William Alexander Korns

Page 120 of the 1949 book "The Genealogy of Michael Korns, Sr. of Somerset County Pennsylvania" indicates that William Alexander Korns was the son of Dr. John Hamilton Korns and his wife Bessie, and states "William Alexander, b. Nov. 3, 1920. Graduated from Harvard in 1943. He is Editorial writer for the "Item," New Orleans, La., and lives in New Orleans. He served with the O. S. S. in China in World War II. He married Louise Schramm on Aug. 3, 1940. Their children: a. Alexander, b. Sept. 10, 1941. b. John, b. March 20, 1945."

Dockstader book

Page 2491 of the 1991 book "The Dockstader Family: Descendants of Georg Dachst[?]tter, Palatine Emigrant of 1709, who Settled in the Mohawk Valley of New York", by Doris Dockstader Rooney, indicates that William Alexander Korns:

  • Is the son of Dr. John and Bess (Pennywitt) Korns
  • Was born on Nov. 2, 1920 in Peking, China.
  • Was a writer living in Washington DC in 1968
  • Married Mary Aleda Bourquin on February 23, 1951 at Alexandria, Virginia, and Mary was the daughter of Paul Albert Bourquin and his wife Aleda Catherine (Shults) Bourquin,
  • Had four children.

    September 20, 2008 E-mail from Liza Taylor, daughter of William

    This is from Liza Taylor, n[?]e Elizabeth Pennywitt Korns, only daughter and 5th child of William Alexander Korns.

    The Korns genealogy site has recent notes showing a discrepancy in listing the children of William Alexander Korns. I hope I can clear this up for readers. Contact me for questions, etc. I wish I had to time to include the many accomplishments of my Korns siblings and my mother.
    Here is correct information about the children of William Alexander Korns:

    My father William Alexander Korns was the youngest son of Dr. John Hamilton Korns. William's older siblings were Robert Fulton Korns and Mary Korns.

    William Korns b 1920 Beijing, China
    William married Louise Schram of New Orleans
    They had 2 sons:

  • Alexander Korns b 1941
  • John Hamilton Korns b 1945 or 46

    William and Louise divorced after 1950.
    In 1952 William married Mary Aleda Bourquin (b 1924) of Hartsdale, NY. They divorced 1974 or 1975

    William Alexander Korns and Mary Aleda Bourquin had 4 children:

  • Nicholas b 1952
  • Michael b 1953
  • Elizabeth (Liza) Pennywitt b 1955
  • Charles William b 1957
    They lived in Washington DC 1952 to 1970, Eugene Oregon after 1970

    William Alexander Korns died June 2, 1994
    Louise Korns (Louise kept the name Korns) died 2006 or 2007

    Mary Bourquin Korns (Mary kept the name Korns) lives in good health in Eugene Oregon, a painter of landscape and still life. [On October 18, 2010 Mary's son Charley Korns of Portland, Oregon e-mailed that his "...mother, Mary A. Korns, passed away on Oct. 11, 2010, due to heart failure, in Eugene, Oregon."]

    All the 6 children of William Alexander Korns are living:

    Alexander Korns m Jacqueline [ surname?] of Indonesia

  • Robert (Obay) Korns b 2004 or 2005
    They live in Indonesia

    John Hamilton Korns m Paulette [surname?] of Washington State

  • Sons Michael, Peter, Paul all born 1970s
    They live in Alexandria Virginia

    Nicholas Korns m Jill Durall of California

  • Vanessa Marie b 1989 (1990?)
    They live in Glastonbury CT

    Michael Korns m Doris Laesser of Switzerland
    They live internationally, based in Zurich Switzerland

    Liza Pennywitt Korns m Jeremy Michael George Taylor, of Chieveley, Newbury, England.

  • Evan George b 1988
  • Graham Patrick b 1991
    We live in Ann Arbor, Michigan

    Charles William Korns b 1957
    Charley lives in Portland, Oregon.


    5-22-2021 note by L. Dietle: The text marked [?] was lost due to website software changes resulting in software that was unable to use special characters.

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