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Johann Gottlieb Drange birthplace is given variously as Darschäwitz, Possen or Posen(possibly misspelled Preußen?), Germany, July 1850. The 1900 US Census lists him as “Jno G. Drange” of Cullom Village, Livingston Co., IL. and gives 1882 as date of immigration (but 1880 in the 1910 census, where he is shown as John G. Drange).

How might I find out who his parents were?

Family tradition says his father was a military officer, but we don’t know anything more.

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    Welcome to Genealogy & Family History SE! What evidence do you have for birth and immigration dates? It seems unlikely for a 40 year old man to be emigrating because of parental pressure in career choice! Do you have any clues to narrow down a birth location? Posen was large. – bgwiehle Feb 8 '18 at 0:52
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    Stan, thanks for editing your question - much more focussed now. I've reopened so hopefully you'll get some answers soon. I'm assuming the date of immigration on the 1910 census is 1900 not 1800? – Harry Vervet Feb 9 '18 at 3:08
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    If you have a digital copy of the original record(s), it might be useful to upload. The person's name is German, but the location sounds slavic (Polish). I am very suspicious of the "ä", and to some extent of the first "a" as weli. Posen (now Poznan) is a city in Poland, so I would first look for places near there that have a name similar to Derschewitz, Derzvice or similar. – user3697176 Feb 9 '18 at 16:59
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    Place referenced is most likly Darsewitz, Usedom-Wollin, Stettin, Pommern [now Darzowice, Poland], according to both Meyers Orts and GOV. But lots of Dranges in Posen according to Family Search, in Unruhstadt and Karge, both in former Kreis Bomst, and other places. – bgwiehle Feb 9 '18 at 21:39

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