You would benefit in reading my book "The Adventures of the Kettenring Family in America" It is the results of over 40 years of research.
I am a DIRECT descendent of Johan Michael Kettenring (Catron) and grew up in the Arcadia/Bloomingdale area of Sullivan County, Tennessee. The church at Arcadia was founded as Reedy Creek Campground around 1840. There was no Methodist Episcopal Church, South there at that time. It was a campground where revivals were held yearly and later was to be called Ketron's Campground. It would later become
Arcadia M.E. Church, South, until the Methodist Episcopal Church and the Methodist Episcopal Church South merged in 1939 and became The Methodist Church. In 1967 the Methodist Church and the Evangelical United Brethren merged to form The United Methodist Church. The Arcadia Church is now a United Methodist Church rather than a Methodist Church.
There is no evidence that Michael or Mary are buried there. In fact all the evidence points to Johan Michael being buried in the Wadlow Gap area in what is now the Smith Cemetary. Andrew Ketron told me that this was true and he was a direct descendent of Michael. A fellow in California who is a noted author said he was taken there by Andrew
years ago and told that this was Michaels burial place.
Also there is no evidence that Michael and Mary lived with Henry after they came to Tennessee in 1809. They had children that lived across the line in SW Virginia. Michael lived five years and Mary lived for 31 years after they came to Sullivan County. If you are inquisitive about any of these facts, please email me directly. Incidentally, Smith Cemetery was previously called "Ketron Cemetery."
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