John Kearn was born about 1750 in Arklow, County Wicklow, Ireland. On 12 Aug 1786, he married Nancy Ann Killion in County Wicklow. Nancy, the daughter of Francis Killen, was born about 1760, also in Arklow, County Wicklow. John and Nancy had eight children: John, Edward, Jane, Margaret, William, Sarah, George and Evelyn. The family immigrated to the United States about 1806 and settled in Pratt's Hollow, Madison County, New York. John Kearn died there on 24 Jan 1841; Nancy died there on 7 Mar 1858.
Their youngest son, George C. Kern, was born about 1800 in Arklow, County Wicklow. He was married five times, to Ruth Percival, Assina Towsley, Esther Tuke, Caroline Gates and Sarah Padley. His third wife, Esther Tuke, was born 9 Nov 1807 in Ireland, the daughter of Michael Tuke and Rachel Critchey. George and Esther had nine children: Lambert Bailey, John, Amelia, James, Edward Leanidas, George, Ann, Mary Jane and Esther. Esther Tuke Kern died 23 Sep 1840 in Pratt's Hollow; George Kern died there on 23 Jul 1878. They are both buried in Fairview Cemetery in Pratt's Hollow.
George and Esther's third child, Edward Leanidas Kern, was born 12 Apr 1833 in Pratt's Hollow. In 1851, Edward lived in Kendall Co., Illinois, and taught at S.W. Brown School, Dist. 38. He also taught at Asbury School, LaSalle Co., Illinois. About 1856, he taught at Shepard School, Kendall Co., Illinois. On 24 Aug 1862, he married Elizabeth Kern, born about 1836, the daughter of William Kern and Elizabeth Tackaberry. The American Civil War Database shows that Edward L. Kern and his cousin Joseph D. Kern enlisted in the Union Army on August 27, 1862. Their Company was the H Co. 89th Inf Reg. IL which was active in battles in Missouri, Tennessee, and Georgia. His residence was listed as Darienwin, Illinois at the time of enlistment.
From 1867-1873, Edward and Elizaberth resided in Pleasantville, Venango Co., Pennsylvania. On Aug. 30, 1868, they lived in Oil City, Pennsylvania. In the 1880 US Census, they were once again in Pleasantville, where Edward was a carpenter.
Edward and Elizabeth had five children: Edward J., Florence Helen, Olive Mae, Alice Theo and George Lambert. Elizabeth died in Pleasantville. Edward died on 25 Jan 1907 in Aurora, Kane County, Illinois. Both are buried in Jericho Cemetery, Sugar Grove, Illinois.
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