My great grandfather, Wilhelm Thormahlen, arrived in Galveston, Texas on March 31, 1903. He was born in Uetersen, German in 1863 as another responder noted. I know Ernest, John and Max to be my great uncles as my father is still alive and remembers him. He does not know what happened to Martha. The last report we've found is from 1910 when she was 18, living in San Francisco.
I know the responder, pmad18, IS related to your Ernest because my father who is 85 and knows all these people is Ernest Francis' nephew, and Ernest, Tom and Bill's cousin. And I have personally met them and their wives.
I am looking for ancestors prior to Wilhelm and Anna—if you have any information I would appreciate you sharing it!