I would like to find information about two parts of my family. My 4th Great grandfather, Emanuel Bessel was born about 1761 in Poland. He moved to Hussenbach, Russia by 1798.
His father appears to be Johann Bessel born about 1717 in Poland. Johann also had 4 other children also born in Poland; Johann Friedrich, Anna, Martin and Katharina.
Can you tell me anything about where in Poland Emmanuel and his father’s family lived in the 1700s? What did his father do for an occupation and what was life like there that might have contributed to them moving to Hussenbach, Russia?
Secondly, when my great grandfather and grandmother, George Friedrich Bosel/Bessel (born 1889 Hussenbach, Russia) and Katrina emigrated in 1901 to the United States they listed their last residence as Tropp, Poland. Tropp is also the last residence for my grandfather, Johann Friedrich Besel and his 4 siblings who emigrated about this same year. Where is Tropp? Is it a city? The family had all been living in Hussenbach, Russia previous to coming to the United States. Why might they have they have been living in Tropp before moving to the United States? I am so confused and of course my grandparents would rarly talk about the old world or their lives previous to America.
Sincerely, Carol Besel Evans
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