Rachael Weyer vs Henry Korns, 1846

The images below are provided courtesy of Ruediger Weyer, who has the Weyer family website www.ruediger-weyer.de. The document relates to the 1846 appointment of William Collins of Highland County, Ohio as the commissioner "to examine witnesses in a cause depending in Allegany county Court" Maryland, in the case of Rachael Weyer & others Vs. Henry Korns.

I would venture a guess that Henry Korns, the defendant, was a resident of the county where the lawsuit was taking place; i.e. Allegany County. According to Chapter XVII of the 1949 book "The Genealogy of Michael Korns, Sr. of Somerset County Pennsylvania", Captain Henry Korns (born 1767, died 1860 and brother to Michael Korn, Sr.) lived in Cumberland Maryland (Allegany County) and had a son named Henry (born 1815, died 1878).

I don't know if Henry Korns, Jr. stayed in Allegany County, Maryland, or moved elsewhere. Lowdermilk's 1878 "History of Cumberland" tells us that a Henry Korns was a Cumberland city councilman in 1856 and 1857, but it does not tell us if it was Henry Korns Junior or Senior. Since Henry Korns, Sr. is said to have been born in 1767, it seems unlikely that he would still be performing public service as a councilman in 1857. Therefore it seems more likely that Henry Korns, the 1857 councilman, was Henry Korns, Jr. This suggests, but certainly does not prove, that both men resided in Allegany County, Maryland, and either man might have been the subject of the lawsuit.

The individuals who descend from these two men would have the most motivation to correctly sort out which Henry Korns was the subject of the lawsuit, and where Henry Korns, Jr. lived. We do know that Henry Korns, Sr. was involved in Allegany County civic affairs. Volume 561 of the1828 “Memoranda of Maryland…"shows Henry Korn to be a Justice of the Peace in Allegany County, Maryland in 1828. During the 1831 session of the Maryland General Assembly, Resolution No. 42 required the Governor and Council to deliver a 6 pound iron cannon, together with carriage, limbers and accoutrements to Henry Korns and Moses H. Lauthan of Cumberland, Allegany County, Maryland. The book "The Genealogy of Michael Korns, Sr..." states "He was called "Captain Henry Korns, 2nd" by his grand-daughter. His commission made him a captain in the State Militia of Allegheny County, Maryland, February 22, 1826."

Rachael Weyer vs Henry Korns, 1846

Rachael Weyer vs Henry Korns, 1846

Rachael Weyer vs Henry Korns, 1846

Rachael Weyer vs Henry Korns, 1846

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