Hi Jenna, Thanks for responding ;). As far as we know John William was born in France. That's what is listed as his birthplace on all the census records that we found. Haven't been able to find birth records yet. So that's what we are trying to find now. Again, thanks for responding and your help/info is greatly appreciated. We are VERY new to family ancestry research..so still trying to find our way navigating all the records and web sites available.