According to my wife's family history, her great great grandfather John Kreis worked on the lands of a Baron in the Alsace Lorraine area sometime in the 1840's and fell in love with the daughter of the Baron. The couple was then forced to leave and emigrated to America to Scranton in Northeastern Pennsylvania.
John Kreis was born in Germany on 4 Dec 1826 and his wife Ann Dettes (who also was called Mary) was born on 8 Oct 1834 in Germany as well. They appear to have married in 1852 but did not emigrate to America until either 1856 or 1857. They both died around 1915.
In my research, I found a newspaper article from 1916 that talked about how Mary Kreis (nee Dettes) and her best friend Margarethe Wirth (nee Renkes) were both from the same town in Germany and both died on the same day in 1916 in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Subsequent information about Margarethe Renkes Wirth suggests she is from Wadgessen, Germany as presumably would be Mary Dettes Kreis.
Does anyone have any Kreis family history from the Wadgessen Germany area?