I'm looking for any info on a Christopher Belen, born in @ 1826 in Germany. He may have been born Christoffer Balen. He married Margretha (or Margrata) Boltz. They and their eight children (at the time - good Catholics...lol) came to the U.S. in 1871 aboard the SS Caledonia, and moved to central Michigan.
I have not been able to locate any info on them in Germany (or Prussia, at the time) before they came to the states, such as their parents' names, etc.
Any tips would be appreciated.
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