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Rehlich couple in two little girls from Russia in Michigan late 1890s leave for PA

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Re: Rehlich couple in two little girls from Russia in Michigan late 1890s leave for PA

Posted: 19 May 2013 8:46PM GMT
Classification: Immigration
Edited: 12 Feb 2014 8:25PM GMT
Surnames: Röhlich Rehlich
See #17 on this list:

http://www.jewishgen.org/databases/EIDB/engine/gold.php?uid=...

The manifest states that all four where in the US before. Given the ages of the children, I rather believe that is incorrect. Either Peter came to the US first to establish himself then returned to get Wilhelmena and the children or both of them came earlier and returned for the children. I notice in 1920 that Augusta shows her year of immigration at 1900. They are going to a friend in MI - I can't read the name. The transcriber shows the last residence as Drobno. I could not find it on this list:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_cities_and_towns_in_Rus...

I really don't think the girls were dropped off in Michigan by parents from PA. Perhaps the story became garbled due to retelling. It is interesting that sometime after 1920, Peter and Wilhelmina moved to Lancaster County, PA. I guess you have seen their memorials at FindaGrave. She died soon after the move.

Ellis Island records only begin with 1892. There is a record for a Josef Peter Rölich on Ancestry, but I don't have a paid subscription to view it to see if it is a possible match.
http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=nypl&rank=...

Also this might be Peter:

http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=USpassports&am...

You might want to start a new thread on the Russian board (link below) and ask if anybody recognizes the family name and the name of the town.

http://boards.ancestry.com/localities.asia.russia.general/mb...

Other than that I can't think of anything except obtaining his first and second naturalization papers which are available for a fee ($20) here under Ontonagon County:

http://seekingmichigan.org/about/indexes

Rehlich Peter V4,P126 (1st papers)
Rehlech Peter V12,P66 (2nd papers)
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