|Birth: ||Jul. 8, 1835|
|Death: ||Sep. 12, 1918|
GAR 68TH OVI COMPANY H
ENLISTED DECEMBER 4, 1861
APPT'D CORPORAL DECEMBER 20, 1861
SERGEANT JULY 23, 1864
MUSTERED OUT JULY 10, 1865
William B. Kerr, who has been a trustee of Grand Rapids Township since its organization, was born in Point Creek Township, Holmes County, Ohio, July 9, 1835. His grandfather, William Kerr, a blacksmith by trade, married Margaret Miller, and lived for some years after his marriage, in Pennsylvania, where his son Jesse, our subject's father, was born in 1810. Three years later the family moved to Holmes County, Ohio, and there Jesse Kerr grew to manhood, and followed the occupation of farming. He was there married to miss Jane H. Barton, who was born in Jefferson County, Ohio, November 12, 1812, the daughter of one of the earliest settlers in that County. Our subject was the eldest of their children; Eliza, the second child, married Isaac Van Horn, a prominent resident of Wood County, Ohio; Nancy died in 1846; James E.is an ordained minister of the U.P. Church, at Coultersville, Illinois; Mary married Perry Heeter, a well-known agriculturist of Grand Rapids Township; Joseph W.is a minister of the United Presbyterian Church in Piqua, Ohio; Villa married John Caton, of Grand Rapids Township; the youngest child died in infancy. From 1850 to 1886 the family lived upon a farm in Wood County, where our subject's mother died in 1886, and his father seven years later, at the age of 83.
William B. Kerr was started on the road to knowledge in his native county, and afterward attended the schools of Wood County. He worked upon his father's farm until he attained his majority, when he bought 30 acres of land, which he improved. In 1861 he enlisted at Napoleon, Ohio, in Company H, 68th O.V.I. (Colonel H. Steedman and Captain J.J. Vorhees, commanding)., Which was assigned to the 17th Army Corps, with General McPherson as department commander, in General Logan as commander of the division. On the expiration of his term of service, Mister Kerr re-enlisted at Vicksburg, and served throughout the war. He was in a number of hard-fought battles, among them the engagements at Fort Donelson, Fort Henry, and Vicksburg, and he took part in the Atlanta campaign, and "marched down to the sea" with Sherman. On receiving his final discharge at Cleveland, he went to Henry County and bought 90 acres of land which he cultivated for eight years, when he returned to Wood County, and purchased 80 acres near Grand Rapids, upon which he has made many improvements, and provided a comfortable home for his family.
On October 10, 1865, he was married to his first wife, miss Jennie Culbertson, a daughter of J. G. Culbertson, a well-known citizen of Henry County. They had three children: James H., born December 23, 1868, resides in Henry County; John W.,born December 4, 1872, is now attending the Western Reserve Medical College at Cleveland; the youngest child died in infancy. Mrs. Kerr died in 1875, and our subject married again, choosing for a second wife miss Mary J. Mitchell, of Knox County Ohio, who was born August 18, 1840, and he married on 14th November 1877 in Knox County.
Mister Kerr and his family attend the United Presbyterian Church, and are among the leaders in its various lines of work. In politics Mister Kerr is a Republican, and his influence in the local organization is widely recognized. He is noted for his sound judgment and upright character, and has been entrusted with many public duties, which have been discharged with energy and discretion. Throughout his eight years residence in Henry County, he was justice of the peace in Damascus Township, and since coming to this County he has been assessor of Grand Rapids and Weston Townships for four terms, and has filled the office of trustee in the former since 1891. He is a member of the G.A.R. , Bond Post NO.24.
Biographical Record of Wood County, Beers, 1897, P. 658
Jesse Kerr (1810 - 1893)
Jane Hannah Barton Kerr (1812 - 1886)
Jennie Culbertson Kerr (1839 - 1874)*
Mary J. Mitchell Kerr (1840 - 1912)*
James H Kerr (1867 - 1920)*
William Barton Kerr (1835 - 1918)
Joseph W Kerr (1848 - 1925)**
Beaver Creek Cemetery
Plot: East Section Row 38 Stone 21
Created by: Lavidaloca
Record added: Dec 30, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 63497444
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