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* The Sering Family Home Page*

Updated September 6, 2000


Welcome to The Sering Family Home Page. The family's origins are thought to be French, probably in the area of present day Belgium near the city of Liege. From "Sare, Seryoen, Syron, Searing; Their Wills, Deeds And Ways" by Carolyn Syron Valentine, Washington, D.C. - 1925: "De Readt names first, Sare, to whom an old, old coat-of-arms is credited. Under Saren, he says 'see Sare' . . . of which Saren is probably the plural form." "De Course Celles, a French Heraldric writer, starts in 1060 with a Suran, who stands alone until nearly 500 years have passed, when in 1509, he introduces Jean Sarron." "Theodricus Seraing . . . is called Dominus, or Lord of Seraing, and he had the right to bear a shield with six fleur-de-lis. He supported his overlord in battle with eight knights and twenty-two squires in the dim year 1378." "Thierry, Seigneur of Sereyn or Syreyn, described as 'One of the Chiefs of the Brabanconne Army', was taken prisoner, with many of his compatriots, at Basweiler. In 1374, he was rated as of '9400 Mouton.' Thire, Sire of Seran, is the same as Thierry, while Jean Van Sereyne, under another Lord, is probably the same person as Here (Herr) Van Sereyn, of the azure shield. We read of him as Seraing, issue of Porsasant of Haneffe, who carried the arms of Haneffe, that is, an azure shield with silver fleur-de-lis."
"Jean Van Seyreyn, prisoner of war, was rated at 250 Moutons, also in 1374." "In 1440 it is Jean De Seraing who is listed as a squire and also as Bishop of Liege. Quentin . . . seems to hint that the Family had been static for a time in St. Quentin some scores of miles farther west. Quentin's arms: three stars and a griffin. He held the Abbaye of St. Bar. Seraing of the Province of Liege, carried the same arms, it is stated, as Libiellon, one of the Serons. To one of the Liege groups belonged arms showing a crimson field sown with fleur-de-lis, with a crimson, green and gold combination added." "Seraingchamp (meaning simply the Field of Seraing), also of Liege bore on a silver field a band of crimson charged with three fleur-de-nephir, with four golden jumelles. The casque was crowned. There was a sable fiqure, together with three ostrich plumes, one of crimson, between two of silver, an elaborate and beautiful ducal bearing, which seems to indicate nearness to the throne. An old, old coat-of-arms is credited by De Raadt (De Readt?) to that Ghislain Van Der Sare - sable with a horizontal band of silver and a five-pointed charge." "Gauthier De Seron, Alderman and Censeur (tax receiver) was a Magistrate at Hollogne Sur Geer. 1546-1549 Herr Gauthier was also Censeur for the Church of St. John the Evangelist, at Liege, near this period."
From Patia Havens L'Hommedieu's work "The Searings of Connecticut Farms, New Jersey": "In 1557, one Michael or Mighiel Sereo, it is said in the census, `hath been of continewance in London ten years.' That is he arrived in 1547. He is there named as a Frenchman, a sailmaker, a denison. His wife `Francis' - perhaps Francise - and daughters Ellen and Debora are given, `with four servants,' who may have been apprentices, at least the men. They were Gillam Powell, Edward Mathews, and Henry Townsend, with Anne Smyth. The family went to the French Church in London and lived at St. Brydge, in the suburbs of London."
From "Sare, Seryoen, Syron, Searing; Their Wills, Deeds And Ways" by Carolyn Syron Valentine, Washington, D.C. - 1925: "The Michael Sero linking record, so long sought, is very clear in statement. Although dates are not so full as we could wish, it carries the certainty of a Jersey Isle connection for this group, and explains why Michael did not get his naturalization papers early. It also shows him born in 1702 (1502?), which means that there were at least two Michael Seros, or Sarres." "This record reads: 'Michael Tharon, aged 42 years, being a good carver. In doubt whether born in Jersey or France. Wherefore desires to be made a free denizen. In Engl

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John Samuel Sering
P.O. Box 36162
Hoover, AL 35236
United States
205 424-2258
olsarge@mail.bhm.bellsouth.net

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