Looking for descendants of Maria Katharina Melcher (b. 1818) & husband Franz Simon (b. 1817). Both were born at Schönholthausen, Sauerland region, Westphalia, Prussia. They married there & had at least 5 kids. Most of this family moved to Chicago in 1881, & some descendants remained in the Chicago vicinity. Some of this family made return visits to Schönholthausen.
Maria had 2 sisters (Elisabeth Melcher Bitter, & Mrs. Auwiter/Auwieter), & 4 brothers: Brother Franz stayed in Schönholthausen & apparently has descendants currently living in the vicinity of Melcher Hof (now a museum). Brother Casper Melcher was my wife’s ancestor, & he lived in Detroit, California goldfields, & southern Missouri. Brother Johann lived in Michigan & eastern Nebraska. Brother Peter vanished during the years of the U.S. Civil War.