Kearns (Keerans) and Ivey (Ivy) Ancestry

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Adam Ivey, Sr.
b. ca. 1640s
d. by 1710
Appears to have immigrated to Charles City Co., VA, in the 1670s. He was likely a small-scale tenant tobacco farmer.

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Elizabeth
of Prince George Co. and Weyanoke Parish
d. ca. 1720
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IVEY


Source: The Line of Adam Ivey of Charles City County by Robert W. Baird

The Kearns Heritage: Ireland to Randolph County, NC, p. 13, mentions Thomas Ivey (b. 1604) who married Ann Argent and migrated to America in 1625 being the parents of Adam Ivey. However, on page 5 of The Line of Adam Ivey of Charles City County, Bob Baird shows this is another Adam Ivey line, not this one.

   
Thomas Sledge
b. 20 March 1585, Batcombe, Somerset, England
d. 1629
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Richard Sledge
b. March 1607, Batcombe, Somerset, England
d. 1699 in England
Mary Cole
b. 1609, Batcombe, Somerset, England
d. 1672
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Richard Sledge
b. October 19, 1634, Somerset, England
m. to Ann (maiden name unknown)
d. 1725 in Virginia

Source: Geni.com
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Katherine Flake

b. 1631, Virginia
d. 1722, Virginia

Sources: Geni.com and Ancestry.com
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Robert Clark (Clarke)

b. 1631, England, United Kingdom
d. 1673, Surry, Surry County, Virginia

Sources: Geni.com and Ancestry.com
Elizabeth Flake

b. 1659 (Appears to be a wrong date given daughter's birth date), Isle of Wight, Isle of Wight County, Virginia
d. 1717, Surry, Surry County, Virginia

Sources: Geni.com and Ancestry.com
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  George Ivey
b. ca. 1670
d. after 1737
Lived in Prince George Co., VA
m. Ruth   Charles Sledge
b. 1650, Shropshire, England
d. 1727, Surry, Virginia
m. Mary Rebecca Clark (Clarke)
b. 1652, Isle of Wight, Virginia
d. 1728, Surry, Virginia

KEARNS

The name Kearns:

Doug Kearns corresponded with a William Kearns of Liverpool, England, who advised that the Irish Gaelic Language does not contain a "K" and "C" takes the place of the "K", as in Carns, Currins, Currans. I have also seen the name Cairn(s). However, according to Ancestry.com, Kearns is the "Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Céirín 'descendant of Céirín' (supported by Gene Kearns, a personal name from a diminutive of ciar 'dark', 'black'. English patronymic -s has been added superfluously" and a variant of the Irish Carnes. The name is also seen as Keeran, Keerans and Kiernan. Refer also to The Kearns Heritage: Ireland to Randoloph County, NC by Douglas and Peggy Gaddy Kearns.

Sue Keirns Mulero shared that Kearns was spelled Keirns when the family got to Ohio. Another branch of the family settled in Indiana and spelled it Kearns.

Still, there was another possibility at one time according to Doug Kearns. In Switzerland, there is a little town named KERNS that dates back to 1200 AD. He had read a book about the Amish who were persecuted because of their strict religious ways. They began in Switzerland and slowly made their way up the Rhine River to Holland where they boarded boats for the New World. There are numerous Kerns in Germany. Thousands of Germans migrated to Ireland during the late 1600's and early 1700's. They probably didn't find what they expected and when the opportunity was right they jumped on a boat to America. So the name may bring in an ancestry of Irish, German, and Swiss heritage. Whether or not Kerns and Kearns are related is uncertain, though. UPDATE: In December 2017, Gene Kearns, whose late aunt Luna Kearns Hames did extensive research, had this to say: "My aunt had spoken to a Swiss fellow many years ago and dismissed that side of the story. Clearly, there were Waldensian families in nearby counties, but they seemed to always stick to the Kerns spelling." DNA supports an Irish origin for my Kearns line depicted on this page. Also refer to The Kearns Heritage: Ireland to Randoloph County, NC by Douglas and Peggy Gaddy Kearns.

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    The 1725 will of Charles Sledge leaves a yearling heifer to "my daughter Rebecca Ivy". (Charles Sledge was by then living on his patents on Pigeon Swamp near John Ivey in what would later be Sussex County.) Charles Sledge's widow, Mary Sledge, made her own will on 8 January 1727, bequeathing a breeding cow to her daughter "Rebecca Ivie". Her will was witnessed by Edward and Elizabeth Prince, possibly the daughter and son-in-law of Adam Ivey, and her son-in-law Peter Hay was executor. Source: The Line of Adam Ivey of Charles City County by Robert W. Baird |
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Henry Ivey, Sr.
b. ca. 1695
d. 1774, Southampton Co., VA
m. ca. 1725 Rebecca Sledge
b. circa 1700 Surry County, Virginia
d. between 1738 and 1765, Southampton County, Virginia

According to Ancestry.com in referring to the Dictionary of American Family Names (© 2013, Oxford University Press), the Kearns name meaning is Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Céirín 'descendant of Céirín', a personal name from a diminutive of ciar 'dark', 'black'. English patronymic -s has been added superfluously.

