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Re: Johann Michael Kettenring 1766 wedding
Posted by: Betty Bishop Willoughby Date: February 19, 2002 at 16:31:44
In Reply to: Re: Johann Michael Kettenring 1766 wedding by Susan McWilliam of 138

Johann Michael Kettenring and his wife Mary Magdalena Marquardt Kettenring are both buried in the Arcadia Methodist Church Cemetery located on the upper end of Bloomingdale Pike in the Arcadia section of Sullivan County, Tn., although neither has a stone. I grew up in that area and many Kettenring/Ketron/Catron descendants are buried in that cemetery, as are my grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins etc. The land for the cemetery was donated by my gt-gt-gtgrandfather, Henry Kettenring/Ketron, who was the son of Johann Michael Kettenring. Henry and a couple of his brothers moved to Sullivan County, Tenn. from Wythe Co., Va and set up their homes and then went back to Wythe Co, some 90 or 100 miles northeast of Sullivan Co, to get their parents and younger sister and moved them down to Sullivan County as well. Michael either lived in the same house with Henry or maybe his brother John, or lived in his own house close by, probably with in shouting distance. Henry lived right near where the Arcadia Methodist Church and Cemetery are now. He and his wife were also buried there, as was his brother John and his wife Catherine and his younger sister, Mary Magdalene Ketron Hicks. Henry's older sister Elizabeth and her family settled in Scott Co., Va just a few miles from where Henry lived in Sullivan Co, as did their brother Christian Kettenring/Catron. Elizabeth's husband Valentine Kettenring died ca 1832, and Elizabeth at sometime later moved to Iowa to live with one of her older sons. She was in her 80s, I think when she moved there. She died in Iowa and is buried there. Christian later moved to Kentucky, where he died, in Pulaski Co., Ky. They had a brother Peter Kettenring/Ketron, who lived in nearby Washington Co., Va, adjoining Sullivan Co., Tn, on the north. I am not exactly sure where Peter is buried, but I suspect it was near his home in Washington Co., Va. Henry's brother Valentine moved his family to Indiana and Illinois just a few years after he married Frances Bohannon. I think he had a young son and a young daughter when he started the move. He died somewhere in Indiana, I think, as did his wife. Henry's brother Daniel Kettenring/Ketron was married to a woman named Elizabeth Yates, and according to Henry Catron's book on the family, they lived and died in Kingsport, Tn (Sullivan Co.,), just a few miles from where Henry, John and Mary lived in the Bloomingdale.Arcadia section. I believe back in those days, Bloomingdale Road/Pike was called the Reedy Creek Road. I have no further info on Daniel, except that I think he served in the War of 1812, in the Florida campaign. There was a younger brother Frederick, who was in his early 20s, and who also fought in the War of 1812, but he drown in the Mississippi River, while attempting to escape some Indians. I don't think Frederick was married, but am not sure about that. The oldest brother, Michael Jr. & his family stayed in Wythe Co., VA. There were 2 other siblings that died as infants. prior to the family moving from Pa. to Wythe Co.

You may read from time to time that Michael and Mary, or at least Michael was buried in a different cemetery. At least one person said that he was buried in the Salem Methodist Church Cemetery, which is a few miles up the road from Arcadia Methodist Church, but Salem Church was not in existence when Michael died in 1814. Some other folks seem to think Michael was buried in a place called Smith Cemetery, which is suppose to be a few miles south west of Arcadia, but I just don't think that is logical, as it would have been too far from where I believe he lived when he died. It is not far by today's standards, but back in those days, most folks were buried on their own property. I believe in 1814, when Michael died, Henry owned still owned the land where the cemetery now is, and I am pretty sure that Michael lived close by as well, so it stands to reason that he would have been buried there. There was not good way to transport bodies back in those days, so as I said, most folks were buried on their own land.

If you happen to pass thru Kingsport, Tn. on your way to Pennsylvania, you might want to stop off at the Arcadia Methodist Church cemetery and have a look. If you would like directions to the Church and Cemetery, e-mail me direct, and I will be happy to give you directions.

Betty Bishop Willoughby



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