49. Documentation for Nancy Kerr/Carr
(1809 to after 1838)
mother of Elias B. Gouty
(11 September 1833 to 18 April 1915)


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Documentation for Samuel Kerr/Carr Junior, son of Samuel Kerr/Carr Senior and a brother of Nancy Kerr/Carr

Documentation for Joseph Kerr/Carr, son of Samuel Kerr/Carr Senior and a brother of Nancy Kerr/Carr

[Note: See Appendix A for a discussion of the dual spelling, i.e. Kerr/Carr, of the last name or surname of this family.]

[See the article by Curtis Lynn Older entitled, "John Kerr, Founder of Kerrstown and Soldier in the American Revolution", A Journal of Franklin County History, Volume XXVIII, 2016, published by the Franklin County Historical Society - Kittochtinny (Pennsylvania).]


Nancy Kerr/Carr was born in 1809 in Franklin County, Ohio.(1) Her parents were Samuel Kerr/Carr and Nancy Gwynn.(2) Nancy Kerr’s father died in 1823 when his estate papers were probated in Franklin County, Ohio.(3) Guardians were appointed for Nancy and her brothers and sisters, who were all minors. The guardians consisted of Benjamin Foster, Elijah Chenowith, and Samuel Dyer.(4) The appointment of guardians for the children indicates their mother, Nancy Gwynn Kerr, had died before their father.(5)

Samuel Kerr was born in 1778 in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania.(6) He was the son of John Kerr and Mary Dougherty.(7) John Kerr Senior married Mary Daugherty (Doherty, Dougherty) on 16 September 1765 in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania.(8) Mary Daugherty was born in 1747 in Peters Township, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, and died in 1819 in Franklin County, Ohio.(9) Mary Dougherty Kerr, was a daughter of John and Lilly Dougherty of Peter's Township, now Franklin, County, Pennsylvania.(10)

The 1790 Census, Franklin County, Pennsylvania, lists a John Kerr, Jno Kerr, Michael Kerr, and Robt Kerr.(11) John Kerr is buried in the Falling Springs Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Chambersburg, PA.(12) Also listed at that cemetery is a Mary Doherty/Dougherty Kerr born in 1747 in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, and who died in 1819 at Chambersburg, Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Buried there as well is a child of John Kerr and Mary Kerr, James S. Kerr, born 1771 and died 1861.(13)

Samuel Kerr and Nancy Gwynn were married in Pennsylvania in 1799.(14) Samuel Kerr and wife moved to Franklin County, Ohio after 1805. The county was established on 30 April 1803, less than two months after Ohio became a state, and was named after Benjamin Franklin.(15) A son of Samuel and Nancy, Orson Kerr, was born in 1805 and indicated his state of birth as Pennsylvania in census records.(16) A Samuel Kerr was the Justice of the Peace in Franklin, OH in 1807.(17)

"Samuel and Nancy settled on the Big Darby about 1818. Their arrival date in the area may have been earlier as a Samuel Kerr was the Justice of the Peace in Franklin,OH in 1807 (See History of Franklin CO, OH by William T. Martin) The Martin work also has a Samuel Kerr as an early settler in Georgesville on Darby and builder of the first frame house which was later owned by Elijah Chenoweth Jr. Samuel Kerr also built the first grist mill in 1805. He was also justice of the Peace in 1807. In the summer of 1811, one Thomas Miller taught a term of school in the little log cabin standing on the farm owned by Samuel Kerr. This was a small school, and was composed of the children of the Chenowith, Kerr and Foster families. This is believed to have been the first school in this portion of the township. School was taught in this cabin for several years. While he was a thriving farmer, he also became Brother Joseph's agent, sending corn-fed hogs, fine cattle, wheat and corn to Chillicothe. He and wife died on the Big Darby, 10 miles west of Columbus, OH."(18)

