Hi, Pam, sorry it took me awhile to get back to you. Things got busy and then I got sick. :( I'm still a bit under the weather, so I apologize if this doesn't make sense!
Anyway, I haven't had a chance to get more information from the Pekin relatives, but I'll do that as soon as I can. Like I said, a lot of the information I have is incomplete or inaccurate, so I'd feel bad about sending it to you until it was a little closer to being right! :) So I'll get back to you on that asap.
It's interesting what you said about knowing Anna, though. Did you talk to her a lot? It seems odd that she wouldn't tell you anything about the rest of the Pekin Oberles. Anna was, I believe, my dad's... great aunt? I think? I don't know how well he knew her, but I know he met her when he went to Pekin for the funeral of his grandma Myrt (Myrtle May Hittle/Oberle, I believe). He can't recall off the top of his head when that was, but it'd have to be somewhere around 15 years ago, because I was fairly young. (I'm only 22 now.) Anyway, so we found that interesting, that you knew Anna. Strange that she wouldn't have told you about the rest of the clan, though. Unless we're talking about a different Anna, of course, which I guess is possible.
Let's see, what else was I going to mention? Well, I think we may have figured out why your branch of the family doesn't appear in our information anywhere. We have Frederick (from Germany) as having only one child, but you say he has 8. So obviously we're missing a huge chunk of the family right there! I'm guessing your part of the family must come from a different one of the 8 children.
Incidentally, we're the branch that moved to New Jersey, so that's where my closest relatives are. And my last name actually is Oberle, in case you wondered. Since I'm still so close to my childhood, and have clear memories of being told not to tell strangers where I live, hehe, I'll share my address with you over email instead of here. Hope that's okay! Old habits die hard. In fact, if you want, we can move this to email-- anyone else who might be connected with us and should happen upon this forum should be able to get enough info from what we've posted so far. So if you want, feel free to email me at email@example.com .
I have to run, but I'll try to get in touch with the Pekin folks soon and get some info together for you. Take care, ~Kris :)