bourbonv wrote:Let me repeat, I do not think that the Scots-Irish had no effect on American distilling, I just think their claims have been exagerated over the years. Too many of the early distilling families here in Kentucky were of German heritage to ignore the Germanic influences
Mike, sometimes I think we're just calling out into the dark void of Elijah Craig and Even Williams believers
(and bourbon enthusiasts proud of their own United Kingdom genealogies).
bourbonv also wrote:Weller is a German family. I worked with genealogist whoi has traced the Weller family back to Maryland where they ran a match manufacturing business and back to there home town in Germany
and earlier he wrote:I think the traditional "melting pot" scenario took place here, combining German, Scots-Irish and a touch of French influences to create the American whiskey we have today
You might also be interested in the attached .pdf about the LaRue family, especially keeping in mind the relationship between the Huguenots, Alsace, the German Palatine, the Bohemians (Boehms) and the Swiss Mennonites. Note also the New Jersey and Bucks County, Pennsylvania references, which would relate that family (certainly socially; perhaps maritally as well) with the Overholts, Boehms, and Booths of that time and place.