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Original Kearns Mystery

According to the book FARMER: Yesterday and Today (Zeb R. Denny, editor; published by Wooten Printing Co., Inc. in Welcome, NC), p. 120, William T. and Mary King Kearns came to America from Ireland between 1760 and 1765, the name spelled variably from KEERANS to KEARNS (Gene Kearns also mentions Keirns and Keeranes). He settled on Second Creek, North Carolina, just 3 miles south of Farmer, NC, in Concord Township (Randolph Co.). The FARMER book on p. 120 lists William T. Kearns, Sr., and Mary King (Mary King Kearns) as the parents of Thomas Kearns, husband of Rebecca Ivy. On p. 183, the book has the content of a Bible Excerpt: Ivy Kearns, which says that John Kearns is the father of Thomas Kearns.

The memorial stone of Thomas Kearns states that John Kearns is the father of Thomas Kearns, husband of Rebecca Ivey (Note that the memorial stone would have been added in more recent times and so is not necessarily authoritative). Is John the father of Thomas and possibly Isaac and Silas? Some sources indicate William T. Kearns is the progenitor. John was in Rowan (now Randolph Co., NC) in 1768 as a taxpayer. Much of this information comes from Doug Kearns in 2005. According to p. 547 of North Carolina: The Old North State and the New, Volume 3 (by Archibald Henderson, © 1941, Lewis Publishing Company), William is the father (source provided by Thom Cameron, researcher of James Cameron and Mary "Polly" Kearns Cameron -- via correspondence in 2013).

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"These [deed/land] records are vital to differentiating this Henry Ivey from his cousin of the same name. First, they establish that it was Henry Ivey, the son of George Ivey, who lived in Southampton County and died there in 1774. Second, they tell us that this Henry Ivey, son of George, consistently signed his name to documents, in contrast to his first cousin who signed with a mark. That, and the Sledge connection, means he is virtually certain to be the same Henry Ivey who signed his name as a witness to the will of Samuel Clark on 12 June 1736 in what was then Brunswick County. This Samuel Clark was the brother of Mary Clark Sledge, wife of Charles Sledge, and therefore the uncle of Henry Ivey's wife. It seems clear that Henry Ivey was married to Rebecca Sledge, son of Charles and Mary Sledge. The long-accepted theory is that his uncle, also named Henry Ivey, was the husband of Rebecca Sledge. However, we know that Rebecca Sledge's brother John was not born until about 1700, thus she was likely much too young to have been the wife of a second-generation Ivey and mother of third-generation Iveys . Further, we know this Henry Ivey was married to a wife named Rebecca in 1737, when he lived quite close to Rebecca Sledge's parents, while the name of his uncle's wife appears in no records" (Baird, pp. 11-12).

Kearns Family Record,
which indicates William T. Kearns and Mary (King) Kearns as progenitors though this is debated below.

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Thom Cameron has found a John Kearns in 1762 in Rowan County, NC (could be the area of now Davidson County). Thom pointed out where the first child of Mary King named is Jonathan Kearns (1761-1850), which is the traditional naming pattern if the father is John or Jonathan (though Thom lists William T. Kearns as the father on Ancestry). Yet, Thom reports that William T. Kearns' first son with his first wife Catherine Hotzenbella (1742-1776) was Nicholas Kearns, which does not follow the traditional naming pattern (i.e., the Jonathan does not imply the father was named John or Jonathan). William T. Kearns was never married to Catherine Hotzenbella. Gene Kearns had this to say in December 2017: I've run across the "William T. Kearns' first son with his first wife Catherine Hotzenbella..." story before and it seems to have nothing to do with our families. This couple apparently lived their entire lives in Virginia and to believe they have something to do with our William Kearns involves the assumption of illegitimate children and I don't remember what all.... it seemed like such an incredible stretch, at the time, I didn't even take notes. Their child, Nicholas Kearns ... settled in Ohio. Gene indicated that if there is documentary evidence of a John Kearns in or near Randolph County, NC, it is likely [our] William's oldest son who was born in Ireland (and this also falsifies claims that he settled in West Virginia). Sue Keirns Mulero, 4th great granddaughter of Jonathan Kearns, indicated in August 2019 that Catherine Hotzenbella was not a wife to William per a record showing Catherine Hotzenbella was married Henry Kearns (echoed by a July 2019 post which also suggests the reader See "The Children of Alexander Taylor and Catharina Carnes" for greater detail of the 1810 Charleston Kanawha Co WV census). As of July 2017, Sue had a lack of DNA connection suggesting Jonathan was a son of William T. Kearns. However, as of August 2019, she and her brothers found multiple DNA connections to descendants of Isaac Kearns below, which suggest that her 4x great grandfather Jonathan was a son of William T. Kearns or John Kearns, whichever one of them was the progenitor. In October 2019, Mike Kellis shared on the Irish Keeran Kearns Genealogy Research and DNA Group that he is descended from the Kearns through his mother. Her 4th great-grandfather was Isaac Kearns/Keerans. Her line goes to his daughter Hannah who married James Hall. They are from the Randolph/Montgomery County, NC, area. Maybe Hannah Kearns Hall is named for her alleged grandmother Hannah Miller Kearns, and if so, this would point to the progenitor being John Kearns instead of William T. Kearns.

