Capt William FRELS (also spelled FREELS in Germany) was born in the village of Hahnermoor in Rastede Parish, Duchy of Oldenburg on 13 Apr 1811. Hahnermoor and Rastede are now part of the Ammerland Kreis (County or District) in the province of Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony), Germany. He was born to Diedrich FREELS and Almerich Margarethe MÜLLER (MUELLER). His birth name was Wilke FREELS, generally a nickname for Wilhelm. He had a brother named Wilhelm who had died in 1809 at the age of 9 days old.
Capt. William FRELS married Margrete Dorothea Louise FRERICHS.
His other siblings were:
1) Johann, born 16 Feb 1807 Hahnermoor, died 29 Jan 1878 Brink, Rastede Parish
2) Gerhard,Dr., born 13 Dec 1813 Hahnermoor, died 1859 in Texas. Married Wilhelmine Henriette Johanna DE COUSSER, born 06 Jun 1817, died 09 Jan 1911 in Oldenburg City, Germany.
3) Friedrich, born 19 Sep 1816 Hahnermoor, died 27 Apr 1864 Bekhausen, Rastede Parish. Immigrated to Texas in 1853 with wife Margrethe SANDER & daughter, but evidently returned to Germany after divorcing his wife, who later married Christian BRUEGGMANN.
4)Diedrich, born 15 Oct 1819 Hahnermoor, died 20 Aug 1822 Hahnermoor.
His earliest known FRELS/FREELS ancestor was Freelt BULLENHAGEN, born about 1530 in Jaderbollenhagen, Jade Parish, Oldenburg. Freelt's only son was Johann FRELESS, later changed to FREELS.
I have other names if anyone is interested.