Hello, My father's name was Roy HAMMES Gehris. His mother's name was Amelia A HAMMES. Her great grandparents were: Johannes HAMMES (b. 22 Feb 1760 - d. 15 Sep 1851), and Catharina Wilhelmina BERGER (b. Jun 1768 - d. 31 Aug 1837). They arrived at Philadelphia on the ship Columbia, Captain William Maley (unknown date, some report the year as 1775!). There were two HAMMES families on the ship: 1./ Wilhelm Hammes, C. Margreta Hammes, Abramina Hammes, Gottlieb Hammes, C.W. Hammes, John Peter Hammes & Abraham Eicher; 2./ Johannes Hammes, Wilhelmina Hammes, Carlina hammes, Lowisa Hammes, Wilhelm Hammes, Abraham Berger & Arnold Crau. Can you confirm that these families came from in the Rhineland-Palatinate area? I live in Berks County, PA.