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Gene Kearns thinks he has possibly traced the Kearns line back to John Keirns (no dates) and his son William Thomas Mosson Keirns (1740 County Cork, Ireland-1825 Farmer, NC) and Mary Elizabeth Caroline King (1740 County Cork, Ireland-???? Farmer, NC). They were married in 1753 in Ireland. Until recently, things began with William Keirns (Kearns) the father of four boys: Isaac L. Kearns (Sr.), Silas Kearns, William Kearns, Jr. and Thomas Kearns; however, he may have discovered two more sons and a daughter: Jonathan (1761, County Cork, Ireland - 1850, WV), Susannah (1766, Isaac Sr.'s twin dying at or near childbirth) and Josiah (1771). As of September 2019, in correspondence with Sue Mulero and Gene Kearns, both indicate Gene Kearns has numerous DNA matches with people who descended from a Thomas Keeran/Kearns (1707-1796) born in Ireland and died in Chester PA. He has many lines descended from him and Gene has small matches on several branches. Mostly they migrated from PA to Va to WV to Ohio. There were a few who went elsewhere. Some say there was a "John Thomas" b. 1733 in PA and died in Randolph, NC. Sue found a will for a John in NC, but hasn't seen any proof that this John was born in PA. In February 2020, Sue Keirns found that Gene's Y-DNA results do not match Isaiah and her. Gene is in the North Carolina Kearns group and Sue and Isaiah are in the Pennsylvania Kearns group. Like her uncle's matches, Gene has all different names. This is a reflection of a practice in Ireland where people just took in the orphan or poor kid on their block and they took their new family's name. Also step children often just took the name of their mother's second husband. This does not mean the Pennsylvania Kearns group is not related to the North Carolina group. More people from both groups need to test to figure out what happened and when it happened. This information is monumental and worthy of writing up.

In March 2020, Cristin Kearns mentioned her theory about William T. Kearns/Keerans and Mary King. She believes Mary King may actually be Silas Keerans' mother-in-law and therefore not related to Isaac at all. She believes Mary King married John Thompson. Their daughter Jane Thompson married Silas Keeran (brother of Isaac Sr.) Jane's brothers were William Thompson and Henry Thompson. After John Thompson died, Mary King Thompson then married Henry Lyndon, who considered Silas Keerans his step-son-in-law. She believes William Thompson has been made into William Thomas Keerans/Kearns in error by making some incorrect assumptions when reading old gravestones at the old "Kearns" cemetery. The main source informing her theory is Henry Lyndon's will (from Randolph Co., NC Will Book 2, p. 10) The biggest leap is in assuming that Mary (King?) Thompson/Lyndon is the sister of Thomas and James King, who were witnesses to Henry Lyndon's will (and James was living on Lyndon's land).

In May 2020, Cristin Kearns shared a document from Doug Kearns -- John & Hannah Miller Keeran (Kearns): Parents of Isaac, Silas and Thomas Keeran (Kearns) -- which strongly suggests John and Hannah (Miller) Kearns are the progenitors of the North Carolina Kearns line. The standing hypotheis is that the Pennsylvania group of Keerans is related to the North Carolina group of Keerans/Kearns. That hypothesis was generated after noticing autosomal DNA matches with Sue Keirns Mulero's Keirns ancestors and Kearns ancestors of both the North Carolina and Pennsylvania Kearns/Keeran descendants. Gene Kearns also had DNA matches with the Pennsylvania group. The hope was that Y-DNA would prove it, but that may not be possible (such as if the common ancestor is too far back or was a situation where a Kearns woman passed the Kearns name to her sons). Doug Kearns' document is one of the records that supports a relation between the PA and NC Kearns groups. Sue's theory is that the Kearns line in North Carolina has Farrell Y-DNA (Did a Kearns woman have a son with a Farrell whose son took the name Kearns?), but only more tests can prove that, particularly valuable information for those suspecting descendancy from Isaac Kearns below.

