Most of the Germans who immigrated to SC in Dec 1764 appear to have been Palatines and Evangelist by religion. There were many Evangelist Schildknechts living in the Alsace/Lorraine area in the 16th,17th and 18th centuries, particularly near Dossenhiem sur Zinsel (NW of Strasbourg about 80kms). A recent check of French telephone directories indicates that about 180 Schildknecht families live in France, most within 100km of Strasbourg.Most of Alsace/Lorraine was "German" in the 16th,17th,and 18th centuries. Many Schildknechts also lived in the Baden-Wurtembrg area of Germany in the 18th,19th,20th centuries and at present (less so than in earlier centuries). The Schildknechts living in the north (Germany)in the 16,17,18th centuries seem to have been Catholic, again indicating that the Schildknechts of interest, most likely came from the south of Germany. A recent telephone list check indicates that about 280 Schildknecht families are living in Germany today (mostly in the Nortwest and Southwest). In the North there seem to be concentrated within 100kms of Hamburg. In the the Southwest near Stuttgard and Ulm and along the Rhine. It may have been that the Schildknechts migrated from Lorraine to Baden Wurtemburg in the early 1700s. Males with the name Johann Georg Schildknecht seemed to have lived at Rottenacher am Donau (near Ulm) during the 1700-1764 period. There were also some Schildknecht families living just northeast of Kaiserslautern near Goettheim. I don't think the Schildknechts we are looking for are Swiss (name was mainly found in the Canton of St Gallen), since Cpl George Shellnutt (Schildknecht) consistantly identified himself as "German" by birth in legal documents. I still have not found conclusive evidence exactly where our Schildknecht family orginated, but am getting closer.