History of the Dezarn, Dezern, Dezearn, Desern, Desurne, and
April 2012 Update
My name is Donald DeZarn, and I have posted this website to share with others the results of the family history research that I started in May 1999. At that time, I began with information regarding my immediate family members. A primary source of that information was handwritten by my grandmother, Daisy Belle Farmer DeZarn, on 20 or so pages of note paper. Sometime before her passing in May 1978, she recorded various names, dates, places, and events that she recalled from memory and other sources. These few pages are treasured by me today as a symbol of the love she gave me and others throughout her life. All who knew Daisy remember her as a wonderful caring and loving lady who truly had a heart of gold.
The history viewable here is not the result of my work alone. Throughout my research and gathering of information, I've been assisted by an endless list of wonderful friends, cousins, and others who share my interest in documenting our family histories. I must mention one contributor who continues to stand out from all others. That is Thomas J. DeZern, my 5th cousin once removed. Tom, a retired judge who lives near Spartanburg, South Carolina, began his independent family research in the early 1980s. Tom and I became acquainted in late 1999, a few months after I'd begun my research efforts. Since that time, Tom has shared with me and others literally volumes of data he's collected over the years. His is perhaps the most thoroughly documented findings regarding our families and their many lines of ancestors. Tom and I continue to collaborate and share our findings.
Harold O. Goins is another contributor who continues to provide invaluable information. Over the years, Harold has amassed thousands of photographs and family history information related to our Clay County, Kentucky ancestors. His book entitled Pioneers of Beech Creek, Clay County, Kentucky documents many of these families, including my DeZarn family.
I must also pay tribute to two other noteworthy contributors named Lamar DeZearn and his sister Carol (DeZearn) Loy. Lamar and Carol are descended from the Tennessee family of William F. Dezarn and Elizabeth Catherine (Winginer) Dezarn. On 19 May 1902, William and Elizabeth lost five sons from their family of ten children in a horrible explosion at the Fraterville, Tennessee coal mine. Two of their married daughters also lost their husbands in the explosion. Carol and Lamar shared with me significant background data on this family line.
As I've stated, much of the data I've collected was shared with me by others. Therefore, I assume all such information is correct until proven otherwise. As a result, I'm continually refining and updating my family history database. This most recent website update includes numerous documented sources that I've added to my database in recent years.
I highly encourage all who view this information to share it with others. In addition, I encourage each of you to contact me via email with comments, questions, and supplemental information that I can add in the future.
NOTE: Not included in this website is information on hundreds of descendants of an unknown Desern male who settled in Chatham County, North Carolina in the early 1800s. These individuals are not shown here because they cannot with assurance be connected to a specific Desern male. Some family researchers think these people are descendants of James Desern. However, definitive proof does not yet support this conclusion. Please contact me via email for further information on the Chatham County, North Carolina descendants.
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