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Many of my German relatives came to America when they were nearing their 17-18th birthdays to avoid being inducted into Kaiser Wilhelms's army, I think, so the 1848 birth year would make sense in connection to an 1866 arrival date in America. John or Johannes seems to be a prominent family name as each generation has had one. Although Karl Meinhardt and his siblings were born and lived in the small village of Hausen, I am not sure where his father (John) was born. Family stories say that Karl's brother John married in Erfurt, had two or more children, and that his son died in WW1. Although this may not be the same "John" as you are looking for, perhaps we are cousins somewhere along the line. Parents of Karl and his siblings, were Johannes and Maria Catherina Frankhahn. And this John had at least one brother, by the name of Jacob, who immigrated to America with Karl and with Karl's brother, Joseph, who married in Plattville, WI, I think.I do not know which port they came through. Keep in touch. email@example.com