My ggrandfather JB Kohls was born in Oldenburg,Germany.He imigrated here in the 1840's and became an American Citizen in 1848.He married Mary Elizabeth Lang(e) in the 1850's.They had children: (maybe more) John Benjamin Kohls, married a Dowell surname Henry Kohls, also married Dowell surname Lucis Henry Kohls (Lew) married Necia Varney Cecelia Kohls married William Davis in IN. Katherine Kohls, married Augustus Dowell William Kohls, never married. Elizabeth Kohls, married ?. She perhaps died in Montgomeru Co. IN. about 1903 and buried in St. Calvary Cemetery lot 318.
Mary Elizabeth Lange also came from Germany in the 1830's.
Both families were in OHio, KY. (had children there), INdiana,(1890) Missouri, Texas (1900), AZ and Calif., from 1902
After 1900, the "s" seems to be dropped from Kohls.My maiden name is Kohl.
Our family really needs ANY help you might be able to give us. Thank you Bettie Kohl Adams