What's New on this Korns.org history website for 2022

Korns family genealogy

The 1830 census of Somerset County, Pennsylvania (posted September 2022)
The 1830 census of Somerset County, Pennsylvania

The 1820 census of Somerset County, Pennsylvania (posted September 2022)
The 1820 census of Somerset County, Pennsylvania

Richard Geiger, William Aaron Geiger (posted July 2022)
A Geiger-related extract from 1998 correspondence (1103 KB pdf)

Irvin Henry Dietle of Somerset County, Pennsylvania (posted July 2022)
The 1927 deed to the Larimer Township farm that Irvin and Alma Dietle lived on
The 1927 mortgage to the Larimer Township farm that Irvin and Alma Dietle lived on (1994 KB pdf)
1881 indenture to Richard Mankameyer (1789 KB pdf) This eventually became the farm of Irvin Henry Dietle.
1873 deed Jonathan Bittner to Christian Mankamier (922 KB pdf) This eventually became the farm of Irvin Henry Dietle.

Ludwig Baer of Somerset County, Pennsylvania (posted July 2022)
E. C. Saylor's 1931 notes on the family of Ludwig Baer (906 KB pdf)
E. C. Saylor's 1971 notes on the Baer family (614 KB pdf)

Christian Sturtz, Jr. of Somerset County, Pennsylvania (posted July 2022)
1990s correspondence with Keith Sturtz about the Sturtz Cemetery (1949 KB pdf)

Mary Dietle, Somerset County, Pennsylvania (posted July 2022)
1899 petroleum lease, Mary Dietle (2872 KB pdf) From the papers of Irvin Henry Dietle.

Dietle/Geiger/Mankamyer/Bittner-related title search (posted July 2022)
Click here to see a title search of the Larimer Township, Somerset County, Pennsylvania property owned by Ephriam and Mary (Dietle) Geiger.

Peter Deal, Jr. (posted July 2022)
Bible records of Peter Deal, Jr. of Greenville Township

Wittenburg one room school house (posted June 2022)
Click here to see a bit of old VHS-based video of the Wittenburg school.

Wittenburg one room school house (posted June 2022)
Click here to see a bit of old VHS-based video of the Wittenburg school.

Video survey of an old brick farmhouse (posted June 2022)
Click here to see some video footage of an old brick farmhouse in western Bedford County, Pennsylvania.

Video of the farmhouse of Daniel Korns, Jr. (posted June 2022)
Click here to see a video of the exterior details of the 19th century timber-frame farmhouse in Southampton Township, Somerset County, Pennsylvania that was lived in by Daniel, Wilson, Allen, and Melvin Korns.

Video of a few Korns, Dietle, Bittner, & Miller family items (posted June 2022)
Click here To see some 1999 VHS footage of my parents showing me some items their parents, grandparents, and aunts owned — specifically, Gladys Edna (Bittner) Korns, Ida Ada (Petenbrink) Bittner, Mary (Gieger) Korns, Alma (Miller) Dietle, Mildred (Miller) Dietle, and Maggie (Miller) Williams of Somerset County, Pennsylvania. Maggie also lived in Akron, Ohio and Bedford County, Pennsylvania. This is some home video I am posting for my extended family. I doubt it will interest anyone else.

Photos of a Bedford County, Pennsylvania rifle (posted June 2022)
Percussion rifle made by John Amos found in Colorado

An education-related message for students and teachers (posted June 2022)
A video about the influence teachers had on my life (8 minutes) This is a video I put together for my old high school to help students understand that their teachers and classes are critical to their future success as adults. I hope it also helps teachers understand the long-term impact they have on their students, and society.

Documents relating to Irvin H. Dietle's Larimer Township farm (posted June 2022)

  • 1886 deed, Richard Mankamyer to Ephriam Geiger (14,516KB pdf)

  • 1909 deed, Frank Bittner to Ephriam Geiger (9,306KB pdf)

  • 1920 bill of sale, Mary Geiger to Harry Dietle (7,237KB pdf)

  • 1925 deed, Mary Geiger to Harry Dietle (5,270KB pdf)

    WPA warrant survey maps of Somerset County townships (posted May 2022)
    WPA Township warrant survey maps

    Adam & Susan Dietle & family (posted May 2022)
    Adam & Susan Dietle with adult children

    Christian Petenbrink, Southampton Township (posted May 2022)
    1894 estate inventory & appraisal of Christian Petenbrink

    George Klingaman, Sr., Greenville Township (posted May 2022)

  • The 1814 will of George Klingaman, Sr.

  • Some estate papers of George Klingaman, Sr.

    The Blubaugh Place video (posted May 2022)
    The Korns book describes the farm in this video as the original farm home of Michael Korns, Sr.

    Fort Cumberland, Maryland (posted March 2022)
    An overview of the two-volume book 'Fort Cumberland'

    Identifying the site of Christopher Gist's Fayette County cabin (posted March 2022)
    Identifying the site of Christopher Gist's cabin YouTube video (17 minutes).

    William Rose of Bedford & Somerset counties, Pennsylvania (posted March 2022)
    Click here to see a web page about a newly identified early gunsmith who lived in Bedford and Somerset counties.

    Statlers old Shot Factory tavern (posted February 2022)
    Click here to see a new web page on Peter Statler's "Shot Factory" tavern in Bedford County, Pennsylvania 0.9 miles east of the Somerset County line.

    Digital library of books pertaining to Somerset County (posted February 2022)
    Click here to see a list of books on this website that pertain to Somerset County, Pennsylvania.

    French and Indian War reccomended reading list (posted February 2022)
    Robert L. Bantz's recommended western Maryland French & Indian War reading list

    Berlin Lutheran & Reformed Church Records (posted February 2022)
    Births and Baptisms of Somerset County, Penna. Reformed and Lutheran Church Records of Berlin, Somerset County, Pennsylvania (45 MB) Ezra Saylor, 1929.

    Pennsylvania Long Rifles (posted February 2022)
    I added an html-based copy of the 1924 edition of John G. W. Dillin's book "The Kentucky Rifle".

    Cumberland digital library (posted February 2022)
    I added a digital library of materials related to the history of Cumberland and its environs to the bottom of the Fort Cumberland web page.

    The Turkey Foot Road (posted February 2022)
    The Turkey Foot Road YouTube video (1 hour, 48 minutes).
    One of my passions has been the study of the Turkey Foot Road that ran through a part of Pennsylvania settled by my ancestors. This video summarizes its 1779 military origin and details its route northward from Fort Cumberland, Maryland to resupply a desperately undersupplied Fort Pitt. For best results, view in high-definition mode.

    Sloan's Ford on the Youghiogheny River (posted February 2022)
    Finding Sloan's Ford YouTube video (6 minutes, 31 seconds).

    Fort Cumberland, Maryland (posted January 2022)

  • Things you were not taught about Fort Cumberland YouTube video (1 hour, 9 minutes).

  • Click here to see my FaceBook page about the "Fort Cumberland" book.

    My YouTube channel (posted January 2022)
    My YouTube Channel

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