Hi Doug & Hi Elise; finally made it!! way to go!! Jochim Heinrich Hans Kelling was born 7 June 1802, in Warnkenhagen, Mecklenburg, to thehouseholder Jochim Hinrich Kelling and his wife Margaretha born Kelling.At some point in time as yet undetermined, he left his homeland and ventured westward.On 23 May 1824 in Bünsdorf, Jochim married Margaretha Harder (her baptismal name is recorded as Grethe Catharina), the daughter of the renter Johann Harder and his wife Abel Rüschmann.The Harders and Rüschmanns were both workers on the Emkendorf estate, where Margaretha grew up. The couple lived and worked in several places, among them Hoebeck, Sehestedt, Lagenburg, Ehlersdorf (Cluvensieck farm), Bovenau, Westerronfeld, & Jevenstedt, and had a family of eleven children. In 1854, while living at Westerronfeld, Jochim and Margaretha make the decision to emigrate to America.Two of the boys, Jurgen and Fredrick had left previously in April.The Kellings sailed from the port of Hamburg on Friday, September 15, 1854, with the seven children who still lived at home, and the two daughters who had already married.The sailing vessel was the Sir Robert Peel, with Thomas Knudtsen as master.The ship carried 284 adults and 9 infants.One adult and two of the three infants born on passage died during the crossing.Three weeks and three days later, they entered the holding area of New York harbor for inspection before being allowed in to the dock. The family were among the earliest settlers of Iowa, and are well known in the areas of Otter Creek, Goldfield, & Davenport. I have a great deal more information, & would love to ‘talk' to anyone interested in the family.So far, we have info back to approximately 1620. Hello to the Kelling Group!! There are about 15 of us from a few varied locations around the world, & we are in frequent contact with one another; we're not all from the same Kelling line!If interested, please drop a line!