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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. |
While living 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 Herrschaft Breuberg, in present-day 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, who was a maternal aunt of my 3rd-great-grandfather Daniel Götz (1826-1911), both of whom were natives of Ichenheim in Ortenaukreis, Baden.
One of my favorite German connections comes through the French ancestry of my 6th-great-grandfather John DeMoss (d. c1815), who was a ferry operator and station keeper at The Point, near North Bend in Hamilton County, Ohio. His great-grandmother Marthe Duval, Madame de Rocoulle (c1655-1741) was a Hofdame and Dame du Palais at the court in Berlin and was the erste Pflegerin und Erzieherin of Friedrich der Große (1712-1786), König von Preußen.
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