Hello Ralf and Crystal, My husband's ancestors, John Joseph and Anna Margaret (Kaufman) Hipelius came to the US sometime in the late 1840's. We think they were from Bavaria. Anna died in 1850. The family split up. Family legend has it that the 2 sons eventually became Catholic priests. The father was an organist, we think for a Catholic church in New York. The daughter, Margaret Anna Hipelius, was raised by another family (the Mansfields) in Ohio. She married George Belknap in 1871. Does this sound like anyone who might be related to either of you?
Finding any Hipeliuses has been a real challenge. You two are the first I've encountered.
Many thanks for your time, Victoria Vincent Springfield, IL