Tom, Congratulations on the birth of your son! Thanks for all the info - that will keep me digging for a bit. Coincidentally, I was re-reading what little we have on Jean Jacques (Johan Jacob) Oesch today. I have never known what port the Oesch & Preisach families came thru, but your info will cause me to try New Orleans. A great uncle who died about 10 years ago and was very interested in family history told me he had never heard the older family mention where they left from or which port they entered. I had no luck with list of families from Alsace in a Mergenthaler (?sp) book. Also, coincidentally, last week there was an "essay" on National Public Radio by an American woman living in the Alsace area explaining the confusion between French/German. Her focus was on the observation of "Armistice Day" in the the Alsace. My great uncle said his family was French in spite of the German name and the fact that the Preisachs and Oesches all spoke German, not any French so far as I know. He also said there was one other "French" family in Douglas Cnty KS in the early 1900's. That was a Dr. Abdalal. I know nothing about his family. It interests me that the Oesches were Anabaptists. So far as I can discover they were probably Lutherans in the U.S. but am not sure. More digging necessary. Thanks for your help!
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