Letters 8/30/2017

Author Eddie Price will present “Remember the Raisin!” as the Dinner speaker on Saturday night.He will have handouts of the song sheet we will be singing from, a great little “ditty” from the time period called “Hunters of Kentucky!” Andrew Jackson would use it as his campaign song. Although many Kentuckians were not pleased with Jackson, they LOVED the song which was sung all over America in the early 1820’s during the “Era of Good Feelings” after the War of 1812.

(Photo by Charlie Westerfield, a professional photographer)

Is HITE a Low Dutch name?

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SENT BY: Barbara Whiteside


Thought that HITE was a familiar name…….I did research on some of my Germanna Colony lines. [and my husband] ..many came into KY….Coons/Kunze, Clore/Klaar, Maijer, and others……..anyone interested might want to check the germanna surnames list and dig further…….
SENT BY: Cynthia VannAusdall
I was so tickled to see the photo of my VANN Family History table in the recent Dutch Letters.  I wish I could come but it just isn’t possible this year.  Thanks for making my day.
SENT BY: Pam Ellingson
Coming soon…. the redesigned website.

Jeremy Westerfield has designed a great new website. It will contain all of the information from the current site. It should be easier for you to locate information that you seek.
YOWZA!!  BETTER HURRY!   We have some really special events included this year for the first time.
We love having REGISTERED guests, so we don’t have to make last minute name tags – they don’t look near as pretty!
  • For the pre-con event at the Kentucky History Center in Frankfort on Thursday evening September 7, Debra Renard, a DNA EXPERT will speak on what you might hope to learn from a DNA TEST.
  • Friday, a brief business meeting and all day is packed with interesting information, networking time, family exhibits, silent auction. Saturdayevening you will hear VINCE AKERS, the keynote dinner speaker we all love.
  • Saturday, our excursion event will be to the PAINTED STONE SETTLERS RE-ENACTMENT of the Dutch involvement in the Long Run Massacre.
  • The Saturday evening keynote speaker/entertainer is that delightful and deliriously funny EDDIE PRICE, author of “Widder’s Landing”
  • Sunday we return to the Old Mud Meetinghouse at Harrodsburg to participate in an1800s style REFORMED DUTCH SERVICE led by Russell Gasero, Archivist of the Reformed Church in America, in New Brunswick, NJ. He will be ably assisted by several of our own Dutch Cousins.
  • And all during the event our photographer CHARLIE WESTERFIELD will be cranking away with the memorable photos of us all having a great time!
  • Go to our official website www.DutchCousins.org  to download the registration blank and newsletter with more  information.
SENT BY: Jim Woodfill
A Warning! The Shell Oil Company recently issued a warning after three incidents in which mobile phones (cell phones) ignited fumes during fueling operations. 

In the first case, the phone was placed on the car’s trunk lid during fueling; it rang and the ensuing fire destroyed the car and the gasoline pump.
In the second, an individual suffered severe burns to their face when fumes ignited as they answered a call while refueling their car!And in the third, an individual suffered burns to the thigh and groin as fumes ignited when the phone, which was in their pocket, rang while they were fueling their car.

You should know that Mobile Phones can ignite fuel or fumes.  Mobile phones that light up when switched on or when they ring release enough energy to provide a spark for ignition.
Mobile phones should not be used in filling stations, or when fueling lawn mowers, boat, etc.
Mobile phones should not be used, or should be turned off, around other materials that generate flammable or explosive fumes or dust, (i.e., solvents, chemicals, gases, grain dust, etc.)
To sum it up, here are the Four Rules for Safe Refueling:
1) Turn off engine
2) Don’t smoke
3) Don’t use your cell phone – leave it inside the vehicle or turn it off
4) Don’t re-enter your vehicle during fueling. 
Keep safe, my DUTCH family and friends.
THE LOW DUTCH COUSINS ARE COMING TO FRANKFORT September  7-10,  2017.   Put it on your calendar now.
We have special rates at CAPITAL PLAZA HOTEL – We loved it last time. 405 Wilkinson Blvd, Frankfort, Ky  Better call NOW – only 30 rooms in our block.  502-227-5100  BE SURE TO GIVE THE GROUP CODE:  Dutch Cousins 2389
SENT BY: Mr Lynn Rogers
Hi Lynn,
      I just wanted to drop you a line to let you know that we received the application for a marker to the Westerfield Massacre. It will be included when we send the applications to the committee for review and I’ll be in touch with their decision once I have it.
      Thanks for your work on this and interest in commemorating this chapter in Kentucky’s rich history.
Andrew Patrick, PhD
Community Engagement Coordinator
Kentucky Historical Society
100 W. Broadway │ Frankfort, KY 40601

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Webmaster Pam Ellingson of Wisconsin

