I think we may be related, as I believe that Wilhelm was my great grandfather "William L. Kanies." William, married to "Emily," was the father of Elmer Kanies. Elmer, married to Emma Kowitz, was the father of Robert Kanies. Robert, an only child, was my father. All I know about the "Kanies" family, based on what my grandmother Emma Kowitz told me, is that they were originally from Germany. So far as I know, they never lived anywhere in the US except for the Chicago area.
Where did all of your information about Wilhelm and Carl Johann Kanniess come from?