I am seeking information on Martha Elizabeth Schwalm, born about 1829 in Germany (likely the Hesse region) and John Pfalzgraf, born about 1830 in Germany.
My grandmother's story is that Martha was the daughter of a wealthy landowner, and John was the caretaker's son. They fell in love and married against her father's wishes. They ran away and boarded a ship in France, and their daughter Widner was born on the crossing to Canada. I have not been able to verify this information, nor the birth of the daughter.
The family is listed on an Ontario, Canada census, and descendents moved to Sanilac County, Michigan.
If you have any information re: parents, birth records, etc. I would be grateful for the information. Caroline