The Descendants Of
Sasser Immigrants to America
Of German origin or ..........NOT of German origin?
Yep, that, dear kinfolk, most assuredly is our question!
Any number of today's descendants of
Henry &Nancy(Kirby)Sasser -OR- Thomas &Clarissa(LNU)Sasser,
who research Henry's or Thomas's ancestry,
are divided into two adamantly-contradictory groups,
ie., those totally convinced that said ancestors
were German-born, and those most certainly
NOT convinced of this conclusion.
there is also one with the opinion that the
Sassers actually originated in
Cousins of all opinions, be good to each other.
Everybody "make nice" with everybody, hear?
Everybody's common goal (EVERY-body's) is a simple one:
.........to LEARN stuff!
Below is input about each theory.
SASSER ENGLISH HERITAGE
per a "Sasser-L" entry
~ submitted by ~
Howell C. Sasser
Henry C. &Minnie(Lansford) Sasser
g-grandson ofgg-grandson of
Littleton &Zilpha(McCroan) Sasser Thomas &Clarissa(LNU) Sasser
There are official British records documenting the existence of
Sassers in Eastern England in the 17th and 18th centuries.
We know at least one headed to the American colonies as a prisoner
(died on the way). Did others go?
North Carolina state archives contain information that proves that
Sassers owned land in North Carolina as early as 1732. Craven County
Deed Abstracts --Deed Book #1, 1707-1775 -- #79 -- 19 Oct. 1737,
Robert Bond bound to John Sasser for £1. #322 -- 5 Jan. 1732/3
John Sasser a witness on a legal document It is interesting to note
that John Sasser was old enough to witness a legal document as of
5 Jan 1732, which would indicate that he was born about 1711.
To have had another person bound to him would have required that
he be in his majority. This means that he most probably
arrived in North Carolina well before 1732.
A William Sasser, Sr., of Somerset County, Maryland,
died February 6, 1729/30 (Maryland State Archive Records). He is
mentioned in the will of his father, dated 1712. William was born
about 1675 in Eastern Shore, Maryland. He had a son,
William Sasser, Jr., born 31 May 1719.
William Sasser, Sr.,
was the son of
of Eastern Shore, Maryland ,
who had come into that colony in 1666 at his own expense. We cannot
prove it but we begin to suspect that he may have been the son of
one William Saucer of Little Creek, Norfolk, Virginia,
who is listed in Nugent's book as being there in 1643.
He was undoubtedly English.
The Sasser connection with the American Colonies is strong and well
established long before the German immigration began.
It is quite a coincedence that we find William, Thomas, John and
Benjamin Sassers in early 18th century Maryand and then again the
same given names in early-to-mid 18th century North Carolina history.
There are two wonderful little volumes listing thousands of early-to-mid
18th century settlers moving from Maryland to North Carolina. These two
volumes have made a start in documenting the now-known-to-be large-scale
movement of people from Maryland into the Carolinas, but the work is
vast and still not complete. Is it possible that Sassers from Maryland
moved to North Carolina, where the same given names appear?
This needs more research.
~ by ~
John E. Sasser, Ph.D.
Robert E. &Maude M.(Estep) Sasser, Sr.
grandson ofggg-grandson of
Taylor F. &Rose(Brock) Sasser Henry &Nancy(Kirby) Sasser
This is your family ancestry. May you always take pride
in your "roots" and your German-American heritage.
Sasser means in German: "He who sits."
When the word SASSER is used in a German sentence, for example:
"Sass er neben der Tur?" It means, "Did he sit near the door?"
The 1980 census records available disclose the fact there are
approximately 1525 heads of households in the United States
with the old and distinguished SASSER name. There are
approximately 3.2 persons per household in America today
which yields an approximate total of 4880 people in the
United States carrying the SASSER name.
Although the figures seems relatively low, it does not signify
the many important contributions that individuals bearing
the SASSER name have made to history.
