I am so glad you posted on this site. My name is Marie and I am Joe & Elouise's daughter (the middle one).
I lived in Abilene from 1965 to 1991. After mom died (1991) I moved to Round Rock which is about 15 miles north of Austin. I've been here ever since.
Dad is turning 70 years old this year and us girls are wanting to give him a surprise birthday party. As my gift to him, I am trying to trace his family roots. So far I have ran into brick walls and I can't come out and ask him questions because he would get suspicious and ruin my gift. I would greatly appreciate you letting me know any history on our family that you can.
You already helped me a lot by stating that our GGG-Grandfather was a stow-away. That explains why he has never shown up on any of the ship's passenger lists that I have looked on. Here is what information I have so far. Can you please check with your grandfather to see if I am on the right trail (if you don't know yourself).
My dad - Albert Joe Roemisch, married to Elouise White
Grandpa - John Albert Roemisch, married to Mary Anne Kuss
Great Grandfather - Joseph Roemisch, married to Anna Reif
Great, Great Grandfather - Johan Romisch, married to Theresia
Dad has a plague with the following information on it but after doing some research, I don't think it is accurate. It said that our GGG-Grandfather was John Roenish, born in 1816 and came to New York from Bremen, Germany in 1858 at the age of 42. His occupation was a laborer. Nothing I have searched has verified this information or even acknowledged he existed.
I did reach a Michael Romisch in Germany (via email) last year but haven't spoken to him in a while. He sent me pictures of himself and his father. His dad has the same eyes and ears as my dad and uncles. Michael himself could be a twin to Chip. The genes must be closely related but no connection has been made. His father's name is Hans Romisch.
I'm so thrilled that you wrote and can't wait to hear back from you. Please email me at email@example.com as I check it on a daily basis and don't get to this sight very often.
Thanks so much!
P.S. I was in Hermleigh this past weekend taking pictures of the markers for the Roemisch's and Kuss's. How ironic I see your posting today.
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