James Finley Carns

17 November 1811–7 May 1884 (Age 72)
Knox, Knox, Ohio, United States

The Life of James Finley

When James Finley Carns was born on 17 November 1811, in Knox, Knox, Ohio, United States, his father, Abraham Sr. Carns, was 41 and his mother, Elizabeth Thompson Litton Letton, was 32. He married Mary Ann Litton on 23 November 1854, in Grant, Wisconsin, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 3 daughters. He lived in Smelser, Grant, Wisconsin, United States in 1880. He died on 7 May 1884, in Georgetown, Grant, Wisconsin, United States, at the age of 72, and was buried in Bigpatch, Grant, Wisconsin, United States.

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James Finley Carns
Mary Ann Litton
Marriage: 23 November 1854
James Burton Carns
Edward Smith Carns
Ella Cairns
Elizabeth Carns
Frank William Carns
Bertha Lorene Carns

Spouse and Children

23 November 1854
Grant, Wisconsin, United States


    James Burton Carns


    Edward Smith Carns


    Ella Cairns


    Elizabeth Carns



+1 More Child

Parents and Siblings

    Abraham Sr. Carns


    Elizabeth Thompson Litton Letton




World Events (8)


Age 1

War of 1812. U.S. declares war on Britain over British interference with American maritime shipping and westward expansion.
1812 · War of 1812

Age 1

Because of the outbreak of war from Napoleonic France, Britain decided to blockade the trade between the United States and the French. The US then fought this action and said it was illegal under international law. Britain supplied Native Americans who raided settlers living on the frontier and halting expansion westward. In 1814, one of the British raids stormed into Washington D.C. burning down the capital. Neither the Americans or the British wanted to continue fighting, so negotiations of peace began. After Treaty of Ghent was signed, Unaware of the treaty, British forces invaded Louisiana but were defeated in January 1815.
1832 · The Black Hawk War

Age 21

Convinced that a group of Native American tribes were hostile, The United States formed a frontier militia to stop them in their tracks. Even though Black Hawk was hoping to avoid bloodshed while trying to resettle on tribal land, U.S. officials opened fire on the Native Americans. Black Hawk then responded to this confrontation by successfully attacking the militia at the Battle of Stillman's Run and then left northward. After a few months the militia caught up with Black Hawk and his men and defeated them at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights. While being weakened by hunger, injuries and desertion, Black Hawk and the rest of the many native survivors retreated towards the Mississippi. Unfortunately, Black Hawk and other leaders were later captured when they surrendered to the US forces and were then imprisoned for a year.

Name Meaning

Scottish: variant of Cairns .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

Possible Related Names

Sources (3)

  • James Carns, "United States Census, 1880"
  • James Finley Carns, "Find A Grave Index"
  • James Carns in entry for Frank William Carns, "Washington Deaths and Burials, 1810-1960"

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