My maiden name is Patricia Ruckel. I was raised in Vanceburg, KY.My father was Pete Elwood Ruckel (b. 8/22/00) (d. 10/1/83).His father was John Ruckel. John's father was John Peter Ruckel, the man you referred to who stowed away on a ship from Germany to the US in 1847.This is the son of Conrad Ruckel.I have discovered a web site Conrad Ruckel.John Peter Ruckel had 2 sisters according to this site (written in German). I would love to hear from you.