I am posting here because the spelling seems to vary on Barthel. My husbands GGF family name is Baerthel born in France (1863) and married Caroline Jeanneret believed born in Switzerland (1861). They moved to St. Louis, MO., USA. Their son, Charles V. Barthels changed the spelling and no one else in the family did and no one alive now knows why.
Cannot find any info on other siblings, only Charles V.Anyone have any connections? Thanks. Jean in AZ, USA