I was wondering if you were by any chance related to Friedrich Gotthold Struve who was born in Kiel on 24 Jan 1742 and died in Oldenburg, Niedersachsen, Germany on 19 Sept. 1813. He was married to Christina Charlotte vonShele on 27 Sept, 1776, place unknown. This is as far as I have gotten back in the Struve line so far. Their grandson, Ernest Henry (E.H.) Struve married my 3rd great grand aunt Emile Catharina Schnoor who was born in Kuden, Dithmarschen, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany on 24 June 1836 in Jackson County, Iowa, USA on 21 Feb. 1855. Ernest Henry was born in Helse, Dithmarschen, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany on 27 April 1826. i don't know how common a name Struve is in Germany, but since you're from the same place as my ancestors, I thought I would check. I am sure I have others in my tree that were born in Kiel, but right now i can't think of their Surnames. I will let you know if I find them.