Family story is that my ggrandfather's name was YACKEL(spelling may be different) and that he came to this country as a stowaway from Germany. He was in Keiser Wilhelm's army, born in 1850 and was a painter/wall paper hanger by trade. The story goes that he changed his name to Smith when he got to this country and he settled in TN where he married my ggrandmother in 1878. I don't have a clue on how to go about researching this line since I am unsure of his name. He was called Harry (Harris) A. Smith in America and I don't think the name was changed legally. Does anyone have any suggestions on where to start looking to ID him?
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