OK Ann, Your ancestor Friedrich was an older brother to my ancestor George.I'll give you what I have at my fingertips for a starter.Friedrich Gieseke,(1834-1908) m. Sophia Steffen, (1838-1808) at the farm of August Steffen of Hilo on 9 Dec 1857.Hilo is in Nicollet Co, but I've never heard of it.I have that Sophie was adopted - I believe my mothermust have told me that.
I have a picture of all the Gieseke boys with their wives, sister Sophie and her husband, Theodore Lange and Henrietta Dorothea Voges with her second husband, Henry Lange.George's wife, Wilhelmina was sister to Sophie's husband Theodore and they were the children of Henry Lange.
I searched through my Gieseke files and found a ton of info on all of the brothers but Friedrich.Did Fred and Sophie leave MN?I would appreciate any info you would share re where Fred and Sophie ended up and their descendents.
I also have info on Henrietta's emigration from Germany and will be happy to pass it on if you are interested.Apparently, Willhelm and Friedrich preceded mom and the younger children to NYC by several years.
I hope this helps you though I realize you probably already have all of the above and more.Anyway I guess that makes us some kind of cousins.