John C. Karner

Information on this page is from History of Rensselaer Co., New York by Nathaniel Bartlett Sylvester, published in 1880.

JOHN C. KARNER was born in the town of East Greenbush, and on the farm where he now resides, Jan. 6, 1805. He was third child and only son of Christopher Karner and Maria Dingman, who were also natives of East Greenbush. His grandparents, John Karner and Susan Hawke, were natives of Germany, were married in that country, and emigrated to America prior to the Revolutionary war, settling on the farm now owned by him. They reared a family of four sons and three daughters, viz., - Philip, Dorothy, Hannah, John, Sarah, Christopher, and George, all deceased. His three sisters, Sarah, Catherine, and Susan, are living. His grandfather and one uncle served in the Revolutionary war. Mr. Karner was married April 19, 1836, to Sarah Maria Best, of East Greenbush. She is fourth child and second daughter of Henry L. Best and Mary Finger, both of whom are of German descent.

To Mr. and Mrs. Karner have been born four children, two of whom are living. Mr. and Mrs. Karner are both members of the Dutch Reformed Church. He never had any political aspirations, but has been unswervingly identified with the Democratic party.

Residence of John C. Karner, East Greenbush, N. Y.

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