In the past I have been in contact with quite a few of the extended family.I recently discovered that I could get the 12 allele marker test at SMGF.org and from there have been able to expand on the data I had which does show Jeremias in Aue Westphalia ... Howwever I also discovered that Aue was a common term/name.
I researched the maps based both on the genealogy and the DNA results from my testwith the DNA cross-referenced to haplotypes -- my markers are Sorbian and thus from Saxony ... There is an AUE there too, but we have his wife, Anna Fischer, from Wingeshausen -- which is to the North of that Aue; and Anna Schmidt from Birkefeh to the south ... all are part of Bad Berleburg.
I haven't found anyone who could identify parents for Jeremias -- or even a baptismal record. Also, there is the fact that Jeremias was born during the Thirty Years Warand Saxony was a primary battleground.On top of that I have the name:Seems Sorbian and Yiddish are related tongues -- so I checked Yiddish rather than german for the name meaning, and used the name which was in the manifest for the Ship Polly ... and this is what I got: 1764, Ship Polly: Joh Jost Schreckenangst ~ shrekn+angst shrekn =frighten, alarm, scare angst = cold sweat It strikes me that is consistent with a family in the heart of conflict during the 30 years war.The gost/gest/ghost endings seem to be american variations, or more recent germanic variations
I don't klnow where this leads, but I do know I could use confirming DNA markers from anyone in the surname line.So if you could pass this along and have them go to SMGF.org for the free 12 allele test which will then be added to the online SMGF database where I can see if there is a perfect match, or determine when the branching occurred.