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The Oxsheer Family

John B. Wells has written a very well-researched early history of our Oxsheer family. The name was originally Axer, and was "Americanized" a few times into Oxer, Auxer, Auxier, Oxier, Oxshire, Oxsher, and Oxsheer. One line ended up with the Auxier spelling, and mine has the Oxsheer spelling, but we are all from the same Axer line.

John is planning a trip to Germany in the summer of 2011 to visit our family there. Anyone interested in the Auxier/Oxsheer family who would like to travel with John to the Axer "homeland" is welcome to go. He can be contacted at wellsga@bellsouth.net.

Our original American ancestor was John Michael Axer, from the Palatinate region of southwesterm Germany. He arrived in the Port of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on board the ship “Robert & Alice” on September 24, 1742, and settled in Tulpehocken Township in Lancaster (now Berks) County, Pennsylvania, a predominately German-speaking community. He was most likely a "redemptioner," or indentured servant. Michael and his wife Maria Barbara Speiss were the parents of George Oxer, shown below.

Michael was killed by Indians while serving in the Revolutionary War in Captain John Snoddy’s company of Virginia Militia, probably in August of 1777.

See Judth Tickel Need's website, www.auxier-tickelgenealogy.com, for more information on the Auxier family.

George Oxer
Born: about 1754, either in Lancaster (now Berks) County, Pennsylvania or Hampshire County, Virginia.
Married (2): Dorcas Shelly
Married (1): unknown
More on George Oxer

  1. Samuel Oxsheer
    Born: May 18, 1777 in Russel Co., VA (?)
    Died: 1837 in Bledsoe Co., Tennessee
    Buried: Oxsheer-Lee Holler Cemetery on the old Oxsheer farm
    See the Tombstone Transcription Project page for the Oxsheer-Lee Holler Cemetery
    Married: about 1798 to
    Sarah Wilson

