Hello Sue.....I am surprised that I don't have information about any of the relatives you list. Could you give a date for any of them, or a place where they lived? My branch came from Germany in 1853, with a stop in Canada, and, in 1873, settled near Smith Center Kansas in a homestead called Hummer. Part of the family left and settled in Beloit, Kansas, retaining the Franzmathes surname. My ancestors remained in western Kansas and dropped the Franz...becoming Mathes during the World Wars.
If Carl was a bridge builder there would not have been much work for him in western Kansas!