Carnes, Godfrey

Submitted by Beth Rollinson on Fri, 07/23/2010 - 10:00

Godfrey Carnes, a native of Westmoreland County, Penn., and of German extraction, settled in Mercer County in 1801, on the place where his grandson, Godfrey G., now resides, in Pymatuning Township. He purchased first 200 acres, and subsequently added several hundred more. He was a Revolutionary soldier and served through the entire war. He married Mary McDowell, and reared twelve children: Edward, William, Robert, George, Samuel, John, Margaret, married Robert McCord; Mary, married Samuel Ingram, and died; Jane, married Samuel Ingram as his second wife; James, Elizabeth, married George Snyder; Ruhanneh, married Henderson Turner, all of whom are dead but Mrs. Ingram, of Kentucky. He was one of the enterprising of the day, was a Democrat and held many of the township offices. His wife died in 1839 and he in 1842. John, the youngest son, was born in 1803 and reared on the old homestead, always followed farming, and was married in 1828, to Miss Sarah, daughter of John Kepner, of Hartford, Ohio. By her he had the following children: Godfrey G., Kepner, Seth, James , William Elizabeth, married Thomas McCord, and Mary. The mother died in 1871, and the father in 1873. Godfrey G. Carnes was born December 25, 1830, and was reared on the farm and educated in common schools. In 1856 he engaged with Allison Chew as clerk in a store in Brookfield, Ohio. He subsequently engaged in the mercantile business, under the firm name of Chew, Carnes & Bowden. He was engaged in the lumber business for a few years. He is now located on the old homestead, engaged in farming and stock raising. He is a Democrat, and has filled some of the town offices.

History of Mercer County, 1888, page 904.

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