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Here are references found to Shirers in tax records from various states and counties.

Early Tax Records

Here are references found to Shirers in tax records from various states and counties.

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Tax Lists for Berks County, Pennsylvania 1752

The Tax record was just a list of names in 1752. Listed for Reading Twp. was Henry Shier.

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Tax Lists for Berks County, Pennsylvania 1754-1768

The Tax Indices for the years 1754 through 1768 were compiled from the original Tax records in the Historical Society of Berks County, Reading Pennsylvania.

Names are listed as they appear in the records, followed by the taxpayers status, the Township, and the year in which the taxes were paid.

After the initial entry, changes in spelling or status are listed only as they occur. Where there is no change indicated, the last previous entry applies.

No Status is shown for women unless the records so specify. Status of male Taxpayers are indicated as follows.

(M) Married (F) Freeman
(S) Single (LA) Laborer
(T) Tradesman (L) For lands Located
(I) Inmate


Townships are indicated as follows:

AL Albany HI Heidelberg
AS Alsace HE Hereford
AM Amity



LO Longswamp
BE Bern

BM Blue Mountain or
Sweetaro
MA Maidencreek
BT Bethel MX Maxatawny
BR Brecknook



OL Oley
CA Caernaryon OM Over the Mountains
CO Colebrookdale

CU Cumru RB Robeson


RE Reading
DI District RC Rockland
DM District adjoining
Maxatawny
RI Richmond
DO Douglas RU Ruscombmanor




EA Earl TU Tulpehocken
ED Eastern District

EX Exeter UN Union




GR Greenwich WI Windsor


WD Western District

NAME STATUS TWP YEAR
SHERRER, Adam (M) RE 1760
SHEIR

1762
SHEYER

1763


1764


1765
SHEIER
EX 1766
SCHEURER
100, 2, 2, 0, 4

EX 1766
SHEIER


1768

SHIER, Henry (M) RE 1754
SHEIRA WI 1754
SHEIRER WI 1760



1762
SHIRER

1763
SCHEIER

1764
SHEIER

1766
SHIRRER MX 1762
SHERER 1762



1763
SCHERER

1764
SCHERRER

1765
SHERRER

1766
SHERRER
150, 2, 4, 6, 9


1767

SHEIRER, John (M) RC 1760

SHERER, Jacob (M) RI 1760

SHEURER, Nicholas (M) RC 1764
SCHERER, John Nicholas

1768

SHERER, Nicholas (S) RE 1766

SHRYER, George (M) RE 1763
SHERRER EX 1768

SHERRER, Peter (M) MX 1760
SHERER


1762



1763
SCHERER


1764
SCHERRER


1765
SHERRER


1766
SHERER
150, 4, 5, 8, 17


1767



1768

SHEUIRER (M) RE 1762

SHEURER, Baltzer (M) RC 1764

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Tax Lists for Berks County, Pennsylvania 1770-1789

The Tax Indices for the years 1770 through 1789 were compiled from the original Tax records in the Historical Society of Berks County, Reading Pennsylvania.

Names are listed as they appear in the records, followed by the taxpayers status, the Township, and the year in which the taxes were paid.

After the initial entry, changes in spelling or status are listed only as they occur. Where there is no change indicated, the last previous entry applies.

(S) Single (LT) Lot
(T) Tenant (W) Woman
(L) Laborer (LL) Located Land
(I) Inmate (FO) Gorge Worker
(NR) Non-resident (FP) Furnace Worker
(SO) Soujourner (TL) Tradesman or Laborer
(WI) Widow


Comment: Many tax collectors did not record the status of the individual taxpayers, therefore the "M" (Married) becomes a catch-all for all married persons and other persons whose status the tax collector failed to record. However, it is safe to assume that the majority of the taxpayers listed under "M" were married persons. ed: From my own observation a soujourner is someone who is in the process of moving from one area to another. An inmate is not necessarily a criminal but also an inmate of an asylum, an infirmary, an orphanage, an old folks home, etc.


