The American Röckel/Rökel/Roeckel/Reckel family originated in Trulben, Germany.
Trulben is near the French border and south of Frankfurt and west of
Stuttgart. It is near the city of Pirmasens. The two brothers,
Johannes and Andreas Röckel immigrated to Philadelphia around 1880.
Their parents were Nicholas Rökel II and Anna Maria Kupper. The English spelling was Roeckel when the
umlaut was not used. Letters from Germany to Andreas contained
both variations. In all variations, it was pronounced "Reckel" as
Envelope dated 1898/02/21 Addressed: Mr. Nikolaus
Rökel II --- Trulben near Pirmasenz, Reihnffalz,
Andreas had served a hitch in the German army. The
country was gearing up for war and he was going to have to go back into
the army. Andreas was 20 and Johannes was 14 at the time. Andreas's son,
John Reckel, related that his father had told the story that he and
Johannes were sitting
under a tree watching a column of soldiers march by. He said the
sweating like race horses. They decided it was time to go. The two swam
across a river to get to France. They eventually made their way to
England. Andreas worked his way over on a cattle boat as a stockman to
get to America. Johannes stowed away on the same boat and was caught. He
was made to wash dishes to pay his way.
At the port of entry in Philadelphia, it was required for immigrants to
have $100.00 before the could gain entry. This was apparently to keep
out the indigent. Between the two, they had only one hundred. One
brother took all the money and gained admission. He then handed the
money through the fence to the other brother who then used it again to
gain his entry.
They ended up in Indianapolis, Indiana where Andreas worked as a stable
hand at the Fletcher estate (of the American Fletcher National Bank
John Reckel appears in the 1890 Census living at
595 Madison Avenue with Jacob and Anthony Roeckel. Jakob and Anton
were 2nd cousins 1x removed to Andreas and Johannes.
Jakob and Anton retained the English variation of his last
name, Roeckel, becoming Jacob Roeckel and Anthony (Tony) Roeckel.
Andreas and Johannes changed to Andrew Reckel and John Reckel.
Andreas was married at Sacred Heart Church in
Indianapolis, Indiana on June 30, 1885 to Julia Ann Bach. He and
Julia are buried at St. Joseph Cemetery in Indianapolis.
Andreas bought 30 acres, 10 acres at a time, and
farmed it as "truck garden" on Bluff Road.
Andrew worked the farm where he raised vegetables and trucked them to
the Farmer's Market in Indianapolis and sold them. The farm now lies under the
I-465 interstate highway.
Andrew's children were:
Mary Ann Reckel
Julia Ann Reckel
Johannes married at Sacred Heart July 20, 1897 to Anna Hammes. He
had 2 daughters, names unknown. He is buried at St. Joseph
Cemetery in Indianapolis, but I have been unable to find either the
headstone or any record of it. I know of it because of testimony
of Francis Reuter. Anna is probably buried there, too, but I have
been unable to verify that.
Jakob owned three lots on Shelby St. at McDougal St. He built a house on
the middle lot. He later sold the other two lots to pay medical bills
incurred for his wife, Phillippine. Jacob and Phillippine are also
buried at St. Joseph Cemetery.
Jakob's children were:
Anthony Roeckel moved to West Bend, Wisconsin,
married Thecla ? and had 5 children. He and Thecla are buried at
Union Cemetery, Washington County, Wisconsin.