For the Sommer Family, the American ties go back only to my grandfather, Otto F. Sommer, who came over to America around 1930. His wife, Elizabeth Koch and two sons came over shortly thereafter. Otto is from Elbring, Germany, and Elizabeth was from Weesbaden, Germany. My maternal grandmother's family I can trace back quite a ways. Fredrick Jacob Euerle from Hamden, Conn. His father was William Euerle born in Orhberg, Germany. He had many children, most of which were born in Hamden, Conn. I can go back from there to Gottlieb Euerle, born in 1802 in Grossaspach, Germany... and to his father George Michael Euerle born in 1759 in Grossaspach. On my maternal grandfather’s side, I have gotten lucky and found a book on the Hammond family history.I am also beginning research on my wife’s side, with the Wilhelm family from Grand Rapids, MI and from Fort Wayne, IN. The Bigham family from Grand Rapids and from Allen Twp, OH. Also possibly Dayton (Shugh family)?Any assistance you can give me or that I can give would be appreciated.
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