Today I added this page detailing what I know so far about my paternal grandfather, William Inhoff, who came as a 14 year old from Germany to Hardin County, Ohio. In searching the ship’s list of passengers, I can’t find any family names that I recognize. Could he have come alone? I believe he came to Ohio to be with his aunt’s family. From all that I have collected I am thinking that his home may have been in Schluchtern area of Hesse, northeast of Frankfort, Germany.
Last night I Googled on one of the related family names: Leibold in Hardin County. I came across a book called “Linking rings: William W. Durbin and the magic and mystery of America“, by James D. Robenalt. Only snippets were visible – but they proved interesting. William Durbin’s mother was Margaret Leibold, b 1833 in Hintersteinau in Hesse. Now to find a copy of the book!
Note: in 2015 I discovered for the first time that William and his wife Bessie Goff Inhoff adopted their only son, my father. While my birth line now takes a dramatically different course, I am still very interested in exploring this mystery.