I'm getting confused. I keep reading messages and getting sent back to Nicholas Kern as the originator of the Karns in America but I can't find a connection to my particular branch. I did some online searches and I really feel there is a connection someplace between the John Karn arriving in 1772 and John Karn of Dayton, OH.
Online search of PA State Archives found:
John Karn arrived on the ship "Hope", master George Johnson from Rotterdam to Cowes qualified for Oath of Allegiance October 1, 1772.
The Series 3, Vol XXIX index shows the following Karn: Abr'm, Dan'l, Jacob, John, Mich'l, Sam'l, and William
List of Soldiers from Northampton Cnty - John Karn
Class Roll of Capt. John Griggory Company, commanded by "Cornel Carn" for Chestnut Hill Township, Sept 25, 1780
From Church of the Brethren - Gabriel Karns was a Deacon for the Salem Congregation in 1845. He was a blacksmith by trade and had the only distillery in the area. (Note: another ancestor, David Heckman, died 2/22/1858 in Clark Cnty, OH in a distillery accident. His son, William Heckman was also a Deacon for the Salem Church in 1845.)
Ohio Census - 1880 Karns, John living in Bethel, Miami Cnty, Ohio - Born 1805 in PA, Farmer, Married, Mother's Birth Place - PA, Father's Birthplace MD (could actually be PA due to changing borders)
Karns, John living in Union, Miami Cnty, Ohio - Born 1839 in OH, AGE 41, Married, Mother's Birth Place - OH, Father's Birth Place - PA
If you have any leads, ideas, or actual information, please let me know!