Carnes, John K.

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

Mr. Carnes naturally takes great pride in the heirlooms which have descended to him. The old Carnes residence which was built in 1803 stands at the rear of his home. After fulfilling its mission as a residence it was used by his great—grandfather as a cheese factory, but it still retains the old fashioned stone fireplace with the swinging rod for the generous kettle used in the pioneer days.

On December 21, 1892, John K. Carnes was married at Hermitage, to Miss Margaret Miller, who was born at Hermitage, Pennsylvania, September 17, 1865. Mrs. Carnes’ father was born October 4, 1820, in Bavaria, Germany. In 1850 he immigrated to this country, and settled at Greenville, remaining there only one year, when he changed his location to Hickory township, and for eighteen years he was engaged in the coal mines of that vicinity. He then purchased a farm at the same place, and engaged in agricultural pursuits. In October, 1877, he purchased the mercantile business, at Hermitage, of J. W. Ormsby, and at the same time he received the appointment as postmaster of that office, which position he filled for many years. Mr. Miller was married in 1847 to Miss Catherine Foltz, of his native town, and by this marriage they had eight children: Jacob, a business man of Sharon: Catherine, Mrs. Charles Doerr, of Sharon; Augustus; Mary; Frederick P., who is engaged in the grocery business in Sharon; Mathias, long engaged in farming with his father; Margaret, Mrs. John K. Carnes; and Lizzie. Mr. Miller died in 1890, aged seventy-one, as an honored member of the German Reformed church. The widow passed away in 1903, at the age of seventy-nine.

Mr. and Mrs. Carnes have become the parents of Margaret Catherine, aged fifteen years; Julia Walker, thirteen years of age; Seth Mathias, aged nine, and Elizabeth Amelia Carnes, now [1909] three years of age. Mr. Carnes has devoted his entire life to the faithful performance of his duties as a domestic man and a good citizen, but has neither craved nor held public office. In politics he is a Democrat and is a member of the German Reformed church.

Twentieth Century History of Mercer County, 1909, pages 758-759.

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