Hi Gary, George and family were NON Catholic. It caused a rift between George and Johannus (John). Jacob lived with George and Margarithe in 1860 right after their marriage. George's mother eventually married Heinrich Ziegler on 21 Mar 1859 and lived in Delphos OH. Info from Delphos, Van Wert records. Spellings atrocious there. I have unearthed more information on the Frederick side. Margarithe Catherine Frederick was born 20 Jul 1842 in Merlebach, Moselle, France to Georges Frederick and Catherine Fortener. The information on Georges and Catherine comes from Direction des Services D'Archives, Metz, France. After moving the the U.S. the spelling of Friederich was changed to Frederick. Many Forteners were living in the Delphos area when they arrived.
Immigration and passenger information: George 58, wife Catherine 52, Catherine 19, Henry 18, Jean 14, Margarethe 8 and Catherine 6. Who are the two Catherines? Could the 19 year old be Henry's wife? Arrived in New York on 3 June 1853 from France on the Franchise M-237 roll 126 page 5. Where is Peter who would have been 16? Steven and wife come over 2 weeks later with new baby.