The children of Samuel Kerr Senior and Nancy Gwynn as listed in the estate papers of Samuel Kerr, 03 October 1823, in Franklin County, Ohio, were:
1) Orson Kerr, age 18 years (est. year of birth 1805) -
See APPENDIX - D
2) Nancy Kerr, age 14 years (est. year of birth 1809)
3) Clarissa Kerr, age 11 years (est. year of birth 1812)
4) Jackson Kerr, age 4 years (est. year of birth 1819) -
See APPENDIX - E
5) Robert Kerr, age 8 years (est. year of birth 1815)
6) Joseph Kerr, age 16 years (est. year of birth 1807) -
See APPENDIX - F
7) Samuel Kerr, age 9 years (est. year of birth 1816) -
See APPENDIX - G
8) Elijah Kerr, age 6 years (est. year of birth 1817)

"minor children of the deceased." Administrators of the estate of Samuel Kerr were Reuben Golliday, Lawrence Foster, and William Beatty. Guardianship 1824 – Benjamin Foster, Elijah Chenowith, and Samuel Dyer appointed guardians.(19)

Samuel Kerr Senior appears in the 1800 United States Federal Census, Guilford Township, Franklin County, Pennsylvania.(19A) The 1800 census lists one male age 16-25, one female under 10, and one female age 16-25. The will of Samuel's mother, Mary Dougherty Kerr, indicates there was a daughter of Samuel Kerr named Mary at the time she wrote her will on 30 December 1809. “Item. I will and devise to my granddaughter Mary Kerr, daughter of Samuel Kerr, the sum of twenty pounds.”(19B) The estate records for Samuel Kerr in Franklin County, Ohio, do not list a daughter named Mary. Perhaps a daughter named Mary was born by the time of the 1800 census, married before her father died, and was excluded from his estate in 1823.(19C)

Nancy Kerr, spelled Carr on the marriage record, married Thomas Gouty on 14 October 1830 in Vermillion County, Indiana.(20) [Note: Gow-Tee, gow like cow and tee as in a golf tee, is how my mother and grandmother Gouty pronounced the name.] The marriage record was certified by a Thomas Chenoweth, Justice of the Peace for Vermillion County, Indiana. Thomas Gouty was born about 1807, in Caroline County, Maryland.(21) Thomas was a son of Pritchett Gouty and his wife, Mary Griffith.(22)

According to the booklet, Gessie, Indiana, The First One Hundred Years 1872-1972, "The Gouty family came from France (name originally Goutier) to Dorcester County, Maryland, in 1670. Prichard Gouty was born July 4, 1765 and died May 12, 1837. He is buried in a cemetery near the Squire Shute farm. Pritchard's three sons, Henry, Thomas, and Zechariah came to Indiana in 1820. Henry to Parke County and Thomas to Vermillion County. Zechariah brought their father here in 1830. There was a fourth brother John but he settled near Rossville, Illinois. Henry had 9 children but all died young and he left no descendants. Zechariah moved to Iowa. Thomas Gouty was married 3 times and had children by all three. His first wife was Nancy Carr, his second wife was Elizabeth Stutler and his 3rd wife was Catherine Hoobler. Everyone called her Aunt Katie. She was a charter member of the Gessie United Brethren Church. Thomas was the great grandfather of Dale Gouty. Elias Gouty (son of Thomas) was Dale's grandfather. Lewis was Dale's father. Dale lives in the homeplace."(23)
In History of Vermillion County, Indiana, Biographical Sketches we find the following: "Thomas Gouty settled in Vermillion County in 1833 or earlier.”(24)

According to a map entitled, “First Land Owners Highland Township” obtained from the Indiana State Library, Thomas Gouty, Orson Kerr, and Thomas and Joseph Chenoweth were among the earliest owners to obtain land in section 17 of township 19 north, range 9 west in Highland Township, Vermillion County, Indiana. The map is confirmed by the actual land records for these individuals. The tracts are adjacent.

