Judy...I really don't have any clues, but this is a 'bit' I have typed about our family.
"To escape military conscription and to gain the long desired freedom which the people in the new world possessed, the family decided to seek its fortune in America. Jacob and his wife, Barbara sailed from Germany on 15 May 1838 with their two children, Barbara Esta, age three and a baby. Several of their relatives came with them, too. It took six months to cross the Atlantic. It was both pleasant and tragic. The baby born in Germany died and was buried at sea. The family gold stored in a pillow slip was accidentally dropped overboard.
Upon landing at the Eastern port, the family moved to Pennsylvania about two years. They changed their name from Rapp to Ropp in 1839 and moved to Butler Co, Ohio. They came to Indiana and settled in Flat Rock, Shelby County in 1843."
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