I've yet to find out why my g-grandparents got married in Ottenheim, KY. In putting this post together, I tried to put together everything I knew about "Rose" Gross Ryan. Surprisingly, it appears as if Rose was actually living in Cincinnati before James Hugh.
Rose's parents are Charles C. Gross from Wuerttemberg, Germany and Rose Becker from Lorraine, France. (Alsace-Lorraine is a territory that shifted back and forth between France and Germany. The family, although citizens of France, were ethnically German). The 1900 Census lists the date of immigration for Rose Becker as 1860. (A later Census lists the date of immigration as 1855).This is an interesting fact because further investigation may allow Rose's parents to be submitted to the Hamilton County Genealogical Society for a "Settlers and Builders" designation. This designation is available for any direct ancestors that can be "proved" to be living in Cincinnati before 1861.
So here is what I know about "Rose" Gross:
One of the family's treasures is the lining of a hat that belonged to James Hugh. Someone in the family had the foresight to keep that lining. Luckily for us, my mother wrote on the reverse side of the hat liner that it had been embroidered by Rose for her husband, J. Ryan. Pictures don't due the item justice. It includes a beautifully embroidered bird.
This is the only evidence we have of what was obviously a loving and caring relationship between my g-grandparents. I'm so glad we have it.