Lines of Christoph Frederick
and Johannes Saul
In the United States all (or nearly all) individuals with the surname “Imle” appear to be descended from Christoph Frederick and Anna Maria (Reichert) Imle, who arrived in the U.S. from Gundelbach, Germany, 15 Apr 1881.
But there are believed to be other U.S. “Imles” with a different surname spelling (see blog of 16 Dec 2015, “What's in a name?”). One family tree shows that on 17 Dec 1812 in Gundelbach was born Johannes Saul Imle, shown by another tree to be the third cousin once removed of our Christoph Frederick. Sometime in the early 1800s Johannes immigrated to the United States (beating Christoph’s arrival by several decades), was married 20 Sep 1835 in Ohio, and settled in Indiana, where he died on 14 Mar 1896. Johannes anglicized his name to “John” with, at various times, surnames of “Emly,” “Emley,” and “Emily.” (Similar to the German pronunciation of "Imle.") Most of his descendants settled on the name “Emily” though the name “Emly” is also seen.
Frederick Imle & Johannes Saul Imle.
DNA testing is poor at determining that one's grandfather was a blue-eyed fisherman from Ireland, as suggested in some advertisements, or that one should exchange lederhosen for kilts, as claimed in others. But it can be excellent for confirming relationships and boosting the reliability of family trees. Welcome aboard Emilys and Emlys.