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Korns Family Papers (Ohio/Iowa) - MS 615

Introduction | Biographical Sketch | Scope and Content | Series Description | Inventory

Introduction

The Korns Family Papers consist of .25 linear feet of family correspondence, diaries, and histories of the Emma (Jacobs) and Jacob Korns family ranging from 1862 to 1932.

The Papers were donated to the Center for Archival Collections by Monica Manny Ralston in October 1997. No restrictions exist on the use of this collection. Duplication is permitted for the purposes of preservation and research. The collection was processed and register prepared by Marilyn Levinson, Curator of Manuscripts in January 2002.

Biographical Sketch

The Korns Family Papers centers on the core family of Emma (Jacobs) and Jacob Korns. Jacob Korns was born in Holmes County, Ohio, the son of William Korns and Elizabeth Hoyman. He lived in Ohio until as a young man he moved to Iowa. During the Civil War he enlisted with the 46th Iowa Volunteers, serving from May until September when he was discharged due to poor health. From 1866 to 1868 Jacob traveled between Iowa and Ohio to engage in such activities as working on a farm and going to school.

In the fall of 1868, while in Fulton County, Ohio, he met Emma Jacobs (b.1849), who had come from Norwalk to visit her sisters. Eventually, the couple married in 1871, and they moved to the area of Grinnell, Iowa where they started their family. Their family consisted of six children, Oliva Alta, Elisabeth A. Mabel Revina, Harriet Eugenia, Jean Eulalie, and Bessie Florence. Olive Alta married Frank Reed Porter in 1892, Elisabeth married James L. McIlrath in 1892, Mabel Revina married Clark Dayton in 1896, Jean Eulalie married Alvin Emory Stickle in 1906, and Bessie Florence married Ralph Albert Manny in 1916.

A detailed genealogy of the family is included in the collection.

Scope and Content

The Korns Family Papers consists of scattered correspondence to members of the Jacob Korns family, as well as related biographical and genealogical material. Although none of the correspondence series are comprehensive, the few letters do provide an interesting snapshot of life in the second half of the 19th century and the first part of the 20th.

The most expansive item in the collection is the 1932 diary written by Emma Korns. In it she makes a meticulous account of her daily household activities, most notably her quilting projects and their progress. Along with the description of the gardening, cleaning, sewing and quilting, cooking and baking, and social activities, she also comments on outside events, particularly those involving family, and occasionally comments on such news as the Republican National Convention.

Series Description

CORRESPONDENCE

CORRESPONDENCE - WILLIAM E. KORNS
1862
Letter to Jacob Korns from his brother William, from Cumberland Ford, Kentucky during the Civil War

CORRESPONDENCE - L.E HOYMAN
1864
Letter to Jacob Korns from cousin, L.E. Hoyman, in Millersburg, Ohio, discussing local events and war news, including the Ft. Pillow Massacre. Includes typed transcript

CORRESPONDENCE - LYDIA KORNS OSTRUM
187-?
Letter to Jacob from sister Lydia, in Iowa, describing local activities. Includes typed transcript

CORRESPONDENCE - PHILIP KORNS
1895
Letter to Jacob from brother Philip in Ainsworth, Nebraska, discussing agricultural conditions and family health. Includes typed transcript

CORRESPONDENCE - ELIZABETH ADAMS MIX JACOBS
1873, 1875, 1887
Letter from Emma Jacobs mother, in Norwalk, Ohio, discussing activities of family and friends. Includes typed transcript

CORRESPONDENCE - EUGENIA M. JACOBS PALMER
circa 1890-1900, n.d.
Letters to Emma Jacobs Korn from her sister in Wauseon, Ohio, covering family developments including the death of their mother and the will. Includes typed transcript

LITERARY PRODUCTIONS

DIARIES - EMMA KORNS
1912, 1929, 1932
Arranged chronologically
Daily description of chores such as making soap, gardening, cleaning, sewing and quilting, cooking and baking, and social activities. Limited entries for 1912 and 1929, but 1932 diary is extensive and detailed. Includes some transcripts

AUTOBIOGRAPHY - JACOB KORNS
n.d.
Limited biographical sketch with reminiscences of the experiences of himself and his brother William during the Civil War. Includes typed transcript

GENEALOGICAL NOTES
n.d.
Jacobs and Korns family background, including family vital statistic information such as births, marriages and deaths, provided by Emma Jacobs Korns and others

PRINTED MATERIAL

BOOKS
1949
Genealogy related to the Jacob Korns Family photocopied from the book, "The Genealogy of Michael Korns, Sr. of Somerset County, Pennsylvania"

NEWSCLIPPINGS
1897, 1930, 1934
Clippings describing a family reunion of the Korns Family held in Hardwick, Iowa, and the obituaries of Jacob Korns and Emma Korns

PHOTOGRAPHIC MATERIAL

PHOTOGRAPHIC PRINTS
1920, n.d.
Photocopies of family photographs, some with identification on verso

Inventory

Box 1

Folder

  1. Correspondence of William E. Korns to Jacob Korns, 1862
  2. Correspondence of L.E. Hoyman to Jacob Korns, 1864
  3. Correspondence of Lydia Korns Ostrum to Jacob Korns, 187-?
  4. Correspondence of Philip Korns to Jacob Korns, 1895
  5. Correspondence of Elizabeth Jacobs to Emma Korns, 1873, 1875, 1887
  6. Correspondence of Eugenia M. Jacobs Palmer to Emma Korns, c.1890-1900, n.d.
  7. Diary of Emma Korns, 1912, 1929
  8. Diary of Emma Korns, 1932
  9. Jacob Korns autobiographical notes, n.d.
  10. Jacobs and Korns Family genealogical notes, n.d.
  11. Excerpt from "The Genealogy of Michael Korns, Sr....", 1949
  12. Newsclippings, 1897, 1930, 1934
  13. Photographs, 1920, n.d.

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