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Caldwell Kerr

Caldwell Kerr

Male 1814 - 1893  (79 years)

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  • Name Caldwell Kerr  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
    Born 14 Feb 1814  Londonderry, Northern Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
    Gender Male 
    Occupation Agriculture - Farmer 
    Died 26 Oct 1893  Aurora, Kane Cnty, IL Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 6, 7
    Buried 28 Oct 1893  Bluff City Cem, Elgin, Cook Cnty, IL Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 6, 7
    Person ID I4229  SnoufferCampbell
    Last Modified 9 Sep 2015 

    Family 1 Eliza Jane Kirk,   b. 11 Nov 1818, Londonderry, Northern Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Jun 1852, Highland Cnty, OH Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 33 years) 
    Married Hillsboro, Highland Cnty, OH Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 5
    Children 
     1. Robert Alexander Kerr,   b. 23 Oct 1840, Londonderry, Northern Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Nov 1863  (Age 23 years)
     2. Anna Jane Kerr,   b. 9 Sep 1842, Londonderry, Northern Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Feb 1908, Aurora, Kane Cnty, IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years)
     3. Rebecca Kerr,   b. Sep 1844, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Apr 1911  (Age ~ 66 years)
    +4. Samuel Steele Kerr,   b. 24 Mar 1846, Highland Cnty, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Sep 1925, Americus, Lyon Cnty, KS Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)
    +5. Henry Caldwell Kerr,   b. 19 Sep 1847, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Nov 1916, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years)
     6. Mary Ellen Kerr,   b. Abt 1849, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 5 Dec 2009 
    Family ID F1534  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Eliza Jane Pogue,   b. 11 Nov 1818, Londonderry, Northern Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1856  (Age 37 years) 
    Married 6 Apr 1853  Highland Cnty, OH Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 8
    Children 
     1. Harriet Elizabeth ("Henrietta") Kerr,   b. 29 May 1854, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Thomas Pogue Kerr,   b. 20 Nov 1856, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Apr 1912, Chicago, Cook Cnty, IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 55 years)
    Last Modified 3 Apr 2012 
    Family ID F2346  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 3 Esther Jane Eckley,   b. 31 Mar 1829, Morgan Cnty, OH Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Apr 1889, Elgin, Kane Cnty, IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years) 
    Married 21 Oct 1856  Highland Cnty, OH Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 8
    Children 
     1. Hannah Ellen ("Ella") Kerr,   b. Mar 1859, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 15 Apr 1930  (Age ~ 71 years)
     2. Sarah Margaret Kerr,   b. 13 Dec 1860, Hillsboro, Highland Cnty, OH Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 May 1902, Elgin, Kane Cnty, IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 41 years)
     3. Etta Kerr,   b. 1861, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Sep 1932, Spokane Cnty, WA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)
    +4. William Eckley Kerr,   b. 16 Feb 1863, New Market, Highland Cnty, OH Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Mar 1930, Spokane, Spokane Cnty, WA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years)
     5. Isabella ("Belle") R. Kerr,   b. Oct 1865, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 15 Apr 1930  (Age ~ 64 years)
     6. Arthur Baird Kerr,   b. Jun 1868, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Feb 1932, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 63 years)
    Last Modified 19 Aug 2017 
    Family ID F2345  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Caldwell Kerr was thought by family descendants to have emigrated to the USA in 1842. (See notes by Sarah M. Croushorn) He and his family actually arrived in Philadelphia, PA, on 13 Sep 1843. According to the ship's manifest, they arrived on the ship North Star which sailed out of Liverpool England. Caldwell is listed as a 26 year old "Store Keeper." Eliza Jane is listed as a 25 year old "Lady." The children are listed as "Robt. Alex. Kerr," 3, and "Anne Jane Kerr," 9 months. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1800 - 1882, The National Archives, Washington, D.C. (Micropublication M 425, Roll 60), accessed via Philadelphia, Passenger and Immigration Lists, 1800-1850, online database at https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K8CQ-723
    • According to the 1850 census, Caldwell Kerr, a 33 year old farmer, born in Ireland, was living in Ohio with his wife "Eliza J," 32, also born in Ireland, and 6 children: Robert, 8; Ann J, 6 (both were born in Ireland); and Rebecca, 5 ; "Saml" [Samuel], 4; Henry, 2; and Mary E, 1 (all born in Ohio). 1850 U.S. Census, New Market Twsp, Highland Cnty, OH (M 432, Roll 694, stamped p. 222A).

