On August 31, 1884, one hundred and twenty-eight years ago today, George Edward Kernan (1884-1960), my 2nd great grandfather, was born in Maryville, Nodaway Co., Missouri, USA.
George was born in 1884 the eleventh of twelve children born to Owen Francis Kiernan (1836-1901) and Harriet “Hattie” Rose Dunton (1836-1927). Although born in Missouri, George was raised in Minnesota, where his father was a backer. His parents had moved to Missouri by 1880, where Owen worked for the railroad, before returning to Minnesota by 1885. Soon after 1895, his parents moved the family to Portland, Multnomah Co., Oregon, to “escape the cold weather of Minnesota.”
It was in Portland that George met and married Maudena Elizabeth “Lizzie” Stearns (1885-1936), with whom he had twelve children.