my lineage is from Cornelius John Kehr, b. July 4, 1830 in Mittenburg, Germany. His father was Johann Kehr, his mother was Elisabetha Reinard. They were catholic. Cornelius is reported to be the oldest of eight children, but I have no information on his sibling or their families. I suspect the Kehr family was cought up in the religious upheval that split many families into warring camps at that time in Germany.