Thank you for your reply to my post. The earliest documentation I have is a 1880 US Census, Texas. It list Kate Finn, age 30, born in Prussia, with nativity of parents the same. Also listed is a daughter age 07. The oral family tradidtion says that she immigrated from Germany as a young woman, in the company of a married relation, possibly an older brother/sister or uncle/aunt. This would be about 1860, give or take a few years. Arriving in New York City she was employed as a domestic. It was there that she married (James) Finn. They had a daughter Louisa, more than likely born in New York City. After the birth of their daughter, time period unknown, but close to 1880 they travel to Texas. Arriving at the port of Galveston, they travel to the interior. Kate has either relations or family friends living in the German community of Fredericksburg. On the way Mr. Finn dies in Gonzales, Gonzales County, Texas. This is where the 1880 US Census finds her. It is also said that she could read and write German and played the piano/organ. As to here religious affiliation; said to be Lutheran but attentended Catholic Church as there was no Luterhan Church in her area. If any of this information fits into your relaations history; did he have a sister that falls into this time period, relations that came do NYC at this time or any connection please let me know. I've hit the 'brick wall' with this ancestor so ANY information you could provide would be appreiated. Thank you.