In September 2020, Sue Keirns Mulero shared via Facebook, "William T Kearns (died 1825) and John Keeran (died 1796) seem to be the first of the Pennsylvania group to migrate to North Carolina. Do you think they were brothers?" John who married to Hannah could not be the father of William since they were around the same age. So the question remains: Who is the progenitor? William T. Kearns (m. Mary King) or John Kearns (m. Hannah Miller)? Sue's answer is as follows: "Both! William IS likely father to Isaac and his siblings. So far Nettie Prichard seems to have the most Ancient notes and she says Willim T and Mary King were the parents. I believe John was related, obviously. Was he ... brother, or cousin? Did he have children? I did not see anything about him in Nettie's document. Was John the father of my Jonathon?"

If you are a male Kearns and interested in taking a Y-DNA test to help with this research, contact Sue via email or via the Irish Kearns Keeran etc Research and DNA Project on Facebook.

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On 13 November 1760 Henry Ivey deeded 110 acres to his son John Ivey in Southampton County, described as part of George Wyche's patents sold to Henry Ivey. In 1764, John Ivey patented 161 acres just south of Ploughman's Creek, described in the patent as including part of two patents to George Wyche, obviously including the 110 acres given to him by his father four years earlier. This land can be matched to the land devised in the 1787 will of John Ivey Sr. A 1755 Southampton County court record perhaps establishes that his wife Mary was the daughter of David Adams. On 13 August 1761 he made bond as guardian of Lucy Adams, orphan of David Adams, with Joseph Prince his security. (A David Adams had patented land near Henry Ivey in 1746 and was apparently the David Adams whose inventory was ordered in what was then Isle of Wight in 1748. Whether Lucy was the child of the same David Adams is unclear, but he is the only David Adams mentioned in Southampton probate records.) John Ivey apparently had lived in Sussex County prior to 1760, although there is no record of him in the deed books, for the births of six children to John and Mary Ivey are recorded in the Albemarle parish register between 1746 and 1760. Benjamin and Elizabeth Adams served as sponsors of two of the children, Joseph Prince as sponsor of one, and the other listed godparents lived in Sussex. Presumably this is the same John and Mary Ivey, though only one of these children was later named in his will. By 1760 he was apparently living on the land given to him by his father just over the line in Southampton County, and was no longer in Albemarle parish."
Source: The Line of Adam Ivey of Charles City County by Robert W. Baird

John Ivey, Sr.
b. ca. 1725
d. 1789
m. Mary Adams  

The Kearns Tree:

As stated above, either John & Hannah (Miller) Kearns are the progenitors or William T. & Mary (King) Kearns are the progenitors of the Randolph Co., NC, Kearns family. This line immediately below is John Kearns' ancestry. William T. Kearns is further down the page.

It is thought that since Jane Hadley (below) and her brother Simon Hadley II married into the Kearns family, the Kearns may have lived near Ballinakill, just north of Kilkenny in Queens County, now Laois County, or near Tullamore in Kings County, now Offaly County, between Tullamore and Dublin. (source: The Kearns Heritage: Ireland to Randolph County, NC).

unknown Keeran
b. btwn 1675 and 1680, Offaly or Dublin Co., Ireland; Thought to have been Catholic.
Jane Hadley
b. ca. 1671, Moate, West Meath Co., Ireland; Quaker dismissed from Moate, West Meath, Ireland, meeting in 1702.
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Thomas Keeran
b. ca. 1700-1712, Moate, County West Meath, Ireland.
Migrated to Chester Co., PA, from Ireland ca. 1720-1730
Quaker in Kinnett, PA, disciplined multiple times.
m. Nov. 1736 or 6 June 1737 in Chester Co., PA, or Newcastle Co., DE, to Sarah Laeton/Layton (who d. 27 Sept. 1789, in Chester Co., PA - possible granddaughter of William Laeton who transacted land deeds in Goshen Twp., Chester Co., PA)
Thomas Keeran died 7 February 1796

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Ancestry of Hannah (Miller) Kearns

