John and Magalena were my great-great-grandparents (paternal on my mother's side).
John was born December 13, 1819 in Dunzweiler, Pfalz, Bayern, Germany. oldest daughter also named Magdelina was born April 15, 1846 in Dunzweiler, Pfalz, Bayern, Germany (Ba: C982571 So: 415749.She was christened April 26, 1846 in Evangelische Kircke, Breitenbach, Pfalz, Bayern, Germany (Ba: C993352 So:492738),
John was not their oldest child.I find John a middle child: Magdelina b. 1846 Charles b. 1848(my g-grandfather) Micheal b. 1849 John b. 1852 Herman b. 1854 Carrie b. 1858 Jacobb. 1863 Kathrin b. 1870
I have found the family in the following census:
1850 (March 11)--Ridott, Stephenson Co., Illinois John Koppes 30farmer Germany Magdelina 28 Germany Magdelina 5 Germany Charley 3 Ill. Michael 10/12 (10 mo.) Ill. John(53 or 63)farmer Germany [ value of real estate 400 ]
1856 - Reeve Twp, Franklin Co. IApg 774Dwelling 46 Family 56 John Coppas35MFarmerGermany* Edmd 32FGermany Edmd16FGermany Charles8MIL Michael6 MIL John4 MIL Harman2 MIL
* 2 yrs in the state,Naturalized voter, Militia, owns land - 10 acres improved, 70 unimproved, 40 tons of hay.(enumerated July-Aug 1956) (Theobolt Miller family is dwelling 44 family 54)
1870 - Butler Co, IA p.715 Shell Rock Twp Pg no 645/47 Koppes, John52 M W Farmer2000738Baveria(U.S. citizen) Luce47 F WKeeping HouseBaveria Charles22 M W Farm HandIllinois (U.S. citizen) John17 M W works with farmerIllinois Hermann15 M W works with farmerIllinois Carrie13 F Wattends schoolIowa Margaret 10 F Wattends schoolIowa Jacob7 M W attends schoolIowa Katie5 F Wattends schoolIowa ------------------------- John's parents were Johannes (John) Kappes and Catharina Mootz.Johannes is found on 1850 Census with son John's family in Ridott, Stephenson Co, IL
8 Children's civil birth records found at LDS library in Plano: Batch: C982571Source: 415749
Contact me and I'll be glad to share other decendant information.