Ricky, it was my greatgrandfather to came to the U.S. in approximately 1850, named Joseph Appelbaum (Apfelbaum). I do not know where he came from, only that it was probably Germany, and Germany has undergone so many changes since then. There may have been brothers, Jessie and George. Those are two names of Appelbaums in the same area at the same time as my g-grandfather. These were in the Ft. Madison, Iowa area--up from St. Louis. St. Louis is where many Appelbaum settled, but I cannot make any connection with them. Most Appelbaums are Jewish I have found, although my family line is Catholic.Think there's any connection?