Maj James Kerr

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Maj James Kerr

  • Birth 24 Sep 1790 Danville, Boyle County, Kentucky, USA
  • Death 25 Dec 1850 Jackson County, Texas, USA
  • Burial Jackson County, Texas, USA
  • Memorial ID 9430148

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.


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  • Maintained by: Emory Schnuriger
  • Originally Created by: Bev
  • Added: 6 Sep 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 9430148
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Maj James Kerr (24 Sep 1790–25 Dec 1850), Find A Grave Memorial no. 9430148, citing Kerr Cemetery, Jackson County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Emory Schnuriger (contributor 46821346) .