Kathy, I would like a little more information about your William Scherffius ancestor. I believe the Captain/Mayor Henry Scherffius had a brother named William, and 2 sons named William H.Scherffius Henry and Emily Scherffius' first born was a son whom they named William H. He was born in Oct of 1865, and he died Nov 20 1865. The 2nd William H. was the couple's 4th child. I know a little about him. His wife was Roxie Hinson. If you are related to this William I would like to exchange other information with you.
Henry Scherffius was born near Sandon, Germany, 6 June 1838. He immigrated with his family to the US, settling in Galveston, Texas. He was the 3rd child of John Anton and Anna Barbara Hessert. He died 22 Nov. 1894 in Houston, Texas, USA. He was a blockade runner during the Civil War. He married Emily Branard of Galveston 5 May 1864. They were married in Harris County, probably Houston. They had 9 children. Henry Scherffius became Mayor of Houston in 1890. Emily was born ca. 1847 in Galveston, and died 13 Nov. 1889, in Houston. Both Henry and Emily are buried in Glenwood Cemetery in Houston, Texas. Some of their children are buried with them.
Some of my sources of information are Wave of the Gulf by Jesse Ziegler; books and articles by W. T. Block, Historian; newspaper articles; cemetery records, and the Harris County marriage records. If you would like more detailed information you may contact me at my e-mail address. I look forward to hearing from you.