So, I've hit a brick wall with one of my tree branches and I need help.
I know that the 2nd Great Grandfather in question was called John (Johann) Martin. I know from the 1871 and 1891 Census that he was born in 1840 in Germany and lived in Surrey and London. In the 1871 census it states he was from what looks like Fritzlow but cited at Frilzton but neither of those places seem to exist today. It could have been Fritzlar or Fritzow - both of which are in Germany. In the 1891 Census, it states John was from Besse, Germany but on closer inspection, we believe the text says Hesse, Germany.
I know John was married to Helena Jakobs (also born in Germany) in 1874 in Mile End Old Town, London, England.
I know that John and Helena had a son, John Baptist Apollinaris Martin who was born in Hoxton, London. We have the birth certificate for John Baptist which corroborates John and Helena's names.
What I can't find any record of is John Martin's birth in Germany or who his parents might have been. I've tried various spellings of the name - Marten, Martini, Martinez, Morten and have looked for both John and Johann and have tried filtering the searches for various places in Hessen, Germany. There are no records that I can see for a Johann Martin in Fritzlar, Fritzow or Besse - the only one that seems to pop up now and then is for a Johann Martin from Frankfurt which, while still in Hessen, is quite far away from the aforementioned locations.
Am I barking up the wrong branch? Am I looking in the wrong places?Any pointers or advice would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you in advance.