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Letters 07/05/2017

posted Jul 8, 2017, 12:40 PM by Pam Ellingson
News around the nation about our Dutch Cousins.

The Cousins are Coming!!!!

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More information about the 2017 Gathering 

THE LOW DUTCH COUSINS ARE COMING TO FRANKFORT September  7-10,  2017.   Put it on your calendar now.We will have special rates at CAPITAL PLAZA HOTEL - We loved it last time. 405 Wilkinson Blvd, Frankfort, Ky  Better call soon - only 30 rooms in our block.  502-227-5100  BE SURE TO GIVE THE GROUP CODE:  Dutch Cousins 2389

AND THEN Sunday Sept 10 -11th we will be in Harrodsburg KY to worship at our Old Mud Meetinghouse.Our Treasurer Janice Cozine of Kentucky and the 2017 Gathering Coordinator Mr. Lynn Rogers of Ohio (and me - Oklahoma) are working out the details.  It will be memorable - we can guarantee you that!WATCH YOUR MAILBOX!  DUTCH NEWSLETTER COMING SOON! We will not be giving awards for any mistakes you find. LOL————————————————————————————

SENT BY: CAROLYN (herself)

We still need a volunteer driver to bring Rod Dempsey from Louisville to the Capital Plaza Hotel in Frankfort for the Cousins gathering on Thursday September 7. Where are my volunteers in that area?  He already has his room reserved and can manage alone, but needs a ride.  He has never missed a Cousins gathering and doesn't want to start now.

He is a nice man and you’d enjoy the trip.  Can you help? hello?


SENT BY:Lisa Shannon

Hi Carolyn! Sure I want to stay on the e-mail list! Also, would this be the place to ask if anyone has any info on my lost Van* family? It has been a long time since I have been on your site.

My Vanarsdals are mostly from Bartholomew, Harrison, and Johnson Counties, Indiana


SENT BY: King and Sharon Cole:

We sold the boat this last February after living on it for three years and 10,000 miles.  What a wonderful time we had!  We have not bought a house yet, so we are living in our RV.  We will be in Okla City the first part of June.  We still have cousins there.  We also want to see the 1914 time capsule at the historical museum.

July and August in Colorado then coming to Kentucky in September.


SENT BY: Kentucky Genealogical Society:

Wanza Merrifield, a KGS member who lives in Ponca City, Oklahoma, won this month’s “I Read Bluegrass Roots” drawing. The usual prize is a free one-year membership renewal. Because Wanza is a lifetime member (a membership option that was available in the past) – KGS will be offering her a different prize. Wanza’s Kentucky roots include these surnames: Pritchett, Holliday, Barker, Hickman, Henderson, Johnson, Lloyd, Wilson.

(NOTE:  Wanza is also a longtime subscriber to Dutch Letters, and a dear friend! We slept in her home when I was presenting a workshop in Ponca City OK one weekend.  She was a delightful host and we talked Dutch stuff!)


SENT BY: Eddie Price

Hi, Carolyn,

Looking forward to our event this September!

I have the whole weekend blocked out for Long Run Massacre and need to know the day and time I will speaking for the Dutch Cousins.   You will be able to get a laptop and projector as before?   Also, I will be sending you a copy of the song sheet we will be singing from!   You may wish to make copies before the event.   It is a great little "ditty" from the time period called "Hunters of Kentucky!"   Andrew Jackson would use it as his campaign song and, although many Kentuckians were not pleased with him, 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.

Eddie Price

(NOTE:  EDDIE you are our keynote speaker for the Saturday night dinner in Frankfort, but you are comped for the whole thing.  Can’t wait to see you and hear you again!)


SENT BY: Bev & Tom Gerding.

Wonderful newsletter--you are the master of newsletters!! Sorry we will miss the meeting but we will be there in spirit.  Isn't it great to see what we have done in such a short time.

Love to you all, Bev "a Westerfield and Cozine cousin" and Tom Gerding

(NOTE: Shortly after receiving this greeting from Bev Gerding, we received bad news. That was Bev's farewell to her Cousins.  Yesterday her daughter, Genie Gerding Gilder, posted that her mother had passed away, and then a few days later her father was gone.  Our deepest sympathy to the family. 
Genie posted this message on her mother's Facebook page:
"The outpouring of support and love from those near and far has truly warmed my heart today. It has been a rough few weeks. Thank you all for the cards, texts and calls!! ❤❤❤

Several people have asked about where to send flowers. Many know that one of my mothers' passions was genealogy. There was rarely a trip that didn't involve a "sidetrip" to research something about a branch of our family tree. Near to her heart was the support of restoration to an ancestral church in Kentucky, The Old Mud Meetinghouse. In lieu of flowers, please feel free to make a donation in her honor to:Harrodsburg Historical Society

Attn: Amalie Preston

220 South Chiles Street

Harrodsburg, KY 40330Be sure to add "in honor of Tom and Beverly Gerding for the Old Mud Meetinghouse" in the notes."

and then: ....My father has now left and joined the love of his life after only 10 days of her passing. I could not have been more proud of my father and his accomplishments. I will so miss his laughter, great story and joke telling, and his warm hugs ❤❤❤. I loved him dearly. RIP Dad.

Services planned for my mother this Saturday will now be for my father as well.

Memorial services for Beverly and Tom Gerding will be Saturday, July 8 at Ramsey Funeral Home, Georgetown TX. 1 pm visitation, 1 pm memorial service with reception to follow.
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SENT BY: Elizabeth Montgomery Hatcher

Hi Carolyn. I wanted to notify someone in this group that Bev Gerding passed away a couple of days ago.


SENT BY: Carolyn (herself)

Harrodsburg Historical Society,
ATTN: Amalie Preston,
220 South Chiles St,
Harrodsburg, KY 40330.

Be sure to put "for the Old Mud Meetinghouse" in the comments blank.

For more info:


Carolyn Leonard
president, Dutch cousins of Kentucky
Now preparing for 9/8/2017 Dutch Cousins Gathering

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