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Posted By: Mona Sarratt Knight (email)
Date: 7/27/2009 at 06:11:29

Source: The History of Appanoose County, Iowa, Containing A History of the County, its Cities, Towns, etc., A Biographical Directory of Citizens, War Records of its Volunteers in the late Rebellion, General and Local Statistics, Portraits of Early Settlers and Prominent Men, History of the Northwest, History of Iowa, Map of Appanoose County, Constitution of the United States, Miscellaneous Matters, etc.; illustrated; Chicago: Western Historical Company, 1878.

CAROLINE C. McKERN, far., Sec. 11, P.O. Iconium; daughter of Jabez and Mary Van Dorn, early settlers of Henry Co., Iowa, from Decatur Co., Ind. In 1841, she married Mr. J. McKern, Sr., who was born in Ripley Co., Ind., 1819; with his parents came to Henry Co., in 1839, and settled near Mt. Pleasant, then consisting of one log store and cabin. In 1856, came to Appanoose and settled on the section where she, with her son, J. McK., Jr., now resides and owns 142 acres of land valued at $25 per acre. In 1863, Mr. McKern enlisted in the 8th I.V.C., as private; was soon appointed Veterinary Surgeon; Aug 30, 1864, he, with the regiment, was taken prisoner and held at Andersonville for a time, then taken to Goldsboro, where he died Feb. 21, 1864, in his 45th year. Their son, J. McK., Jr., was born in Henry Co., Iowa, in 1845; came to Appanoose with his parents and has always remained on the home farm; never passed three weeks away from home. In September 1872, he married Miss Jane Ford, daughter of Jacob and Catharine Ford, formerly of this county, now of Nebraska; they came to this county from Vermillion Co., Ind., in 1853; she was born in that county in 1842. (end)

Other McKern listed after this bio in the source:
E. McKern, far., Sec. 16, P.O. Iconium.
J. McKern, far., Sec. 11; P.O. Iconium.


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