To Jean & Mary: Thanks for input. Some things make sense now. Yes, the family was Protestant & I have not seen any Protestant records either. My sources as follows:
Herman J. Rost(1846-1884) St. John Luth.,Effingham, IL rec. states he was born in Miroslav.
Wilhelmina (Mina)Rost Wissen - son Walter stated in 1930 census (Marion, Indiana) that his mother was born in Czechoslovokia. Herman & Wilhelmina were children of Jacob & Johanna Rost who stated they were born in Hesse, Darmstadt.
Is there another Miroslav? Since Walter stated Czechoslovokia I thought this would be the right place.
I'm always glad to hear your hear the thoughts of others. Maymie