Hope you're still out there.You may have solved a missing piece to my puzzle as well.
The farthest back I have gone is my great grandfather, Joe Michel, who was born in Netstal, around 1850.When he was 16, he immigrated to the US, along with 2 of his male cousins (Michel's also).At Ellis Island, they changed their spelling to Michell (not sure about the Cousins, but presume also).Joe settled in Ridley Park, NJ.Married my great grandmother Katherine Hauber, and had 3 children (Harry, Joe, and Catherine (my Grand mother).He built carriages until his death at 52, around 1903.
Don't know either of the counsin's first names.But, one of Joe's cousin's started a Seed business somewhere in PA.
We think it was the other cousin that ended up in Indiana.He had a daughter named Helen Michel, who married a Doris. Do have contact with the IN family's daugter, tho, who may have more info.
Joe Michel's father (didn't know his first name, but could be Heinrich) owned a Sapsago cheese factory in Netstal.It's long been torn down, but when my mother and family were there in the mid 70's an old worker in the then-current building gave us a coaster with a picture of the factory. Also, on the "City Hall" is the Coat of Arms for the Michel Family.One of the postal workers there was a Michel, too.
I don't know if Joe had any siblings.And, I don't know the name of his wife or his mother, nor birth/death dates. Joe could have been one of the 10 children, or even from Heinrich's first wife.
That's all I know of the Michel's right now.I just met my Michel second-cousin's for the first time this past weekend at a wedding.Immigrant Joe had a son Joe, who had a son JoeTony, who had 5 children, and the last just got married.All these Joe's settled in Ridley Park NJ.The 5 kids are all over the US now.