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.