Yes, this is the same line! All of the information that you've given is correct as far as I know. I'm not sure about the Baden, Germany though because on the pension it said "Byson" and State, which can mean "city" in German. I've had several native speakers look at this and they think it may have been "Bitzen", which is a town near the Belgian border. He did say that he was from "Belgium" on later Censuses when it was nearing WWI and no longer popular to be from Germany.
I'm working on a book manuscript about Michael and my other Civil War grandfathers. I'm presenting a paper at a historical conference on Oct. 31st about his time with the 117th Infantry. (I'm a professor at a University). I also was able to look up some medical card files last week in DC at the National Archives and found some more clues for Michael.
However, I cannot figure out his parents. He came to the US around 1828 and I'm sure that the name was not Criner because that is not a German spelling.
What else can we confirm? I do have the marriage from Norway, Herkimer Co., NY. It's online here:
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