Michael Meehl of North East, Pennsylvania was born in Geudertheim, France on May 7, 1811. Geudertheim currently resides in the Bas-Rhin Department, which is the northern half of the former French Province of Alsace. The original surname of the family was Mühl, a name unique to Alsace which means someone who lives near a mill. Not coincidentally, there is a famous mill in Geudertheim. The name and the family have ancient ties to the town. As can be seen at the Bas-Rhin Departmental Archives found here –, the Mühls can be traced back in Geudertheim to the 1500s, when the records stop. Like many families living in Alsace, the Mühls were German-speaking and were of Germanic origins.

Michael’s parents were George and Anne Mühl/Meehl. George and Anne had ten children:

-George was born on January 22, 1805 and died November 26, 1807 in Geudertheim..

-Michael was born on November 26, 1807 and died June 18, 1808 in Geudertheim..

-Anne was born on May 13, 1809 and died June 25, 1809 in Geudertheim..

-Michael (Michael Meehl of North East, Pennsylvania) was born on May 7, 1811. Died 1895 in North East, Pennsylvania.

-Anne Meehl (later Anne Aldrich of Fredonia, New York) was born on June 1, 1813. Died 1857 in Erie County, New York.

-George (George Meehl Jr. of Boston, New York) was born on December 13, 1815. Died in 1899 in Boston, New York.

-Eve Meehl (Eva Meehl of Boston, New York) was born on February 9, 1818. Died in Boston, New York.

-John Adam was born on May 12, 1820 and died May 14, 1823 in Geudertheim.

-Marie (Mary Meehl of Boston, New York) was born on October 12, 1822. Died in Boston, New York.

-Catherine (Catherine Meehl, later Catherine Endress and Catherine Miller of Boston, New York) was born on May 21, 1828. Died in Boston, New York in 1899.

Four of the children died in Geudertheim. The rest came with George and Anne to America in 1831. They sailed from Le Havre, France on the ship New Orleans and arrived in New York City on July 15, 1831. From here they made their way to Erie County, New York where they lived in and around Boston, Hamburg, Eden, Concord, and Fredonia (Chautauqua County), New York.

Michael Meehl married Salomé Volmer and had ten children—Sallie, Michael, Catherine, George, Jacob, Christine, Christopher, Magdelena, William, and Elizabeth. They lived in Erie County, New York until moving to North East, Pennsylvania in 1865.

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