Greetings from Texas. My Johann Georg Erk (original spelling) was born Jan. 1, 1801 in Oberkatz, Meiningen, son of Johann Kaspar Erk and Barbara Elizabetn Hopf. Georg was a farmer and married Anna Barbara Fink from Helmerhausen. Other than the name and area, I see no connection here, but I believe there would be one if we could go back far enough.
I am very new to his computer stuff so this message may be posted more that once.