Have a wonderful, relaxing vacation. I just ordered the microfilm from April
15-May 15th leaving Hamburg. I can't wait until it comes.
As far as "how I found out they came from Mecklenburg"...that one is a tough
one. The Benzins, Chas (Carl and his wife and family were on the ships
manifest directly above my Darbe's. I didn't connect the two until last week
when I found the Detroit, Michigan marriage record for one of Johann and
Carole Frederika's children. This listed the fathers name (Johann Darbe) and
mother's maiden name (Frederika Benzin). After finding the DARBE family in
the 1880, 1900, and 1910 census here in Michigan, I went to the city
directories. For 5 years Johann and one of their sons worked for Carl/Chas.
Benzin. I know it isn't concrete, but pretty good lead.
The only concern I have is the trouble I am having pin pointing DARBE in
Mecklenburg. (which was listed for the Benzin family in the census.) When I
searched the German Phone book, I only came up with 2 DARBE's. One in
Bovaria area and the other, I can't pinpoint. I guess I could believe
Bavaria, because people seem surprised when I say DARBE is German. My father
remembers his father and mothers family being German and they belonged to
the first German church here in Detroit, back in 1880. This is my mystery
family. But...I am determined!
Have a great vacation...be safe.