Orson Kerr acquired land on 10 April 1829 in Highland Township, Vermillion County, Indiana: the east half of the north east quarter of section seventeen in township nineteen north, of range nine west, in the district of lands offered for sale at Crawfordsville, Indiana, containing 80 acres.(25)
Thomas Chenoweth and Joseph Chenoweth jointly acquired land before either Orson Kerr or Thomas Gouty. They purchased 80 acres of land on 30 January 1828 which consisted of “the east half of the south east quarter of section seventeen in township nineteen north and range nine west”.(26)

Thomas Gouty obtained on 10 July 1832 80 acres consisting of the west half of the northeast quarter of section 17 in township 19 north and range nine west and on 5 January 1831 he obtained 80 acres consisting of the west half of the southeast quarter of section 17 in township 19 north and range nine west.(27)

Thomas and Joseph Chenoweth appear to have been the sons of Thomas Chenoweth (10 September 1753 to 17 August 1814) and his wife Cassandra Foster (30 December 1762 to January 1850). Cassandra was the sister of Benjamin Foster, one of the guardians for the Samuel Kerr children.(28) Benjamin Foster was appointed as a Security for the Estate of Elijah Chenoweth on April 7, 1829 in Franklin County, Ohio.(29) Elijah Chenoweth and his wife Rachel Foster, a sister of Benjamin Foster and Cassandra Foster, also had two sons named Thomas and Joseph Chenoweth.(30)

Nancy Kerr Gouty apparently died sometime before 31 May 1840 when Thomas Gouty married his second wife, Elizabeth Stutler.(31) Thomas married a third time in 1849, after Elizabeth Stutler Gouty apparently died.(32) Two sources that provide information on the children of Thomas Gouty and Nancy Kerr are census records and a court record dividing the lands of Thomas Gouty after his death in 1863.

The 1850 census for the Thomas Gouty family lists Thomas as age 44 born in Maryland; wife Catherine as age 25 born in Ohio; Clarissa as age 18 and born in Indiana; Elias as age 17 and born in Indiana; and five other children. This census indicates Thomas may have been born around 1806.(33)

The 1860 census for the Thomas Gouty family lists Thomas as age 53 and born in Ohio; Catharine as age 31 born in Ohio, and seven other children, one of which was a John W. Villers, apparently from a previous marriage of Catharine Hoobler Gouty.(34) This census indicates Thomas was born about 1807 in Ohio. Elias and Clarissa Gouty are not members of the Thomas Gouty family at this time.

A court ordered division of the lands of Thomas Gouty in 1865 helps identify the children from each of Thomas Gouty’s three marriages.(35) The entire case is presented in Appendix A of this document. The court case identifies Elias Gouty, William Gouty, Amos Gouty, Cathrine Gouty the widow who received the homestead, Ellen Shute, Frederick M. Hoobler, Clara Chezem, Russell Gouty, Amos Gouty, David H. Gouty, Frederick Gouty, Lilly B. Gouty, and Mary Alice Gouty.

According to the 1850 census record for the Thomas Gouty family, Clarissa was 18 years old in 1850 and therefore was born in 1832. Elias was 17 in the 1850 census and was born in 1833. Mary was age 14 in 1850 and therefore born in 1836. Elenor was age 12 and therefore born in 1838. These four children should have been the children of Thomas Gouty and Nancy Kerr.

Russell Gouty was age 10 in the 1850 census and was born about 1840. Since Thomas Gouty married Elizabeth Stutler on 31 May 1840, it seems less certain as to the mother, but in my opinion I would say Nancy Kerr. Perhaps she died in childbirth.