SENT BY: from the NY Times, by Gina Kolata
Genetics researchers generally know which DNA sequences originated on which continents. But pinpointing a particular country of origin, as many testing services claim to do, is far trickier.
Scientists simply do not have good data on the genetic characteristics of particular countries in, say, East Africa or East Asia. Even in more developed regions, distinguishing between Polish and, for instance, Russian heritage is inexact at best.
The precise numbers offered by some testing services raise eyebrows among genetics researchers. “It’s all privatized science, and the algorithms are not generally available for peer review,” Dr. Marks said.
“That’s why their ads always specify that this is for recreational purposes only: lawyer-speak for, ‘These results have no scientific standing.’”
For many, though, the point of DNA testing has nothing to do with ethnicity.
SENT BY: Carolyn Leonard
Don’t miss our special presentation on DNA by Debra Renard at 6:30 ThursdaySeptember 7 at the Kentucky Historical Society in Frankfort, KY
SENT BY: The Weekly Genealogist
Ancestral Surname Changes

by Lynn Betlock, Managing Editor

Leslie Vaughn of Palm Coast, Florida: My step-grandfather, Herman Heiden, was born in Germany in 1889 and came to Wyoming as a young boy. His older brother got into a bar fight and thought he’d killed someone. The brother ran away and took Herman with him. They went to North Dakota and assumed a new surname; Herman Heiden became Charles Bailey.

Herman married as a “Charles Bailey” and had eight children. After his wife died, “Charles” married my widowed grandmother and had two children. Somehow my grandmother found out about the name change. She was livid, and made him change his name back to Herman Heiden and changed her children’s surnames from Bailey to Heiden. Two final children were named Heiden.

Later They learned that no murder had actually occurred–the “dead” man was just knocked out and had fully recovered. Herman’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren from his first marriage use the name Bailey, and the children and grandchildren from the second marriage use Heiden.


SENT BY: Carolyn Leonard
Don’t miss our special presentation on DNA by Debra Renard at 6:30 Thursday, September 7 at the Kentucky Historical Society in Frankfort, KY
SENT BY: Jackie Wells Lubinski 
“Snip—Are Hite’s considered Low Dutch”
Hi Carolyn,
I do not know if anyone has addressed this question, so here is my take on it.
A few years ago on the program “Who Do You Think You Are?” was celebrity singer Tim McGraw and they did his ancestry which led back to his 8th great grandparents Joost Hite and Anna Maria Merckle. Both of them were born in Bonfield, Neckarland, Baden, Wurttemberg, Germany. They came to America in 1709, eventually settling in Virginia. I had Hite names related to me in my file so I took the information down and followed the line thru. The following is where descendants may be considered Low Dutch.
Joost’s son John Hite b. 1714 married Sarah Elting, and Joost’s other son Isaac Hite, Sr. b. 1723 married Sarah’s sister Alida Elting–daughters of Cornelius Elting and Rebecca Van Meteren of Hurley and Kingston in Ulster Co., New York. Both of these families—Elting and Van Meteren—were Dutch immigrants from Holland. My records show that at least 5 of Joost and Anna Hite’s children settled in Pennsylvania, so there was definitely a Hite presence in Pennsylvania with two of the wives being of Dutch descent. I have not followed out all of the Hite lines, just the ones that connected to the Elting and Van Meteren lines, as they are related to me thru my French DuBois ancestor Louis DuBois who with 11 others founded the town of New Paltz, New York.
One line of John Hite and Sarah Elting’s descendants went from Virginia to Kentucky, Missouri, Oklahoma, and ended up in Arkansas with 8th generation descendant Sam Walton—the Wal-Mart founder.
Tim McGraw’s line comes from Joost’s daughter Mary Magdalena Hite and spouse Jacob Crisman. This line was in Virginia and Missouri.
Isaac’s line stayed in Virginia for a few generations until 6th generation descendant George William Patton and wife Ruth Wilson moved to California and had son General George S. Patton.
My records have Isaac’s daughter Sarah Hite marrying a Jonathan Clark and they were the first ones that I have in my files that moved to Kentucky.

Whether the Hite family would be considered “Low Dutch” I leave that up to your interpretation, but at least some of the line does have Dutch Ancestry.


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note: The Conewago Colony project is chaired now by Malcolm Banta, Dutch Cousins Board member. He will be adding the BANTA cabin to the information to be included. Mr. Arthur Weaner is the delightful man who took us on a narrated historical tour of the Low Dutch Conewago Colony on our 2011 Dutch Footprints to New York.Jim Cozine says:  I found the sheet Mr Arthur Weaner made up for placement of an Historical marker..

The proposed text was:

GROUND IS AT 900 SWIFT RUN ROAD.Mr Weaner showed the site he believed to be the location of the church on a present day plate map on the NW corner  at the junction of York and Coleman roads

He proposed the site for the marker just to the east of this on York Road ( US 30) where there is an island created from a straightening out of a curve in the right-of-way of the old and new road beds some 18 ft long by 2 foot wide.

Carolyn Leonard
President, Dutch Cousins of Kentucky
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