The place is probably Alsance Lorrine (the East side of the river was Prussia in the mid 1800's the date is probably 1825-1830 My aunt told me that they walked across the border into the US so the point of entry wasprobably the New York area. John's oldest son was born in Germany 1848 and the second son born in US 1852 listed place as New York.John and Simon were probably brothers or cousins, there is less than 5 years difference in their ages.Please note all of the probably's My grand father (who died when I was 1 1/2 years old) didn't talk about his past much after my grandmother died and all of the verbal history is 3rd hand from an aunt by marriage after my uncle died. My father didn't remember any of the stories as he was about 10 months old when she died.
family tree as I know it John Krell wife catherine(No other info) son Bernard (listed as Patrick in 1860 Census and Berthold in the 1870 Census and in Johns will) son Henry (listed as born New York in the 1860 census and Iowa in the 1870 census) daughter Paulina (born Iowaboth census)
Bernard Married Katherine Althus (Althaus) Aug 1870 by the Baptist Minister at that time Son Berthold born 1874 or 5 I think in Muscatine Son George Adam born 1878 Muscatine (my grandfather) Katherine died some where in the early 1880's Bernard remarried and had more children I can get that info (this is off the top of my head)Died in Cripple Creek Co. 1896 he was listed as 48 yrs old was transported back to Kanas City Mo for burial Berthold married a Katherine and had two sons Orla and don't remember the other) they are listed as stepsons of Hoover in Los Angeles Census(which one escapes me) George Married Cora Linder in Pratt Co Ks 1904 Children in order are Letty Mae Catherine Alice George Berthold Cora Ella Sam (my father had no middle name) Cora Died in Feb of 1920 George married Verna Fern Shoup and had one more son Clinton Merlin
I know this is more than you ask for and not really the answers that you were looking for but if you will E-mail me I'll give you my snail mail address VitaMine23@aol.com and we can clear up some of the weak spots.