Garn Genealogy




This web page is devoted to Johannes GERN of Kürnbach, Germany, and all of his descendants.

Most if not all of the people listed on the web site are named in:

The Garn Family including Carn, Garnes, Garns, and Gern, Second Edition

by Lynn E. Garn


This web site traces the descendants of Johannes Gern, who was born around 1615, undoubtedly in Germany. His 2nd great grandsons, brothers Johannes and Conrad Gern, emigrated and settled in Pennsylvania in the mid to late 1700s. In America the names of most of their descendants were Anglicized to Carn, Garn, Garnes, and Garns. A few kept the Gern spelling. The names on the web site follow the names that appear in the book, cited above. However, the book has additional biographical details about many people including primary evidence in the form of wills, land records, Bible records, documents from Civil War pension files, and more.

The 2nd great grandson Johannes Gern, also known as John Garn, was born in 1738 in Kürnbach, Germany, settled in Bedford County, Pennsylvania, and died there in 1808.

The 2nd great grandson Conrad Gern was born in 1748 in Kürnbach, Germany, settled in Guilford Twp., Franklin Co., Pennsylvania, and probably died there after 1810.

For many years it was believed that three brothers, Frederick, John, and Christian Garn immigrated to America in the mid 1700s. John is well documented. However, no evidence was ever produced to support the claim that he had brothers named Frederick and Christian. It is now known that the brother believed to have been named Frederick is really the above named Conrad and that Johannes and Conrad never had a brother named Christian.

The best explanation for the confusion over the name Christian and the incorrect naming of Conrad as Frederick is that there were multiple marriages among descendants of Johannes and Conrad Gern and that descendants confused the names of siblings of their ancestors. Johannes Gern had sons John and Frederick Garn. Conrad Gern had sons John and Christian. And descendants of some of these men intermarried and undoubtedly became confused over which ancestor named John Garn had a brother named Frederick and which had a brother named Christian.

Table of Contents

Descendants of Johannes GERN Descendants of Johannes GERN
Surname List Surname List - A list of all surnames on this site
Name Index Index of Names - A list of all names on this site

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