Chapter XXIX of Our Family Ancestors by Thomas Maxwell Potts: "John Miller, son of John Miller, born at 'Breckenbrough, in ye Parish of Kerbywilk in Yorkshire' in 1633, went over to Ireland as a planter, in 1657, and married Ann Clibborn* , daughter of William who was born in 1630, at Cowley, in the County of Durham. ...* The Clibborns are an old and well-known family of Moate and other places in Ireland" (p. 245). There children are William, Margaret, John (b. 1665 at Moate), Thomas, Abraham and Isaac (p. 245). The grandfather of Hannah Miller Kearns was John (b. 1665 at Moate) (p. 245). In the early 1700s, John and his kinfolk Gayen, Samuel and James settled in Chester Co., Pennsylvania (p. 246). "John Miller and his family [appear] to have arrived in Chester County about 1709, and settled in what is now Avondale" (p. 246). He was a Quaker (p. 246). "He married Mary Ignew, in Ireland, where some, if not all, [of] their children were born. He was elected a Member of Assembly in 1714, but died before the end of the year and before taking his seat. ... Mary Miller, his widow, died in 1730. leaving a will" (p. 246). Children of John and Mary (Ignew) Miller are James (b. 1st month, 1693 near Charlemont, County Armagh, Ireland), Mary, William, Joseph, Sarah, Elizabeth, Martha, Elinor and Susannah (p. 247). James Miller (b. 1st month, 1693 near Charlemont, County Armagh, Ireland) married "3 month 24, 1722, to Ann Cain (daughter of John and Ann), b. in County Armagh, and had children" Mary, Ann, Sarah, John, Joseph, Susannah, Hannah b. 1737, William and James (p. 247). Hannah b. 1737 is Hannah Miller Kearns.
John Miller
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John Miller
b. "at 'Breckenbrough, in ye Parish of Kerbywilk in Yorkshire' in 1633,
went over to Ireland as a planter, in 1657, and married
Ann Clibborn*,
daughter of William who was born in 1630, at Cowley, in the County of Durham. ...* The Clibborns are an old and well-known family of Moate and other places in Ireland" (p. 245, Our Family Ancestors).
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John Miller
b. 1665, Moate, Ireland
A Quaker, his family appears to have arrived in Chester Co., PA, ca. 1709 and settled in Avondale.
d. 1714
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Mary Ignew
d. 1730
(source: p. 246, Our Family Ancestors)
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James Miller
(b. 1st month, 1693, near Charlemont, County Armagh, Ireland;
d. 3 Dec. 1774, New Garden, Chester Co., PA
will)
m. 3 month 24, 1722, to
Ann Cane/Cain
(b. ca. 1700
d. 14 March 1783),
daughter of John and Ann Cain/Cane
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John Thomas Keeran/Kearns

b. ca. 1732-1743, Kinnett Square, Chester Co., PA
d. ca. 1 March 1794, Randolph Co., NC
Burial: Old Friends Cemetery, Lassiter Mill Rd., Randolph Co., NC
Hannah Miller
b. 20 February 1737, Kinnett Square, Chester Co., PA
d. Randolph Co., NC

She and her husband are mentioned in her father's will.

m. July 28 or 31, 1763, at Holy Trinity (Old Swedes) Church in Wilmington, Delaware

They were both Quakers and were disciplined multiple times. Papers of the Historical Society of Delaware IX. The Records of Holy Trinity Old Swedes Church, Wilmington, Del., from 1697 to 1773, p. 719, mentions John Karran and Hannah Miller in an entry for July 3, 1763.

New Garden, PA, Monthly Meeting Minutes, 1763, pp. 290-291 RE: Hannah Miller Kearns being disciplined

"John and Hannah were not found in the Kinnett, PA, area after 1764 and are believed to have moved south. Brother William moved to the Eastern Shore of VA, while Thomas Keeran moved to Frederick and Shenandoah counties, VA, where he had his family. Edra Keeran, researching Thomas (her line), advised the source that John had two sons, Isaac and Silas, and were believed to be the Keerans that moved to Randolph County, NC" (Doug Kearns research document).

