My name is Tracy Griffin and I am the great-great-great-great-great grandson of Jacob Secrest and Barbara Sims, coming from the Andrew Secrest line.My great grandparents were Thomas Winchester Secrest and Amanda Blythe of Waxhaw, North Carolina.I have a family tree that TW Secrest made in 1933 tracing the Secrests back to Switzerland. I will gladly make copies of this family tree available to any of the Secrest descendents.
So far I have discovered that Jacob Secrest was most probably from the Swiss Canton of Aargau and the village of Meisterschwanden. His wife Barbara Sims, was from Cowes, England, a city on an island off the coast of southern England called the Isle of Wight.
I have discovered that variations of the Secrest name (Siegrist, Sigrist, etc.) are still to be found in northern Switzerland, Southwestern Germany, and Eastern France. All of these areas are close to the Rhine river.
I live in Greenville, South Carolina and will gladly share all my information with any who are interested. Please contact me.