We have Stillinger family connections to Michel in Edwardsville, Ill / St. Louis area. Several Michel, Bernius and Stillinger emigrated from Reinheim / Ueberau Hesse Darmstadt to the area at the same time about 1854 to 1867. John, Karl, Edward were popular family names with the Michel.
John Michel, b. 1835, Germany, married Dora Steidle Stillinger (Steidle was 1st husband), had children John, Edward, Karl, and three others, possibly a Floyd or Frank?
We also have an Elisabethe Margarete Stillinger b. 1810, who married a Johann Nikolaus Michel(b.1807) in 1831 in Reinheim, HD Ger. and some of their children migrated to St. Louis/ Edwardsville Ill, one of these being a son Karl Michel, who married a Bernius. Bernius families also from Reinheim. HD. Johann Nikolaus Michel was son of Johann Georg Michel and Anna Margarete Michel.
We have just found these families here in US. so are researching for more information.
Please get in touch if you think there is a connection anywhere.