The Triem family name is of French origin, along with many other surnames found in the region around the villages of Rosenkopf, Käshofen, Krähenberg, and elsewhere in the district. These names would include others of my ancestral family including Chollage, Blinn, Agne/Angne, and Zedi. After the revocation of the Edict of Nantes in 1685, and the ensuing persecution of protestants in France, among the estimated 400,000 French protestants who fled the country, some made their way east, across the Saar River, into the German-speaking region, and settled there, where subsequent generations spoke the local dialect of German. My ancestor Peter Triem (1795 - 1877) emigrated from Krähenberg in 1831 and traveled to Stark County, Ohio where there was a thriving community of German immigrants living in Plain Township. His son Ludwig, known in America as Lewis, married Elizabeth Huppert in 1845 and later migrated west, first to Plainfield, Illinois and then to Black Hawk County, Iowa where they raised their family outside of LaPorte City, including my great-great-grandmother Caroline Triem (1847 - 1918).