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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 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 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 with 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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Lily Virdell
RE: Thanks and ?
Boreas was the god of the North Wind in Greek Mythology and a very popular motif in the Victorian era---you have a good eye.
There is a 1993 movie called Shadowlands about the romance of C.S. Lewis and his wife, Joy Gresham. When he realizes she is dying he doesn't think he can handle it but she remarks "the joy we have now is the price we pay for the pain of later." In other words, enjoy now. Thanks again for all you do on Find-A-Grave. Lily
Added by Lily Virdell on Apr 26, 2017 5:41 PM
Lily Virdell
Thanks and ?
Dear Todd, Thank you for the quick attention to the edits I sent for the Squires family buried in Floydsburg Cemetery.
I noticed you just changed your profile picture. As someone who is old enough to be a grandma let me tell you the other picture was much more handsome. It is a beautiful carving though, and odd for someone with as many southern relatives as you to add---it is a symbolic carving of "the north wind." I know this from my study of architecture and furnishings.
I also noticed how much care you put into it when you add flower tokens and would like to know if you would like me to add any to any of your memorials. I try to add meaningful tokens also. I added steamboat tokens to the two "Captains" in your cemeteries. Blessings, Lily
Added by Lily Virdell on Apr 26, 2017 11:53 AM
Creswick family
I see that you have added several members of the above family to St Mary's church in Ecclesfield Yorkshire. It would appear that these are ancient members of my husbands family. Are they connected with you ?

Regards, Yvonne
Added by Vonderene on Apr 26, 2017 7:15 AM
RE: Kate Sommerkamp
Only if my sister is with me. Balance is a bit off for those hilly areas. Inner ear thing.

I see you have two Shoenings in your database...just want you to know that I just entered about 14 or more of that family that Jayne Dunn had requested.

Added by babs on Apr 25, 2017 8:43 AM

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