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Todd Whitesides (#47553735)
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Bio Photo A native of Louisville, Kentucky, I've lived since 1998 in the Historic Licking Riverside Neighborhood of Covington directly across the Ohio River from Cincinnati. Much of my time on Find A Grave has been spent recording the Germans who settled in the Ohio River Valley in such large numbers. My grandmother Luetta Deitchman Crenshaw cultivated an interest in our heritage and she was an active member and officer with the German-American Club Gesangverein in Louisville. Together we researched the families of her 2nd-great-grandfathers, Carl Deutschmann (1800-1869) and Philip Jacob Deuser (1815-1874) of Charlestown, Indiana.

When I lived in the Highlands neighborhood of my hometown I would regularly visit St Louis Cemetery where my 4th-great-grandparents, Johann Michael Hillerich (1795-1879) and his wife Anna Apollonia Ritter Hillerich (1799-1876), are buried. Michael's grandfather Herr Johann Lorenz Hillerich (1734-1798) and great-grandfather Herr Albert Hillerich (1706-1765) were foresters and huntsmen for Karl Thomas, Fürst zu Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rosenberg (1714-1789). Michael's 2nd-great-grandfather Herr Paulus Ostner (d. 1751) was also a forester and huntsman for Maximilian Karl Albrecht (1656-1718), Fürst zu Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rochefort. The residence of the Ostners and Hillerichs was a Herrenhaus known as the 'Seckmaurer Jägers Haus' an der Wörthers Grenze.

Another research interest is my 9th-great-grandfather Simon Philipp Martini (1654-1729), who along with his father and brothers helped operate the Waffenschule at Schloß Schadeck for Georg Wilhelm, Graf zu Leiningen-Westerburg (1619-1695). My 9th-great-grandmother Marthe Duval, Frau von Rocoulle (c.1655-1741) was a Hofdame at the Berlin court of Friedrich Wilhelm von Preußen (1688-1740) and Sophia Dorothea von Hannover (1687-1757) and was the Erzieherin of their son Friedrich der Große (1712-1786).
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