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John Thomas Kearns

John Thomas Kearns (Keeran) is listed as John Carns in the 1779 Randolph Co. (NC) Tax listing. He died in 1794. Isaac and Ann Keeran (son and likely daughter) "were bonded to handle his estate. The day after their names appeared in court records, the names of Isaac, Silas and Hannah Kearns were listed as filing 'cattle brands' in country court records. At the time this fact was determined it appeared that Hannah was the wife or daughter of John. The filings of Isaac, Silas and Hannah were listed together in one, two, three order." John's siblings are listed as Jane Keeran (b. ca. 1738; m. 1756 to Adam Richardson), Thomas Keeran (b. ca. 1742-1799), Sarah Keeran (1745-1812), Simon Keeran (1747-ca. 1830), William Keeran (1744/5/9-1823) (Doug Kearns research document and The Kearns Heritage: Ireland to Randolph County, NC).
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William T. Kearns, Sr. (Keerans)
 
Mary E. King
Note on birthdates: Sue Keirns Mulero traveled to Ireland and wrote the following in regards to genealogist who worked at Epic Museum in Dublin: "[H]e said people really didn't pay attention to birthdates and didn't care much if their baby was 2 vs 3. He said the church kept a record of the baptism as it was in writing. They would estimate ages if someone was old enough to join the military but otherwise no one really cared about age. His point was to be flexible about accepting records of potential ancestors. He said if I found a record with the correct name and it was a few years different from what you expect, it still might be my ancestor."     |
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John Reese

Note: Geni.com lists his wife as Mary Thorpe (b. 1735, Southampton Co., VA) and lists him as John Reese, Jr., with his parents as John and Mary Reese.
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  b. 1740?, Ireland
Note on birthdates above
d. 1826, Farmer, NC
m. 1753?
b. 1740?
Note on birthdates above
d. ?
One genealogy.com user indicates the parents of Silas, Isaac and Thomas and were John and Hannah Miller Kearns. Joy McNally-Kearns mentions a Kearns descendant from Georgia who had some papers, written in 1944 by someone doing genealogy research apparently on the Kearns family, found in the family bible, which mention William Kearns and Mary King.     |
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  b. ca. 1737, Southampton County, Virginia
d. 13 November 1794, Parish of St. Luke, Southampton, Virginia
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As of May 5, 2020, research suggests John and Hannah (Miller) Kearns are the parents. See John & Hannah Miller Keeran (Kearns): Parents of Isaac, Silas and Thomas Keeran (Kearns) and The Kearns Heritage: Ireland to Randolph County, NC Nettie Pritchard Keerans notes, p. 12, indicates William and Mary (King) Keerans as the Randolph Co., NC, Kearns progenitors.   Further, according to Doug Kearns research document, "Records clearly document that William was the son of Silas and not the husband of Mary King or the father of Isaac, Silas and Thomas." |
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Benjamin and Sally (Reese) Ivey: "On 19 January 1790, barely a month after his father's will was proved, Benjamin and his wife Sally sold his interest in the inherited plantation to his brother Phillips Ivey. He must have left the area almost immediately, for Benjamin does not appear in the 1790 tax list, compiled mainly in March and April that year. He and his wife are, however, named in the will of his father in law, John Reese, dated 1 December 1792 and proved on 9 October 1794. The will distributed the estate equally among ten of the Reese children, and gave five shillings each to three other daughters: "my beloved daughter Sally Ivy, wife of Benjamin Ivy", Sucky Ivy wife of Philip (sic) Ivy, and Lucy Johnson. Since he was apparently gone from Virginia by early 1790, he seems likely to be the same Benjamin Ivey who appears in the 1790 census of Randolph County, North Carolina. The 1800 census shows him with a household of eight. This Benjamin Ivey left a will dated 17 October [1801] and proved in August 1802, naming his wife Sally, daughters Rebecca Kearns, Betsy Nance, "Prisey", Sally, and Sukey (under 18), and sons Kinchen, Isaac, and Benjamin (under 21). Kinchen was left 200 acres, and the home plantation of 190 acres was given to Sally until her death or remarriage, when it was to fall to Isaac. Further indication that he may have been the same Benjamin Ivey from Southampton is that his son Benjamin Ivey named his own eldest son John Reese Ivey."
Source: The Line of Adam Ivey of Charles City County by Robert W. Baird

Benjamin Ivey
b. ca. 1760
d. 1802
m. 17 October 1782
Southampton County, VA
Sarah "Sally" Reese

Also seen as Sallie Reese; after Benjamin's death, she married Zedekiah (Zedediah) Ledbetter and so sometimes is listed as Sallie Ledbetter. She was not named Sallie Kincheon, which some sources erroneously list as genealogist Bob Baird doesn't believe that Kincheon is her surname. Source: Geni.com

On page 13 of The Kearns Heritage: Ireland to Randolph County, NC, it erroneously lists Rebecca Ivey's mother as Celia Forest. This has been disproven. Genealogist Bob Baird disproves this and substantiates that Sally Reese is the mother of Rebecca Ivey on pp. 23-24 of his document The Line of Adam Ivey of Charles City County.

