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History of Greene County, Pennsylvania


JAMES KERR, farmer and stock-grower, Carmichaels, Penn., was born in Washington, Washington County, Penn., March 31, 1808, and is a son of Archibald and Mary (Huston) Kerr, who were of Irish and English descent.  His mother was a native of Washington County, and departed this life in Greene County, Penn., in her eighty-seventh year, and his father, a farmer and hotel-keeper, was born in Ireland and died in Virginia in his eighty-fourth year.  He had a family of eight children, of whom James was the fourth, and was reared on the farm in Cumberland Township.  He attended the common school and chose farming as a business, working by the day and month to get his start in life.  He drove hogs from Greene County to Baltimore for twenty-five cents and two meals a day.  He has ever practiced the most careful economy and strict integrity in all his dealings, and is now the owner of a valuable farm of 375 acres.  Mr. Kerr was united in marriage August 29, 1833, with Miss Ellen, daughter of George and Betsey (Lowery) Davis.  Mrs. Kerr was born in Greene County, April 1, 1813.  Her parents were natives of Pennsylvania and of German descent.  Mr. and Mrs. Kerr have eight children, five living—David, Elizabeth, wife of Captain H. H. Cree; Alexander, Huston and Archibald.  The deceased are George, James and Willie.  In politics Mr. Kerr is a Democrat.  He has served as school director in the township.  They are prominent members of the Presbyterian Church.


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History of Greene County, Pennsylvania

Samuel P. Bates

Nelson, Rishforth & Co., Chicago. 1888


Transcribed by Annette Bame Peebles

The Greene County, Pennsylvania Biographies Project –

Date of Transcription: 2 July 2007

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