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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 research is centered around the history of the Ohio River Valley and the genealogy of its early settlers. My personal ancestry is spread throughout much of this region, confirmed by over thirty years of research, and through DNA testing I verified my ethnicity was mostly composed from Western Europe, Ireland, and Great Britain.|
When I lived in the Highlands Neighborhood of my hometown I used to visit St Louis Cemetery to see the grave marker of my 4th-great-grandparents, Johann Michael Hillerich (1795-1879) and his wife Anna Apollonia Ritter Hillerich (1799-1876), who were from Seckmauern in Odenwaldkreis, Hessen. Locating their place of origin in Europe was the first such breakthrough in my own research, and I still have the letters I received in 1991 from Pfarrer Dr. Karl-Heinz Drobner replying to my enquiries. My grandmother Luetta Crenshaw (1927-1990) supported my interest in our German heritage and together we researched the families of her 2nd-great-grandfathers, Carl Deutschmann (1800-1869) and Philipp Jakob Deußer (1815-1874), both of Charlestown, Indiana. Since moving to Northern Kentucky from Louisville, I've located the grave marker of Maria Ursula Nußbaum Uhl (1805-1891) at St John's Lutheran Churchyard in Camp Springs, Campbell County. She was a maternal aunt of my 3rd-great-grandfather Daniel Götz (1826-1911), both of whom were natives of Ichenheim in Ortenaukreis, Baden.
Another preoccupation is with the gentry and noble families of Great Britain, especially those involved in the settlement of colonial North America. One of my favorite discoveries shared on Find A Grave, connecting my lineage with those families, was locating the burial place of my 4th-great-grandmother, Sarah Ann Timberlake Woodfin (1809-1855), who died during a yellow fever outbreak in Norfolk, Virginia, and whose ancestry stretches back to Thomas Symes (1621-1670) and his wife Amy Bridges Symes (1621-1662), who were buried in a vault beneath the chancel of St Michael's Church at Winterbourne in Gloucestershire, England.
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