Townships are indicated as follows:

AB Albany LS Longswamp
AL Alsace

AM Amity MC Maidencreek


MX Maxatawny
BE Bern MI Middletown
BT Bethel

BK Brecknook OL Oley
BR Brunswick



PG PineGrove
CA Caernarvon

CO Colebrookdale RB Robeson
CU Cumru RE Reading


RK Rockland
DO Douglas RI Richmond


RU Ruscombmanor
EA Earl

ED Eastern District TU Tulpehocken
EX Exeter



UN Union
GR Greenwich



WI Windsor
HE Heidelberg WD Western District

NAME STATUS TWP YEAR
Sheirer, Adam (M) RE 1770


1771
Scheirer (T) CU 1772
Sheirar (M)
1773
Shiror
RE 1779
Shyror
RE 1780
Shyrer
RE 1781
Sheurer
RE 1782
Sheirer
RE 1783
Shreirer
RE 1785
Sheirer
RE 1786

Sheirer, Carl (S) LS 1772


MX 1788

Shyrer, Charles (M) LS 1781
Sheurer

1782
Sheirer

1783


MX 1787


RK 1788



1789

Shyrer, Conrad (M) OL 1781

Shierer, George (S) RK 1779
Shirer

1780
Shyrer (M) RU 1781
Sheurer

1782



1783
Shyrer

1785
Sheirer

1786



1787

Scheirer, Henry (M) WI 1770



1771
Schierer

1772
Scheiery Sr.

1774
Scheiery Jr.

1774
Sheirer

1775
Sherer

1778
Shyer

1779



1780
Sheurer

1782
Sheirer

1783

Sheurer, Jacob (M) RK 1782
Sheirer 1783

1787

1788

1789

Scheirer, John (M) RK 1772
Scheur

1775
Scheirer

1778
Shyrer

1779



1780



1781
Shyrer Jr.

1781
Scheurer

1782
Scheurer Jr.

1782
Scheirer

1783

(S) WI 1783
Sheier (M) MC 1785
Sheirer
RK 1785
Sheier
MC 1786
Sheiver
RK 1786
Sheirer
MC 1787


RK 1787



1788



1789

Sheiver, Valentine (M) RK 1786
Sheirer

1787



1788

(SO) RU 1789

Scherer, Christian (S) MX 1771

(T) RE 1778

Sherrer, Christopher (M) RE 1779



1780



1781
Sharrer (LT) AL 1782

(M) RE 1782
Sherrer (NR) AL 1783
Sherer (M) RE 1783
Sharrer

1785
Shearer

1786
Shehrer

1787
Sherer

1788
Sherrer

1789

Sherer, George (M) AM 1786

Scherer, Henry (M) MX 1770



1771



1772



1773
Sherer

1774
Scherer

1775
Sherer

1778



1779
Sherrer

1780



1781


WI 1781
Sherer
MX 1782

Sherer, Jacob (M) DO 1781

Sherrer, John (M) RK 1778

Sherer, Michael (S) MX 1770
Scherer

1771



1772



1773



1774



1775
Sheirer

1778
Sherrer

1779



1780
Sherer (M)
1782



1783
Sharer
GR 1785
Sherer

1786
Shehrer

1787
Sherrer

1788



1789

Scherer, Nicholas (M) RE 1770



1771



1772
Sherrer

1773
Scherer

1774



1775
Sherer

1776
Sherrer

1777



1780



1781
Sharrer

1782
Sherer

1783
Sharer

1785
Shearer

1786
Sherer
CU 1787
Sharer
RE 1787
Sherer
CU 1788


RE 1788


CU 1789


RE 1789

Scherer, Peter (M) MX 1770



1771
Schearer

1772
Scherer

1773
Sherer

1774
Scherer

1775
Sherer

1778



1779
Sherrer
RI 1779


MX 1780


RI 1780


MX 1781


RI 1781

Sherer, Philip (M) RK 1785

Sherr, George (M) RD 1773

Sherr, John (M) BR 1780
Grist Mill
O Mill



1781

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Selected records from the Census for Berks County, Pennsylvania 1790