    - Born: January 30, 1780 in Burke Co., NC
    - Died: May 1859 in Bledsoe Co., Tennessee
    - Parents: Greenberry Wilson & Temperance Bradshaw
    For more information on Sarah's family, see the Wilson Family Tree
    More on Samuel and Sarah
    1. Mary Polly Oxsheer
      Born: December 29, 1799 in Bledsoe Co., Tennessee
      Died: March 26, 1894 in Tennessee Community, Shelby Co., TX
      Married: abt. 1817 in Bledsoe Co., TN to
      Jonathan Houston Crawford
      - Born: Abt. 1790
      This line is continued in the Crawford Family
    2. Jemina Oxsheer
      Born: November 29, 1801
      Married: 1824
      Daniel Kerley
      - Parents: James Kerley & Elizabeth Williams
      1. Elizabeth Kerley
        Born: November 28, 1826
        Married:
        Shamiel P. Selby
      2. Samuel Oxsheer Kerley
        Born: April 06, 1828 in Bledsoe Co., Tennessee
        Died: July 07, 1897
        Married (1):
        Katherine Selby
        Married (2):
        Rebecca Sherrill
        Married (3):
        Polly Norris
      3. James L. Kerley
        Born: 1830
        Married:
        Arbella Manning
      4. George W. Kerley
        Born: 1834
      5. Daniel Kerley
        Born: 1832 in Bledsoe Co., Tennessee
        Married:
        Rebecca Sherrill
    3. George Oxsheer
      Born: January 27, 1804 in Bledsoe Co., Tennessee
      Died: 1873 in Garrison, Nacogdoches County, TX
      Married (1): January 27, 1827 in Tennessee
      Jane Walker
      - Born: October 25, 1797 in Stokes Co., NC or Jefferson Co., TN
      - Died: December 22, 1833 in Tennessee
      - Parents: Richard Walker & Martha Smith
      Married (2): October 14, 1835
      Eliza Ann Kirley
      - Born: March 01, 1819
      - Died: 1886
      1. William Elmore Oxsheer
        Born: November 13, 1827 in Bledsoe County, Tennessee
        Died: December 25, 1900 in Nacogdoches County, TX
        Married: August 15, 1859 in Nacogdoches County, TX
        Mary Jane Norris
        - Born: February 14, 1839
        - Died: December 01, 1885 in Nacogdoches County, TX
        - Parents: John Norris & Mary Sarah Stockman
        See picture of William Elmore Oxsheer, Mary Jane Norris Oxsheer, and Sarah Ann Norris at RootsWeb's Nacogdoches County site
        1. Infant Oxsheer
          Born: in Nacogdoches County, TX
          Died: in Nacogdoches County, TX
        2. Thomas Norris Oxsheer
          Born: February 27, 1861 in Nacogdoches County, TX
          Died: October 09, 1935 in Nacogdoches County, TX (?)
          Married: January 30, 1881 in Nacogdoches County, TX
          Sophia Jane Weatherly
          - Born: May 14, 1863
          - Died: November 30, 1943
          - Parents: Samuel J. Weatherly & Martha Griffin
          1. Emma Oxsheer
            Born: January 06, 1882 in Nacogdoches County, TX
            Died: October 15, 1885 in Nacogdoches County, TX
          2. Samuel Elmore Oxsheer
            Born: December 21, 1884 in Nacogdoches County, TX (?)
            Died: August 31, 1885 in Nacogdoches County, TX
          3. Vivia Oxsheer
            Born: October 31, 1883 in Nacogdoches County, TX
            Died: February 06, 1884 in Nacogdoches County, TX
          4. Mary Jane Oxsheer
            Born: November 02, 1886
          5. Ada Oxsheer
            Born: February 07, 1888
          6. Cora Oxsheer
            Born: March 26, 1891
          7. Lelia Oxsheer
            Born: July 15, 1896
        3. George G. Oxsheer
          Born: July 05, 1866 in Nacogdoches County, TX
          Died: December 22, 1867 in Nacogdoches County, TX
        4. Cordelia Oxsheer
          Born: December 27, 1868 in Nacogdoches County, TX (?)
          Died: October 11, 1875 in Nacogdoches County, TX
          Burial: 1875 Old North Church, Nacogdoches, Texas
        5. Vivia Oxsheer
          Born: September 16, 1870 in Nacogdoches County, TX
          Died: August 27, 1876 in Nacogdoches County, TX
        6. William Elmore Oxsheer
          Born: December 01, 1876 in Nacogdoches County, TX (?)
          Died: 1950
          Married:
          Fannie Adell Bridwell
          - Born: 1876
          - Died: 1957
        7. Sarah Virginia Oxsheer
          Born: April 17, 1863 in TX
          Died: August 17, 1885 in TX
      2. Sarah Wilson Oxsheer
        Born: June 21, 1829 in Indiana
        Died: April 06, 1916
        Burial: Iataan Cemetery. Iataan, TX
        Married: September 13, 1857 in Nacogdoches County, TX
        William C. Sutphen
        - Born: February 19, 1835 in Tennessee
        - Died: June 23, 1862 in Little Rock, Arkansas
        - Burial: Little Rock, Arkansas
        - Parents: John S. Sutphen & Matilda W. Crisman
        This family line is continued in the Sutphen Family
      3. Martha Smith Oxsheer
