State Law: Michael Korn House To Be Used For Elections

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In reference to the home of Michael Korns, Sr., page 29 of the 1949 book "The Genealogy of Michael Korns, Sr. of Somerset County Pennsylvania " states "The place was designated by the Court as a voting place in that District, and was formerly the seat of government of that township as it was here the elections were held, school boards held their meetings, tax collectors and township auditors met here.".

As shown in the links below, Chapter MMCDXXXV of the book "The Statutes at large of Pennsylvania from 1802 to 1805" includes "An act altering the place of holding the elections in Southampton Township, in Somerset County" that was approved on February 20, 1804. This act states "…That from and after the passing of this act, the electors of Southampton Township, in Somerset County, shall hold their elections at the house now occupied by Michael Korn, in the township of Southampton aforesaid, any law to the contrary notwithstanding.".

Even though Michael Korns didn't sell his nearby Maryland lot no. 3356 until 1812, this Pennsylvania statute proves that he was well-established as a resident of Southampton Township, Somerset County PA in 1804.

Pages from "The Statutes at large of Pennsylvania from 1802 to 1805"

  • Title Page (46 KB JPG)
  • Complete page showing the act designating the Michael Korn house as election site (290 KB JPG)
  • Enlargement of the act designating the Michael Korn house as election site (108 KB PDF)

    For the same two pages in a 460 KB PDF file, click here.

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