Church in Zell, Ste. Genevieve Co.


Children: Elizabeth (1859-)
  Martin (1862-1930)
  Joseph (~1865-)
  Anthony (1867-1929)
  Joseph (1868-)
  Mary Louise (1870-1879)
  Theresia (1872-)
  Genevieve J. (1875-)
  Francis August (1878-)

Color Key: Generation 1 Generation 2 Generation 3 Generation 4

Descendants of Nicholas Scherer & Anne Maria Schoor

  • Nicholas SCHERER
    b. 1811, Prussia
    d. 19 Oct 1891, Ste. Genevieve, MO
    & Anna Maria SCHOOR
    b. abt 1817, Prussia
    d. 10 Sep 1862
    m. 16 Jun 1839, Kobern, Prussia
    • Anna M. SCHERER
      b. 23 Aug 1840, Koblenz, Germany
      d. 19 Feb 1915, Sainte Genevieve, MO
      & Joseph Johannes VORST
      b. 3 Apr 1831, Rellinghausen, Germany
      d. 14 Mar 1885, Sainte Genevieve, MO
      m. 26 Aug 1864, Saint Louis, MO
    • Maria Anna SCHERER
      b. 8 May 1844, Koblenz, Rheinland, Preussen
      & Christophorus NEUHAEUSER
    • Jacob SCHERER
      b. 1 Aug 1845, Rheinland, Preussen
    • John SCHERER
      b. 9 Sep 1848, Koblenz, Germany
      d. 7 Feb 1894, Sainte Genevieve, MO
      & Mary Sophia BAHR
      b. 24 Jul 1856, Zell, MO
      d. 28 Oct 1940, Ste. Genevieve County, MO
      m. 23 Apr 1878, Sainte Genevieve, MO
    • Philip SCHERER
      b. 10 Dec 1851, Rheinland, Preussen
      d. aft 1915
      & Louisa MEYER
      b. abt 1860, Sainte Genevieve , MO
      m. 22 Feb 1881, Sainte Genevieve, MO
    • George SCHERER
      b. abt 1852
    • Mary J. SCHERER
      b. 13 Sep 1856, Germany
      d. 15 Sep 1942, Farmington, St. Francis Co., MO
      & Joseph F. FITZKAM
      b. 1 Jan 1856, MO
      d. 31 May 1928
      m. 30 Oct 1877, Sainte Genevieve, MO
    • Joseph SCHERER
      b. abt 1858
    • Isabel SCHERER
      b. 7 Jan 1861

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