        Born: September 12, 1831 in Indiana or Tennessee
        Died: September 1911
      4. Nancy Bryant Oxsheer
        Born: September 29, 1833 in Indiana
        Married: January 19, 1860 in Nacogdoches County, TX (?)
        Stephen M. Power
        - Born: Abt. 1828 in Tennessee
        - Died: in Civil War
        - Parents: Holloway Lee Power
      5. Samuel Oxsheer
        Born: September 05, 1841 in Nacogdoches County, TX (?)
        Died: May 20, 1862 in Little Rock, Arkansas
        Died of measles while serving in the Confederate Army, Moore's Regiment, Co. H
      6. Daniel Oxsheer
        Born: March 08, 1843 in Nacogdoches County, TX (?)
        Died: August 27, 1864 in Georgia, Battle of the Chattahoochie River
      7. Jane Oxsheer
        Born: June 06, 1844
        Married: December 20, 1859
        Oscar Broyles
        - Born: Abt. 1840 in Tennessee
        - Died: in Sterling City, Texas
        - Parents: Thomas Jefferson Broyles & Elizabeth Jane McMahan
      8. Mary Oxsheer
        Born: December 25, 1846
        Died: June 04, 1849
      9. George Euphrates Oxsheer
        Born: January 20, 1849 in Nacogdoches County, TX (?)
        Died: 1909 in Nacogdoches County, TX (?)
        Married: December 27, 1876 in Nacogdoches County, TX (?)
        Joannah Alexander
        - Born: 1852
        - Died: 1909
      10. Elizabeth Katherine Oxsheer
        Born: November 22, 1853
        Died: June 17, 1858
      11. Saphronia Ann Oxsheer
        Born: January 11, 1851 in Nacogdoches Co., Texas
        Died: January 03, 1935 in Caddo, Stephens Co., TX
        Married: January 18, 1871 in Nacogdoches County, TX
        Samuel Crisman Sutphen
        - Born: October 25, 1842 in Maury County, Tennessee
        - Died: June 24, 1916 in Caddo Stephens County, TX
        - Parents: John S. Sutphen & Matilda W. Crisman .
        This family line is continued in the Sutphen Family.
    4. Elizabeth Oxsheer
      Born: March 08, 1806
      Died: 1868 in Brenham, TX (?)
      Married: March 05, 1829 in Bledsoe Co., Tennessee
      William G. Lewis
      - Died: in Brenham, TX (?)
      - Methodist Preacher
    5. Nancy Oxsheer
      Born: March 11, 1808
      Married: May 27, 1828
      William Bryant
    6. Sarah Oxsheer
      Born: September 12, 1810
      Married:
      Vivian Grayham
    7. Samuel Oxsheer
      Born: December 07, 1812
      Died: Before July 1850
    8. William Wilson Oxsheer
      Born: March 29, 1815 in Bledsoe Co., Tennessee
      Died: December 1905 in Milam Co., TX, near Cameron
      Married: December 01, 1842 in Robertson Co., TX
      Martha Elizabeth Kirk
      - Born: July 29, 1824 in Williamson County, Tennessee
      - Died: December 14, 1893 in Milam Co., TX
      More on William and Martha
      1. Fountain Goodlet Oxsheer
        Born: November 09, 1849 in Milam Co., TX
        Died: September 28, 1931 in Ft. Worth, Tarrant Co., TX
        Married: May 28, 1873 in Milam Co., TX to
        Mary V. Beal
        - Born: January 08, 1854 in Milam Co, TX
        - Died: January 16, 1937 in Ft. Worth, Tarrant, TX
        - Parents: John F. Beal and Mary Ann Cullins
        For more information on the Beal family, see the WorldConnect Family Database #John_Beal
        More on Fount and Mary
        1. Lena Mabel Oxsheer
          Born: March 23, 1875 in Milam Co., TX
          Died: in Big Spring, TX
          Married: 13 March, 1895 to
          John Thomas Quinn
          - Died: Married: March 13, 1895
          1. John Quinn
            Born:
            Died:
          2. Florine Goodlett Quinn
            Born: February 1, 1896
            Died: About 1906
        2. Myrtle George Oxsheer
          Born: June 29, 1880 in Milam Co., TX (?)
          Died: April 12, 1942 in Ft. Worth, Tarrant, TX
          Burial: Oakwood Cemetery, Ft. Worth, TX
          Married (1): July 21, 1900 in Stanton, TX
          Edwin Francis Smith
          - Born: August 8, 1872 in Upshur County, Texas
          - Died: September 2, 1908 in Mineral Wells, Wise County, TX
          - Burial: Oakwood Cemetery, Ft. Worth, TX
          1. Bessie Clura Smith
            Born: Sepember 3, 1896
            Died: June 17, 1931
            Married: to
            Rollie M. Smith
            - Born: April 27, 1894
            - Died: April 5, 1942
          2. Frances Beal Smith
            Born: November 12, 1902 in Fort Worth, TX
            Died:
            Married: September 10, 1923 to
            Luke Hodges
            - Born: February 5, 1897
            - Died: in Flora, Illinois
          3. Myrtle Edwyna Smith
            Born: 1904
            Died: 1992
            Burial: Oakwood Cemetery, Ft. Worth, TX
            Married: Thro
          4. Infant Smith
            Born: 1907

