Karla - I have a 2007 posting re. Johanna Gentz - Brooklyn.Since that time, my research has improved.
Johanna Marie was born in Brooklyn, NY to Ferdinand Gentz and Sofia Mahler.Sofia and Ferdinand were married in 1870 in Brooklyn.His parents are listed as Carl Gentz and Sofia Tisch.Sofia's parents are listed as Johann Mahler and Albertine (and this is where is gets tricky -- since I am having trouble reading the handwriting) Meinothaufer.His place of birth is listed as: Manke...Prussia and hers looks like: Gron, Germany.Am just having a terrible time with the "old" script writing of the pastor.Ferdinand immigrated to the US in 1859.Sofia died at the age of 39 in 1886. I am really trying to button down the spellings so that I can continue my research on the Germany end.I would love to be able to trace Carl Gentz and Sofia Tisch, which would bring me back another generation.I'm not so pompous to think I can go much further. Any direction you can give me would be helpful. Pat