Philip Karns Sr., born between 1750 and 1760
Philip Karns Sr. had five sons, according to the best records available to us. We have family information about three of them: Peter, Jacob, and Philip Jr. We may have more information about Abraham, but the records are unclear. We have no information about Henry.
Peter, born 5 Nov 1779, married Sarah Bottenfield about 1802. They had ten children. The Snyder and Bottenfield families descend from him.
Jacob, born about 1785, from whom our line of the Karns families descends through his son John Heft Karns. Jacob married Margaret Heft, and they had nine children. We have more information on the families of two of them, John Heft Karns and Julian, who married Henry Mearkle.
John Heft Karns, Jacob's son, married Rachel Hixson on 6 Aug 1846, and they had ten children.We include more information on six of them: Simon, Hiram, Alva, Emily, Maria, and Harriet. We do not have enough information to include Henry, Jacob, Albert, or Martha. (Martha married Wilson Nycum, and we invite their descendants to share information we can include in a future revision.)
Julian, Jacob's daughter, married Henry Mearkle, born 1822, whose father, born 1771, also was named Henry Mearkle. Some of the children of Julian and Henry went to Oklahoma and changed their names to Bouse.
Philip Jr., born about 1790. We include information on the descendants of one of his sons, William, who married Sarah Chamberlain.
Henry, about whom we know nothing except his name.
Abraham. In addition to the above, it is possible that Philip also had a son named Abraham, born about 1788. We present one possible scenario for Abraham, who perhaps is the same person as Abraham Kerns of Bedford, Bedford County, Pennsylvania..