The first child of Thomas Gouty and Nancy Kerr for whom we have any knowledge was Clarissa, born about 1832. It seems certain Nancy Kerr Gouty named her first daughter and first child after her younger, and only, sister Clarissa Kerr.(36) In passing we note that Clarissa Kerr was born 27 September 1813 and died 11 February 1880. She married Isaac Demorest, his second wife, on 24 October 1833, probably in Franklin County, Ohio.(37)

Clarissa Gouty, the daughter of Thomas and Nancy, was born 5 July 1832 in Highland, Vermillion County, Indiana, and died 7 April 1875 in Deerfield, Vernon County, Missouri.(38) She married John Sampson Chezem (1830-1879) in Vermilion County, Illinois, in 1849 and had a child named Sarah Ellen Chezem (1854-1931).(39) In 1865 the Vermillion County Court In Partition divided the lands of Thomas Gouty among his heirs. Item number three in the written opinion stated:

“To Clara Chezem we set off thirty six acres off the north end of the west half of the north east quarter of section eighteen in township nineteen north of range nine west and sixteen acres in the south half of section five township nineteen north of range nine west bounded and described as follows viz. Beginning four rods east of the south west corner of the south east quarter of section five township nineteen north of range nine west and running from thence north one hundred and sixty rods thence west sixteen rods thence south one hundred and sixty rods. - thence east sixteen rods to the Beginning.”(40)

A record in OneWorldTree indicates Nancy Kerr Gouty passed away 31 March 1840 in Vermillion County, Indiana, at age 36. This source indicates Thomas Gouty died at age 57 which would make his birth year about 1807. This seems more likely since Nancy Kerr appears to be the first wife of Thomas and they were married when he would have been about 23 years of age instead of perhaps about age 28 if he were born in 1802.(41)

Orson Kerr/Carr, identified in the Samuel Kerr estate papers as a brother of Nancy Kerr, owned land adjacent to Thomas Gouty as shown on the First Land Owners of Highland Township, Vermillion County, Indiana and as documented by U.S. Land Records.(42) Orson Carr married Cynthia Clawson on 25 December 1828, in Fountain County, Indiana.(43) Orson and his family moved to Tippecanoe County, Indiana in 1835 as indicated from a biographical record of Orson Kerr published in 1888, three years before his death in 1891.(44) The biography follows in its entirety:

ORSON KERR, a prosperous and highly respected farmer of Tippecanoe County, is a Pennsylvanian by birth, born April 19, 1805, a son of SAMUEL KERR, deceased. He was reared a farmer, which occupation he has followed principally through life, and his education was obtained in the pioneer schools of Franklin County, Ohio, to which county his parents removed when he was a boy. He came to Indiana in 1827, settling in Fountain County, this State, where he was married December 28, 1828, to MISS CYNTHIA CLAWSON, a daughter of THOMAS CLAWSON, who was one of the old and honored pioneers of Fountain County. Of the eight children born to this union only four are living, named as follows: SOPHIA, JOHN, TIMOTHY, and THOMAS. Two daughters, named SARAH and JANE, died after reaching maturity, the latter leaving a child named LISLIE OREAN. MR. KERR became a resident of Tippecanoe County, Indiana, in 1835, in which year he settled on his present farm on section 22, Jackson Township. By industry and good management he has succeeded well in his agricultural pursuits, and after selling some land and giving 120 acres to his children, he still has 300 acres, his land being well improved and under cultivation. He was bereaved by the death of his wife in 1875, who had shared with him the vicissitudes of life for nearly fifty years. She was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church, and a consistent Christian. MR. KERR has been a member of the same church for the past fifty years.

The Orson Carr family appears in the 1830 Fountain County, Indiana, census: one male age 20 to 30, one female age age 15 to 20, one female under five years of age.(45) We assume Cynthia Clawson was 18 years old when she married Orson and that she was 20 years of age at the time of the 1830 census. Orson was listed as 18 years old in the Samuel Kerr estate abstract record and would thus have been born in 1805 and would have been 25 years old at the time of the 1830 census.