French troops invaded that part of Germany (Palatinate) where
Heimersheim is located, in 1735. In 1792, the Palatinate was
finally annexed by France, and in 1795, the entire area on the
left bank of the Rhine (spelled Rhein in German), with its 152
small and tiny principalities, duchies, counties and baronies,
was incorporated in the First Republic of France by the Treaty
of Basel. This part of Germany remained part of the Republic of
France until the Battle of Leipzig, where Napaoleon's army was
defeated. The allied troops, under Field Marshall von Blucher,
crossed the Rhine at Kaub, New Year's Eve, 1814, and liberated
this area. In the following year, the territories on the left
bank of the Rhine were partitioned by the Congress of Vienna,
making the area where Heimersheim is located a part of Prussia.
Due to the burden of heavy taxes imposed on the people by the
absolutist government under extravagant Karl-Theodor of
Pfalz-Sulzbach, Prince Elector of the Palatinate, the new
regime was not popular with the natives. To escape the French
occupation, the heavy taxes, and later, conscription in the
French army, many young men fled across the Rhine to settle in
other German states, or emigrated to other countries in Europe
(e.g., the Netherlands and England) and America.
Many fled even before the French occupation
because of fear and harassment of the French.
Certainly the SASSER's had arrived before 1737 in North Carolina,
because in 1737, John Sasser, along with his partner, Robert Bond,
received a grant of land in Craven County. In 1745 Thomas Sasser
moved from Craven County to Johnston County and was granted land
there, and in 1755, John Sasser received a land grant from
King George II for 90 acres in Johnston County, located on
Little River near Pearson's Bridge.
["History of Wayne Co.," NC, p. 42]
John Sasser died in 1782. He had a son named JOSIAH SASSER
(the first SASSER I can find evidence of to be born in what is
now the United States), born in 1736, in North Carolina, who
served in the Revolutionary Army. Josiah married Elizabeth Bryan
(later Blackman). John left his land to his son, Josiah, by 1779.
The first court was held in Wayne County, after its formation,
at Josiah Sasser's plantation home in 1780.
Josiah left his plantation home to his elder son, John,
and deeded 348 acres to his other son, William Sasser,
born in 1759, in North Carolina,
land that was granted on April 27, 1767.
[Abstracts of Wayne Co. Deeds - pages 68-69, Aug. 11, 1784]
William died in 1815 in Smithfield, NC, probably without children.
[Abstracts of Vital Records From Raleigh, N.C. Newspapers
1799-1819 by Lois Smathers Neal, 1979, p. 40. Microfilm of the
original newspapers are available in the State Archives].
The elder son, John, had a son named Stephen, born in 1780,
near New Bern, NC, who married Sarah "Francis" Hart, born 1790,
at Richland, SC. Stephen and Francis went to Lincoln County, MS,
where Francis died in 1840 and Stephen died in 1861.
They are both buried at Sasser Moak Cemetery.
A William Sasser
(but NOT William Sasser, son of John above)
married Martha Bishop shortly thereafter, and on March 29, 1778,
in Johnston Co., NC, Martha gave birth to a son and named him
I do not know the name of this WILLIAM SASSER’S father or mother,
nor his birthdate or date of death.
On February 26, 1812, at Smithfield, Johnston Co., NC,
Henry and Nancy "Nannie" Kirby obtained their marriage bond.
They were wed on March 12, 1812.
Nancy Kirby was born June 25, 1792, and died in 1837.
Her father was James Kirby, of Johnston Co., NC.
FROM NORTH CAROLINA TO KENTUCKY:
In about 1827,
Henry &Nancy(Kirby) Sasser
came to the head of Blackwater Creek,
in Laurel County, Kentucky.
SASSER FRENCH HERITAGE
~ by ~
Norman "Duane" Sasser
son of Foy &Edna(Sturm) Sasser
grandson ofg-grandson of
Abe &Margaret(Hammack) Sasser Henry &Nancy(Kirby) Sasser
but I also believe that if the ancestery was traced back another 200 years,
it would be in Alsace-Lorraine France.
