I'll try to provide some common information here to both of you:
Beth, you are correct, my Paal lineage is Transylvania-Saxon. From family accounts, my great-grandfather Johann (John) Ludwig Paal, Sr. was from Mediasch. However, the Ellis Island records say Peschendorf (not far away at all to the east, I believe) which is the same as Besse in Hungarian. Johann came over in 1901-1902 making what amounts to be 3 seperate trips. He had a sister named Susanna Paal that married a Gustav Fultz. Johann eventually journeyed to Cleveland, Ohio which had a large contingency of T-S emmigrants at the time. Johann, Sr. married Louise Elges and they had two children together; Louise S. Paal in 1902, and John Ludwig Paal, Jr. in 1903. There is eveidence that Johann, Sr. also lived in Erie, PA and Waterloo, Iowa as well.
John, Jr was my grandfather and spent his entire life in Cleveland, Ohio. He married Charlotte Richter, whose parents were from Biertan, Transylvania; they are Frederick Wilhelm Richter and Charlotte Barth.
John, Jr. and his father John, Sr. were both carpenters by profession. My father was Robert John Paal, who passed in 1995.
I'm trying to corraborate with any Paal's out there who want to trade information on this surname. It is uncommon to be sure. There were about 27 Paal's listed in the USA as of about 2-3 yrs ago. Not many. We all have to share some common ground over in Transylvania/Hungary one would think.
I've looked into all the Transylvanian web sites and have uncovered a load of backround information. My grandparents belonged to the ATS in Cleveland, Ohio for years. They met at the Saxonheim in Cleveland and were married in 1927.
If anyone has Paal information, please join in the dialogue, and email me direct as well.
Regards, David Paal Greenfield, IN. USA firstname.lastname@example.org