A common surname and the fact that he died young doesn't help you in your quest. Knowing his exact birth date would help. If he doesn't have a tombstone the cemetery office or the church he was a member of may have some helpful data in their records. If you're real lucky his obituary might list the exact town he was born in or possibly any surviving siblings which could be a BIG help. If you find any siblings then find out when and where they were born.
He may have become a naturalized citizen. If so his papers may have the town he was from and when and where he arrived. At the very least they will list what country or ruler's allegiance he was foreswearing.