Family Accounts - Descendants of Anna Rosine Fetterman & Heinrich Gernhardt

Anna Elizabeth Gernhardt (3)
April 3, 1776 - July 8, 1854

“Anna Elizabeth, the third corner into life of the second generation, who never married, was born April 3, 1776, and died July 8, 1854. She lived to be 78 years, 3 months and 5 days old, and therefore lived a longer life than any of the other nine of Heinrich’s and Rosine’s children. The next oldest at death, and the only one that survived Anna Elizabeth, was Anna Maria Williams, who departed from the land of the living eight years afterwards, at the age of 75 years and 6 months. Jacob was the first of the family to pay the debt we all owe to Mother Earth, and, as already stated, probably died when he was still somewhat under forty years old, or when he was hardly more than half Anna Elizabeth’s age. The combined ages at death of Anna E’s sisters and brothers was about 546 years, making their average ages about 60 years, hence she survived their mean ages about 18 years. She was 19 years old when she left (1795) the place of her birth, and was already 29 years old when (1805) her father bought the Sinking Spring property. After Heinrich’s demise (1820) she made her home with her youngest brother, Baltzer, until he died (1851), and after his decease, she spent her few remaining days with his youngest son, Daniel, who had just married and commenced housekeeping, and had soon after taken a portion of his father’s farm. She is remembered as having been long a patient, faithful and useful member of Baltzer’s household, as a kind old aunt, whom the children loved hardly less than they loved their mother, but of her early life nothing is now remembered, because not one is now alive who knew her then. In the illustration of the old family burial place, in which the present house of worship is shown, the headstone on which the writer’s right hand rests, marks her place of repose, alongside of the grave of her brother, Baltzer, from whom she had never been separated until death did them part; and it seems almost as certain, after critical study of the ground, that she is also resting next to her parents, Heinrich and Rosine, who, with Philip’s first wife, are believed to be lying in the same row, between her grave and the church. What recollections that would interest us all now went down with them into their abodes of silence!” (from Heinrich Gernhardt and His Descendants, published 1904, pp. 138-139)

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