      According to the 1860 census, "Colwell" Kerr, 40, lived with his third wife, Esther J, 31, and the following children: Robert W, 19; Annie J, 17; Rebecca, 15; Samuel S, 14; Henry C, 12; Mary E, 11; Henrietta, 6; Thomas P, 4; and Hannah E, 2. 1860 U.S. Census, New Market Twsp, Highland Cnty, OH (M 653, Roll 987, stamped p. 275).

      The 1870 census lists Caldwell Kerr, 53, living with Esther J, 41, born in Ohio and 7 children, all born in Ohio: Thomas P, 14; Ella, 12; Maggie, 10; Ettie, 8; William, 7; Bella, 5; and Artie, 2. 1870 U.S. Census, New Market Twsp, Highland Cnty, OH (M 593, Roll 1222, stamped p. 255A).

      In the 1880 census, Caldwell, a 64 year old farmer, is listed as living with his wife Esther J, 50, and the following children: Ellen H, 21; Margaret, 19; Etta, 17; William E, 16; Isabella R, 14; and Arthur B, 12. 1880 U.S. Census, New Market Twsp, Highland Cnty, OH (T 9, Roll 1033, stamped p. 458B).
    • It seems reasonably certain that, late in life, Caldwell and his 3d wife Esther Jane Eckley, moved with some of his daughters to the greater Chicago, IL area. The move probably occurred sometime between the date of the 1880 census, when they all were in Ohio, and April 1889 when Esther Jane died and was buried in Bluff City Cem., Elgin, Cook Cnty, IL. Caldwell died in Oct 1893 and he, too, was buried in the Bluff City Cem. in Elgin. Daughters "Ellen," 41; "Maggie," 39; "Etta," 36; and "Belle," 35, all continued to live in Elgin, as documented by the census. 1900 U.S. Census, Elgin, Ward 5, Kane Cnty, IL (T 623, Roll 311, stamped p. 131).
    • The Elgin City, IL, death records indicate that Caldwell was born in Londonderry and that he died 26 Oct 1893 in Aurora, Kane Cnty, IL. He was a retired farmer.

  • Sources 
    1. [S284] Croushorn, Sarah M.|, Sarah Margaret Croushorn, "Ancestral Notes", (Unpublished: notes compiled approx. mid-1960's).

    2. [S573] OH Census 1850, Highland, Ohio, Highland Cnty, New Market Twsp, 1850 U.S. Census, (The National Archives, Washington, D.C.), (M432, Roll 694, p. 222A).

    3. [S671] IL Deaths - Elgin|, City of Elgin, IL; Elgin, Illinois Death Records, (Online database, https://www.gailborden.info/elginareamemories/collections/94-elgin-death-records), Vol. 1, part 2, image 68.

    4. [S387] Rootsweb WC - New Market|, Joan Asche, "New Market Twp., Highland County, Ohio", (Rootsweb World Connect Project; Online database, http://wc.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?db=jasche ; Email: jasche45133@gmail.com ).

    5. [S395] Rootsweb WC - Cooper-Wilson|, Michael Cooper, Cooper-Wilson 20111207, (Rootsweb World Connect Project; Online database: http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=SHOW&db=msc20111207&recno=0 ; Email: m_s_cooper@yahoo.com).

    6. [S132] Tombstone|, Tombstone.

    7. [S103] FindaGrave|, FindaGrave.com, (www.FindAGrave.com), 91167673.

    8. [S170] OH Marriages|, Jordan Dodd, "Ohio Marriages, 1803-1900", (Liahona Research, PO Box 740, Orem UT 84059 [Original data compiled from each Ohio county]; Online database, http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=5194).