Reed/Gettinger Cemetery

Reed/Gettinger Cemetery
Sandra Gilbreath brought this small, hidden cemetery to my attention in early spring 1998. My husband Ed and I visited it with her. It has been vandalized and severely neglected. It is not accessible from any road and is in a woods, making it unknown to most people. It is on the map once sold by the Miami County Surveyor's office, but is not named on the map. So we have dubbed it as Reed/Gettinger according to some of the names found on the stones that remain. Following is a list of the inscriptions found there.

Located halfway between the town of Miami and US 31 in Deer Creek Township, Miami County, Indiana
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Photos of this cemetery were contributed by Dion Reed, November 25, 2002 with additions from Jennifer Lewis and Regine Brindle

Sandra and I both did some research on the folks buried here.

Land Owners Miami Co., IN 1877, list as follows:
owner Twp. acres sec. location
Gittinger C Deer Creek 19 18 T25N R4E
Gittinger E Deer Creek 19 18 T25N R4E
Gittinger JT Deer Creek 57 18 T25N R4E
Gittinger M Deer Creek 42.90 18 T24E R4E

Reed E Perry 82 8 T29N R5E
Reed E Richland 160 15 T28N R5E
Reed GW Pipe Creek 80 Lablonda Res. T26&27N R4E
Reed H Harrison 53.96 19 T25N R3E
Reed J Pipe Creek 40 23 T26N R3E
Reed JW Pipe Creek 40 5 T26N R3E
Reed S Erie 105.02-40 24 T27N R3E
Reed SW Pipe Creek 62.36-48.95 6 T26N R3E
Reed WH Erie 160-160 14&23 T27N R3E
Reed HRS GAERTE& Perry 58.08 3 T29N R5E

Melissa Gettinger is the d/o Julia (Jaqua) Miller & Richard Miller.
Melissa of Lebanon, Ohio, b. July 8, 1818; wife of Jesse Gettinger, mother
of 8 children. Julia Juqua Miller, PA., of French descent, Julia d/o
Gamaliel Jaqua. Richard Miller, b. in PA., of German descent.
Jesse Gettinger Sr., b. near Fredericktown, MD., March 10, 1811, s/o
Jacob & Elizabeth (Hooker) Gettinger. He m. Sept. 15, 1839, Melissa Miller,
they had 8 children: John T., Mary J., Sarah E., Charles C., Kiziah M.,
Jesse D., Anna A. & Ellsworth. Kiziah M. & Anna A. died prior to 1887.
Melissa was still living on the old farm home in 1887. Jesse D., b. Deer
Creek TWP., Miami Co., IN., Sept. 5, 1852; m. Miss Olive Ellars, June 12,
1874, they had 2 children: Gertie & Ola. Jesse D. was a merchant at Miami,
IN., 7 a member of the Masonic Order.

The above info. is from "Genealogical Record of Miami County, IN, Vol-1
1763-1887 and Brant and Fuller's "History of Miami Co., IN" (1887).

In the census of Miami Co. there is only one Gettinger/Gittinger family listed
in 1860 and 1870.

1860 census Miami Co., IN
Jesse GITTINGER m 49 MD farmer Dr. Crk. p.46
Melissa f 30 OH
John m 19 OH farmer
Mary J. f 16 OH
Sarah E. f 15 OH
Charles m 12 IN
Jesse m 9 IN

1870 census Miami Co., IN
Jesse GITTINGER m 59 MD farmer Dr. Crk.
Melissa f 57 OH
John D. m 29 OH farmer
Daniel J. m 17 IN works on farm
Charles m 12 IN works on farm
Ellsworth m 8 IN at home

1870 census Miami Co., IN
Sampson R. REED m 73 VA carpenter Dr. Crk. p.7-8
Julia f 65 Conn
WHEATON, Victoria f 12 IN attending school

Miami Co. Marriage records:
Thomas Timmons to Freelove Miller Oct 5, 1848
Charles Gettinger to Anna Cathcart Feb 27, 1876
Ellsworth Gettinger to Dora E. Coulter Nov 29, 1883
Jesse Gettinger to Olive Ellars June 13, 1875
Mary Gettinger to Harrison Armstrong Aug 26, 1860
Sarah Gittinger to Samuel Weaver Jan 8, 1867

None of the burials in the 1880s and 1890s are recorded in the Miami Co.
Death records. I guess they didn't want to make the long trip to Peru.

It appears that the Richard Miller buried in the Reed/Gettinger Cemetery
is most likely the father of Melissa Miller Gettinger. William F. Timmons,
son of T S & F Timmons is probably the son of Thomas and Freelove (Miller)
Timmons. I would assume Freelove may be a sister of Melissa's.
Haven't figured out a tie in with Sampson Reed yet.

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