Samantha J. Karns

Last updated 23 Nov 2021 in Spear–Johnson Family.

Individual

Born: 25 Jun 1848 in , , Indiana, United States

Died: 8 May 1915

Father: Enos Karnes (1816 – 1890)

Mother: Louhana "Luhany" Brennit (1825 – 1904)

Supporting evidence for:
name

census-us-1900-ps-ks-rawlins-130-8a: 1900 U.S. Census, population schedule, Kansas, Rawlins County, Union Township, enumeration district 130, sheet 8A (form/penned) or page 291A (stamped); 1900 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 13 August 2018) > "Kansas > Rawlins > Union > District 0130" image 1; citing “Twelfth Census of the United States, 1900, NARA microfilm publication T623 (1854 rolls), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 1240496]

Additional detail for reference: Line 31, dwelling 123

Comment: Source includes [married] name (Samantha J. Spear).

census-us-1910-ps-ks-decatur-11-1a: 1910 U.S. Census, population schedule, Kansas, Decatur County, Center Township, enumeration district 11, sheet 1A (form/penned) or page 41A (stamped); 1910 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 14 August 2018) > "Kansas > Decatur > Center > District 0011" image 1; citing “Thirteenth Census of the United States, 1910, NARA microfilm publication T624, roll 437 (of 1784), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 1374450]

Additional detail for reference: Line 26, dwelling 6

Comment: Source includes [married] name (Samantha Spear).

obituary-symantha-spear-1915: Obituary for Symantha J. (Karnes) Spear (1915); “Obituary / Mrs. T. J. Spear,” Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com: accessed 29 Apr 2018), image “United States of America > Kansas > Oberlin > Oberlin Herald > 1915 > 05 > 13” page 5; citing “Oberlin Herald (Oberlin, Kansas), 13 May 1915 (Thursday), page 5, column 3”

Comment: Source includes name (<spelling> J. Karns). See research notes for spelling details.

obituary-thomas-spear-1923: Obituary for Thomas James Spear (1923); “T.J. Spear Dies Suddenly,” Oberlin Herald (Oberlin Kansas), 16 Aug 1923 (Thursday), page unknown, column unknown

Comment: Source includes her [married] name (Samanta J. Fisher).

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,
birth

census-us-1900-ps-ks-rawlins-130-8a: 1900 U.S. Census, population schedule, Kansas, Rawlins County, Union Township, enumeration district 130, sheet 8A (form/penned) or page 291A (stamped); 1900 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 13 August 2018) > "Kansas > Rawlins > Union > District 0130" image 1; citing “Twelfth Census of the United States, 1900, NARA microfilm publication T623 (1854 rolls), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 1240496]

Additional detail for reference: Line 31, dwelling 123

Comment: Source includes date (June/<conflict>), age (<conflict>), and location (<conflict>). See research notes for conflict details.

census-us-1910-ps-ks-decatur-11-1a: 1910 U.S. Census, population schedule, Kansas, Decatur County, Center Township, enumeration district 11, sheet 1A (form/penned) or page 41A (stamped); 1910 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 14 August 2018) > "Kansas > Decatur > Center > District 0011" image 1; citing “Thirteenth Census of the United States, 1910, NARA microfilm publication T624, roll 437 (of 1784), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 1374450]

Additional detail for reference: Line 26, dwelling 6

Comment: Source includes age (<conflict>) and location (Indiana). See research notes for conflict details.

marker-thomas-samantha-spear-1923-1915: Gravestone of Thomas J. (1923) and Samantha J. (1915) Spear; Find A Grave (https://www.findagrave.com: accessed 5 May 2021), memorial IDs 60563282 (Thomas) and 60563286 (Samantha), photographs uploaded 24 Oct 2010 to both memorials; citing “Oberlin Cemetery (Oberlin, Decatur County, Kansas, USA)”

Comment: Source includes year (1848).

obituary-symantha-spear-1915: Obituary for Symantha J. (Karnes) Spear (1915); “Obituary / Mrs. T. J. Spear,” Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com: accessed 29 Apr 2018), image “United States of America > Kansas > Oberlin > Oberlin Herald > 1915 > 05 > 13” page 5; citing “Oberlin Herald (Oberlin, Kansas), 13 May 1915 (Thursday), page 5, column 3”

Comment: Source includes date (June 25, 1848) and location (Indiana).