          Married (2): January 2, 1923 to
          William Ira McDonough

        3. Fountain Goodlet Oxsheer
          Born: July 28, 1882 in Milam Co. TX (?)
          Died: February 10, 1931 in Ft. Worth, TX
          Burial: Oakwood Cemetery, Ft. Worth, TX
          Married: April 30, 1907
          Hariet Taylor
          1. Wilson Taylor Oxsheer
            Born: March 13, 1908
            Died:
            Married: to
            Allie (Hood) Young
          2. William Ashford Oxsheer
            Born: July 6, 1912 in Fort Worth, Tarrant County, TX
            Died:
            Married (1): to
            Thelma Noblett
            Married (2): July 1, 1933 to
            Georgie May Brown
        4. Mary Beal Oxsheer
          Born: October 24, 1884 in Milam Co., TX (?)
          Died: July 09, 1945 in Ft. Worth, Tarrant Co., TX
          Married (1): to
          Roy A. Tooms
          - Born: 1877
          - Died: 1924 in Tarrant Co., TX (?)
          Married (2): to
          John Hugh Scarborough
        5. John Drennan Oxsheer
          Born: December 4, 1887 in Milam Co., TX
          Died: May 19, 1911 in Indianapolis, IN
          Married: May 19, 1911 in Indianapolis, Indiana to
          Edna Phyllis Webb
          - Parents: Orville L. Webb & Virginia Iona Mendenhall
          1. Dorothy Helen Oxsheer
            Born: April 06, 1912 in Ft. Worth, Tarrant Co., TX
            Died: August 06, 1931
            Married: 1931 to
            Robert Schemerhorn
        6. Richard Coke Oxsheer
          Born: March 19, 1890 in Milam Co., TX (?)
          Died: May 15, 1921
          Burial: Oakwood Cemetery, Ft. Worth, TX
          Married: to
          Lucy Chaney
          - Born: January 3, 1915 in Midland, TX
        7. William Oxsheer
          Born: October 25, 1877 in Milam Co., TX
          Died: November 1877 in Milam Co., TX
        8. Walter Lane Oxsheer
          Born: October 09, 1878 in Milam Co., TX
          Died: Abt. 1881 in Milam Co., TX
      2. Edy Oxsheer
        Married: May 15, 1881 in Milam, TX
        Willis Jordan
      3. William Oxsheer
        Born: Aft. 1849 in Milam Co., TX
        Died: Abt. 1865 in Milam Co., TX
      4. Infant Oxsheer (?)
    9. Jane Tempe Oxsheer
      Born: January 23, 1816
      Married September 14, 1837 in Bledsoe Co., Tennessee
      Preston McClanahan
    10. Carey Oxsheer
      Born: May 21, 1820
      Married: February 20, 1840 in Bledsoe Co., Tennessee
      John Anderson Lee
      - Born: March 17, 1819
      - Died: January 06, 1884
      - Parents: Robert Lee & Elizabeth Swafford
      1. William Lee
        Born: 1842 in Bledsoe Co., Tennessee
      2. Elizabeth Lee
        Born: 1844 in Bledsoe Co., Tennessee
      3. Sarah Lee
        Born: 1846 in Bledsoe Co., Tennessee
      4. John A. Lee
        Born: Abt. 1848 in Rusk Co., TX
      5. Nancy Lee
        Born: 1855 in Rusk Co., TX
      6. James A. Lee
        Born: 1855 in Rusk Co., TX
      7. Burrell Lee
        Born: 1860 in Rusk Co., TX
      8. Cary Lee
        Born: 1862 in Rusk Co., TX
    11. Kitty Ann Oxsheer
      Born: May 29, 1823
      Married: December 02, 1841 in Bledsoe Co., Tennessee
      William Lee
      - Parents: Robert Lee & Elizabeth Swafford
    12. Rebecca Oxsheer
      Born: February 27, 1826 in Tennessee
      Died: August 19, 1878
      Burial: Oxshire Cemetery, Bledsoe Co., TN
      Married: September 05, 1841 in Milo, Bledsoe Co., Tennessee
      John O. Thurman
      - Born: 1818 in Bledsoe Co., Tennessee
      - Died: 1896 in Bledsoe Co., Tennessee
      - Burial: Oxshire Cemetery, Bledsoe Co., TN
      - Parents: William Brinson Thurman
      1. Patrick Thurman
      2. Martha Elizabeth Thurman
        Born: 1846 in Tennessee
        Married:
        Lorenzo Harris
      3. Sarah Margaret Thurman
        Born: March 17, 1848
        Died: November 24, 1915 in Bledsoe Co., Tennessee
      4. Sam Oxshire Thurman
        Born: September 09, 1850 in Tennessee
      5. William Wilson Thurman
        Born: 1853 in Tennessee
        Died: 1922
        Burial: Oxshire Cemetery, Bledsoe Co., TN
      6. John Carrol Thurman
        Born: April 24, 1857 in Bledsoe Co., Tennessee
        Died: July 03, 1945 in Bledsoe Co., Tennessee
      7. Flora Ann Thurman
        Born: 1860 in Tennessee
      8. Adaline Thurman
        Born: 1863
      9. James Franklin Thurman
        Born: 1867
        Died: 1872

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