The man we know as Charles Riedesel of Chicago was born about 1819 in or near Stralsund in Western Pomerania. I believe he was a sibling to a Friedrich and Sophia Riedesel but records are sketchy. I suspect he came to America about 1873 when he was already into his 50s. The name of his wife is unknown and she was dead before 1880; perhaps he came here as widower.
I associate four children with him but only the older three were certainly his. He lived in Chicago but when he died (after 1920) is also unclear.