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Cora REBECCA Webb


(The Kearns Heritage: Ireland to Randolph County, NC, p. 9, mentions that Rebecca Webb Kearns' first name was Charlotte.)
Gene Kearns suspects Langston is Isaac's middle name.

The 1826 probate document for Isaac's brother William Kearns mentions Isaac as guardian to his deceased brother William's minor heirs.
Isaac L. Kearns, Sr. Isaac and Thomas had a brother named Silas Kearns (1767-1842). Thomas Kearns Life in 18th Century North Carolina prior to the Revolutionary War Rebecca Ivy (Ivey)
(photo source)
Click HERE to see a memorial stone of Thomas Kearns, which also lists his children. CAUTION: There is error on the stone. What I have listed on this page is as accurate as I have come up with based on the sources I have.
b. 27 May 1769
Randolph Co., NC
d. 27 May 1835
Uwharrie, Montgomery Co., NC, though The Kearns Heritage: Ireland to Randolph County, NC, p. 9, says Randolph Co., NC.
Buried in Uwharrie Friends Burial Ground
Asheboro
Randolph Co., NC
grave marker stone
m. ? b. 22 October 1766
Randolph Co., NC
d. 30 October 1844
Uwharrie, Montgomery Co., NC
Buried in Uwharrie Friends Burial Ground
Asheboro
Randolph Co., NC
grave marker stone
Isaac would have a grandson (through son John Crawford Kearns, Sr.) who was named for his brother Silas: Silas K. Kearns.

"Isaac was paid fifteen shillings in a court session for killing two wolves, March 1788. He was 22 years old when this occurred. ... *REMINISCENCES of RANDOLPH COUNTY by J.A. Blair - 1890 Publication. ... It is believed Isaac and his father John were the last Kearns to practice the Quaker faith. ... Isaac had twelve (12) slaves when he died" (p. 10, The Kearns Heritage: Ireland to Randolph County, NC).
b. 19 Jan. 1776
d. 12 November 1847
(p. 13, The Kearns Heritage: Ireland to Randolph County, NC says he died 12 December 1847)
Concord Twp., Randolph Co., NC
m. ? b. 1 Jan. 1786
d. 11 May 1845,
Randolph Co., NC
Children of Thomas and Rebecca (Ivey) Keerans: Nancy, Polly, Sally, Ivy, Anna, Silas, Hannah, John, Elizabeth, Martha and another (illegible) (source: Nettie Pritchard Keerans notes, p. 2).

Children: Charlotte (m. 1: Wm. Jackson; 2: John Hancock; moved to Missouri); Hannah (b. 26 Sept. 1790; m. Jas. Hall); John C. (b. 18 Feb. 1794); Allen (b. 16 April 1798-d. 22 Oct. 1849); Jesse (b. 6 Nov. 1801-d. 6 March 1863); Mary (Polly) (b. ca. 1803; m. Frederick R. Goss; d. Aug. 1849 in Green, IN) (The Kearns Heritage: Ireland to Randolph County, NC, p. 11) More about their children is also on p. 3 of Nettie Pritchard Keerans notes.

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their descendants through son John Crawford Kearns, Sr., via his marriage to Anna "Annie" Nance
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  According to Doug Kearns' (descendant of William T. Kearns' or John Kearns' son Silas -- brother to Thomas -- born 1767) files, he has a Thomas Carns in 1803 as purchasing or receiving land from the State (North Carolina). He also has Thomas Kerns in 1803 as purchasing land from a Richard Loflin. Both purchases were in Randolph County, North Carolina. I am not sure if this Thomas Carns is the Thomas Kearns on this page. --James A. Johnson
     
Allen Harris Johnson

("Harris")
  Elizabeth "Betsy" Kearns   Click HERE - picture with Allen & Elizabeth ("Harris" and "Betsy").
      b. 21 March 1817
d. 30 September 1905
Buried in Salem United Methodist Church Cemetery, Randolph County, NC
m. 1836
Married young.
He was 18.
She was 15.
b. 29 Jan. 1821*
Randolph Co., NC
d. 21 July 1899*
Randolph Co., NC
Buried in Salem United Methodist Church Cemetery, Randolph County, NC
*Note on dates:
21 March 1821-21 July 1899 are the dates provided for the life of Elizabeth "Betsy" Kearns by the FARMER (Zeb R. Denny, Ed.) book. 29 January 1821 - 22 July 1899 are given for Elizabeth on the memorial stone of her parents and on p. 14 of The Kearns Heritage: Ireland to Randolph County, NC. See the memorial stone link (mentioned above -- Use caution as there is error). However, Salem United Methodist Church Cemetery, Randolph County, NC, shows 29 January 1821 - 21 July 1899.
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their
descendants through son Titus Winbourne Johnson via his marriage to Malinda Christine Campbell

Allen "Harris" Johnson (1817-1905) married Elizabeth "Betsy" Kearns (1821-1899). Among their children were my ancestor Titus "Winbourne" Johnson and Jeremiah W. Johnson. Jeremiah W. Johnson (1846-1922) married Elbie Stokes and they had one daughter: Emma Johnson who married Charlie Thompson and they, in turn, had 9 children. Source: FARMER: Yesterday and Today, p. 118.

