Please 'scuse my butting in.
A quick note about the "Scheehl" spelling:
This would be an EXTREMELY unusual spelling in Germany. I think we can assume that this was an Americanized version of Scheel, reflecting the way the name is supposed to be pronounced IN GERMAN. By way of illustration: How would most Americans tend to pronounce "Scheel"? Certainly NOT the way it is pronounced here in Germany. The "h" before the "l" may just be an attempt to force a more German pronunciation of the name, n'est ce pas?
Because in German, "Scheel" is pronounced - more or less -"shale". Now I ask you: how would most Americans tend to pronounce "Scheehl"?
I rest my case.
Also, Dad: Jakob's point of origin is Bermaringen, not Rermaringen.
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