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Taken 22-Mar-08
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Keywords:Texas Cemeteries, Medina County Cemetery, Inhken Family Cemetery
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Dimensions3008 x 2000
Original file size2.77 MB
Image typeJPEG
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Date taken22-Mar-08 17:55
Date modified22-Mar-08 17:55
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Camera modelNIKON D50
Focal length28 mm
Focal length (35mm)42 mm
Max lens aperturef/3.5
Exposure1/160 at f/6.3
FlashNot fired
Exposure bias0 EV
Exposure modeAuto
Exposure prog.Normal
Metering modePattern
Digital zoom1x
Inhken Family Cemetery

Inhken Family Cemetery

Medina County, Texas
29 20.705' N 98 52.918' W

Historical Marker: Early Castroville colonist and Dutch immigrant Marie Becker Ihnken was buried just north of this site in 1847 by her son, Gerhard. The German-born Gerhard married Marie Jeanne Pichot on October 22, 1846. The Pichot family arrived on the first of Henri Castro's ships. Though they originally intended to return to France, the Pichot family remained in Texas after Marie Jeanne's father, Jean Nicolas, died of complications after a rattlesnake bite. Major civic leaders in early Castroville, the Ihnkens were farmers who raised cattle and owned and operated a sawmill, a store, and a fruit orchard on their vast lands. Particularly remembered for his agricultural contributions, Gerhard is said to have brought the first reaper and the first binder to the Castroville area. One of the oldest cemeteries in Medina County, the Ihnken family plot contains eight family members in marked graves; several others are unknown. Marie Becker Ihnken is one of the few older Castro colonists whose grave is still marked. A Freedman employed by Gerhard Ihnken is said to be buried in the cemetery. To avoid disturbing unmarked graves, the cemetery has been inactive since 1950.