John R. Hultgren of Louisville, KentuckyUpdated November 23, 2012
|My father's family descended from Johan and Anna Jonsson, who lived in Hult, Sweden, in the early 1700s.|
My great-grandfather, Lorenz Otto Hultgren, was born in Nodjehult in 1841. He ran away from home after his mother's death and worked for a wealthy family taking care of their horses until he was 15. In Stockholm he learned the cabinet maker trade by age 17. He lived in Germany, Russia and finally America and worked in Chicago for such firms as John A. Colby & Sons, Kimball Piano Co., A.H. Andrews Co., and Brunswick-Balke-Collander Co.
In Chicago he married my great-grandmother, Alma Matilda Nelson, who was born in Norkoping, Sweden, of poor parents. After her father left for American, she and her mother made a meager living by selling home-made sausage in the open market. After her mother's death, she went to live with her father in Chicago.
My grandfather, Arthur Carl Fredrick Hultgren (known as A.C.), did not have a high school or college education. After starting work as a newsboy, he went to work for the railroad and retired as Traffic Manager for the Shell Petroleum Company in New York City.
My grandmother, Eloise Madeline Wersen Hultgren, was a accomplished artist.
My father, Robert A. Hultgren, was a television director-producer for the National Broadcasting Company and served in the Pacific in WWII. My mother, Frances Miller, was a theatrical actress.
My mother’s family took a very active role in the civic, political, and judicial life of Louisville and Kentucky for over two centuries.
My grandfather, Shackelford Miller Jr., was appointed by President Roosevelt as Federal District Judge for the Western District of Kentucky and later by President Truman as Judge of the U. S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, where he served for 19 years, including two years as Chief Judge. He graduated valedictorian of the Louisville Male High School , Princeton University, and the Harvard Law School. He served in the U.S. Army as captain in the 335th Field Artillery Regiment in France during World War I.
His brother, Neville Miller, was dean of the University of Louisville Law School and was the Mayor of Louisville in 1933-37.
My great-grandfather, Shackelford Miller, was chancellor of the Jefferson Circuit Court and later Chief Justice of the Kentucky Court of Appeals (which became the Kentucky Supreme Court). He graduated from the Louisville Law School.
My great-grandmother, Mary Floyd Welman, lived in Louisville through the age of 99 and spent many years of service in civic affairs and as a Democratic campaign volunteer and speech maker. At the age of 91, in 1954 she served as honory chairman of the Volunteers for Adlai Stevenson and was regarded affectionately throughout Kentucky as "the Grand Lady of the Democratic Party."
My great-great-grandfather, John Miller, married Barbara Anne Neville and into the Neville family in 1851. Her family, originally from France, went to England with William the Conqueror. Several Queens of England were from the Neville family, including Ann Neville, wife of Richard III.
My great-great-great grandfather, Col. Robert Miller, crossed the Cumberland Gap in 1796 and settled in Lower Pond, Kentucky.
His wife, Cassandra Moore, was the daughter of James Frances Moore, a captain of the Eighth Pennsylvania Regiment during the Revolutionary War. In 1780 he was on the staff of Gen. George Rogers Clark. As soon as Kentucky became a state he was elected to the Legislature where he served continuously until 1810 when he died upon the floor of the Senate in Frankfort. His brother, Col. Nicholas Ruxton Moore, was a Congressman from Baltimore. His sister and her husband, James Harrod Sr., fathered James Harrod who surveyed and laid out the first town in Kentucky, at Harrodsburg.
Another 3rd Great Grandfather up the Miller line was President William Henry Harrison, and his father Benjamin was an original signer of the Declaration of Independence.