GENEALOGICAL AND BIOGRAPHICAL.
father Christopher's old homestead, near Lehigh
Gap, along the Lehigh river. He vvas reared on
the farm upon which he spent all his life. In
his boyhood days he attended the public schools
and assisted with the farm work. He remained
with his father until the latter's death in i860,
when he succeeded to the farm of 92 acres. In
1876, Mr. Kern built for himself a modern residence upon the place. In 1901, he purchased
the upper farm, of 114 acres from Stephen Kern.
On this farm is one of the most substantial stone
dwellings that skilled labor can produce. Aluch
of Air. Kern's 206 acres is slate land. On the
lower farm is a quarry worked by the Bangor
Slate Company. On Sept. 8, 1910, the barn
built in 1905 on the upper farm was destroyed
by fire. The one previously built was destroyed
by lightning, July 21, 1895. The family are
members of the Slatington Reformed church.
Mr. Kern in earlier years was a member and
deacon in Frieden's Reformed church. Aaron
Kern married, Sept. 26, 1862, Alary Ann
Buck, daughter of Jonas Buck. Issue: James AL,
of whom below; Alary, married Henry O. Kern;
Annie, married Leon German; Cora, died in
infancy; Henry; and Lillie, married George
German. She died June 30, 1910, aged 23 years.
James M. Kern, son of Aaron and Alary
Ann (Buck) Kern, was born April 1, 1869, in
Washington township. He vvas educated in the
public schools, supplemented by a course in a
business college, graduating in 1893. He was
employed successively as a bookkeeper and clerk
for various firms, and was with Koch Brothers
for eight years. In 1907, he removed to Slatington, and took up farming on the Elias Remaly
place of 35 acres. Air. Kern is quite devoted to
stock raising and dairying. In politics he is a
Democrat. He is a member of Slatington Lodge,
No. 440, F. & A. AL, of wdiich he is a past
master by merit. The family are members of
St John's Reformed church, Slatington, of
which he vvas a deacon for four years and financial secretary five years.
James M. Kern married (first) Cora E.
Remaly, daughter of Elias and Fianna (Schosse)
Remally, born in 1876. Issue: Laird E. A.
and Wilma M. F. Mrs. Cora E. Kern was
killed in a railroad accident, August 12, 1900,
at Benninger's crossing, on the Lehigh and New
England Railroad. James M. Kern married
second) in 1902, Ida S. Rauch, daughter of Andrew Rauch, of Cetronia, Pa. Issue: Elwood
H. A. Kern.
Nathan Kern, son of Henry Kern and grandson of Christopher and Susanna (Bauman) Kern,
was born April 11, 1833, and died June 30,
1896. He was a farmer in AVashington town
ship. His farm was that now owned by Francis
Remaly. He vvas a member of Frieden's Reformed church, where he and his wife were buried. He married Caroline Shirey, born Nov. 14,
1839, died June 4, 1899. Issue: (1) James; (2)
John; (3) Salinda; (4) Frank J., of whom below; (5) Nathaniel; (6) Oscar; (7) Annie;
and (8) Edwin Kern.
Frank J. Kern, third son of Nathan and Caroline (Shirey) Kern, was born in Washington
township, Alarch 18, 1864. As a boy he attended
the public schools of his neighborhood and at
theage of eighteen learned the trade of shoemaker, which he has ever since followed. He was
employed for two years as a journeyman at Easton; in 1885 worked at Hoffman's, and in 1886,
removed to Slatington, where he now resides.
The family are members of Frieden's Reformed
He married, April 19, 1891, Emma C. AIus-
selman, daughter of Aaron and Diana Alussel-
man. Issue: Esther R. and Raymond F. Kern.
Reuben Kern, vvas born in what was then
Heidelberg (now AVashington) township. He
owned and operated a small farm and worked
in the slate quarry. He was a member of the
Reformed church at Slatedale, where he is also
buried. He married Lydia Ferber. Issue:
Alaria, married Joseph A^fliet; Hannah, married Lewis Roth; L. Frank; Cornelius, of whom
below, and Phoenius Kern.
Cornelius Kern, the youngest son of Reuben and Lydia (Ferber) Kern, was born on
New Year's Day, 1848. He attended the public schools of his neighborhood in his boyhood
days. From the age of 15 years he followed
butchering until the present time, (1913). He
at one time employed several men to assist him
in his business. He has a valuable slate farm
of 28 acres in the upper end of Slatedale, upon
which he built a home residence in 1905. He
also owns his father's old homestead in Slatedale,
consisting of a dwelling and two acres of land.
He and family are members of Slatedale Salem
Evangelical church, which he served as class leader, trustee, and steward. Cornelius Kern married in 1869, Mary Ann Ferber, daughter of
Phoenius and Barbara (Newhard) Ferber. Issue: nine children, viz: Rosa A., married AVesley Breyfogle; Ella J., married Clinton Smith;
Irvin P.; Hilbrid E. ,and five others, who died
young. The four children are all residents of
L. Frank Kern, the eldest son of Reuben and
Lydia (Ferber) Kern, was born at Slatedale,
where he spent his entire life, working in the slate
industry, with wdiich he was very familiar. He
was an exceptionally able block-maker. He mar-