Monday, March 2, 2015

Henry Karns (1831 - 1896)

Henry Karns, my great-great-grandfather, was born February 22, 1831 in Ligonier, Westmoreland, Pennsylvania to Henry and Christina (Kuhns) Karns.  He was a farmer in Ligonier, Pennsylvania for most of his adult life.  He was a Lutheran who had his children baptized in the Saint James Lutheran Church in Ligonier where he served as a deacon.

Henry married Matilda Ann Ambrose on October 21, 1852.  According to his obituary in the Ligonier Echo, he died "after a lingering illness of stomach trouble" on July 11, 1896.  His will was filed and probated on July 16, 1896.  His son, Ambrose M. Karns, was executor.  Witnesses were Harrison H. Galbreath, my great-great-uncle, and Harry B. Albright.

He is buried in Ligonier Valley Cemetery.

Children of Henry Karns and Matilda Ann (Ambrose) Karns:

  • William Henry Karns, born February 19, 1854; died December 15, 1876.
  • Christina Lucinda Karns, born September 18, 1855, Ligonier, Pennsylvania; married Adam Mitchell, 1876, Anthony Nicely, 1910; died April 11, 1935, Ligonier, Pennsylvania.
  • Sarah Karns, born August 7, 1860, Ligonier, Pennsylvania; married William H. Ferry, September 20, 1877, Ligonier; died February 11, 1919.
  • Ambrose Miller Karns, born November 13, 1868, Ligonier, Pennsylvania; married Annetta Noel, February 21, 1888, died August 2, 1932, Vernon, Pennsylvania.

1 comment:

  1. One of the reasons I enjoy writing these blog entries is that it gets me to review my research and assumptions I have made about an individual and his/her family members. In writing the post for Henry's wife, Matilda Ambrose, I realized that the 1910 US census record for Christina Nicely and Anthony Nicely stated that they had been married for 4 years. That would make their year of marriage ca 1906 not 1910 as stated above. Christina's first husband, Adam Mitchell, died in 1910. His death certificate listed his marital status as divorced.

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