Perhaps you can help me.My branch (in question) emigrated to the US during the American Civil War.I have a strong suspicion their origional name was REINTJES, but was anglicized to RANGES (a phonetic spelling) by emigration. Christian RANGES (REINTJES) (b. ~1816) came with his wife and six children, aboard the Therese, a ship from Bremen, arrived NYC, 8 Oct 1864. He is approximately the same age and (generation) as your Petrus.I wonder if they could be related? Christian named his children: Margarthe (after his wife)(b 1846) Henry(b 1850) Caroline(b 1854) John(b 1853) twin Frederich (b 1853) twin Georg (b 1858) Do any of these names bear a family connection?