It is my belief that Joel German is the son of William German/Jerman and Miley Kidwel (1850 census says William was born in North Carolina and Miley in South Carolina). Married Jane Katherine Shortner. The brother of Luther (wife Adaline Hayden), William B (wife Romelia), Frederick Kidwell, and Anderson J (wife 1 Virginia Winkle, 2 Mary R Presley). Father of James Grant, Edna, Andrew, William, Jackson, John N, Joel, Jerry, Jessie Lee and Lu. In 1850 census his brother Luther is spelling it with a "J". In 1860 census Luther is not on census (presumed dead) and his family is now using spelling with "G" and it stays "G" for this branch to this day. Hope this helps!