I wish I could be of some help to you but I have been able to find out little myself. Adam Wank and family came from Schöelkrippen, Germany in 1845 with a group called the German Catholic Brotherhood of Baltimore and Philadelphia (The History of Mckean, Elk, Cameron, and Potter Counties) They settled first in St.Marys, then in
Jones Township, Elk County. Adam's son Godfrey later bought a farm in Pine Creek Township, Jefferson County.His daughter Mary married Thomas Obenrader of Fryburg and shortly after having their son, she died. About 3 years later, he married her sister Clara, and had a son, Father Paul Obenrader. Thomas Obenrader was the son of Francis Xavier Obenrader and Regina Fleckenstein. Other of Godfrey's children married spouses from the Fryburg area. In 1901, Godfrey and Catherine Wank moved to Fryburg and lived their until their deaths. In the 1960's, Father Paul made a trip to Germany to see if he could find any relatives in Schöelkrippen. In a letter, he writes of meeting a Ferdinand Fleckenstein, who reminded him of Father Arthur Fleckenstein of PA( Arthur was born in Punxsutawney, Jefferson County) That lead me to believe that the families may have know each other in Germany, but so far I have not found anything to confirm this.I have seen Fleckenseins in Schöelkrippen on different web sites, I don't know how or even if they are related to the Fleckensteins of Fryburg.
Sorry I couldn't be of more help.
Good luck, if I can be of any assistance, let me know.
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