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Irene, I doubt we have a direct connection, but one never knows. Do you have any dates and locations, general or specific, for your GGrandfather Charles Fricke? My Charles Fricke was the youngest (that I know of) of 5 children born to Benjamin and Louisa Fricke. According to the 1850 Sheboygan County, Wisconsin census, Charles would have been born about 1844, in New York. His older brothers and sisters are listed as having been born in Prussia, which leads me to believe there is some possibility that Charles was born either on the ship coming to the U.S., or born shortly after the family's arrival in the U.S. I have not seen any ship records, so I don't know the time they arrived. Let me know if you have dates. I would love to make a connection on this, my "dead end" family. Mary Joan Geist