Samantha J. Karnes

Individual

Born: 25 Jun 1851 in Anderson County, Tennessee, USA

Died: 8 May 1915 in Oberlin, Decatur County, Kansas, USA

Father: Enos Karnes (c. 1812 – ?)

Mother: Luhanna ? (c. 1822 – ?)

Family #1

Spouse/Partner: John R. Fisher (? – ?)

Married: ? in (unknown)

Child: Samuel H. Fisher (1882 – ?)

Family #2

Spouse/Partner: Thomas James "T.J." Spear (1835 – 1923)

Married: 17 Mar 1889 in Rawlins County, Kansas, USA

Child: Emmett Spear (1891 – 1931)

Change Date

This data was last changed on 4 Jun 2009, and is stored in datafile B.

Primary and Secondary Sources

(see About Sources)

1870 U.S. Federal Census (Population Schedule)
National Archives and Records Administration. [applies to name, birth]
1900 U.S. Federal Census (Population Schedule)
National Archives and Records Administration. [applies to name, birth, marriage]
1910 U.S. Federal Census (Population Schedule)
National Archives and Records Administration. [applies to name, birth, marriage]
A Spear Family History
by Michael Engelmann; [applies to birth, death]
Obituary (Thomas James Spear)
Oberlin Herald; Oberlin, Decatur County, Kansas, USA; 16 Aug 1923; page ?. Duplicate printed in the Atwood Citizen-Patriot; Atwood, Rawlins County, Kansas, USA; 30 Aug 1923; page ? [applies to name, death, marriage]

Research Notes (source comments, unreliable information)

The 1870 census shows that Samantha and her mother were born in TN, but the 1900 census indicates Samantha was born in MO, and her mother in Indiana. The 1910 census shows Samantha and her mother were both born in IN. In the 1920 census of her son Harvey (Samuel H.), she was again born in MO.

Her birth year also appears to be a floating target. In the 1900 US Census, she was born in 1839. In the 1910 US Census, she was 53 (born about 1857). A memorial card (spelling her name Symantha, compared to Samantha in the census records) indicates a birth year of 1848.