Alice Lake Ketron
August 15, 1960
Dear Miss Garinger
I have been working for several years on the Garinger-Garringer-Gerringer family. Recently Mrs. Hurley from Jamestown Ohio wrote me and enclosed a letter wirtten by you in 1954, and I know that this has been six years, but still I decided to try to contact you, and see if we could compare information on the Garringer, Garinger family, we might both have data that will help each other. I know I have collected almost enough data to print a book on the family; but well realize that before doing this, that I have considerable information toobtain, and family histories to bring up to date.
The garringer Family were probably palentinates, and came from Germay to America in the Mid 1700's; and settled in Pennsylvania. One David Garringer and his wife Barbara, and family, migrated to Berkeley County Va(now West Virginia) about (previous) 1800. In fact David Garringer's will was made in 1812, in Berkeley Co. Va and in it he mentions his wife Barbara; and his sons, David (born 1772); John and Jacob; and his daughters Sevil; Mary Culp; Elizabeth Zenas; and Madelinah Miller. Then Barbara Garringer's will was made in 1814, and she only mentions her daughter Mary Culp, and her son Jacob Garringer as executor.
David Garringer Jr. born 1772, married in Berkeley Co., Va. to Elizabeth Smith daughter of Alexander Smith and Mary, his wife; in the early 1800's he came to Fairfield Co., Ohio, then on into Fayette Co., Ohio, where he established his home. They had six children; John; Alexander; David; Mary; Elizabeth; and Isaac Garringer. Three of these children Mary, Elizabeth and David III; stayed in Fayette Co., Ohio, but as David and Elizabeth had trouble and seperated, she and John and Alexander and Isaac all came to Randoph County Indiana in 1832/33. and established homes in Green Township. Later the sons Alexander and John went west, to Missouri and Kansas. and their descendats scattered all over the western states: Indian territory, Oklahom, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Utah, Nebraska, etc and California.
The son Jacob Garringer (of David and Barbara) remained in Berkeley County Va. until after the death of his mother Barbara in 1814. He was married there but to whome, I do not know, he then came with his family to Ohio, and owned real estate in Berlin Twp., Delaware Co., Ohio. He was there in the 1830 census. In the late 1830's Jacob came with four sons to Jay County Ind. and settled in Pike Twp (right across the county line from David's children in Randolph Co. Ind.) These four sons names were Jacob (born 1812); David; Benjamin; (Born 1820; and Alexander born 1824. (there could be other sons and daughters, but their names are unknown to me) I am descended from the son Benjamin.
The son John Garringer, I do not have record of (son of David and Barbara) In cemetery records there is a record of a young man John Garringer, buried in the Old Townhouse cemetery in Berlin Twp., Delaware Co., Ohio. "In memory of John Garringer, who depareted this life February 27, 1833, age 23 years 11 months 8 days. and In memory of Anna, wife, who died February 23, 1832, aged 18 years 25 days. These stones are side by side, and the nearest sotnes are to Bentons and Bockovens. Perhaps John's wife was related? to these families. My candid opinion is that this might be another son of Jacob Garringer as he was born in 1809 (???) Now this brings us to your last letter wirtten to Mrs. Hurley but from it I have no place of residence for you John Garinger. I just have the statement that your information went back to 1785; to your gggrandfather John Garinger; born August 4, 1785, and died June 17, 1836 (Where) and that one of his five sons was John George Garringer born 1812, and also David Garringer born January 4, 1819; this letter did not give to much information, but I imagine you had given more information in a previous letter? Now the John Garringer is just the right age to be the brother of David Jr. and Jacob Garringer, Garinger; that I have not been able to locate.
I have not as yet traced the daughters of David and Barbara Garringer who were Sevil; Mary Culp; Elizabeth Zenas; Madelenah Miller.
Now some time back I ran into another Garringer family that were around Millerstown Ohio a JOhn Garringer who was born in 1837 who married Margaret Eve Maggert (this John was thought to be the son of Daniel Garinger?? They also came to this district and settled along the Randolph-Jay County Line.
Could these have been descendants of your John Garringer? through one of those five sone?
This all fascinates me, and perhaps you have the clue that will solve some problems that are bothering me.
I have other Garinger, Garringer, Gerringer data also
Please write to me and give me information about your family, and I will surely try to help you also.
Tell me where your people came from; where they lived, and approximately dates if psooible. I only hope that you will receive this letter after this period of tiem. I am anxiously waiting the results
Alice Lake Ketron