From the preceding information we can easily conclude that the Orson Kerr named in the estate papers of his father Samuel Kerr, the Orson Kerr described in the Tippecanoe County biography, the Orson Kerr given in Vermillion County, Indiana, land records, the Orson Carr given in the marriage record to his wife Cynthia Clawson, and the Orson Carr listed in the 1830 Fountain County, Indiana, census were one in the same person. The same line or reasoning leads us to conclude that Nancy Kerr of the Samuel Kerr estate papers in Franklin County, Ohio, was the same Nancy Carr who married Thomas Gouty in 1830 in Vermillion County, Indiana. Given the fact that the only sister of Nancy Kerr as listed in the Samuel Kerr estate papers was named Clarissa, and given that the first daughter and first child of Thomas Gouty and Nancy Carr, of whom we have knowledge, was named Clarissa, we have strong evidence that the Nancy Kerr of the Samuel Kerr estate papers in 1823 in Franklin County, Ohio, was the same person as the Nancy Carr who married Thomas Gouty in 1830 in Vermillion County, Indiana.

Also listed in the 1823 Samuel Kerr estate papers was a Jackson Kerr, age 4. The biography of Robert Floyed Kerr, a son of Andrew Jackson Kerr, follows in part:(46)

ROBERT FLOYD KERR, A. M., is one of the most influential citizens of Brooking, who has always shown an unselfish interest in furthering the intellectual and material progress of its people. He was born in Sugar Grove, Tippecanoe County, Indiana, April 12, 1850, and a son of Andrew J. and Nancy (Sayers) Kerr. Andrew J. Kerr was born in Franklin county, Ohio. His father, Samuel Kerr, came from Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, and was of Scotch-Irish lineage, his ancestors having immigrated prior to 1 740 and located at Chambersburg. John Kerr, one of the immigrants, was a sergeant of the Pennsylvania militia during the Revolutionary war. He was taken prisoner at the battle of Long Island, but exchanged after some time.

A second biography of Robert Floyd Kerr states that “Andrew Jackson Kerr was born April 2, 1819, in Franklin County, Ohio, and died August 26, 1903 in Montgomery County, Indiana. His spouse was Ann Marie Ocheltree and his parents were Samuel Kerr and Nancy Gwyn.”(47) An obituary for Andrew Jackson Kerr appears in the Crawfordsville Weekly Journal, August 28, 1903.(48) Andrew J. Kerr is buried at Wheeler’s Grove Cemetery, Lafayette, Tippecanoe County, Indiana.(49)

Another "Biography of Robert Floyd Kerr [1898]”, source unknown, states: “Andrew J. Kerr was born in Franklin Co. OH. A farmer by occupation, now living in retirement at New Richmond, Indiana, has filled several local public offices in Tippecanoe Co, and is an influential and useful citizen.

Andrew J. Kerr removed from Ohio to Tippecanoe County, Indiana, in company with an elder brother, being a lad of eleven years at the time, and he forthwith initiated his independent career and began to depend upon his own resources. He continued to work . . ."
It seems possible Orson Kerr and Nancy Kerr had a brother named Moses Carr, also listed in the 1830 Fountain County, Indiana, census.(50) However, this son is not mentioned in the 1823 Samuel Kerr estate papers nor in any other records that indicate he was the son of Samuel Kerr of Franklin County, Ohio. A Mosses Carr married a Rebeckah Grayham in Madison County, Ohio, on 14 March 1824.(51) The 1830 Fountain County, Indiana, census for Moses Carr indicates he was between 20 and 29 years of age and his wife was between 20 and 29 years of age. He would have been too young to have been the father of a Nancy Carr who married Thomas Gouty in 1830.(52)

See Appendix F for Documentation for Joseph Kerr / Carr, son of Samuel Kerr / Carr Senior and brother of Nancy Kerr / Carr.

See Appendix G - Documentation for Samuel Kerr / Carr Junior, son of Samuel Kerr / Carr Senior and brother of Nancy Kerr / Carr.


