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The Garn Family
This book traces the descendants of Johannes Gern, who was born around 1686, probably in Germany. Johannes' son Johann Adam Gern, or Adam Gern, was born in 1714 in Kürnbach, Germany. Adam's two sons, Johannes and Conrad Gern, were born in Kürnbach in 1738 and 1748 respectively. In 1763 Johannes came to America as a single man and settled in Bedford Co., PA. His brother Conrad followed in 1785 with his wife and several children and settled in Franklin Co., PA.
The book documents the connection between the family in America and the family in Kürnbach. It also documents the connection to two new, previously unconnected branches of the family. One is from the aforementioned Franklin Co., Pennsylvania, and uses the Garns and Garnes spellings of the name. The other is from Ashland Co., Ohio, and uses the Garn spelling of the name.
This hardbound book has over 700 pages with indexes of both people and places, extensive documentation that includes more than 4000 footnotes and 44 appendices that show original wills, land records, church records, Bible records, and results of Y-DNA tests that establish relationships among branches of the family.
The Introduction to the book gives a brief history of the major places, including Kürnbach, where the Garns lived or still live. The Table of Contents of this book is given at the bottom of this page.
NOTE:After the book was completed and printed, additional information became available which supports some of the conclusions presented in Appendix 17 of the book. An addendum to Appendix 17 was written and can be downloaded by clicking here.
NOTE:Other research, which was done after the book was completed and printed, convinced us that Johanna Christina Gern did not die in Germany but immigrated with her parents and was known by the name Johanna Christiana Garnes in America. To see a report that provides the evidence supporting this conclusion, click here.
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|Table of Contents - The Garn Family|
|Kürnbach, Germany - Ancestral Home of the Garn Family||8|
|Early Residences in America||19|
|Bedford County, Pennsylvania||23|
|Franklin County, Pennsylvania||28|
|Ashland County, Ohio||32|
|Sandusky County, Ohio, and the Black Swamp||37|
|Appendix 1 - Trail of Evidence||445|
|Appendix 2 - Y-DNA Test Results and Relationships||459|
|Appendix 3 - McBride and Capener - Select Pages, Unrevised||465|
|Appendix 4 - Church Records, Kürnbach, Germany||479|
|Appendix 5 - Land Surveys for Johannes Gern, Person #7||487|
|Appendix 6 - Estate of Johannes Gern, Person #7||491|
|Appendix 7 - Frederick Garn (#12) Orphan's Court Record||497|
|Appendix 8 - Will of John Garn, Person #15||501|
|Appendix 9 - Will of John Garn, Person #21||507|
|Appendix 10 - Land Patent, John Garn, Person #21||513|
|Appendix 11 - Lyberger Lutheran Church Records||517|
|Appendix 12 - Two Susans Who Married Two John Garns||525|
|Appendix 13 - Will of Adam Garn, Person #25||531|
|Appendix 14 - Will of Jacob Garn, Person #27||537|
|Appendix 15 - Will of Mary, Wife of Jacob Garn, Person #27||543|
|Appendix 16 - Letters, John Garn (#76) to Uncle Samuel Garns (#28)||547|
|Appendix 17 - Christina Gern (#26) Connection - Click here to download addendum.||555|
|Appendix 18 - Will of Christian M. Garn, Person #30||561|
|Appendix 19 - Will of Samuel Carn, Person #63||567|
|Appendix 20 - Will of John Garn, Person #76||573|
|Appendix 21 - Family Bible, Samuel Garns, Person #28||577|
|Appendix 22 - Abraham Garn's Will and Obituary||583|
|Appendix 23 - Mrs. J. A. Capener Letter||585|
|Appendix 24 - Will of John Garns, Person #112||589|
|Appendix 25 - Philip G. Garn's Analysis of the Origin of the Garn Name||591|
|Appendix 26 - Samuel Garn Discussion||595|
|Appendix 27 - Consanguineous Marriages||597|
|Appendix 28 - Naming Conventions||601|
|Appendix 29 - Will of Jacob Garn, Person #116||603|
|Appendix 30 - Records of Martin Garn (#311) Family||605|
|Appendix 31 - Will of Jacob Garn, Person #58||607|
|Appendix 32 - Will of Milton Garn, Person #196||613|
|Appendix 33 - Will of Daniel Garn, Person #205||617|
|Appendix 34 - Will of Joseph Garn, Person #65||621|
|Appendix 35 - Will of Riley Monroe Garn, Person #283||627|
|Appendix 36 - Will of David Garn, Person #66||631|
|Appendix 37 - Family Record, David Garn, Person #66||633|
|Appendix 38 - Will of Martin Garn, Person #67||635|
|Appendix 39 - Will of Zachariah Garn, Person #303||639|
|Appendix 40 - Will of Jonathan Kahl, Person #91||643|
|Appendix 41 - Civil War Soldiers||647|
|Appendix 42 - What's New In This Book?||651|
|Appendix 43 - How The Book Was Written||653|
|Appendix 44 - Future Research||655|
|INDEX OF PLACES||661|
|Places in The United States||661|
|Places - not in The United States||669|
|INDEX OF PEOPLE||671|
|People with Surnames||671|
|People without Surnames||707|