Hi Denise, I've slowed down in my research, but haven't stopped. I dont' know if Edwin and Jacob were related, but I have every reason to believe that they might have been. Edwin's (sometimes called Edward) father, John Bieder, did come from Switzerland, mid-1800's, and fought in the Civil War. He's buried at Mt Hope Cemetery in Rochester, NY. He was married to Catherine Anne Buchan, though there is some mystery in that too. Evidently he had family that came here before him, and he emigrated later to join them. He wound up staying in NY.