We previously noted that the children of the Fosters, Chenoweths, and Kerrs attended a common school house in Franklin County, Ohio, in the early 1800s. “In the summer of 1811, one Thomas Miller taught a term of school in the little log cabin standing on the farm owned by Samuel Kerr. This was a small school, and was composed of the children of the Chenowith, Kerr and Foster families.”(54) We will discuss these families now to establish a link to Nancy Kerr/Carr, wife of Thomas Gouty.

First we will discuss Benjamin Foster, who was appointed a guardian for the children of Samuel Kerr along with Elijah Chenoweth and Samuel Dyer, as indicated in the 1823 Samuel Kerr estate papers.(55) The 1830 and 1840 census records of Fountain County, Indiana, each show a household headed by Benjamin Foster. Benjamin bought 320 acres of land in Fountain County, Indiana, in 1826, leading one to believe he accompanied Orson Kerr/Carr and Nancy Kerr/Carr to Indiana after the death of their father Samuel Kerr in 1823.(56)

The will of John Foster, signed 11 July 1799 and probated 11 February 1800, indicates the estate was disposed of as follows, in part: “To sons Benjamin and Joseph and daughters Cassandra Chenworth and Rachel Chenworth property in Ross County, O.”(57) Benjamin Foster is buried in the Ruppert (or Rob Roy) Cemetery, Attica, Fountain County, Indiana. His tombstone indicates he died Oct. 11, 1844, aged 69 y. 5 m. 10 d.(58)

The 1830 U.S. federal census for Shawnee, Fountain, Indiana, lists a Benjamin Foster age 40-50 and wife of the same age range. Both Benjamin and his wife should have been age 55 in the 1830 census.(59) The 1840 U.S. federal census for Shawnee, Fountain, Indiana indicated Benjamin Foster was 60 to 69 years of age. His wife was listed as 60 to 69 years of age. This agrees with the dates shown on their tombstones.(60)

Catherine Prather, daughter of James Prather and Sarah Beatty, was born 11 February 1775 in Alleghany County, Maryland, and died 30 August 1843 in Warren County, Indiana.(61) She is buried at the Ruppert Cemetery (also perhaps known as Rob Roy Cemetery), Attica, Fountain County, Indiana.(62) She married Benjamin Foster on 14 February 1798 in Allegany, Maryland.(63)

Benjamin Foster was named as a security for the estate of Elijah Chenowith, Apr. 7, 1829. The administrator appointed was Elijah Chenowith, assumed to be a son.(64) Benjamin Foster also was named as an administrator, along with John Harvey and Reuben Golliday, on 28 October 1812, for the estate of Thomas Lewis, deceased. Appointed on 17 November 1812 were Elijah and Thomas Chenoweth.(65)

Children of Benjamin Foster and Catherine Prather who were born in Franklin County, Ohio, and who are buried in Fountain County, Indiana:
1. Basil Prather Foster was born 14 February 1816, in Franklin County, Ohio and died 02 May 1872 in Fountain County, Indiana.
2. John L. Foster was born 08 March 1805 in Ross County, Ohio, and died 08 September 1874 in Fountain County, Indiana, buried in Beulah Shawnee Cemetery, Fountain County, Indiana.
3. James Foster was born April 3, 1803 in Ross County, Ohio and died 13 August 1845 in Fountain County, Indiana, buried at Rob Roy Cemetery.(66)

Cassandra Foster, a sister of Benjamin, was born 30 Dec 1762 in Cumberland, Allegany County, Maryland.(67) She died in January 1850 and was buried in the Lowe Cemetery at Perrysville, Vermillion County, Indiana.(68) She was the daughter of John Foster and married a Thomas Chenoweth as indicated in her father’s will probated 11 February 1800 in Ross County, Ohio.(69) Thomas Chenoweth, husband of Cassandra Foster, was born 10 September 1753 in Frederick County, Virginia, and died 17 August 1814 in Franklin County, Ohio, and is buried in the Chenoweth Cemetery there.(70) There is a Thomas Chenoweth listed in the Ohio tax list for 1808 in Franklin County.(71)

