It's possible, Paula. I know even less about mine! Do you know when your grandfather's mother would have been born? Approximately?
I have no proof that my Fromal (who's married name was Bettinger) even came here. However, her daughter, who did, would have been pretty young to come alone. I'm guessing my Barbara Fromal was b. about 1814 or earlier, as her daughter, Susan Bettinger was b. 1834 in Prussia. Again, I'm wondering about the Prussia - I think it may have been Alsace Lorraine, but that went back and forth between Germany and France so much....
She (Susan) immigrated between 1843 and 1850, which meant she was between 9 and 16 when she came.
I'm sure you've noticed as I have, that Fromal is a pretty rare surname. Verbally, I had heard when I was young, that the name was Frommel, however, Susan's death certificate has her mother listed as Fromal. It could be the difference between a German and a French spelling of the name.
There was also a lot of migration between NY and PA back in the mid 1800's.
I'm kind of stuck on stupid on this line, until I can find Susan on a passenger list, or find naturalization papers for her, if there were any.
My email address is email@example.com. Let me know the approx. birth year of your grandfather and his mother, and maybe that will tell us more.
I'll keep you posted on my ship list search this winter too.
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