Thanks so much for letting me visit your Mertes family website. You have some fascinating and precious family documents and photos. Now that I've read more about your branch of the Mertes, I see that I was mistaken about my great-grandmother Anna Mertes being descended from Anton Mertes. I got excited because Anton had children with names that matched some of my relatives (Joseph, Gertrude.) My Anna Mertes had a brother named Joseph and a sister named Gertrude, but those are such common first names among German Catholics of that era.
My Anna Mertes was born in 1857 and married John Peter Helf in Taycheeda. She died in Kaukauna 1960 at age 93. Your Anna Mertes married about the time my ancestor was born and she didn't marry a Helf.
Maybe there is a connection between your Antone Mertes and my line of Mertes, but I havn't found it . I hope to take an extended trip to Wisconsin this summer and visit Fond du Lac County, among other places, to find out more about my Wisconsin ancestors.
Thanks for your kind response.