Kathy ... I just saw your posting from Sept. '99 about a Henry Repp b. 1833 in Hesse.
Your Henry Repp sounds like a possible fit in the following story from my family.:
Henry Mueller was born in Budingen, Germany, a small medieval walled city not far from Frankfurt, Germany.His mother, MARGARET WINTER, married a man named REPP.They had one son, HENRY.REPP disappeared on a voyage to America during the Civil War.MARGARET then married a man named MUELLER.They had one child, LOUISE.HENRY took the name of his step-father MUELLER.He left Budigen for New York City about 1880.A member of the Winter family sponsored him.He was seventeen, and a printer by trade.When he had acquired sufficient funds, he sent for his mother and Louise.Later he felt the call for the ministry and became a Methodist preacher, in the then German Conference. HENRY MUELLER & LOUISE GENSLINGER had eight children.