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Christopher Karn (Kern, Karns, Kerns) 1769 PA - 1841 KY
Posted by: Gayle Londeree (ID *****9328) Date: September 17, 2003 at 17:59:41
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I am looking for information and parentage of my ggggreat-grandfather Christopher Karns.

Christopher was born in Pennsylvania according to the statements of his two sons, William H. & Josiah B. Karns in the 1880 census. The only Christopher I've found there is in Tulpehoken township, in Berks County. He is buried in Daviess County, Kentucky, in Karn Grove Cemetery.

Christopher married Leah Boone on April 17, 1808 in Shelby County, Kentucky. Her father was Josiah Boone (first cousin of Daniel). The Boone family was from Berks County, Pennsylvania.

Their children were: Elizabeth (11/19/1814-4/4/1844)my gggreat-grandmother m. John Watkins, George (5/3/1816-4/9/1885) m. Mary Ellen Jackson, Christopher (11/8/1822-7/15/1878) m. Hannah Anna Bristow, William H.(4/8/1820-4/9/1882) m. Sarah Jackson, Josiah B.(3/27/1818-6/19/1883)m. Mary Caroline Blakeley,Persis H. m. George Washington Boone, Ruth B.(7/18/1812-4/20/1868)m. John Boone. Just about all of the above are buried in Karns Grove Cemetery in Philpot, Daviess County, Kentucky.

This is all the info I've gathered on the name so far.

Kern, Christopher
Date: Mar 8, 1767
Event: Baptism
Record ID: 270609
Relation: Sponsor
Location: Berks Co., PA
Church: Blue Mountain Church - Upper Tulpehocken Township

From Morton Montgomery's History of Berks County, Pennsylvania
1909 Edition, pp. 22-23.
Tulpewihaki: Land of turtles; now Tulpehocken.

Kern, Christopher
Date: May 10, 1767
Event: Baptism
Record ID: 270619
Relation: Father
Location: Berks Co., PA
Church: Blue Mountain Church - Upper Tulpehocken Township

BLUE MOUNTAIN, AKA NORTHKILL (also ZION after 1819: from the 1740s in Upper Tulpehocken Township. A warrant was obtained in 1746/47 for acreage on which to build a Lutheran church, and which was apparently also used from the beginning by the Reformed, by which it became a union church. Baptisms in the register go back as early as 1743.

NORTHKILL LUTHERAN CHURCH","Bernville (1732-1897)

Source: Everton's Computerized "Roots" Cellar
Kerns, Christopher
Event: Born
Date: 1769
Locality: Berks
State/Country: Pennsylvania
Contact the following researcher for more information:
Researcher: Richard L. Deavers
Address: 223 Reservoir Ave.
City: Central City
State: KY
Zip: 42330

1790 Pennsylvania Census - Berks- Tulpehocken Twp. - Series M637- Roll 8 Book 1, Page 132
(transcribed from photocopy on
Chris Kern 2(free white males 16 yrs & up including head of family) 1(free white males under 16 years) 6(free white females including head of family)

1800 Pennsylvania Census, Berks County, Tulpehocken - Roll 35 Book 1, Page 680
(transcribed from
Christopher Kern
Free White Males: 2 of 16 & under 26, 1 of 45 & up
Free White Females: 1 of 45 & up

Genealogical Records: Early Kentucky Settlers, 1700s-1800s
Kentucky Marriage Records, Shelby County, 1792-1830, Page 714
Boone, Leah d. of Josiah
Kerns, Christopher................Apr. 17, 1808

1810 Pennsylvania Census, Northampton County, Roll 51 Book 1, Page 112
( microfilm image)
Kern Christopher
Free White Males: 4 under 10, 1 of 26 & under 45, 1 of 45 & up
Free White Females: 1 under 10, 1 of 10 & under 16, 1 of 16 & under 26, 1 of 26 & under 45
(8 other Kern families listed on this page of the census)

Names on 1820 Daviess County, KY census illegible - pages torn.

1830 Kentucky Census, Daviess County, Roll 35 Book 1, Page 197
(transcribed from photocopy on
Christopher Karnes
Free White Males 1 (of 5 & under 10) 3 (of 10 & under 15) 1 (of 60 & under 70)
Free White Females 2 (of 15 & under 20) 1 (of 40 & under 50)
Slaves - Males 1(of 55 & under 100) Females 1(of 36 & under 55)

1840 Kentucky census, Daviess County, Roll 109 Book 1, Page 11
Christopher Kerns
Free White Persons, Including Heads of Families
16 to under 20 - 1
20 to under 30 - 3
70 to under 80 - 1
20 to under 30 - 1
One male slave, 55 to under 100 years old
Three persons employed in agriculture.
One employed in manufacture and trades.

In the early marriage records of Shelby County, Kentucky, there are listed Marjah Kerns, daughter of Peter Kerns, who married John Vancleave on November 18, 1794. On December 25, 1792 Jane Kerne, daughter of Peter Kerne, married David Demaree. The Demaree family were members of the Low Dutch Company. On July 18, 1796 Aug. Carnes is listed for the wedding of Noah Staples & Betsey Oliver - att. Wm. Logan. On November 28, 1796 George Corn married Jane Williams, daughter of David Williams. Signing were James Kern, John Kern, James Carr - att. Wm. Logan.

Thanks for info you may have.

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