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,
death

marker-thomas-samantha-spear-1923-1915: Gravestone of Thomas J. (1923) and Samantha J. (1915) Spear; Find A Grave (https://www.findagrave.com: accessed 5 May 2021), memorial IDs 60563282 (Thomas) and 60563286 (Samantha), photographs uploaded 24 Oct 2010 to both memorials; citing “Oberlin Cemetery (Oberlin, Decatur County, Kansas, USA)”

Comment: Source includes year (1915).

obituary-symantha-spear-1915: Obituary for Symantha J. (Karnes) Spear (1915); “Obituary / Mrs. T. J. Spear,” Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com: accessed 29 Apr 2018), image “United States of America > Kansas > Oberlin > Oberlin Herald > 1915 > 05 > 13” page 5; citing “Oberlin Herald (Oberlin, Kansas), 13 May 1915 (Thursday), page 5, column 3”

Comment: Source includes date (May 8, 1915).

obituary-thomas-spear-1923: Obituary for Thomas James Spear (1923); “T.J. Spear Dies Suddenly,” Oberlin Herald (Oberlin Kansas), 16 Aug 1923 (Thursday), page unknown, column unknown

Comment: Source includes the date (May 8, 1915).

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Family #1

Spouse/Partner: John R. Fisher (? – 1889)

Married: 22 Feb 1881 in Oberlin, Decatur County, Kansas, United States

Supporting evidence for:
marriage

obituary-symantha-spear-1915: Obituary for Symantha J. (Karnes) Spear (1915); “Obituary / Mrs. T. J. Spear,” Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com: accessed 29 Apr 2018), image “United States of America > Kansas > Oberlin > Oberlin Herald > 1915 > 05 > 13” page 5; citing “Oberlin Herald (Oberlin, Kansas), 13 May 1915 (Thursday), page 5, column 3”

Comment: Source includes date (Feb. 2, 1881), and location (Oberlin [, Kansas]).

census-us-1900-ps-ks-rawlins-130-8a: 1900 U.S. Census, population schedule, Kansas, Rawlins County, Union Township, enumeration district 130, sheet 8A (form/penned) or page 291A (stamped); 1900 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 13 August 2018) > "Kansas > Rawlins > Union > District 0130" image 1; citing “Twelfth Census of the United States, 1900, NARA microfilm publication T623 (1854 rolls), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 1240496]

Additional detail for reference: Lines 30,31, dwelling 123

Comment: Source identifies Samanta J. Spear as the wife of Thomas J. Spear and the number of years married (11) for both. Using the official census date of 1 June 1900 gives a marriage date range from 2 June 1888 to 1 June 1889.

census-us-1910-ps-ks-decatur-11-1a: 1910 U.S. Census, population schedule, Kansas, Decatur County, Center Township, enumeration district 11, sheet 1A (form/penned) or page 41A (stamped); 1910 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 14 August 2018) > "Kansas > Decatur > Center > District 0011" image 1; citing “Thirteenth Census of the United States, 1910, NARA microfilm publication T624, roll 437 (of 1784), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 1374450]

Additional detail for reference: Lines 25,26, dwelling 6

Comment: Source identifies Samantha J. Spear as the wife of Thomas J. Spear and the number of years married (21) for both. Using the official census date of 15 Apr 1910 gives a marriage date range from 16 Apr 1888 to 15 Apr 1889.

obituary-symantha-spear-1915: Obituary for Symantha J. (Karnes) Spear (1915); “Obituary / Mrs. T. J. Spear,” Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com: accessed 29 Apr 2018), image “United States of America > Kansas > Oberlin > Oberlin Herald > 1915 > 05 > 13” page 5; citing “Oberlin Herald (Oberlin, Kansas), 13 May 1915 (Thursday), page 5, column 3”

Comment: Source includes date (<conflict>), and location (Rawlins County [, Kansas]). See research notes for both for conflict details.

obituary-thomas-spear-1923: Obituary for Thomas James Spear (1923); “T.J. Spear Dies Suddenly,” Oberlin Herald (Oberlin Kansas), 16 Aug 1923 (Thursday), page unknown, column unknown

Comment: Source includes the date (March 17, 1889) of the marriage of T.J. Spear and Samantha J. Fisher.

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Child: Samuel Harvey Fisher (1882 – ?)

Family #2

Spouse/Partner: Thomas James "TJ" Spear (1835 – 1923)

Married: 17 Mar 1889 in , Rawlins County, Kansas, United States

Supporting evidence for:
marriage

obituary-symantha-spear-1915: Obituary for Symantha J. (Karnes) Spear (1915); “Obituary / Mrs. T. J. Spear,” Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com: accessed 29 Apr 2018), image “United States of America > Kansas > Oberlin > Oberlin Herald > 1915 > 05 > 13” page 5; citing “Oberlin Herald (Oberlin, Kansas), 13 May 1915 (Thursday), page 5, column 3”

Comment: Source includes date (Feb. 2, 1881), and location (Oberlin [, Kansas]).

