Dear Phillip and Deidre,
I found your inquiry very interesting. My grandfather, Richard Michael Fabel (born in Magdeburg) had a brother who sailed via ship to the U.S. Unfortunately no one ever heard from him again. My grandfather hired private investigators, but had no luck locating him. Could he have arrived in Africa instead?
I would like to connect more information with the both of you to see if we have common family heritage.