Hello, and thanks for your message. Since I posted that query, I have made major progress thanks to great volunteers and key books. My BRUSS family turns out to be from Cammin, Kreis Cammin, not far north of Stettin where your Bruss family was from.
Frederick's full name turned out to be Martin Friedrich BRUSS, a ship's carpenter b. about 1799, who married Maria Sophia STIEMKE in 1828. He was the son of Johann Fridrich BRUSS, a Schiffszimmergeselle or journeyman ship's carpenter, as shown in his son Martin's marriage record.
Friedrich and Sophia had four sons, one of whom died young. The parents and three sons [one named August] came to America in 1839 with the Old Lutherans, and they settled in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where ship building work was available. They are listed in a book on the Old Lutheran migration, which is how we found them. So lucky!
I would love to know how the BRUSS families are connected, if they are. There are others in Kreis Cammin, for example. But I don't know anyone who doing a BRUSS genealogy for that part of Pomerania. And no, your BRUSS names are not in my family tree.
Even though you know the marriage year of 1877, since you don't know the church, it would be very tedious to borrow microfilm for all the Stettin churches thru your nearby Family History Center. If you did, you might find the marriage date and perhaps the fathers for August and Pauline.
Are you a member of any of the Pomerania/Pommern genealogy message boards? There might be someone who could help you.