...is Ludwig ETLING (b. abt 1562 in Alsfeld, Oberhessen, Germany). He had at least two children: a daughter, Katharina (b. 1594 in Alsfeld) who married Konrad HARTMANN ...and a son, Veltin (Walter)(1610-1637) who married Margarete HOMEYER on March 3 1636 in Schlitz, Hessen, Germany. Back then, you could not live in Schlitz by choice; the village was limited by walls surrounded by rivers. You had to have been born there or married someone who lived there. For generations, Schlitz was the ancestral home of my ETLING line, thanks to Veltin's marriage to Margarete. The ETLINGs were (and still are, so I hear) potters by trade. Schlitz was one of a few villages spared the ravages of WWII. My immigrant ETLING ancestor was Friedrich Adam Johann ETLING (1822-1897) who fathered 2 sons by one wife and 2 daughters by another, first residing in Kansas before moving on to Oregon. Friedrich has many uncles, great uncles and great great uncles I have nothing on other than their names and dates of birth. The location of birth for virutally all of these uncles is Schlitz, Hessen, Germany. I was told on the Rootsweb Hessen board that if I ever wanted to meet my ETLING cousins, all I have to do is let the mayor of Schlitz know I am coming. Virtually the whole village would show up for the reunion; as so many are related by blood to the ETLING line.