An American Odyssey: To Virginia, Kentucky, Indiana and Beyond

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As man moves from one generation to the next, we realize that we are the culmination of people and events that came before us. The boy Josias Stone was a mere lad when he left his home in England around 1730 to come to America. Through a dozen generations and 300 years, we remember what he did, and his name appears again in a new millennium in Kenneth Stone Kemker and son, Josias. By hearing these names and stories, we celebrate our collective accomplishments. But we have more. We have Ratliffs and Wycoffs and Lees and Botts and Starks and Wiltzes and Eisens and Lands and Daniels. We have the story of Seth Botts, Sheriff of Bath County around 1910, killing a rabid dog with a single shot after his black servant got word to him that the dog was threatening the town. We learn that he was a marksman from a young age, similar to his descendent, John Franklin Wiltz in our time. We had poets and artists in Margaret Wycoff Stark and Lola Daniels Wiltz, who left their artistic, musical and acting talents to Stark Wilz, Slater Kemker, Kevin Wiltz and Jennie Patterson, among many others. The intellectual capital in our Wycoff and Wiltz roots is manifested in countless descendents. But most importantly, we have the love of parents to children, like Uncle Louis Paul Stark, Jr. with daughters Lisa and Laina and Sandy and step-daughters Lisa and Dina and Julie, and vise versa, that has not only sustained us but this Country and its great experiment, of which we are all a partThis has been a powerful and cathartic experience for me - a lesson in the pain and success of an American family. We have been through births, changes, fear, death, abject misery, failure, weakness, hope, redemption, love. There is more pain between the lines than one is entitled to write, to protect the ones who are still here and to protect us from our own sense of despair and failure. There is also more grace in the lives than one can measure. Through weakness we found strength; through boredom we found cr

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Catherine Wiltz Patterson was born Catherine Clare Wiltz in Bloomington, Indiana, March 2nd, 1961 at Bloomington Hospital. Born and raised there, 114 Glenwood West served as a home base for myriad years abroad through Fulbright exchanges of father, John Edward Wiltz and her own. Travels included Jamaica in 1963, Germany in 1971, again to Germany in 1978 as an exchange student, to Austria in 1979 as a first year University student, all including trips to other countries and continents over years and her career. Catherine studied History and German Studies at Indiana University, and upon graduation was offered a Fulbright scholarship to Vienna, Austria, which she declined for an opportunity to join the Army and go to

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