Hello Edward, thank you for your reply. We would be greatly interested in learning more of your Michels. Perhaps there may be found a connection. Do you know from where in Germany they came from? sometimes the census will at least say from what German state they emigrated from. A lot of the Germans in the Batavia/Buffalo area came from Hesse-Darmstadt. Some of our Stillinger families were in the same towns, connected with Gerhardt families.