I replied a while back asking about Anna Dorothea Bilse (1837-1916) who married Peter Henry Thousand. I had mentioned that I believe her parents were Christian Bilse and Anna Dorothea Elsebach of Hessen.
I believe Anna had siblings Gertrude (aka Catharine 1840-1912) who had married Ludwig Peter Frederick Helmenstine and then later married into the Thousand family as well with Wilhelm (William)Wendel Thousand (1835-1878)
I believe they had a brother John Bilse (b. abt 1845). John and Gertrude lived with the Fred Osterberg family in Blue Mounds, WI around the 1860's. John later married Emma and had 7 children (Clara Johnson, Augusta - married Frederick Willard Robinson of NE, Mathilda (m. Herman Lanpop) and Adeline and Mary.
John, Emma, Adeline, Mary and Clara are buried in Barneveld, WI
If you have any information on these families, I would greatly appreciate your assistance!