Hi Sharon, the birthdate you provided for Maria it fits very closely to the cencus data I have. The 1850 cencus shows that William's wife, listed as Mary, was 33. Using your birthdate she would have been about 34. The St. Boniface marriage register Lists her as Maria. I have reconciled the cencus data from 1840 thru 1880 and the children attruibited to William Thomas and Maria Gosche fit the information contained in the Baptismal Register of St. Boniface, New Riegel,Ohio.
In the register they spell Maria's last name 4or5 different ways but it is clear that it is Maria Gosche. I made copies of these documents when I visisted library in Tiffin. Since I live in California orginal research is difficult. If you would like copies of these documents let me know and I can Zerox them for you.
What I am trying to do is definitively connect William's wife(Maria) and the Gosche's you have done the research on. If she is one in the same I would like to "pick" your mind for the dates and names of family members. I note that the first child born to William and Maria was named Catharina(DOB 19Dec1840) and the Godparents were Nicholas Goshe and Catharina Waggoner. I suspect that Nicholas was either her brother or father but don't know.
In 1848 she had another daughter,Anna Catharina, and the Godparents were Michael Schiera and Anna Catharina Lembach.
In 1850 she had Rosalia and the Godparents were Dominick Filiather andAnna Maria Katinat. There were other children but the Godparents may have been from the Thomas side of the Family.
As I mentioned in my first posting Maria was William's second wife. He and the first wife had two children. I can determine that the second one(john) was born in Ohio. The first I don't know. I know William immigrated from Belgium, but I don't know exactly when. He resised in the New Riegel from just prior to 1840 thru 1857, when he moved to Delaware twsp, Defiance Co. I don't know if he immigrated with a wife and child or if he came alone and married when he arrived.
Anyway any help you can provide will be greatly appreciated. You can email me directly if you want at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for replying and I will try to intergrate the information into what I have. Mike Wise