First Families of Orangeburgh District, South Carolina

Yaun (Jahn, Jann, Yohn, Yonn, Yon, Yaun, Yawn)

The Niclaus Jahn Family

First Generation

1. Niclaus Jahn was born in about 1710, probably in Switzerland. A Jahn family is listed in the Register of Swiss Surnames (which records the surnames of families holding citizenship in Swiss communities) for the years prior to 1800 in Flums Dorf and in Wartau, Canton of Sankt Gallen, and later in Bern, Zurich, and other cantons.1 He married Christina Susannah ?. Their marriage is not recorded in the Giessendanner Book of Record, but she appears there in records of baptisms.2

A plat was filed by Nicholas Yohn on 14 Dec 1738, for 200 acres in Berkeley County and a town lot for 0.5 acres in Orangeburgh Township. George Haig was surveyor.3 A Memorial for this land was filed on 23 Oct 1758.4

Children of NICHOLAS YAUN and Christina Susannah are [see res. note a]:

2.i.William, born bef. 1755, died after 1800.5

3.ii.Anna Christine Barbara, bapt. 19 Apr 1747,6 burial on plantation of Nicholas Yonn 27 Jun1759.7 [see res. note b]

4.iii.Nicholas, Jr., born ca. 1751, burial on the plantation of Nicholas Yonn 20 Jul 1759.8


a. A daughter Susannah is not recorded in the Giessendanner record but is sometimes suggested as the wife Susannah of Martin Salley; this has not been proven.

b. The Giessendanner record places her age at burial as 15 years, 8 months. This is apparently an error, and should be 12 years, 8 months.

References to this surname are found in OSGSG Newsletters: Vol. 1 pp. 15, 23, 99, 130; Vol. 2 p. 150; Vol. 3, pp. 12, 47; Vol. 4, p. 71; Vol. 5, pp. 62, 102, 145; Vol. 6, pp. 3, 34, 70, 107,121, 125, 157; Vol. 7, pp. 34, 35, 36, 80 91.

Information provided by Marijo Yaun Culwell and Lynn Shuler Teague, 2011

1 Register of Swiss Surnames (Familiennamenbuch der Schweiz). Historical Dictionary of Switzerland. Consulted on-line.> on 9 Aug 2011.

2 Joop Giesendanner, "The Book of Record, Orangeburgh, SC", : bapt Henry Hottow 25.12.1752; bapt Mary Platt 17.11.1755.

3 Nicholas Yohn plat, 14 Dec 1738, Colonial Plat Books (Copy Series), 1731-1775, vol. 4, page 145, Item 2; Surveyor General’s Office Series S 213184; digital image, South Carolina Department of Archives and History ( : accessed 10 Aug 2011.

4 Nicholas Yohn Memorial, Colonial Memorials, Series S111001, Volume 7, Page 191, Item 1; Carolina Department of Archives and Histor,y Columbia.

5 1800 U.S. census, Orangeburgh District, South Carolina, Orange County p. 129, line 22, W. Yaun; NARA microfilm publication M32, roll 49.

6 Joop Giesendanner, "The Book of Record, Orangeburgh, SC", : bapt Anna Christine Barbara Jann 19.04.1747.

7 Joop Giesendanner, "The Book of Record, Orangeburgh, SC", : bur Anna Barbara Yonn 29.06.1759.

8 Joop Giesendanner, "The Book of Record, Orangeburgh, SC", : bapt .