Matt, have we talked yet?!You are the only other person I have found with a Wheeling connection.This family was fairly prominent in Wheeling--on my old computer I have pages from Heritage Quest on various ones of them, and in fact, my August Schwertfeger may have married one of them, then been widowed.She remarried in Wheeling WV a John Groppe.I will try to dig out this paperwork from my old computer soon--went through my paper file and can't find anything. My Matilda Groppe (b. 1863) was only adopted by Groppe and was born a Schwertfeger (various spellings). Her mother Augusta Schwertfeger (maiden name unknown) was widowed and then married John Groppe. I recently found "Tillie" on the 1880 US census living in Wheeling West Virginia, USA, with her mother Augusta (b. 1840), father John Groppe (b. 1842) (spelled Grappe in the census)--these 3 in the house were born in Hanover. Other children in the family were Louisa b. 1868, Christian b.1869, Emma b. 1873, John b. 1878, all born in West Virginia. Emigration records show a Matilda that emigrated as a child at 6 yrs., naturalized at 7 yrs. And yet I find a marriage record for a John Groppe and Augusta Swagfayer for a time frame when Tillie was only about a year old, and I'm pretty sure that Tillie was born in the USA, so that's confusing, as it seems unlikely there would be another couple with that set of names. Recently, I found out that Augusta was b. Aug. 22, 1840 in Siebershausen (now Sievershausen, I understand) so I am assuming that Hannover was the province. I should receive soon the obituary booklet, which I am told lists other possible relatives in the 9 carriage funeral cortege. My aunt told me that the name Schwertfeger was "big" in Wheeling WV. I don't find too many of them, but one or two were very prominent and this may be what she meant. Does anybody know what was going on in Germany at the time that might have made them emigrate to the USA in about 1855-60? When I look at a German timeline, not much political upheaval seems to be occurring. Also, what would the cultural feel of Siebershausen have been in about 1840-60? Would they be German, Polish, Austrian,??? Augustus Groppe was buried from St. Stephanus Church, in Wheeling West Virginia, in Greenwood Cemetery. Anyone know?Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, too.