We definitely have a connection, as I have discovered more information since I posted the original message. Here's what I have now on this family:
Name: Charles A. TESCHE
Birth: ABT. 1850 in Prussia
Death: AFT. 1920
Occupation: 1910 Self-employed designer of furniture
Occupation: 1880 Carver of Wood
Occupation: 1920 Draughtsman? - General practice?
NATU: 1870 According to 1920 census
Event: Migration 1866 To the U.S.
Residence: 1910 1625 S. Juniper St., Philadelphia, PA
Census: 15 JAN 1920 315 Cedar Lane, Upper Darby, PA, with wife and children Carl, Theodore, Helen & Edwin, daughter Maria (Mary?), her husband & children, and an 86-year-old lodger from Baden, Germany - Maria Mielke
Census: 1880 Philadelphia, PA with wife "Minnie", children Emma, Clara & Julia, and 47-year-old Mary Mielke and her 22-year-old son, Charles
Marriage 1 Wilhemina C. ? b: ABT. 1856 in Pennsylvania
Married: ABT. 1877 in Prob. Philadelphia, PA
Emma TESCHE b: ABT. 1876 in Philadelphia, PA
Clara TESCHE b: ABT. 1877 in Philadelphia, PA
Julia TESCHE b: ABT. 1879 in Philadelphia, PA
Carl TESCHE b: 16 JAN 1884 in Pennsylvania
Walter A. TESCHE? b: ABT. 1886 in Pennsylvania
Albert J. TESCHE b: ABT. 1888
Mary W. TESCHE b: ABT. 1890 in Pennsylvania
Theodore L. TESCHE b: 24 AUG 1892
Helen G. TESCHE b: ABT. 1895
Edwin A. TESCHE b: ABT. 1897
As you can see, there were many more children than my grandmother had told me. It makes sense that she was aware of the younger children. She was born in 1899, so the four older children (if they survived this long) were likely grown and on their own by the time she was old enough to know them.
I descend from Charles' sister Emma - so that makes us distant cousins! I haven't yet been able to trace this Tesche family back to Germany - but according to my grandmother her parents came from the Black Forest area (Baden-Wurttemburg) and the Alsace. I'm still not positive which line (Tesche and Zimmermann) came from which location. The 1880 census for Charles A. Tesche and family (which shows some of the older daughters - Emma, Clara and Julia) indicates that Charles was born in Prussia.
I love to have someone else help me with this family! I'll be happy to share what I have. It may be easier if you contact me off-board at email@example.com