First, thank you for taking an interest in this project.
Second, you have made me feel better, now that I know it wasn't just me having trouble with Daniel. I spent a lot of time on this a long while back and simply put it on the back burner when I kept getting hung up.
I had to go back to some old records I originally used to create the profiles in Wikitree. I don't where Daniel's birthplace of Giesen came from, but it IS near Hamburg in Northern Germany. Daniel is the ONLY German in my paternal line (both sides) that wasn't from Kaiserslautern, but no one could ever say why.
The dates of Daniel's birth and his christening are within a month, so I can accept those. I can't explain the name difference, however, between the mother I have, Christina Kerr, and the one found, Elisabetha Kehr.
The cousin I got Johann's name from lived in Kaiserslautern, supposedly in Johann Thomas' original house, hence the photo in the profile. Not being able to contact him obviously is disturbing. As I said before, all my Germans, except Daniel, are from the Kaiserslautern area, so I would like to believe that's the direction to go, EXCEPT that Johann becomes a contemporary of Daniel, based on Daniel's birthdate and the date found for Johann Ernst.
We have two Johanns (one Johann Philipp Ernst, the other Johann Ernst) with parents Johann/Johann Philipp Ernst and Anna Maria Christina/Anna Maria Schneider, but they are a generation apart. My Johann was born in 1838, the other in 1863. I can understand the name issues, but the dates are still wrong.
These are two separate lines that probably need to be studied apart from each other. If that can't be done here, I understand and will simply have to figure something out. If study can proceed with both, maybe something can be found that I missed way back when and can now give me a direction to go.
What has always made Daniel difficult to research is the fact that no one I ever talked to that knew anything about him had anything positive to say - he was an ***hole, a mean person, a selfish person, a bully, etc. - and that tends to color what people think and remember. All this from nearly 25 years ago when I first started researching. All those people are long gone now.
I'm writing this at breakfast. We are on the road trying to get back home, so it will be later today before I can make another response. I'll leave it up to Anne B. to determine the ultimate direction to take. Thanks again.