Hello Mike, As far as I can tell you is that the SHOEN FAMILY NAME in the United States dates back to one SAMUEL SHOEN b.March 11, 1809 to WILLIAM and SALLY SHOEN. I can trace the family line all the way back to that point from present day.(With the help of my Great Aunt HARRIET HETTA SHOEN) She was a teacher, and Historian in her day. She traveled the world searching for our Ancestors back in the 1920's. In some of her notes she said "I can recall spending many a shilling in my travels trying to locate the Shoen name in Europe." However her belief was that it was mixed Irish, Scotch, and Dutch, "most probably Dutch" But the spelling was as we know it today, and had not been changed when the family came to America. If you have any luck in your travels let me know too. If you would like to contact me directly my address is SWard49326@aol.com I'd be happy to share what I have with you too.