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Kathy Riley Williams (#46570710)
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Bio Photo Genealogy, cemetery photography, and collecting unusual names from tombstones are among my hobbies. I love reading (history, biographies, poetry), animals, cooking, old houses, art, learning, gardening, and walking in the woods. In college, I studied European history, Spanish language and culture, American literature, gender studies/Southern masculinity, and composition theory. My German and Dutch ancestors were among the founding settlers of Ohio, Kentucky, Virginia, West Virginia, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, & New York, as well as the American West. My favorite cemeteries include the founders and military cemeteries in St. Augustine, Florida; the Lexington Cemetery in Lexington, Kentucky; Red Oak Cemetery in Brown County, Ohio; and the ancient burial sites of Galicia. Some of my ancestors include Homer Van Meter, getaway driver for Depression-era gangster John Dillinger; Penelope Von Prinzen Stout, founding mother of New Jersey; Elizabeth Bee, a courtesan of Elizabeth I; James Fenimore Cooper, American novelist; William "Billy" Helphenstine, participant in a famous Fleming County, Kentucky, murder trial; Jan and Jos VanMatre, among the first Dutch colonists in America; Isaac Wamsley, German ship's captain-turned-Revolutionary War patriot; and Peter Helphenstine, Virginia militia man, friend of George Washington, and Revolutionary War patriot. My fantasy cemetery vacation? Pere-Lachaise, of course!

I have written the following bios for FAG: Thomas Philip "Tip" O'Neill, John F. Kennedy Jr., Michael Hutchence, Laura Ashley, Quentin Crisp, Adolph Rupp, and Jurgen Baldiga.
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Lori Johnson
Simon Boyd 17166786
May I have your permission to use your photo of Simon in my private family tree? Simon was a 4th cousin of mine. Not a close relative, but a cousin none the less! I love having a face to put with the names in my tree, makes it so much more personal.

Thank you.
Added by Lori Johnson on Mar 08, 2015 2:00 PM
My dad
Hi Kathy,

Thank you so much for visiting my dad and leaving the kind message. I appreciate it so much.

Added by Daddys♥Girl on Jan 12, 2014 5:28 AM
Neil B (John 3:16)
Season Greetings Kathy,

Merry★* 。 ˚ ˚ ˛ ˚ ˛
。★Christmas★ 。* 。
。 ˛˚˛ * _Π_____*。*˚
˚ ˛ ˛˚ */______/~\。˚ ˚ ˛
˚ ˛ ˛ ˚ | 田田 |門| ˚And a happy new year!

Added by Neil B (John 3:16) on Dec 23, 2013 11:49 PM
RE: Isaac Wamsley mem#16786749
I am somewhat confused as the memorial I cited was written by you, or am I incorrect?
P. Wood
Added by Paula on Oct 20, 2013 10:45 AM
Isaac Wamsley mem#16786749
I find information indicating that Isaac Wamsley is buried in The Wamsleyville Methodist Episcopal Church Cemetery AND the Wamsley Family Cemetery.
Can you shed any light on this?
Thank you
P. Wood
Added by Paula on Sep 25, 2013 9:17 AM
penelope stout.
I just wanted to drop a line. After many years of searching i just foundvoutvim descended from penelppe stout has anyone tried to locate a grave?
Added by violet on Nov 11, 2012 1:46 PM
penelope stout.
Added by violet on Nov 11, 2012 1:43 PM
Neil B (John 3:16)
Hi Kathy,

♪♫**.♥ HAPPY HOLIDAYS ♪♫**.♥ TO YOU,♪♫**.♥ AND GOD BLESS US, ♪♫**.♥ EVERYONE! ♪♫* ♪♫**.♥ ♪♫**.♥ ♪♫**.♥♪♫* ♪♫**.♥
Added by Neil B (John 3:16) on Dec 27, 2010 8:58 PM
Hi Kathy
I wish you a Happy Easter to you and your loved ones. Hugs..... Mario.
Added by Anonymous on Mar 31, 2010 10:48 AM
Genealogist's Christmas Eve
'Twas the night before Christmas
When all through the house
Not a creature was stirring,
Not even my spouse.

The dining room table with clutter was spread
With pedigree charts and with letters which said...
"Too bad about the data for which you wrote;
Sank in a storm on an ill-fated boat."

Stacks of old copies of wills and such
Were proof that my work had become too much.
Our children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugarplums danced in their heads.

And I at my table was ready to drop
From work on my album with photos to crop.
Christmas was here, and such was my lot
That presents and goodies and toys I'd forgot.

Had I not been busy with grandparents' wills,
I'd not have forgotten to shop for such thrills,
While others bought gifts to bring Christmas cheers,
I'd spent time researching those birth dates and years.

While I was thus musing about my sad plight,
A strange noise on the lawn gave me such a great fright.
Away to the window I flew in a flash,
Tore open the drapes and yanked up the sash.

When what with my wondering eyes should appear,
But an overstuffed sleigh and eight small reindeer.
Up to the house top the reindeer they flew,
With a sleigh full of toys and 'ole Santa Claus, too.

And then in a twinkle, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of thirty-two hoofs.
As I drew in my head, and bumped it on the sash,
Down the cold chimney fell Santa--KER-RASH!

"Dear" Santa had come from the roof in a wreck,
And tracked soot on the carpet, (I could wring his short neck!)
Spotting my face, good 'ole Santa could see
I had no Christmas spirit you'd have to agree.

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work
And filled all the stockings, (I felt like a jerk).
Here was Santa, who'd brought us such gladness and joy:
When I'd been too busy for even one toy.

He spied my research on the table all spread
"A genealogist!" He cried! (My face was all red!)
"Tonight I've met many like you," Santa grinned,
As he pulled from his sack a large book he had penned.

I gazed with amusement--the cover it read
Genealogy Lines for Which You Have Plead.
"I know what it's like as a genealogy bug."
He said as he gave me a great Santa hug.

"While the elves make the sleighful of toys I now carry,
I do some research in the North Pole Library!
A special treat I am thus able to bring,
To genealogy folk who can't find a thing."

"Now off you go to your bed for a rest,
I'll clean up the house from this genealogy mess."
As I climbed up the stairs full of gladness and glee,
I looked back at Santa who'd brought much to me.

While settling in bed, I heard Santa's clear whistle,
To his team, which then rose like the down of a thistle.
And I heard him exclaim as he flew out of sight,
"Family history is Fun! Merry Christmas! Goodnight!"
Added by GenealogyGirl on Dec 25, 2009 12:32 AM
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