If Catherine had a youngest brother that was born in Peru, Huron County, OH (the rest of her siblings all came from France in about 1847), this matches an inquiry that I am doing on my tree, and I would love to touch base with you.
I am 4-generation granddaughter descended from Jacob Henry Reimel.This branch of the family also changed the spelling of the name at some point to 'Reimal', certainly by the 20th Century, when that part of the family settled in Kansas and Missouri.
I have found this family difficult to track, because on the US Censuses, many of them may have told census takers that they were from the US, when in fact they were not; the last official record I see of Catherine and her brothers and sisters was in Peru, OH in about 1850.Historically, it could have been as a result of the Franco-Prussian wars in the 1870s, or simply that they wanted to be regarded as Americans first, French or Germans second if at all.You will also find that depending on when the family took a Census, sometimes they say they are from France and other times, Germany, simply because this region of the world (Prussia) changed hands between the countries many times between 1871 and after World War II.
I had posted a huge thread on the lineage of this family to an Ohio Forum (Huron County) and now cannot find it, but would love to talk to you anyway!
Yours, Kathryn Ballard Shut
* 4th great-granddaughter of Jean Reimel * 3rd great-granddaughter of Catherine's brother, Jacob Henry Reimel (1848-1924) * 2nd great-granddaughter of Robert Lawrence Reimal (1872-1924) * Great-granddaughter of Esther Irene Reimal (1896-1986)