His Success is Written in Stone

John Kauffman’s daughter Maria Elizabeth married my 2nd great-grandmother’s brother Emile Schmitt in the 19th century. Emile became an executive in John’s business, the Kauffman Brewery. The brewery flourished making John, his partner, and many others in the business very wealthy men. John Kauffman rests in Cincinnati’s historic Spring Grove Cemetery across the plot from his former business…

Side-tracked Genealogy

At some point I’ll have to return to researching my direct line ancestors. But for now, my interest lies with Emile Schmitt, my second great-grandmother’s brother. After my last Emile-related post, a genealogical angel (I’ll call her Betty) sent me a baker’s dozen of Cincinnati Enquirer articles written about Emile and his wife. Thank you again…

Girl to Boy, Man to Woman?

One tiny question turned into a complicated puzzle that continues to test my genealogical expertise (or lack thereof). Question: cousins? Puzzle: dad is a woman? Nagging issue: No, really – is dad a woman? The possible cousins/married couple are Otto V Mueller and Alvina M Schmitt. Alvina’s father is Emilie Schmitt, the sister of my…