Dear Steup family members,
I’m looking for cousins. An ancestor of mine, Johann Matthias Kopper, came from the Marienberg region of the Westerwald. His parents were Johann Martin Kopper (1778–1849) and Carolina Rickes/Rückes Kopper (1776–1847), of Hardt and Höhn respectively. He was born in 1808 in Hardt, left for the US in 1848, and died in New York City in 1860. His sister, Anna Maria Kopper (4 Nov, 1803–23 February, 1851), was born in Marienberg and married (5 August, 1827), Johann Henrich (or Heinrich) Steup (25 October 1800–18 December 185
, who was born in Grossseifen and died in Hardt. One of their children, Helene Ottilie Steup (born 28 April, 1828 in Marienberg), lived with her family---my ancestors—in New York in the 1850s. Of the many other children of Johann Henrich and Anna Maria Steup, Matthias Heinrich Karl Steup (1830-1903) lived in Marienberg, and had children Auguste Christine (b. 1855), Heinrich Theodor (b. 1857), Jakob Wilhelm (b. 1860), Helen Karoline (b. 1862) and August (1868-1904) Steup, who all lived in Hardt.
Are any of these people among your ancestors? I can’t speak German, so wrote this in English.
Thanks for any help. Best, John Kopper