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Kern family collection

 Collection — Folder: S2398
Identifier: S2398

Scope and Contents

This collection includes a July 5, 1850 letter written by David G. Kern from Lancaster, Pennsylvania and sent to his brother Henry J. Kern at Milton, Wayne County, Indiana; a copy of the January 2, 1900 funeral address for David G. Kern presented by Rev. M. L. Haines, D.D.; and Barbara M. Kern's handwritten instructions regarding her funeral (undated).


  • 1850-1900, undated


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

David G. Kern was born December 11, 1817 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. His brother Henry J. was born in Germany in 1809 and his sister Barbara M. was born in Lancaster County on August 4, 1822. The brothers moved to Milton, Wayne County, Indiana in 1839 and established a tailoring business. In 1844, David became a druggist and later served as a township trustee and justice of the peace. After 36 years in Milton, David and his family moved to Indianapolis where he continued in the drug business. He was married to Anna Margaret (Kleiss) Kern for 57 years and they had 4 children. Henry, the first of the siblings to pass away, died in 1881. David passed away at the age of 82 on December 30, 1899 and Barbara died at the age of 100 on December 29, 1922.


Information found within collection. "Barbara M. Kern." Indiana, U.S., Death Certificates, 1899-2011. Accessed August 12, 2022. "David G. Kern." Find a Grave Memorial. Accessed August 12, 2022. "Henry J. Kern." Find a Grave Memorial. Accessed August 12, 2022.

Young, Andrew W. History of Wayne County, Indiana: From Its First Settlement to the Present Time: With Numerous Biographical and Family Sketches. Cincinnati, OH: Robert Clarke and Co., 1872.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2022/08/12 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2022/08/12 by Laura Eliason.


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Repository Details

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