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.