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The Kunath/Gibson Connection - As Researched by Reid Hemann

Updated April 1, 2014

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When I was a little girl, my mother told me stories of my ancestors on her side of the family. I learned that our first President, George Washington, was my sixth great uncle (thanks to his sister, Betty Washington). I also learned that I can cling loosely to the 'skirt tails' of the Gibson Girl as her creator was my great uncle, Charles Dana Gibson. The first relative of mine to land in America was John Gibson. He was penniless (not sure at this time from where he immigrated) and was given a small home by a wealthy landowner. His home was situated where the football field at Harvard now resides.

My father, however, had no real knowledge of his side of the family other than the fact his mother and father (Emil and Maude) were immigrants in the later 1800's. My grandfather was from Germany and worked as a butcher. I have always wondered about Emil ('Max') and Maude. I remember my grandfather but I never thought to ask him about Germany, or his childhood.

I would like to have this knowledge of my heritage, so I can pass it along to my three children and so I have begun a search that will answer my questions. It has been a slow process, but I am making extremely good progress thanks to a very kind gentleman in Germany who has given me some extraordinary 'leads' to follow.

The search is on! I will keep you posted as facts unfold.

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