census-us-1900-ps-ks-rawlins-130-8a: 1900 U.S. Census, population schedule, Kansas, Rawlins County, Union Township, enumeration district 130, sheet 8A (form/penned) or page 291A (stamped); 1900 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 13 August 2018) > "Kansas > Rawlins > Union > District 0130" image 1; citing “Twelfth Census of the United States, 1900, NARA microfilm publication T623 (1854 rolls), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 1240496]

Additional detail for reference: Lines 30,31, dwelling 123

Comment: Source identifies Samanta J. Spear as the wife of Thomas J. Spear and the number of years married (11) for both. Using the official census date of 1 June 1900 gives a marriage date range from 2 June 1888 to 1 June 1889.

census-us-1910-ps-ks-decatur-11-1a: 1910 U.S. Census, population schedule, Kansas, Decatur County, Center Township, enumeration district 11, sheet 1A (form/penned) or page 41A (stamped); 1910 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 14 August 2018) > "Kansas > Decatur > Center > District 0011" image 1; citing “Thirteenth Census of the United States, 1910, NARA microfilm publication T624, roll 437 (of 1784), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 1374450]

Additional detail for reference: Lines 25,26, dwelling 6

Comment: Source identifies Samantha J. Spear as the wife of Thomas J. Spear and the number of years married (21) for both. Using the official census date of 15 Apr 1910 gives a marriage date range from 16 Apr 1888 to 15 Apr 1889.

obituary-symantha-spear-1915: Obituary for Symantha J. (Karnes) Spear (1915); “Obituary / Mrs. T. J. Spear,” Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com: accessed 29 Apr 2018), image “United States of America > Kansas > Oberlin > Oberlin Herald > 1915 > 05 > 13” page 5; citing “Oberlin Herald (Oberlin, Kansas), 13 May 1915 (Thursday), page 5, column 3”

Comment: Source includes date (<conflict>), and location (Rawlins County [, Kansas]). See research notes for both for conflict details.

obituary-thomas-spear-1923: Obituary for Thomas James Spear (1923); “T.J. Spear Dies Suddenly,” Oberlin Herald (Oberlin Kansas), 16 Aug 1923 (Thursday), page unknown, column unknown

Comment: Source includes the date (March 17, 1889) of the marriage of T.J. Spear and Samantha J. Fisher.

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Child: Samuel Harvey Fisher (1882 – ?)

Child: Emmett Spear (1891 – ?)

Miscellaneous Facts

Events

Burial: at Oberlin, Decatur County, Kansas, United States

Cemetery: (Oberlin Cemetery) at Oberlin, Decatur County, Kansas, United States

Supporting evidence for:
events

marker-thomas-samantha-spear-1923-1915: Gravestone of Thomas J. (1923) and Samantha J. (1915) Spear; Find A Grave (https://www.findagrave.com: accessed 5 May 2021), memorial IDs 60563282 (Thomas) and 60563286 (Samantha), photographs uploaded 24 Oct 2010 to both memorials; citing “Oberlin Cemetery (Oberlin, Decatur County, Kansas, USA)”

Comment: Source includes location (Oberlin, Decatur County, Kansas, USA).

marker-thomas-samantha-spear-1923-1915: Gravestone of Thomas J. (1923) and Samantha J. (1915) Spear; Find A Grave (https://www.findagrave.com: accessed 5 May 2021), memorial IDs 60563282 (Thomas) and 60563286 (Samantha), photographs uploaded 24 Oct 2010 to both memorials; citing “Oberlin Cemetery (Oberlin, Decatur County, Kansas, USA)”

Comment: Source includes cemetery (Oberlin Cemetery) and location (Oberlin, Decatur County, Kansas, USA).

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Attributes

Residence: 1860 at , , Missouri, United States

Residence: 1 Jun 1870 at Morgan Township, Mercer County, Missouri, United States

Residence: 1879 at , , Kansas, United States

Residence: 1 Jun 1900 at Union Township, Rawlins County, Kansas, United States

Residence: 14 Nov 1904 at , Decatur County, Kansas, United States

Residence: 15 Apr 1910 at Center Township, Decatur County, Kansas, United States

Supporting evidence for:
attributes

obituary-symantha-spear-1915: Obituary for Symantha J. (Karnes) Spear (1915); “Obituary / Mrs. T. J. Spear,” Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com: accessed 29 Apr 2018), image “United States of America > Kansas > Oberlin > Oberlin Herald > 1915 > 05 > 13” page 5; citing “Oberlin Herald (Oberlin, Kansas), 13 May 1915 (Thursday), page 5, column 3”

Comment: Source includes year (1860) and state (Missouri).

obituary-symantha-spear-1915: Obituary for Symantha J. (Karnes) Spear (1915); “Obituary / Mrs. T. J. Spear,” Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com: accessed 29 Apr 2018), image “United States of America > Kansas > Oberlin > Oberlin Herald > 1915 > 05 > 13” page 5; citing “Oberlin Herald (Oberlin, Kansas), 13 May 1915 (Thursday), page 5, column 3”

