Mott - Sparr [Spahr] Genealogy


We are researching the Mott family of Southwestern Michigan, New York, and England, and the Sparr [Spahr] family of Northern Indiana, Pennsylvania, and Germany.


Unidentified members of the Hembling-Paulus family


Don't Tread on Me, 1775
Revolutionary War





Major William Mott of Dutchess County New York is the earliest ancestor known in this Mott family line. His ancestors have not been found, but it appears that he is not descended from the Adam Mott born in 1621 who emigrated from England to Long Island.


The MOTT family Surname List:
Revised July 24, 2001


Betsy Ross, 1777
13 Stars and 13 Stripes



Star Spangled Banner, 1795
15 Stars and 15 Stripes



Unidentified - possibly Fanny Zerbe


USA Flag, 1863
35 Stars and 13 Stripes





Johann Baptist Spahr (who became known as John B. Sparr) emigrated with his family from Biengen, Baden, Germany on the ship "Andes" in 1834. Johann, his wife, Barbara (Mutterer), and their three surviving children, Barbara, Franz Josef, and Leonard Edward, left from the port of Havre, France and arrived in New York on 19 July 1834. From there they went to join relatives in Erie County, Pennsylvania. Their last child, Ferdinand, was born in Erie County in 1835. By 1840 Johann and his family had moved on to St. Joseph County, Michigan. Before 1850 the family left Michigan and settled in St. Joseph County, Indiana. In 1856 they relocated to Elkhart County, Indiana.
Johann and Barbara are found in records as both Spahr and Sparr. Franz Josef became known as Francis J. Sparr and his descendants continued that spelling. Ferdinand, and most of his descendants, retained the Spahr spelling. Leonard Edward has not yet been found after 1840.


The SPARR [SPAHR] family Surname List:
Revised August 29, 2008


USA Flag, 1912
48 Stars and 13 Stripes


Look at our ancestors in the
Mott - Sparr Family Photo Gallery


USA Flag, 1960
50 Stars and 13 Stripes


Animated graphics by Animation Factory
Photographs from the Paulus Family Album


Mott's Home On The Web
K. Mott
October 17, 1997
(Revised September 22, 2008)