I live in Washington, MO. We're about 50 mi. west of St. Louis along the Missouri River in Franklin County.
Just across the north side of the Missouri River in Warren County is where four (4) of the Engemann brothers settled in the 1830's (Fritz, Charles, Heinrich or Henry, Augustus). The family isn't sure what happened to the 5th brother (John) as he did not settle in Warren County, MO with the 4 other brothers.
The port of entry for four of the brothers was New Orleans. Again, we're not sure of the 5th brother. Possibly your family may be the 5th brother!?We do know that there were two other brothers that stayed in Germany (Anthony & George).
Many Germans were attracted to Missouri along the Missouri River by letters and a book published by Gottfried Duden in Germany in the late 1820's.
Four (4) of the brothers came up the Mississippi River to St. Louis.From St. Louis they followed the Missouri River west for about 60 or so miles and landed on the northside in Warren County.From there, as they say, "The rest is history!"
One of the original brothers, August Engemann, married in Washington, MO then moved to St. Clair County MO in the early 1870's in the western part of the state southeast of Kansas City, MO around towns called Montrose and Germantown. His grand children dropped the last"N"to be "more American" sometime in the early century (probably WWI). However, they still attend the Engemann family reunion in Washington, MO.
The vocal group from the sixties The Lettermen, had a member named Robert Engemann (someone pointed that out to me some years ago from an album cover!).
All of the Engemann's in Missouri were, and still are Catholic.My great-great-grandfather, Charles Engemann was one of the 5 Engemann brothers that immigrated from, I believe, around the Minden, (Westphalia area) of Germany in the early 1830's.That would be on the western side of Germany, and not the Silesia area on the eastern border.However, I did hear that the Engemann brothers were coal miners.Coal was extracted in Silesia as well as the Ruhr area in western Germany. ???
That said, I am a 5th generation Engemann in the United States.Let's keep in touch!