During that period of time, no matter if Catholic or Heuganot, there was
terrible turmoil in that area. Both sects of Christianity fled to stay
alive. The quickest way was accross the border to Germany, where there
was, basically, freedom of religion. I have no proof of this thought but
it not only seems possible but also probable. From there,
they migrated to various places and ways.
There were Sassers, Sawsers Sassciers, and other ways of spelling it,
in Maryland by the mid-1600s.
I think that there are three lines of Sassers, some spelled a bit
differant, in this country today. They came via three different countries
but all originated in the same place. This just compounds any, and all,
search effort anyone tries. I listen to all ideas and then try to find
someplace that they might tie together.
I beleive the John, Josiah, and William [sic] in the above-shown chart
were related to "our" William, but came by way of England,
as for how long ago, who knows as of yet. Josiah's will, taken from
the archives of North Carolina, is where research gets hairy, ie.,
with all the Johns, Williams, Henrys, Thomas and such.
In a small area to boot, as well as a small time span.
is copied from a webpage, entitled
- an Enclave of Ethnic Germans in France -
Diana Gale Matthiesen
of "Diana's Genealogy" website.
|Year(s)||Event||region of Alsace-Lorraine|
|1618-1648||Thirty Years' War||end of rule by Holy Roman Empire|
|1648-1871||.||ruled by France|
|1871||Treaty of Frankfurt||ceded to Germany|
|1871-1918||.||ruled by German Empire|
|1919||Treaty of Versailles||restored to France|
|1919-1940||.||ruled by France|
|1940-1944||.||ruled by Third Reich|
|1945-present||.||ruled by France|
"I prepared this note because so many hobby genealogists mistakenly
place Alsace-Lorraine in Germany apparently because their ancestors
from that region were ethnic Germans. But given the complex history
of the region — and for the purposes of genealogy — it would probably
be best to simply consider it a "country" in and of itself,
without placing it in either Germany or France. If a formal country
must be used, then its current location dictates that it be placed in
France, not Germany, because that is where it is, today — and where it
was during the early period of emigration from that region to America."
Her webpage contains MUCH MORE INFORMATION than the chart.
To go there,
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The ancestral line
leading to this William
has not yet been determined:
m: Martha Bishop
b: 29 Mar 1779 Johnston Co, NC
d: 11 Jan 1859 Laurel Co, KY
buried: Dixon Sasser Cemetery, Laurel Co, KY
m: Nancy "Nannie" Kirby,
on 12 Mar 1812, in Smithfield, Johnston Co, NC
daughter of James &Patience(Watkins) Kirby
paternal grandparents: Jesse &Penelepah(Parker) Kirby
maternal grandparents: James &Ann(LNU) Watkins
b: 25 Jun 1792 Johnston Co, NC
d: 1837 NC (during a KY-to-NC visitation trip)
leading to this Thomas
has not yet been determined:
m: ??? ???
b: 1760 NC
m: Clarissa "Clarissy" LNU
b: Bet 1765-1770 GA
d: Aft 1860
of the overall
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John &Sarah(LNU) Sasser, Sr.
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Thomas &Clarissa(LNU) Sasser
The Cobb Surname DNA Project is well
underway and great progress is being made
If there are those of the Cobb surname
who wish to explore participating
in the Cobb DNA Project,
contact, as soon as possible, your
Robert C. Stricklin
To visit the "Cobb DNA Project" webpage,
Four lines with Sasser ancestry in
North Carolina who were not known to be related
have been proven to share a common ancestor.
We are seeking participants with Sasser ancestry
in Maryland, Germany, or England.
If you might be interested in participating,
contact, as soon as possible, your
Peter J. Roberts
To visit the "Sasser DNA Project" webpage.
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