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Hello Terri. I am researching Michael Knauf, a neighbor of your ancestor in North Mahoning Township. I have several questions. Is the spelling of John Knuff or Knauf??? There is a John Knauf in North Mahoning Twp. census records, and on the 1870 map of the township. But there was also an earlier one who seems to have dissapeared early on. And it appears that the later one had a son named John as well. So there were three John Knauf's in that area over the last half of the 1850's. Secondly, do you have any idea of the namme of the parents of your John 1811? There is a donated family file in the Indiana County Genealogical Society that has a file on the descendents of Johannes George Knauf, who went by George, and has a son John born 1811, and settled near Trade City, north mahoning Twp. It would appear that this is your John. If so, his father's name was George. I also have a document prepared by a German researcher that deals with the Knauf descendents in the area of Schluechtern Germany, and the surrounding areas, that covers some of the lines back to the 1600's. Included in those lines is a Johann George Knauf, born 1780. If I interpret the chart correctly my Michael and this George would have been cousins. HOWEVER, I have no way of determining if this George is the George in the Indiana Genealogical files. What it would probably take is a search of marriage records in the Mormon Film files for the Ramholtz, Vollmetz area of Hesse-Darmsteadt, Germany, to see if you can locate a marriage record for John Knauf b. 1811. If you can locate that record, it would have his parents names, along with the brides name, and her parents, as well as villages of both individuals being married. If you locate the name of the father of your John in this way it might tie into the chart, and give you the ancestral line to the 1600's. I don't know if any of this will help, but it might give you a direction to search. Dick