My great-great-great-great-great-grandfather (whew) Johannes Dieterich Kober (JDK) emigrated to the New World in 1730, a German lad of 21 years, sailing on the Thistle of Glasgow. He quickly built a life for himself on a farm in Southwest Pennsylvania among his German brethren and was the progenitor of the family now called Cover. His descendants, one of whom (Henry) was incarcerated in Andersonville Prison at the end of Civil War, and subsequently was a survivor of the Sultana, still the biggest maritime disaster in US history, struggled to maintain the fragile foothold JDK established before the birth of the United States. It is a story of resilience in the face of near constant adversity. It is the story of survival when the odds were stacked against them. It is my story.