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Subject: [BRE] Tombstone of John [H.] GARBER
Date: Wed, 24 Feb 2010 10:41:48 -0500
Sappington’s “Brethren in Virginia” has a picture of the large fieldstone marking the grave of my 4GGF John [H.] GARBER. On the stone was carvedjust the letters J H G. As far as I know the tombstone is the only indicationthat John had a middle name, so I reference him with the middle initial [H.].If nothing else it helps separate him from all the other John GARBERs outthere. About ten years ago after three or four tries I finally located the J HG field stone in the relatively small Lydia Garber Cemetery [at least that’sthe name I’ve heard associated with it; I’m not quite sure who Lydia is] at theback end of a private farm between Flat Rock and Moore’s Store in ShenandoahCo, VA. There were perhaps 20-30 internments. Beside John was his wife Barbara[I think a daughter of (Johann) MichaelMILLER and Susanna Agnes BERCHTOL], and close by another of my 4GGFs JacobMILLER [husband of Anna Martha WINE (who predeceased him by about twenty years;burial unknown); son of Lodowich MILLER & Barbara (maiden name unknown);grandson of (Johann) Michael MILLER and Susanna Agnes BERCHTOL][that makes(Johann) Michael MILLER and Susanna Agnes BERCHTOL both my 5th and 6thGGPs].
I returned to this Cemetery around 2005 and discovered thatthere was now a new tombstone for John [H.] GARBER and the old fieldstone wasnowhere to be seen. I ASSUME that the historic fieldstone was removed inconjunction with the installation of the new stone. I hope that it is preservedsomewhere.
Does anyone have any knowledge of the old fieldstone, orknow who was involved with the installation of the new stone?