I think I have information that may be helpful to you. I am going through all of my NEUMANN documents in preparation of my "BOOK".
While reviewing the probate record for Emilie Schulz Neumann, wife of August Neumann. I find that William Kanies witnessed her will on 1 December 1911.
An affidavit on 11 December 1913 by William Kanies in the probate packet indicates that he resided at 1914 S. Leavitt and was 66 years of age. He was a janitor for the CB&Q RR.
William Kanies, born 14 April 1847, died 22 January 1914 & married Emilie Auguste Neumann, born 10 May 1852 and died 15 November 1914. She was the daughter of Carl Ludwig Neumann & Wilhelmine Dorothea Horn. She was also the sister of my August Neumann.
If you wish further information regarding this family, please communicate directly. I won't be posting any more information on this board.