I'm sorry, I think you misunderstood me when I said that I was trying to find out what happen in Germany. I didn't mean a specific event I meant that I am hoping to find out about the Steinmetz family before they came to the US (in about 1757); who the generation before JOhn Wigant Steinmetz(born in 1756) was, where did they live, what kind of work...any info about their lives in Germany would be appreciated. Please reread my first message and maybe it will make sense now. (The only dates I know are included in it.) My question for you is: Do you mean in your message that you have an old history book which actually lists a John Wigant Steinmetz? Thanks so much for taking the time to respond! Oh, and by the way, any info on John's wife Hannah Hays from Virginia would also be appreciated.