My direct ancestor, Nikolas Mengel was born in Gera, Saxony, Germany in the early 1700’s. I recently found an article from the Allentown Democrat 9/1914 about a Mengel reunion in Pottsville, PA. This article indicated Nikolas was the progenitor of all Mengels in PA and refer to him as The Redemptioner. They mention he briefly lived in Russia where he was asked to denounce his Protestant faith and he refused and escaped to the US. Nice story but, I was told he and some friends had tortured a Rabbi who refused to say Jesus. I’m really curious as to what the truth was about Nikolas. There was also some mentions of royalty etc that I’m curious about. I’m having a difficult time understanding exactly what the article is saying. Any help would be much appreciated!