Thomas--My family tree looks something like this: Robert Carl (father), Armin Anton (grandfather), Anton (great-grandfather), Peter Franz (great-great-grandfather), Valentin Sr. (great-great-great grandfather). It is recorded that in 1861 that Peter Franz wrote his memoirs and mentioned Valentin Sr. He came to the US is 1853 and lost contact with his family. My grandfather Armin Anton wrote another family history in 1971. Peter Franz and family survived the Souix Uprising of 1862.