Christina Kuhns, my third great-grandmother, was born May 26, 1791 in Pennsylvania to Henry and Catharine (Leibensperger) Kuhns. I am using this birthdate based on the information on her tombstone which is "Died Mar. 26, 1884, aged 92 yrs. & 10 mos."
She appears in the 1850 United States census with her husband, Henry Karns, in Ligonier, Westmoreland, Pennsylvania. When Henry died in 1873 he left to Christina the use and control of the tract of land on which they lived, the goods of the house, two cows, and the liberty to take stove coal off of the "end of the place where Henry Karns now lives". By 1880 Christina was living in Unity, Pennsylvania with her daughter, Mattie, who also was a widow at that point in time.
It seems that Christina was a Lutheran as she is found in the records of St James Lutheran Church in Ligonier as a communicant in 1874.
Christina Kuhns Karns died March 26, 1884 and was buried in Karns Cemetery in Ligonier.
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