There is no solid proof that William and Jacob KEARSE (in oldest records Kierse) were the same family as the Kersh (in southwest Germany "KERSCH" OR "CHERRY" in English). However, the name does exist inNorth America as Kierse, Kearse, and Kiers from the mid 1600,s in New Amsterdam. The name is Dutch, and as many Dutch settlers settled in old Orangeburgh district of S.C. in fairly large numbers from New Amsterdam, they were probably from this area.Hendyk Kierse was one of New Amsterdam's earliest settlers whose father was asked by Gov. Stuyvesant to leave New Sweden in Delaware to oversee Haarlem area of N.A. The names WILLIAM (WILLEM) and JACOB are very common names in Holland. Their family came originally from Drenthe, Netherlands. Mary Spencer Kearse's name seems to have come from Mary Spencer Who attended the Dutch Reformed Church with The KIERSE family and either married into it or kept close company with them.The same Kierse or Kearse name appears inIreland after 1600, when Dutch soldiers were ordered to Ireland by William of Orange.Interestingly enough, Orangeburg was named after William of Orange. I hope this information will put our two families back on track for some good, solid, historical research.