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Abraham "Elder" Kern
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Birth: Jun. 24, 1786
Rowan County
North Carolina, USA
Death: Oct. 25, 1858
Lawrence County
Indiana, USA

One source says the family went by sled to White River, Indiana from Kentucky (Nicholas County) in the winter of 1815-1816.

In 1819, the 'Dunkard' preacher 'Elder' Abraham Kern founded the Old Union Church in Lawrence Co., Indiana. Members of this particular group were commonly referred to as Dunkers, or Dunkards.

"The White River Church was the home of Abraham Kern. He was another strong leader of the "Brethren Association". Its name was later changed to "Old Union". It was just west of Bedford, in Lawrence County, Indiana. Families here were: Bower, Keithley, Hartman, Ribelin, Sears, Sheets, Stutzman and Younger. This church too, became a Disciples church after 1826. Adam Kern, father of Abraham, lived a little north of the White River Church, in Monroe County, and was a Bishop in the Disciples church". ( from Brethren on the Ohio Valley Frontier, "Four Mile Community" written by Merle C. Rummel ~ Published April, 1998)

"Kern was known as the "marryin'est parson" in Indiana. For four decades his name fills the Lawrence Co marriage register. He founded a church on his own farm, giving the land for the church and cemetery. It was the Old Union Church - Dunkard at first, then New Light Baptist, finally becoming Campbellite Christian. Kern never received any payment for his forty years of active ministry (Book - "Captain Isaac Williams and His Grandchildren", "Capt Isaac Williams Jr." by Ben F. and Alice L. Dixon, 1963)

Family links: 
  Adam Kern (1762 - 1838)
  Katherine Ribelin Kern (1762 - 1818)
  Susana (Susan) Wilson Kern (1785 - 1852)*
  Fanny Kern Adamson (1808 - 1877)*
  Lucinda Kern Williams (1810 - 1892)*
  Abigail Kern Williams (1811 - 1893)*
  Elijah Kern (1813 - 1856)*
  Anna Kern Hall (1815 - 1895)*
  Ambrose Kern (1818 - 1878)*
  Albert Kern (1820 - 1896)*
  John R. Kern (1822 - 1877)*
  Lewis D Kern (1825 - 1903)*
  Jane S. Kern (1828 - 1845)*
  Andrew Jackson Kern (1829 - 1908)*
  Abraham Kern (1786 - 1858)
  Anna Kern Sears (1789 - 1824)*
  William Kern (1791 - 1846)*
  Adam Kern (1794 - 1876)*
  Elizabeth Kern Younger (1796 - 1820)*
  Conrad Kern (1797 - 1861)*
  Sarah Kern Younger (1799 - 1873)*
  Susannah Kern Sears (1801 - 1859)*
*Calculated relationship
Old Union Cemetery
Lawrence County
Indiana, USA
Created by: AZ Susi
Record added: Nov 11, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 61462158
Abraham Elder Kern
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Abraham Elder Kern
Added by: AZ Susi
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- Orange Yeti
 Added: May. 30, 2016

- Betsy & Mike
 Added: May. 5, 2014
Great Great Great Great Great Grandfather! Rest in Peace!
- Ronald Sheehan
 Added: Apr. 12, 2011
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