Thank you very much for your reply. This information is quite helpful. They were all coal miners and resettled in Schuylkill County., Pennsylvania.
Do you have any information on Frederick Peter Schneider the first born son of Carolina Bettinger and Michael Schneider. Frederick was the only one of their 8 children born in Dudweiler-9 Sept 1861, the rest were born in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania. Michael Schneider was born (1835) in Bann, Germany ~ 31 miles from Dudweiler. I wonder why they relocated there---wars? famine? I don't think Bann had any coal mines but are noted for their white wines--perhaps a blight on the vines?
I am very interested in family roots but I also have to understand the history of the times too.
Thank you very much-
MEMSP ( the S stands for Schneider)