Oops! I added info on Jared along with Casper but I guess that is OK. This is the part os an article that tells about the Michael emigration.
According to a newspaper article in the Sunday Democrat, Albany, OR, dated Nov. 4, 1923, "The early Michaels came from Germany before the Revolutionary war. It seems there were two brothers. One of them settled in Virginia, the other in Pennsylvania, while those states were still English colonies. Their avowed reason for leaving Germany was to get away from what they termed 'one man rule'. Thus early did the Michael family file a protest against tyranny and autocracy. The two brothers did not think the Kaiser had any right, divine or otherwise, to execute at will any of his subjects that displeased him. And for that reason they deliberately took the Michael name out of Germany. They left no relatives behind them in the old country and proceeded to amalgamate themselves with American life and ideals. Each brother married and raised a large family, and the progeny has scattered to every state in the Union and Canada."