John was born on 3 Dec 1833 in Rheinphalz, Bavaria, Germany. Father was Wilhelm, mother was Eva. Immigrated to America about 1852. Landed at N.Y. City. A brother may have come with him, but have no proof. Married 25 Aug 1859 to Catherine Gillming, dau. of Peter & Siloma Gillming in Lewis Co., N.Y. Lived in N.Y. until spring of 1878, then homesteaded in NE. Had 10 children: Eva, Charles, Anna, Lucy, Carolyn, George, Clara, William, Albert, Martha. Any connections out there?