Carnes, John K.

Submitted by mercercounty on Fri, 07/23/2010 - 10:01

JOHN K. CARNES. owner and occupant of the well known “Brookside Farm,” in Pymatuning township, is also the manager of the estate which has been in the possession of his family for one hundred and seven years. Godfrey Carnes, his great-grandfather, was a native of Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania, of German stock, who settled in Mercer county in 1801 on the land which is now a portion of the farm superintended by Mr. Carnes. The first purchase of the ancestor mentioned was about two hundred acres, and upon his death he had added several hundred more, so that he became a large and wealthy land owner. He was a Revolutionary soldier, and in his young manhood served the patriot cause throughout the entire war. He married Mary McDowell and reared twelve children, of whom John, the grandfather of John K., was the sixth in order of birth. Godfrey Carnes was a Jeffersonian Democrat and was active in the local affairs, holding many of the township offices. He died on the old homestead in 1842, his wife having passed away three years before. John, the son, already mentioned, was born in 1803, reared on the old homestead, always followed farming, and in 1828 was married to Miss Sarah Kepner, daughter of John Kepner, of Hartford, Ohio. They had seven children, and Seth Carnes, the third in the family, became the father of John K., of this sketch.

John K. Carnes was born in Weldon, Pymatuning township, September 10, 1866. Until he was eighteen years of age he attended school at that place and engaged in farming until he was twenty-two years of age, when he entered the employ of the Kimberly Rolling Mill. Two years afterward he resumed agricultural work on the Charles Allen stock farm at Hermitage, Pennsylvania, and after four years in this responsible employment he located on the old Carnes homestead of four hundred and forty acres. He still superintends the ancestral farm but resides upon his valuable property, known as the “Brookside Farm.” This consists of one hundred and sixteen acres and is devoted to general dairy farming. In connection with his dairy he has fifteen standard bred cows and three Holstein cattle. His estate derives its name from the fact that McCullough’s Run meanders over the entire farm.

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