I cannot believe I found this. I too am a direct descendent of Maximillian Schneider.
Max would be my 3rd great grandfather. Max had another son Martin who was brother of Francis. Martin is my branch of the Tree.
I would love to share with you some of the information I have collected over the years about Maximillian. I live about one hour from Millhousen, Ind. the home of Maximillian and have visited his home and burial site on several occasions.
Another of my cousins have done extensive research on Maximillian and wrote a paper on it. I will have to find it but it may shed some light as to why Max came to the U.S.
I am so excited that you have been able to find further ancestors beyond Johannes Schneider.