CENSUS YEAR: 1790 STATE: PA COUNTY: Berks ENUMERATOR: Mark Lotz



PG#



LN#


Head of Household
Last Name



First Name
Free
Males
16
up
White

to
16



Females
DISTRICT: Maidencreek
42 10 Sheyrg John 1 2 3
DISTRICT: East District
51 6 Sheyrer Ludwig 1 . 3
51 24 Shyrer Nichs. 1 . 1
DISTRICT: Ruscomb
56 6 Sheyry John 2 . 1
DISTRICT: Rockland
122 20 Sheyrer Chas. 2 2 3
124 23 Sheirey Jacob 1 2 4
124 24 Sheirey Phil 2 3 2
DISTRICT: Greenwich
157 1 Sherer Michl. 1 3 2

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Misc. Census / Tax Lists for Somerset County, Pennsylvania 1800-1807

Year Township County Name Males under 10 Males 10-16 Males 26-45 Males over 45 Females under 10 Females 10-16 Females 26-45 Females over 45
1800 Londonderry Somerset Sheirer, Valentine 2 2 1 0 3 0 1 0


Year Township County Name Occupation Land Cleared Horses Cattle House Value Tax
1801 Southampton Somerset Shirer, Valentine
160 20
4 1 $83.00 $.33
1802 Southampton Somerset Sheyer, Valentine
100 20 1 1
$80.00 $.24
1803 Southampton Somerset Shryer, Valentine
100 20 1 1
$80.00 $.24
1805 Southampton Somerset Shirer, Valentine weaver 100 30 1 3
$200.00 $.80
1806 Southampton Somerset Shyrick, Vallentin weaver 100 30 1 3
$200.00 $1.00
1807 Southampton Somerset Shench, Vallentin weaver 100 30 1 3
$200.00
1807 Southampton Somerset Shoemaker, Peter
(for Valentine Shirer)

100 30 1 1
$168.00 $.84

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Tax Assessments for Somerset Co., PA. 1795-1817, Microfilm Roll # 557977

Thanks to Bob Bolden for extracting this information from the Microfilm which was found at the Meyersdale Public Library.

Year Township Name Land, Occupation, Property
1798 Elk Lick Peter Shearer Weaver, 1 cow
1798 Brothers Valley John Shier 1 cow
1799 Elk Lick Peter Shirey Weaver
1800 Elk Lick Peter Shirey Weaver
1801 Elk Lick Peter Shirey Weaver 3 horses, 1 cow, 4 lots
1801 Southampton Valentine Shirer 160 acres, 20 cleared 4 cows
1802 Elk Lick Peter Shirey 36 acres
1803 Elk Lick Peter Shirey 36 acres
1803 Southampton Valentine Shryer 100 acres, 20 cleared
1803 Southampton Philip Shryer 171 acres, 43 cleared
1805 Elk Lick Peter Shirer 28 acres, 5 cleared, Merchant
1805 Southampton Valentine Shirer 100 acres, 30 cleared, Weaver
1805 Southampton Philip Shreirer 160 acres, 40 cleared
1805 Southampton Adam Shyry 50 acres, 5 cleared
1805 Turkeyfoot Adam Sharer Single Free Man
1806 Elk Lick Peter Shirer 28 acres, 5 clear, Store
1806 Southampton Adam Shyrey 50 acres, 5 clear
1806 Southampton Valentine Sherck 100 acres, 30 clear, Weaver
1806 Brothers Valley John Shire 100 acres, 3 clear
1807 Elk Lick Peter Shirer Merchant
1807 Southampton Adam Shyry 50 acres, 5 clear
1807 Southampton Valentin Sherck 100 acres, 30 cleared, Weaver
1807 Southampton Peter Shoemaker
for Valentin Shirer
100 acres, 30 cleared
1807 Southampton Michael Sheurr 150 acres, 35 cleared
1808 Elk Lick Peter Shirer Merchant
1808 Southampton Adam Shyrer
1808 Brothers Valley John Shire


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