I'm not sure ours are the same Franz Xaviers - different counties in IA.That's a big part of the problems I'm finding in researching; that is, making sure I have the right people because so many people with the same names settled in the same areas of the country so they would have similar cultural groupings.
My problem with the family line for Franz is that **all** the other family trees showing parentage have his "father" Franz Bauer - and, if listed, "mother" Maria Mueller - the problem being his "father" is three (3) years younger than he!!!!!Didn't notice the discrepancy right away & then had to delete that entire line from our Franz all the way back to 1649!Bummer!AND, it also may be that the "father" and "son" are one and the same person but I haven't had time to go into it to verify or figure it all out.
I have a ggg who shared an unusual name with someone who was about 7 yrs older & both settled in the same county in TX, both served in the CW and both are buried in the same county; only mine died about 20 yrs before the older version!No direct relationship, either!!!
But, just in case: It appears mine was from Ellenbach Pfeffertshofen, Bavaria Germany and ended up in Harlan, Shelby County, IA.He married Crescentia Grace Fottner in 1848 at Ellenbach, Bergstrasse, Hessen, Germany (probably same location, just old original name to more modern name). (He may have traveled through IL, IN & WI before settling in IA) I have some of this data from family records, so I know some is probably correct, however, I'm finding some family histories aren't all that reliable, either.
Our side is from their youngest child, daughter Anna Theresa, who married Joseph Kobold - this much I do know is accurate, but the family histories are for the Kobold line and, so far, I haven't found any records following Theresa's line back any farther than the names of her father & mother!
If you think we have a connection I would really like the contact & hopefully some of the mystery can be solved!My direct email address is email@example.com