I am looking for my grandfather's birthplace in Germany. From a family member, I am told he was born in Byron, a town 50 miles southwest of Munich. Every town name I find that is close to "Byron" is definately not 50 miles southwest of Munich. But, as he was born 8/11/1868, my data is second or third hand.
Every census and his naturalization records (at least the index at http://www.rootsweb.com/~ohcuyah2/nats/coarch/part3/pg0147.h...
) show only "Germany" as his place of birth.
Also, if anyone has any info about the family, here are the details:
John A./Arthur John Long/Lang(?) was born in Germany on August 11, 1868. His parents died while he was young and was taken in by a harsh uncle. In 1885, he left Germany for America, winding up in Cleveland, Ohio where he was greatly helped by Max Raeder.
In the early 1890's he married Adelaine/Ada Raeder and they had Edna [Paul Grodetz](1894-1955) , Elmer [Jesse](1897-1990), Clarence [Cora](1900-1963), and Kenneth [Lorraine](1905-1963). Adelaine died and, later, Arthur (as he was going by then) married Ada (yes, the same name!) Rupprecht (daughter of Paul and Augusta Jaekel Rupprecht) in Chicago. They had Donald ([Virginia](1922-1964 and Roger [Elizabeth](1926-2001).
We know Arthur hung awnings in Cleveland. Also, he and his eldest sons and son-in-law started Long Plumbing and Supply in Chicago (which closed in 1993). Other than a couple of addresses, that is about all we know about him. We have no idea who his parents in Germany were. Even his death certificate lists them as "unknown". (I'm sure he knew who they were, but his death certificate was filled out by his son who apparently did not.)