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Posted by: Penny Fields Gardner (ID *****6664) Date: May 07, 2002 at 14:35:11
In Reply to: Re: SINKING SPRINGS by Thom Easterday of 514

Well, evidently not now, but I am still interested in seeing the location, as it must have been close to the area where some of my ancestors lived.

The story goes that my three greats grandfather, John Gerkin(g) who was an immigrant from Germany, was buried there. This is from a book, "The Gerking Family in America".

quote:........(page 19) " John's death has been narrowed down to between 1815-1817. It is believed that John Gerking, Sr., is buried in an unmarked grave in the Sinking Springs (Primitive Baptist) Church Cemetery. This would be in Washington Co., Indiana".

Later, his wife Rachel remarried and moved from Washington Co. to nearby Orange Co., and she reportedly had him 'dug up' and moved to a graveyard somewhere in Orange Co. She died between 1850-1860 and also is in a unmarked grave. So......I realize I would never actually find their graves; just interested in the general location.

There are some Elliotts' buried along with some Gerkins' in two pioneer cemeteries on the edge of Lawrence Co. that I found a few weeks ago, but can't place them directly in my family. These cemeteries are the Bruner and Elliott cemeteries, not far from the Orange Co. line.

My great-grandmother, Anna Gerkin Barnes, had only one daughter, Mary Jane Barnes. She was my maternal grandmother, and she married into the Terrell family. I know that they too are tied into some of the Elliott families. But, since I can't get very far back with my Terrell line, I don't know where to go from here.


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