76 Years Ago Today

On October 13, 1936, seventy-six years ago today, Maudena Elizabeth “Lizzie” (Stearns) Kernan (1885-1936), my 2nd great grandmother, died in Portland, Multnomah Co., Oregon. According to her death certificate, she died from a cerebral hemorrhage that occurred late in the evening.

Maudena was buried three days later on October 16, 1936 in Mount Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Portland. Although a headstone was bought at the time, it was not put in place until recently. According to oral history, there was a dispute among some of her children regarding the headstone (perhaps over the spelling of her name).


Maudena was born in Portland in 1885 the daughter of Theodore Frelinghuysen Stearns (1844-1930) and Anna Eliza Backer (1854-1919). In 1903, she married George Edward Kernan (1884-1960), with whom she had twelve children, one of which was Delmar Clair Kernan (1908-1979), my great grandfather.

4 thoughts on “76 Years Ago Today

  1. Interesting post, thanks for sharing, I can’t wait till I’ve got the same amount of history you have collected I always enjoy reading it. It never fails to surprise me how many children people used to have! I have found eleven to be the most in my family so far!

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