Here is some informaion that my cousin's son, Bob Kehle, has dug up about our great and great great grandparents. I've also add some things I found too.
The other Bob Kehle
1. Andreas' fathers name was Friederich Wilhelm Kehle. He was born 1792, Unter Schwandorf, Nagold District, Baden-Wurttemburg. His wife's name was Christine Kaehler. He received his approval for emigration to Russia, December 13, 1816. He waited for his brother, Johann Georg, to receive his travel papers (March 30, 1817) and leave together. The trip took nearly a year, as there were few roads. His occupation was listed as bier brauer (beer brewer). He died 1879, Derophiuwka, Russia.
2. Andreas was born December 27, 1822, Valerianuwka, Russia. Not Germany as supposed.
3. Andreas' first wife was Anna Westerbeck. She was born 1827, Aleksandriya, Russia. Her parents were Hermann and Judith Westerbeck of Badenweiler, Baden-Wurttemberg. Andreas had 3 children from his first wife. She died from complications in delivery of their 3rd child.
4. The Kehle name has always been Kehle. It was changed in the 1830's for Russian census/tax purposes. It was not an official change, however. It was a common practice in Russia, for the German-Jews to adopt a second last name. The Russians needed a census to collect taxes. If you were German, there was a higher tax to pay. Generally the husband would register the family name for the census under his mother's maiden name. In this case, the name was Kaehler. The surnames Kehle and Kaehler have different definitions in German.. Both, however, have the same ethnic origin. Jewish.
5. For reference, look up: "Ostwanderung der Wuerttemberger. 1816-1822" ("Emigration from Wuerttemberger to the East 1816-1822).
6. For another reference, look up: United States Census, 1910 for Fred W. Kehle (again, named for his grandfather). It will show the birthplace for both his parents (Andreas and Christine) as Russia, not Germany. Notice, that your father is listed on that page!
7. In 1633, a land grant was personally given to a Johann Kehle, citizen to Steyr on the Hammer in Ascha, by Emperor Ferdinand III. Johann was Andreas' great, great, great, great, great, great grandfather. Steyr is a city in Austria, made famous by its castle. http://www.panoramio.com/photo/38386305
Blick auf Schloss und Schlossmühle Unterschwandorf
Location -= near Swiss and Austrian border.