Comment: Source includes year (1879) and state (Kansas).

census-us-1900-ps-ks-rawlins-130-8a: 1900 U.S. Census, population schedule, Kansas, Rawlins County, Union Township, enumeration district 130, sheet 8A (form/penned) or page 291A (stamped); 1900 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 13 August 2018) > "Kansas > Rawlins > Union > District 0130" image 1; citing “Twelfth Census of the United States, 1900, NARA microfilm publication T623 (1854 rolls), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 1240496]

Additional detail for reference: Line 31, dwelling 123

Comment: Source includes census date (1 June 1900) and location (Union Township, County: Rawlins, State: Kansas).

obituary-luhany-brennit-1904: Obituary for Luhany Brennit (1904); “Dead,” Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com: accessed 18 May 2018), image “United States of America > Kansas > Oberlin > The Oberlin Times > 1904 > 11 > 18” page 5; citing “The Oberlin Times (Oberlin, Decatur County, Kansas), 18 Nov 1904 (Friday), page 5, column 4”

Comment: Source includes date (November 14, 1904) and location ("this county" [Decatur County, Kansas]).

census-us-1910-ps-ks-decatur-11-1a: 1910 U.S. Census, population schedule, Kansas, Decatur County, Center Township, enumeration district 11, sheet 1A (form/penned) or page 41A (stamped); 1910 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 14 August 2018) > "Kansas > Decatur > Center > District 0011" image 1; citing “Thirteenth Census of the United States, 1910, NARA microfilm publication T624, roll 437 (of 1784), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 1374450]

Additional detail for reference: Line 26, dwelling 6

Comment: Source includes census date (15 Apr 1910) and location (Center Township, County: Decatur, State: Kansas).

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Research Notes (Conflicts/Spelling/Followup)

CONFLICTS

Birth Date: This database uses 25 Jun 1848. The 1900 U.S. Census gives an explicit birth date (June / 1839) and an age (60). When applied to the official census date of 1 Jun 1900, the age gives a birth date range of 2 Jun 1839 to 1 Jun 1840, so the record is internally consistent. [census-us-1900-ps-ks-rawlins-130-8a]

Birth Date: This database uses 25 Jun 1848. The 1910 U.S. Census gives an age of (53), which, when applied to the offical census date of 15 Apr 1910, gives a birth date range from 16 Apr 1856 to 15 Apr 1857. [census-us-1910-ps-ks-decatur-11-1a]

Birth Location: This database uses Indiana. The 1900 U.S. Census indicates Samantha was born in Missouri. (Her obituary notes her family moved to Missouri in 1860.) [census-us-1900-ps-ks-rawlins-130-8a, obituary-symantha-spear-1915]

Marriage Date (Spear/Karnes): This database uses 17 Mar 1889. Her obituary gives the date as March 18, 1889. [obituary-symantha-spear-1915]

SPELLING

Given Name: This database uses Samantha. Her obituary uses Symantha. [obituary-samantha-karnes-1915]

FOLLOWUP

She may have been born 25 Jun 1851 in Anderson County, Tennessee. [research-a-spear-family-history]

She probably died in Oberlin, Decatur County, Kansas.

Supporting evidence for:
research notes

census-us-1900-ps-ks-rawlins-130-8a: 1900 U.S. Census, population schedule, Kansas, Rawlins County, Union Township, enumeration district 130, sheet 8A (form/penned) or page 291A (stamped); 1900 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 13 August 2018) > "Kansas > Rawlins > Union > District 0130" image 1; citing “Twelfth Census of the United States, 1900, NARA microfilm publication T623 (1854 rolls), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 1240496]

Additional detail for reference: Line 31, dwelling 123

census-us-1910-ps-ks-decatur-11-1a: 1910 U.S. Census, population schedule, Kansas, Decatur County, Center Township, enumeration district 11, sheet 1A (form/penned) or page 41A (stamped); 1910 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 14 August 2018) > "Kansas > Decatur > Center > District 0011" image 1; citing “Thirteenth Census of the United States, 1910, NARA microfilm publication T624, roll 437 (of 1784), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 1374450]

Additional detail for reference: Line 26, dwelling 6

obituary-symantha-spear-1915: Obituary for Symantha J. (Karnes) Spear (1915); “Obituary / Mrs. T. J. Spear,” Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com: accessed 29 Apr 2018), image “United States of America > Kansas > Oberlin > Oberlin Herald > 1915 > 05 > 13” page 5; citing “Oberlin Herald (Oberlin, Kansas), 13 May 1915 (Thursday), page 5, column 3”

research-a-spear-family-history: <private> Engelmann, A Spear Family History, privately printed 1988, updated 2002, 2005; privately held

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Sources

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