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Thanks for the quick reply to my post. I wasn't sure how to get in touch, so I also sent emails to your posted email on my other site. I need to look into the Kearns facts. It is a German name, originally Kern. I believe one of Thomas Kearns' daughters married a Mansker, and it appears that they may have come from the same area in Lancaster as the Kearns family. Thomas mentions them in his will. There is a very thorough Kearns family genealogy that contains a lot of detail on my family, but not much on the Paxton timeframe for them. I will have to look into the details of the book.
Since the PA Historical and Museum Commission has posted the warrants and surveys on their website I have been able to download a lot of family homestead information. The Kearns family seems to have been associated with the Bell family in some way, and I think Thomas bought his Decatur farm from a relative of a Bell, the widow of Hercules Campbell.
It is interesting that Mansker died in Coryell's Ferry, as that is near where I live. I think that is now New Hope.
I see that your visit to the area will be quite a trip. As far as I know it is still a quiet rural area. We pass through when ever we visit my family in Mifflin County, as over 200 years later many of our family are still living there.