Mades Family Genealogy Forum
My husband's Mades ancestor, George, came to Missouri in 1833 from Hesse (according to oral family history). I don't know much about the German connection but I'm betting Doug Mades, who has a message on this board, might know more. He's done the most significant part of the research for our branch of the Mades family and he may have connections for the other branches as well. Try dropping him an email via the board. Good luck, cousin-in-law!
Kelly Ames Mades