My children are related to the Mehls of Strasbourg. Their great grandmother Wilhelmina Mehl was born in Strasbourg in1847. Her parents were Jean Jacques Mehl and Barbara Heffner. Wilhelmina had a brother Louis born 1848. He went to Brooklyn Catholic school run by German brothers, spoke fluent German, no French. Ran away from the school, changing his name to Robert Lewis to avoid being traced, and joined the U.S. Navy as a cabin boy on one of the battleships during the Civil War.
I am told Wilhelmina was the seventh daughter. We know nothing about this branch. There is a story in the family that Wilhelmina’s grandfather was organist at Strasbourg, but we have no names for that generation. Wilhelmina married Victor Achilles Harder, born NYC. His parents were from Colmar.
My three children and their father are still alive and would be interested in knowing more about this family.