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James Kerr
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Birth: 1764
County Donegal, Ireland
Death: 1869
Clarion County
Pennsylvania, USA


During the religious persecution inspired by Henry VIII, John Kerr was driven from his native land to the highlands of Scotland.

After conditions improved, he returned to the County of Donegal, where he found himself impoverished by the confiscation of his estates.

With his three sons, he sailed for America, but his health being impaired from the hardships of war and the horrors of the gloomy prison, from which he had been released only a short time before, he died early in the voyage and his sons continued on to America and located in Fayette County, PA.

In 1807, James married Margaret Haney, whose brother was a soldier in the Revolutionary War, Lafayette Division.

In 1834, with his family, consisting of seven sons and four daughters, he moved to what is now known as Clarion County, PA., and thus became a pioneer member of St. Nicholas Parish.

Being a zealous and devout Catholic, on Ash Wednesday, he walked to St. Nicholas Church, a distance of three miles to assist at the holy sacrifice of the Mass. Returning, he fell on the ice, receiving injuries from which he died the following night at the remarkable age of one hundred and five years, and was consigned to rest in St. Nicholas cemetery, mingled with the dust of many of descendants who are at rest in that sacred consecrated spot.

From Flora Aaron, 1879-1956, teacher and historian for the 1928 St. Nicholas Church Commemorative Booklet
Family links: 
  Margaret Haney Kerr (1780 - 1855)*
  Nancy Elizabeth Kerr Cyphert (1808 - 1898)*
  Patrick Kerr (1809 - 1866)*
  William James Kerr (1810 - 1875)*
  John Kerr (1811 - 1865)*
  Manasses Kerr (1812 - 1906)*
  Mary Kerr Cyphert (1816 - 1896)*
  Margaret Kerr Woods (1822 - 1910)*
  Joseph Kerr (1824 - 1908)*
*Calculated relationship
Note: Headstone disappeared many years ago.
Saint Nicholas Cemetery
Clarion County
Pennsylvania, USA
Created by: Barbara Mogush
Record added: Dec 07, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 62676014
James Kerr
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A g-g-g-g grandfather of mine. What a long and full life he lived!
- Richard Lazzaro
 Added: Jul. 27, 2011
My 2nd great grandfather.
- Barbara Mogush
 Added: Dec. 7, 2010

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