My great-grandfather is a mystery. I am runnning out of ideas where I should look to find him in any record. My Great-grandmother Mary Othillia Knoebel (1849-1925) was supposedly married to a Mathias Enders/Endres/Andres some time around 1875. At least I assume so since her oldest son and my great-uncle August Enders was born 1 November 1875 supposedly in Iowa. Every US census and Iowa census that I have checked from 1880-1920 list Mary Knoebel Enders residing with her parents or close to her siblings in Mendon Township, Clayton County, Iowa. Mathias is not in any census that I have found. By the 1895 Iowa census lists herself as a widow. I found a marriage record for a Mathias Ender and a Mary Knoebel in Dubuque county Iowa but it is the year 1878 and would have taken place just months before Mary's second child would have been born. I have not ever found a burial for Mathias.
A second cousin inherited German Identification papers issued in Pfullesdorf to a Mathias Endress in March 1866. In it it states he was born 14 Sept1822. Inside the back cover was written Mary's name with her birth date, and the birth dated for Mary's four children and the death date of her 3son Edir 1880-1884 who died about a year before my grandfather was born.
My Grandfather Mike Theodore Enders was according to census records and his WWI draft record was born in MO. I find it odd that out of the four children he was the only child born out of state and by the 1885 Iowa census my great-grandmother is back residing with her parent in Clayton Co. Iowa.