Adam Billings Kern, Sr

Male2 June 1762–24 May 1838

Brief Life History of Adam Billings

When Adam Billings Kern, Sr was born on 2 June 1762, in Rowan, North Carolina, British Colonial America, his father, Leonard Conrad Kern, was 30 and his mother, Mary Magdaline Billings, was 26. He married Mary Lay in 1785, in Iredell, North Carolina, United States. He died on 24 May 1838, in Stanford, Van Buren Township, Monroe, Indiana, United States, at the age of 75, and was buried in Harmony Cemetery, Bloomington Township, Monroe, Indiana, United States.

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Adam Billings Kern, Sr
Katherine Ribelin
Marriage: 1785
Abraham Kern
Elizabeth Kern
Mary Magdalene Polly Kern
Infant Kern
Anna Kern
William Kern
Adam Kern Jr
Conrad Kern
Sarah Kern
Susannah Kern

Sources (23)

  • 1830 United States Federal Census
  • Family Data Collection - Births
  • Adam Kern, "Indiana Marriages, 1811-2007"

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  • Marriage
    1785Rowan, North Carolina, United States
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    World Events (8)

    1767 · Tryon Palace

    Age 5

    Built on August 26, 1767, the Tryon Palace became the capitol building for North Carolina. The building was named after William Tryon a British officer and colonial official.


    Age 14

    Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.

    1783 · A Free America

    Age 21

    The Revolutionary War ended with the signing of the Treaty of Paris which gave the new nation boundries on which they could expand and trade with other countries without any problems.

    Name Meaning

    German, Dutch, and Jewish (Ashkenazic): from Middle High German kerne ‘kernel, seed, pip’; Middle Dutch kern(e), keerne; German Kern or Yiddish kern ‘grain’, hence a metonymic occupational name for a farmer, or a nickname for a physically small person. As a Jewish surname, it is mainly artificial.

    English (southeastern): metonymic occupational name for a maker or user of milk churns, from Middle English kern, kirn, kurn, a side-form of chern ‘churn’. Compare Church .

    Slovenian: nickname for a stunted person, from an old spelling of krn ‘stunted’.

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

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