The 2009 photos below were provided by Mike McKenzie. They show the burial vault of Jesse Korns, which is at the Rose Hill Cemetery, Cumberland Maryland. Jesse Korns was a “mover and shaker” in Cumberland the 1800’s. His vault is at the highest location of the cemetery (one of four vaults at the top), and overlooks Cumberland. I really need to put a page together that summarizes the many things he was involved in.
From the 1888 Cumberland times: "Mr Jesse Korns died this morning at his residence 64 Bedford Street after an illness of 6 months; aged 78 years. He was the eldest son of Capt. Henry Korns who came to Cumberland from Germany in the later part of the last century, settling on Mechanic Street above the Blue Springs in a house opposite Rabold's Tannery. He began work as a boat builder on Hoblitzell's, now known as Henderson's Island. In 1866, he established a brick yard until 1869, when he formed a partnership with William Landwehr until 1874. He married in 1831 to Miss Ruth Plank and had 1 son and 3 daughters; Mrs. M. C. Little of Cumberland; Mrs. William Price of Pittsburgh; Miss Hester Korns, deceased; and Mr. C. H. Korns of Allegany City PA. The funeral is from the Centre Street ME Church and the remains placed in the Korn's vault at Rose Hill Cemetery.". Click here to see the June 13, 1882 obituary of Jesse's son-in-law Samuel Trawain Little that was published in the Cumberland Times.
Page 254 of the 1940 book "The Genealogy of Michael Korns, Sr. of Somerset County Pennsylvania" states "Jesse Korns born 1809, died 1888, buried in vault in Rose Hill Cemetery in Cumberland, married Ruth Plank, whose family died young, had one brother, James Plank. Jesse Korns was prominent in life of Cumberland. Scharf's History of Western Maryland mentions him as a member of a fire company in 1831. He was active in early Methodism in Cumberland; a trustee, and sent to first Baltimore Conference in 1852 according to Centre St., M. E. Church record. He was in brick building business and his grandchildren say he gave the bricks for the present church, and that the viaduct across the river was built with his bricks. He built canal boats and shipped coal. During the Civil War 20 of his boats were confiscated by the Confederate Army to build a pontoon bridge over the Potomac as their armies retreated, then set [the] boats afire. A great loss to him."
There were at least two viaducts in Cumberland. Click here to see the one that I believe may have used Jesse Korns' bricks.
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