BLOOMING GROVE COLONY

BLOOMING GROVE COLONY

Michael Bertsch

Michael Bertsch, (Burkhardt or Burget) with his wife, lies buried in a private plot on the farm once owned and occupied by them near Quaker Hill, but latterly owned and occupied by Mr. G. W. Kimble, and carefully preserved by him from desecration. Only flat mountain stones mark the graves, without inscription. The record of their lives has not been preserved.
The family comprised, besides the parents, three sons, Tobias, Michael and Gottlieb, and four daughters. The first two moved to Ohio in 1846. Gottlieb was drowned by being washed from a horse while trying to ford the Loyalsock, near Slabtown, about 1840. One of the daughters married George Kehrer. The other three were never married. They are remembered as living together for many years near Warrensville. One was a spinner, another a weaver, and the third the housekeeper. All are now dead.
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