I have checked my sources and can report the following. Bill Sr. did NOT work for the Stitzel-Weller Distillery. He did, however, obtain financial support from Brown-Forman and Pappy to purchase the distillery at Star Hill. The recipe did come from Pappy. His earlier attempt at running the family owned T. W. Samuel's Distillery ended when business was not going well and he found himself in a situation where it was prudent to sell out.
I will make sure I have my ducks in a row before going public again. With that being said, I will now remove my foot from my mouth!