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On the following pages you
will find a combined genealogy of three ancestral lines and their respective
I began researching my
genealogy in 1999 and have gathered a great deal of information over the
years. On this site, I will share
information that may not be readily available elsewhere on the Internet.
Allow me to introduce the
direct ancestral lines which I have researched:
My husband’s 2nd
great grandfather, Adam
PITZEN, of Rheinland, Germany boarded the Dankbaarheid in Antwerp, Belgium with his family.
They arrived at New
York, USA on August 5, 1846 and settled in Lucas Co., Ohio. If you are
related to anyone with the surname Pitzen who hails from western Ohio and eastern Indiana, in all likelihood you are
descended from Adam Pitzen. Other
paternal line surnnames are: BRAKER, BADGER, and
ORR. Maternal line surnames include:
MILLER of Seneca Co., Ohio, NUBER and SNYDER of Ottawa Co., Ohio.
My paternal line is the
MÜLLER family of Brücken, Pfalz, Germany. My third
MÜLLER and his family boarded the “The Duchess of Orleans” in LeHavre, France. They arrived in New York, USA on April 19, 1852, and settled in Sherman Twp., Huron Co., Ohio. More recent
records show the surname as MILLER. Each
and ever one of my paternal ancestors settled in this community and the
surrounding area after arriving in the USA.
Their surnames include: HAY, DEHE, ORPHEY, BAUER, WEIS, FRISCH, KRUPP,
CLAUS, VELTEN, REINHART, DENDINGER, WILLMAN, and NEISS. While some families have moved elsewhere in
the US, many of the descendants of these early German
immigrants remain in the northern Ohio area.
My maternal line is the
HICKOK family. My 9th great
HICKOCKS was born in England and settled in Connecticut in the 1650s.
My 5th great grandfather, Asa HICKOK fought in the Revolutionary War and sometime
in the 1830s he moved his family to Pennsylvania. At the
beginning of the Civil War, this family branch moved westward. The family first moved to Montcalm Co., Michigan, then to Jewell Co., Kansas, then to Weld Co., Colorado, and finally Salt Lake City, Utah, where my Grandfather was born. Other prominent surnames in this line
include: WEIGANT, STEIL, MAIER, KOENIG, BUCK, DAUGHTRY, QUINN, HARDESTY, and
BOWMAN. These families lived in various
states including Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana,
Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Colorado,
and Kansas. It is through the Hickok
family that I lay my one claim to fame -- as a 5th cousin 4 times
removed to James Butler “Wild Bill” Hickok.
I also research the GRODI
family of Monroe Co., Michigan and Lucas Co., Ohio. This research
is dedicated to my first husband, Mark E. Grodi
(1956-1984), his children, and grandchildren.
Other prominent surnames in the Grodi line
include: DOURSHA, LEMERAND, DIGUE, DREW, GIROUX. On his mother’s side surnames include: GIBSON
and KELLEY of Indiana and Nebraska; BENTON, ROBINSON, SHOWLER, and HALLETT of Lucas Co.,
thanks and appreciation to all who have shared their knowledge, research, and
family photo collections with me. This site would not have been possible
without their help.
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