In 1837 Washington County resident Abraham Brinker's two year old granddaughter, Vienna, was murdered by a slave, Mary, in Crawford County. The story that I was told was that the slave had heard that her master John Brinker of Crawford County was going to sell her. So in retaliation while Mr. & Mrs. Brinker were away Mary drowned their little girl in the spring. I was told the little girl, Vienna, was buried directly behind the cabin as her mother wanted her close. However some say she was buried or was moved to the family cemetery. Mary was caught trying to drown another Brinker child but the father was able to stop her before the child died. Mary stood trial & was eventually hanged for her crimes.
At left is a picture of the John Brinker cabin in Crawford County which I photographed in 1984. It is rumored as haunted.