In researching my husband's ancestry, we've come to a mystery regarding his grandmother's ancestors. Family stories tell that she is the daughter of "a count" from Vienna. She described him as a drunkard and a womanizer. She said her apartment overlooked St. Stephan's cathedral in Vienna.
Her maiden name was Maria Feiler. She emigrated to the US in 1900 at the age of 12: at this time she was said to be an orphan. The manifest from the ship she sailed on said her home town was Poppendorf. I have located reference to a Josef Feiler from Poppendorf via the Burgenland Bunch newsletters. My husband's family has a document showing that money was sent to a Josef Feiler in Poppendorf in 1906 (the year Maria Feiler married Janos Breitfeller in New York).
Maria's half-brother emigrated to the US in 1922. His name was Lorenz Kreinecker, from Vienna. He is said to have had a letter opener with the family crest, which he sold during hard times. On his incoming manifest, he listed Josephine Matzka as his mother, living at Schutzengasse 16, Vienna.
Between 1900 and 1906, Maria Feiler lived in Milwaukee with the Trimmel family, said to be her uncle. He ran a hotel, and she washed dishes for the restaurant. She is listed on the 1905 census as Maria Pheiler, a servant in the household.
Maria's cousin Rose (don't know maiden name) married Janos Breitfeller's brother, Ferenc. Rose's family was said to have raised Lippezzaner stallions, just north of Vienna.
As you can tell, I have come to several dead ends. If anyone has insight for me, I would greatly appreciate the help!!