Moses Korns, Poweshiek County Iowa

KORNS, MOSES obituary

The above-listed biography of Moses Korns is from the 1880 book "History of Poweshiek County, Iowa". The biography reads "KORNS, MOSES---Farmer, section 31, P.O. Victor. Was born September 3, 1835, in Holmes county, Ohio, where, after attending school, he engaged in tilling the soil till 1857, then went to New York, thence by water to California and back by land, passing through Iowa and Illinois, and arriving in Ohio in 1861, where he again engaged in farming till the fall of 1863, when he came to Iowa and began to improve the farm where he now lives and owns four hundred and seventy-six acres with a good house finely located and surrounded by fruit and shade trees. Mr. Korns has been twice married; first, in December, 1863, to Miss S. Lane, a native of Ohio, aged twenty-two, and in January, 1865, she died after a short illness. Mr. Korns, for his second wife, in May, 1866, married Mrs. Nancy Jane Shreve of Ohio; they have six children: William Ora (aged fourteen years), Lizzie (aged twelve years), Lena (aged ten years), M. (aged eight years), Elmer (aged six years), Clarence (aged three years)."

According to Chapter XIV the 1949 book "The Genealogy of Michael Korns, Sr. of Somerset County Pennsylvania", Moses Korns was born Sept. 3, 1835 to William Korns, who was the youngest son of Michael Korns, Sr. of Southampton Township, Somerset County PA. Starting on page 228, the Korns Genealogy book goes on to state:

"From the land records in Montezuma, county seat of Poweshiek County, we find that in 1854 William Korns and his son Joseph bought land. William bought three farms of 160 acres each and Joseph bought one. Fore these they paid $1.25 an acre. On Dec. 10, 1863, Moses Korns was married to Syrena Lane. They settled on one of these farms. In Jan. 16, 1865, the wife died, aged 22 years, 3 months, and 23 days. On May 22, 1866, Moses went back to his old home in Ohio and married there Nancy Jane Shreve, b. Dec. 30, 1838. They came to Iowa and settled on the farm where they lived the rest of their lives. All of their children were born there and all settled on farms near the father who gave each of his children a farm of 160 acres except the youngest son who preferred a business career and for him the father invested in a hardware store in the little town of Hartwick.

After the marriage in 1899 of Elmer the fifth child, Moses built a new home on a part of his land which adjoined the town of Hartwick and Elmer lived in the old home. Moses Korns d. Feb. 2, 1922, in Calif., while on a visit in that state. Nancy Jane, his wife, d. May 22, 1921."

The book goes on to list their children as William Ora, Lizzie, Lena, Marvin, Elmer J. and Clarence Glen-with Clarence actually being the youngest.

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