My Hoecherl, Maria, who married Joseph Huff in St. Mary's PA in 1870s was the daughter of Michael Johann Hoecherl baptized 9/29/1815 in Walderbach, Bavaria, Germany & Anna Reding born 4-21-1825 in Alsace(don't know if this was France or Germany at the time). Michael's parents were Georg Josef Hocherl(b. 1784) & Eleonora Kellner(b.1781), alsoin Walderbach. Michael had an older brother named Joseph Peter Hoecherl. Have further info on ancestors if interested. All descendents I have records of seem to be in St. Mary's PA where Michael emigrated in 1843. Anna was already there. COuld this be why your people were headed for PA?