I read your posting and hope you can find a few names for me--my great-great grandparents were John and Anna (Leonard) Brass. John was born in 1847 (I do not have the exact date)in Orkney and emigrated to Grand Rapids, Michigan in 1872. His parents were Magnus and Christenia (Hutchings) Brass (I do not have their dates of birth either).
Anna was born Aug. 22, 1847; her parents were James and Celia (Inkster) Leonard. John and Anna were married on June 5, 1868 in Edinburgh.
Any information you have would be greatly appreciated!