Source: U.S. Passport Applications, 1795-1925," [database on-line], Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 9 May 2011), entry for Charles A. Zobel; Passport Applications, 1795-1905; (National Archives Microfilm Publication M1372, 694 rolls)
Charles A. Zobel applied for a U.S. passport in 1922 to travel and visit relatives in Germany and Poland. He lists his birthplace as: "near city of Nakel, Germany, now Poland". I had found his parent's, Johann Zobel and Henriette Fredrich, marriage place as Nakel, Poznan, Prussia.
I guess I am wondering what the chance is of Henriette Fredrich living away from her family and if this could be the area my great grandfather is from. She was married in 1862; her son, Charles, was born in 1864. The Zobel family immigrated to the United States in 1870. J. August Fredrich immigrated in 1872. Unfortunately, the immigration records have been destroyed for Manistee County (so I was told by a county clerk).
I know the Zobel family and J. August's family were members of the German Lutheran Church in Manistee, Michigan. It may be time to take a look for Lutheran parish records for Nakel.
What do you think? Any suggestions, where to go next?