Re: Masear/Maser Switerland/IA
You are correct about the changing of names.
Maser was changed to Masear and Masur and Mascer that I am aware of.
What I know is primarly from the book by Sue Anderson, my husbands cousin. "The Masear Mystery including Condil, Corey, Legner, and Libby".
Maeser in Vorarlberg, Dornbirn, Austria as early as 1726.
Maeser in Hessen-Nassau, Graevenwiesbach, Prussia
Maser in West preussen, Rehiden, Prussia
Maser in Posen, Bromberg, Stadt, Prussia
Mahser in Ostpreussen, Braunsberg, Prussa
Masars in Brandenburg, Berlen Stratt, Bartholoreus, Prussia
Frequent wars in Europe changed boundaries of countries.
Census has our Maser/Masear family from Austria but family folklore has us from Alcelce-Loraine (no longer a country but was between France and Germany)spelling does not look correct..I will look it up.
Sue contacted Willie Maser in Zurich, Switzerland and he stated his family was from Tyrol, Austia and many of the Maser families lived there. Non of this has been verified to connected with our family.
Earliest arrival in this country was Johann Jacob Maser arriving in Carolina in 1735. Then came Mathus Maser and
Johann Jacob Maser arriving in PA in 1732.
1836 Jacob Maser arried Philadelphia, PA
1843 John Maser age 24 arried in Galveston TX
1850 Gottfried Masur arried in Galveston, TX
1852 Georg Ludwig Maser arrived in Galveston, TX born 1824 Plieningen-Stuttgart, Germany son of Christian and Caroline Herr Maser and they had 16 children. 3 came to America-Georg, Johann Michael and Wilhelm.
1853 Johann Michael Maser arrive Galveston, TX
1858 Charles Frederick Maser arried in Philadelphia, PA
1850 census found:
Marcus Maser age 38 and his mother Mary age 60 in Robinson twp., Posey, IN on same stret as Jacob Maser age 68 and his wife Clara age 64. All state born in Germany.
A Henry Maser living in Mt. Carme, Wabash, IL did on 9 May 1862 living 6 children.Susan Maser Reinhard, Louisa Maser Reinhard, Michael Maser, Fredrick Maser, Caroline Maser and Joseph Maser. This Joseph Maser was born in Mt. Carmel, IL in 1846 and entered the Civil War Co. E. 7th IL Calvary. Died in combat at Memphis, TN in 1864.
Our Ancestor:John Maser and his wife Mary Kluckner Maser came to America in 1852/53 and died in 1855 of cholera within 24 hours of each other during an epidemic in Lockport IL. They left three children, Martin age 5, Mary age 4 and Joseph age 2. John had a brother Joseph born in 1828. Unle Joseph took to raise Martin.John and Elizathe Amen raised Joseph. Another neighbor raid Mary.
Sometime after 1880 the children found each other and decided to spell their name MASEAR so that only family with that spellin We are unique.This is our line.
I have lots more if you are connected.
I hope this helps with our quest.Best of Luck. Maser with its unique spellings and census spelling of pronounciation and the accents from Germany/Switzerland/Austria gave on to new unique spellings too.