I sincerly hope that some one may be able to help me for I've been stuck at a dead end on Francis Berna For he mabe a name change after he move to Arkansas. And there was a couple of possibilities as to the aregianall spelling of the name Bernie,Burney,Berney,and now the Berna. Heres the info I have on him. Francis was born 1/1/1813 in North Carolina. I have found comments from three different sources ( but no proof ) that Francis's last name was Bernie, Burnet or Burney and that sometime before he married Martha Pogue Dyer in 1838 he changed the spelling of his name.
The family lived in northern Alabama but were driven out because of their opposition to slavery. Francis's father went to Kentucky about 1832. Francis went to Crawford County Arkansas to scout land for purchase held by Caswell Vaught through a Herdright Certificate.
Francis was a farmer and later a Baptist preacher. He married Mrs Martha Pogue Dyer about 1838. Mrs Dyer had four children from her first husband Benijam Dyer. Three girls and one son.
Francis and Martha had three children, two boys and one girl Henry Clay Berna John Wesley Berna Sarah E. Berna
Martha died in 1882 and Francis remarried the same year to Mrs. Nancy Gregory. He died two years later on 5/4/1884.
he was born on January 01, 1813 in North Carolina he died in May 04, 1884 in Crawford County, Ar
As to the areagional spelling of the name before he moved I am unsure, so if any can help I would much apprciat it. You can contact me at email@example.com my name is Starla