Karla ... I've been trying to find a link between John and Conrad for a while now. Conrad was born 23 Jan 1825 in Heedesheim (??) Hesse (sometimes listed as Germany, other times as Prussia.) My John was born 18 Jan 1835 in Wonsheim, Hesse, Germany. John's other siblings were Henry (b. 1837) and Margareth (b. ~1836) -- who came to the USA in 1855 with their mother (Anna Maria) and father Heinrich/Henry. ... I'm not sure when John came -- possibly 1852 -- and if there were other siblings. Does any of this sound promising?