Matilda Ann Ambrose, my second great-grandmother, was born April 18, 1832 in Ligonier, Westmoreland, Pennsylvania to William Ambrose and Sara Bitner Ambrose. She was baptized June 2, 1832 at the St. James Lutheran Church in Ligonier and remained a life-long member of that church.
Matilda spent her life in Ligonier, marrying Henry Karns on October 21, 1852. Together they had four children: William Henry (who pre-deceased her), Christina Lucinda, Sarah and Ambrose Miller Karns.
Matilda Ambrose Karns died on October 27, 1892 following an operation for breast cancer. Her funeral was held in the St. James Lutheran Church, and she was buried at Ligonier Valley Cemetery in Ligonier.