Cassandra was the mother of a Thomas Chenoweth III and a Joseph Chenoweth.(72) We believe her sons owned an 80 acre tract of land next to Orson Kerr and Thomas Gouty in Section 17, Highland Township, Vermillion County, Indiana. A Thomas Chenoweth III is buried at the Lowe Cemetery in Perrysville, Vermillion County, Indiana. His date of birth was 2 November 1800 in Franklin County, Ohio, and he died 13 February 1859 in Highland Township, Vermillion County, Indiana. His wife’s name was Rachel.(73) Thomas Chinoweth married Rachel Perrin on 27 January 1825 in Franklin County, Ohio.(74)

A monument at Lowe Cemetery, Perrysville, IN, entitled “Highland Township Pioneers, interred in Lowe Cemetery 1832 – 1866, reinterred in Hicks Cemetery July 3, 1968” includes the names of Thomas Chenoweth (1801-1859) and Rachel Chenoweth (1806-1866) and Cassandra Chenoweth (17??-1850)(75) It seems reasonable to believe that Cassandra Foster Chenoweth accompanied her sons to Vermillion County, Indiana, in the late 1820s.

A sister to Thomas and Joseph Chenoweth was a Ruth Chenoweth.(76) She married an Ira Wingfield Parish on 29 December 1814 in Franklin County, Ohio.(77) An Ira Parrish is listed in the 1830 Vermillion County, Indiana, census. Both he and his wife are listed as age 30 to 39.(78) Ira Parish and his wife Ruth are listed in the 1850 census for District 71, Polk County, Missouri. Ira’s age is given as 59 and Ruth’s age as 53. If she married Ira in 1814 at age 18, she would be age 54 in 1850.

Another yet another child of Thomas Chenoweth and Cassandra Foster, John Chenoweth (23 December 1785 to 04 October 1865) may have accompanied Orson Kerr to Tippecanoe County, Indiana. John Chenoweth is buried at the Dayton Cemetery in Tippecanoe County, Indiana.(79)

It is very clear that Benjamin Foster, his wife, and children moved to Fountain County, Indiana, from Franklin County, Ohio, in the late 1820s. Cassandra Foster Chenoweth, a sister of Benjamin Foster, and at least some of her children moved to Fountain and Vermillion Counties in Indiana, from Franklin County, Ohio, in the late 1820s or early 1830s.

Pioneer Families of Franklin County, Ohio, lists the following individuals and their arrival dates in the county: Chenoweth, Elijah 1799; Chenoweth, John 1799; Chenoweth Nancy 1827; Chenoweth II Elijah 1800; Benjamin Foster 1801; Rachel Foster 1799.(80)

Elijah Chenoweth also was named as a guardian for the Samuel Kerr children in 1823.(81) Elijah Chenoweth married Rachel Foster, a sister of Benjamin Foster.(82) Rachel Foster was born August 11, 1769 in Cumberland, Allegany, Maryland and died April 17, 1825 in Harrisburg, Franklin, Ohio.(83) She married Elijah Chenoweth in 1785 in Frederick, Virginia.(84)

Elijah and Rachel (Foster) Chenoweth, natives of Maryland, were early settlers in Kentucky, and about 1795 emigrated to Pike County, and settled near what is now the southern boundary of Ross. They removed, in the fall of 1799, to Pleasant township, Franklin county, being its first pioneers.(85) Elijah died 05 December 1828, aged 66 yrs. 5 mo. & 23 Ds. Also engraved on the tombstone is the following: Rachel Chenoweth, died 17 Apr. 1825, aged 56 yrs. 8 mo. & 6 ds. They are buried in the Chenoweth Cemetery in Pleasant Township, Franklin County, Ohio.(86)

Elijah's will was probated on April 7, 1829, mentioning all his living children: Thomas, John F., Joseph, Rachel, Cassandra, Elizabeth, and Elijah. His son, