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Mary L. Kern, Samuel S. and Susanna Kern, son Charles Benson and Alpha M. (Miller) Kern,    Joes


  The KERN family emigrated from Holland to Eastern Pennsylvania about 1700.  From thence some of the family moved to Westmoreland county, settling in the neighborhood of Jones Mill.  There one of the family was
killed by Indians while returning home from a visit with a neighbor; several of those who had accompanied him escaping. 
    Among some of the above family were Micheal Kern, William Kern, George Kern and Peter Kern.  The latter died in Westmoreland County; George Kern becoming a resident of Washington County.  William Kern served in the Revolution and after the war married Catherine Hoover.  He moved to Springfield, buying out the claim of a man who held a tomahawk right to a tract of land in the present Murray district.  On this land he died about
1837 at the age of ninety one years.  He reared sons named: Solomon Kern, Abraham Kern, William Kern, Jacob Kern, Jonathan Kern, Joshua Kern, and daughters who married Joseph Eicher and George Nicholson.
    Solomon Kern was born in the township and died in 1862, at the age of eighty one years, his father being probably one of the very first settlers and he one of the first born in Springfield.  Solomon Kern was a
carpenter by trade and made many of the early carding machines.  He also had in operation wood carding (shouldn't this be wool carding??) machinery in different parts of the State.  For a time he was engaged in
the Baldwin machine shops at Connellsville, but finally settled on a farm west of Springfield village, which is at present the home of his son, Judge John Kern.  Other sons were: Josiah Kern, Solomon Kern, and Simon
Kern.  His daughters married Samuel Davis, Henry Gebhart, Henry Griffin and Aaron Hart. 
    Abraham Kern, the second son of William Kern, removed to Ohio; William Kern, the third son, married Nancy White and lived and died on the Kooser place.  Jacob Kern lived a little south of Springfield village where he died about twenty eight years ago.  He was the father of George Kern and William Kern, both of the township.  His sons, Abraham Kern and David Kern, died in the Rebellion.  Jonathan Kern, the fifth son of William Kern, became a resident of Greene county, and Joshua Kern, the youngest son and only survivor, lives on Indian Creek, more than eighty years old. He has sons named William M Kern and George Kern yet living in the
township; and John Kern and James Kern died in the war for the Union.  The Kerns have become one of the largest and best known families in Springfield. 

In 1860 Allegheny County Pennsylvania, George 38 and "Margaret" 35 Kern, both born Pennsylvania,  have Mary A. 12, Margaret A. 11, John 8, Samuel 5, and George 2.

In 1870 Pennsylvania Geo and Marya have only Jno 19, Saml 14, and George 12.

Samuel L. Kern married Susan Wooldridge June 6, 1880 in Knox County, Ohio.


In 1880 a George and Mary Kern are in Madison County, Iowa, with John S. 27, Millie L. 20, Nettie G. 17, and Kate V. 15.  This possibly is another set

In 1885 Madison County Iowa George "Koon" is 62, Mary 60, Mollie 24, Nettie 22.  That sure matches the stone in Winterset cemetery of Geo Koon - July 20, 1822- April 8, 1903 and Mary A. Koon March 14, 1824- Feb 9, 1907.


In 1880 Samuel is married to Suseann, living in Holmes County, Ohio, and sister Mary O. Kern, 21 is with them

In 1900 Boone County Missouri, Samuel B., farmer, 45 and Susie 44 have Charles B. 18, a farm laborer.

1909 "Sam Kern and family, of Kirk, visited in Wray this week."

"Rev. Kern will preach every Sunday after Sunday School closes."
"Mrs. S.B. Kern is to start for Centralia, Mo., Aug 4, while there she will attend camp-meeting of the Holiness Church at College Mound."

Chas. Kern is putting down a well as his former one has caved in .  Mr. Packer is doing the work."

In 1910 Kirk precinct Samuel B., born in Pennsylvania,  and Susan Kern, born in Ohio, both 54, are farming.  With them is his mother Mary Kern, 80, born in Pennsylvania.

On the same census page is Charles B. Kern, 25, born in Missouri, single.

November 1910 Kirk items "Charles Kern was a visitor at the Weaver home Sunday."

Also in the Kirk 1910 census is Alpha M. Miller, 18, oldest of nine kids of Charles J. and Lena R. Miller

Mary cash-claimed a quarter in 28, 4S 47W in 1910, witnesses Walter Clark, George Wilson, Ida Clark and Charles Kingey, all of Fox, Colorado.

Charles proved up a quarter in 34, 4S 47W in 1912.

 Next to Charles in section 35, 4S 47W, Samuel proved up a quarter, also in 1912.

1914 "Sam Kern preached in the New Hope school house Sunday."


Mary Kern, Nov 17, 1830 - January 17, 1914 - is buried in New Hope, Joes.

Son John W. Kern is buried in Story County Iowa 35781801



In 1918 Eugene Oregon, Samuel B. Rev (Susie) is pastor of the Holiness Ch, res Madison ne corner 11th.

In 1920 Samuel B. and Susanna, both 64, are in Lane County Oregon, no occupation.

Susana died 12/30/1922, Samuel B. April 30, 1924, both in Lane County.

Cottage Grove Sentinel, Oregon,  1 May 1924, page 7, column 5:


Samuel B. Kern, well known resident of this city for many years and prominent in religious circles, died at his home here Tuesday morning at the age of 69 years. The funeral will be held this afternoon from the chapel, with Pastor D.S. Forrester, of the Free Methodist church, and Pastor J.H. Ebert, of the Methodist church, officiating.
The body will be taken to the old home, Kirk, Colo. for interment.
Mr. Kern was born in Pennsylvania January 22, 1855. He came to Cottage Grove about 14 years  ago. The first wife died here a year and a half ago. The widow by a recent marriage survives and Charles Kern, of Kirk, Colo. is a surviving son.


 Cottage Grove Sentinel, 5 January 1923, page 1, column 2:


Mrs. S.B. Kern died Saturday morning about 3 o'clock in a Eugene hospital where she underwent an operation for appendicitis the day before. Mrs. Kern was 69 years of age. Besides  the husband she leaves a son who resides in Colorado. Funeral services were held yesterday afternoon at 2:30 from the chapel, Rev. D.S. Forrester, pastor of the Free Methodist church in charge. The body was sent to  Colorado for interment, accompanied by the son who was here for the funeral.



Lewis Kern, born and died January 2, 1914, is buried in New Hope, Joes. One tree says he was Charles' son.

1916 "Charlie Kern had the misfortune of smashing the front end of his new Overland car up in pretty bad shape by running into a horse Saturday on his way home from Wray."

In 1920 Charles is in Cheyenne County, Colorado, married to Alpha B. Kern, 28, Kansas.  They have Bertha M. 9, born in Missouri, Archie 2 and Lee T. one month, both born in Colorado.

In 1930 Charles and Alpha are back in Kirk, with Bertha E. 15, Archie B. 12, Lee F. 10, Helen S. 8, Eldredge C. 6, Olen B. 4, and Leo D. 2.

In 1940 Charles and Alpha M. are farming in Christian County, Missouri, with Helen S. 18, Eldredge C. 16, Olen B. 13, Leo Dale 11, Mary Maria 9 (Colorado) and Fern Louise 7, Missouri.

Charles B. Kern - May 24, 1884 - July 15, 1940 is buried in Eastlawn, Springfield, Missouri  92713078Alpha M. May 17, 1891 - Oct 20, 1980 is also buried there  92713015.

Bertha E. (Kern) Malone, born Dec 8, 1914 in Kirk, married Clarence L. Malone in 1945, and died Aug 23, 2000 - buried in Mount Pleasant, Crawford County, Illinois.

Helen (Kern) Harrington, born Jan 1, 1922, married Willie Mack Harrington, died in Stanly County North Carolina Dec 20, 1992 at her home., buried at Salisbury National, Rowan County  3264079


Lewis Kern, born and died January 2, 1914, is buried in New Hope, Joes.

C.B. Kern, unknown birth and death dates, is buried in the Kirk cemetery.

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