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Maj James Kerr
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Birth: Sep. 24, 1790
Danville
Boyle County
Kentucky, USA
Death: Dec. 25, 1850
Jackson County
Texas, USA

Major James Kerr

Was born near Danville, KY on 24 Sep 1790, the son of Baptist minister James Kerr and wife Patience Wells.

He served in the War of 1812 as a Lt. in the company of Capt. Nathan Boone and with Capt. Boone's Rangers in maintenance of security of the area. He was said to be a favorite friend of Nathan's father, Daniel Boone.

He was elected Sheriff of St. Charles County, MO and studied law on his own.

In 1819 he married Angelina Caldwell, the daughter of General James Caldwell from Saint Genevieve, MO, who was speaker of the House of Representatives of the Territory of Missouri.

He was elected twice to the Missouri State legislature and in 1824 to the Senate, but at the close of the session he resigned to go to Texas.

It is said that Kerr resigned and removed to Texas in part because of unpleasant relations with his father-in-law who he had defeated in the election for Missouri Senator.

James Kerr arrived with his wife, three children and black servants, among whom were Shade, Jack and Annis, at the mouth of the Brazos River in Feb 1825. Major James Kerr died in Jackson County on his farm 7 miles north of Edna on Kerr's Creek in the Kerr Cemetery.
Kerr County, Texas was named in his honor.

 
 
Family links: 
 Spouses:
  Angeline Caldwell Kerr (1802 - 1825)*
  Sarah Grace Fulton Kerr (1804 - 1870)*
 
 Children:
  Isom Caldwell Kerr (1820 - 1825)*
  Mary Margaret Kerr Sheldon (1822 - 1884)*
  John James Kerr (1824 - 1825)*
  Thomas Richard Kerr (1841 - 1904)*
  Sarah Angeline Gertrude Kerr Laughter (1843 - 1868)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Kerr Cemetery
Jackson County
Texas, USA
 
Maintained by: Emory Schnuriger
Originally Created by: Bev
Record added: Sep 06, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 9430148
Maj James Kerr
Added by: Emory Schnuriger
 
Maj James Kerr
Added by: Emory Schnuriger
 
Maj James Kerr
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Kerr County, Texas named in honor of James Kerr.
-Anonymous
 Added: Dec. 29, 2014

- GoneToTexas
 Added: Jun. 9, 2014

- Mervin D. Peters
 Added: Jan. 16, 2012
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