Hi Mary...I hope your still connected. I know I'm replying to a 10 year old posting. I'm looking for information on my g-g-g-grandmother Maria Luisa Becke, (18 Jan 1823-25 Oct 1892) She was married to Henry Reiter and I believe they lived in Lena or Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois. Their daughter Caroline married Johann Wilhelm August Herbig in 1869. I believe they lived in Grossfurra, Schwarzburg-Sondershausen before they came to America but I don't know for sure. Is this Maria Luisa Becke connected to your Beckes? If so what can you tell me about her folks? How far back do you have the families in Germany?