Re: Patterson - Mecklenburg, Germany to Rochester, NY
I don't know if you're still looking, but...
I looked on familysearch.org (free LDS site) at the 1880 census for Rochester NY (Monroe County), looking for any Carl born in 1862 - 1866.There were a few, some born in NY (no good), some Prussia (could be correct), some Baden (too far away), and one in Meklenburg.The Meklenburg was Carl Siebert.
Family was:John, ca 1840, head, laborer; Carline, ca 1845, wife; Carl ca 1864, son, works in drugstore; Louisa, ca 1869, daughter; Louis, ca 1872, son; Geo., ca 1876, son.
This may or may not be your Carl Patterson.Almost certainly, they were not Patterson before, as it is not a very german name.From Siebert to Patterson is certainly a big jump, though.
One point in favor is that the members of the family up to Louisa (ca 1869) were born in Mecklenburg.However, Louis and George, born ca 1872 and ca 1876, were born in NY.There was another note from you that said the Pattersons came to the US ca. 1870, which would fit with birthplaces of this family.
Do you know your Carl's siblings names?Did your Carl name any of his children John, Johanna, Carl, Carline or Caroline, Louis or Louise/a, or George?Any of these things could help indicate whether this could be the right family.
There are a number of historical articles on-line from newspapers around Rochester.The searchable website is:http://www.rootsweb.com/~nymonnwshttp://www.rootsweb.com/~nymonnws.I didn't see anything that promising at a quick look, but...
There is also a website of Rochester historical marriages: http://www2.cityofrochester.net/cs/MarriageRecordshttp://www2.cityofrochester.net/cs/MarriageRecords.These are from the late 1800s up until the 1920s or 1930s, maybe.Up through 1907, 1912, something like that, parents's names are included.If you could find your Carl Patterson, or maybe a child of his...Or look for Carl Siebert, and see if he married the "right" person for Carl Patterson.This particular site is just rife with errors (mostly names spelled wrong), but it could help.
If you happen to be near Rochester, the Rundel library has information useful to genealogists.
You've probably tried lots of Google combinations...
Finally, there is a Mecklenburg website: http://feefhs.org/dpl/dv/dv-91.htmlhttp://feefhs.org/dpl/dv/dv-91.html.It could help...!