Johann Schnellan Pfeil was my GGG grandfather. He was born before 1800 and had 6 sons and at least one daughter with his first wife. All six sons were later killed during the Franco-Prussian war. He and his 2nd wife, Mary D(a)ering had twin boys John Schnellan and Charles in 1836 in Hesse-Kassel. Mary died and the boys were nursed by their half-sister along with her own infant.
In 1857 John immigrated to Australia and spent the rest of his life in Victoria, living near Melbourne. His twin brother followed him at some point. John Married Annie Connelly, a recent Irish immigrant. They had 5 children: Anna Letitia (my GGrandmother), Mary Jane, John Snellen 3, Annie May, Catherine Sophia and Jenny.
I hope to find information about Johann Pfeil's family in Germany. Did any of his half brothers have children before they were killed in the war? Were there uncles or aunts? Wh was the half-sister who nursed the newborn twins? Did any members of this family immigrate to America? Is there a connection between this family and the one you described?
Thanks for any help
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