Sean, have you come across a Barbara Fleckenstein in your research? According to the information that I have so far, my gg-grandmother was born in 1804 in Bavaria. She would have been Catholic; she married Johann Schmitt and had a son Johann in 1837. They came to US in 1847 settling in WI. On her death certificate (1899 - 95 years old!!) her father is listed as "John Fleckenstein." I'm looking for a connection to Germany for the family. Looking for a "Schmitt" is too exhaustive, so I hope to narrow down the area by the Fleckenstein connection.