Kathy Riley Williams

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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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