Children of Allen "Harris" Johnson and Elizabeth "Betsy" (Kearns) Johnson: Titus Winbourne Johnson (1837-1913), Thomas Clark Johnson (1840-1922), John Hansell Johnson (1842-1919), Jeremiah W. Johnson (1845-1922), Clarinda Ellen Johnson Riley (1851-1904), Milton H. Johnson (1853-1900) and Louise Johnson Diffee (1859-1942) (Source: FindAGrave).

THE NAME KEARNS: 


Doug Kearns corresponded with a William Kearns of Liverpool, England, who
advised that the Irish Gaelic Language does not contain a "K" and "C"
takes the place of the "K", as in Carns, Currins, Currans.  I have
also seen the name Cairn, but am unsure if Kearns and it are related.
                                                 
Still, there is another possibility according to Doug Kearns.
In Switzerland, there is a little town named KERNS that dates back to
1200 AD.  He had read a book about the Amish who were persecuted
because of their strict religious ways.  They began in Switzerland
and slowly made their way up the Rhine River to Holland where they
boarded boats for the New World.  There are numerous Kerns in
Germany.  Thousands of Germans migrated to Ireland during the
late 1600's and early 1700's. They probably didn't find what they
expected and when the opportunity was right they jumped on a boat
to America.  So the name may bring in an ancestry of Irish, German,
and Swiss heritage.  Whether or not Kerns and Kearns are related
is uncertain, though.  

According to the book FARMER: Yesterday and Today (Zeb R. Denny, editor;
published by Wooten Printing Co., Inc. in Welcome, NC), William T. and
Mary King Kearns came to America from Ireland between 1760 and 1765,
changing the name KEERANS to KEARNS.  He settled on Second Creek, North
Carolina, just 3 miles south of Farmer, NC, in Concord Township
(Randolph Co.).  The FARMER book lists William T. Kearns, Sr., and
Mary King (Mary King Kearns) as the parents of Thomas Kearns, husband
of Rebecca Ivy. The tombstone shown when clicking on the link below
states that John Kearns is the father of Thomas Kearns, husband of
Rebecca Ivey. Documentation supports John as the father of Thomas and
likely Isaac and Silas.  John was in Rowan (now Randolph Co., NC) in
1768 as a taxpayer.  Much of this information comes from Doug Kearns.
However, according to a page in a biography, William is the father according to Thom Cameron. 

William T.    Mary     Adam A. 
Kearns, Sr. + King      Ivey
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Isaac        Thomas +  Rebecca          Click HERE to see the 
Kearns       Kearns |  Ivy (Ivey)       tombstone of Thomas 
    +    +----------+----------------+  Kearns and Rebecca Ivey
Rebecca  |b. 19 Jan.| b. 1 Jan. 1786 |  Kearns which also lists
  Webb   |   1776   | d. 11 May 1845 |  their children.
    |    |d. 1847   |                |
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    ↓               |   According to Doug Kearns'
   their            |   (descendant of William T. Kearns' or John
descendants         |   Kearns' son Silas -- brother to Thomas --
                    |   born 1767) files, he has a Thomas Carns in
                    |   1803 as purchasing or receiving land from the
                    |   State (North Carolina). He also has Thomas
                    |   Kerns in 1803 as purchasing land from a
                    |   Richard Loflin. Both purchases were in Randolph
                    |   County, North Carolina. I am not sure if this
                    |   Thomas Carns is the Thomas Kearns on this page.
                    |                   --James A. Johnson
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     Allen       Elizabeth
     Harris      "Betsy"
     Johnson  +  Kearns   Click HERE - picture w/ Allen & Elizabeth.
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          |m. 1836|b. 29| 21 March 1821-21 July 1899 are the dates  
          |Married| Jan.| provided for the life of Elizabeth "Betsy"
          |young: |1821 | Kearns by the FARMER (Zeb R. Denny,
          |He was |d. 22| Ed.) book.  The dates to the left are   
          |18. She|July | given for Elizabeth on the tombstone of 
          |was 15.|1899 | her parents.  See the tombstone link above.
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