The Soterius von Sachsenheim Coat of Arms
In 1791, Emperor Leopold II bestowed the family crest upon Saxon Government’s Councillor Johann Michael Soterius. Due to his services rendered to the Transylvanian State Administration and as an ambassador of the interests of the Saxon nation, the title of nobility “von Sachsenheim" was conferred upon him and his descendants.
Shield: Shield divided: From the pitch line upwards the shield shows an armor-clad man in silver. His right hand is holding a sword with a golden handle and fittings, his left a red, oval shield decorated with two downward pointing crossed swords. The lower part of the shield in red shows three green triangular shaped leaves of a linden tree with their stems joined together in the centre.
Crest: The man
Mantling: Blue-silver – red-gold
On 28 May 1791, the Patent of Nobility and Coat of Arms conferred the title “von Sachsenheim” upon Johann Michael Soterius, who died in 1794 as a Royal Transylvanian Government’s Councillor. The Soterius family was originally called Schochter or Schochtert. They were an old Transylvanian-Saxon family originating from the village Stein, situated in the former Saxon Repser Stuhl.
Source: “Der Adel von Siebenbürgen, Siebmacher großes Wappenbuch“, volume 34, published in 1898, reprint from 1984, page 219, illustration 155