Actually I found more info: a posting from my Aunt, so I have to just phone her and get all the rest of it. I think they're not the same - but how fascinating is YOUR story! It's quite possible with my GGGrandfather that there could be a link, as he had family in New York as well. I'll let you know if I learn more. There were more posts relating to my Aunt's so it's exciting to find leads.
Here's what I have: GGGrandfather - "Henry" Wessel (Was a cabinet maker in Charleston SC and had more family in New York)
GGrandfather - Franz "Dewey" Wessel (this is the Adolph, don't know birth place, but he served in the Navy)
Grandfather - is Jr of above and there were siblings: Gustav Adolph Wessel George Frazier Wessel Julius Theodore Wessel Carl Wessel "Willie" Wessel Frederica Wessel (1/2 sibling)