JOHN R. CARIENS, a prominent farmer of Steubenville township, Jefferson county, wasborn June 13, 1841, in Brooke county, W. Va. His father, Michael L. Cariens, was a native of Maryland, as were his parents, John and Mary Cariens, but his family removing to West Virginia, he was there reared and educated. He was engaged in farming until his death in 1844. About the year 1838, he was married to Sarah Snyder, daughter of David and Catherine Snyder, by whom he had two sons and three daughters, three of whom are living. John R. Cariens, son of the above, was reared in Brooke county, and was employed on the farm until the outbreak of the rebellion, when he enlisted in Company K, Twelfth West Virginia regiment. He served gallantly three years, participating in the battles of Cedar Creek, Piedmont, Snecker's Ferry, Lynchburgh and several other important engagements. Returning home at the close of the war, he resumed farming, in which he has since been successfully engaged. He removed to Steubenville township about 1874 and here has engaged in gardening in addition to agriculture. On March 7, 1871, he was married to Jennie, daughter of Edward and Rebecca Hays. Her father, a cigar maker by trade, and a worthy man, died about 1867; Mrs. Cariens died June 14, 1887. Mr. Cariens is a member of the Presbyterian church, of which he is one of the elders. In this vicinity, where much of his life has been spent, he is highly esteemed by all.
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