My Grandfather was Randolph J. Shier, his father was a Joseph Shier, and his uncle was a Frank Shier.Both Joseph and Frank came from Gemany.I was told by my mother that Joseph and Frank came from Germany and that their mother or grandmother was kicked out of Austria where she was royalty. Does anyone know of this information.I was also told by my mother and uncle that the name shier was changed in spelling when they came to the US. My Grandfather Randolph Shier died in Owosso Michigan. He was born in 1908. I believe his father also died in Michigan.I'm not sure.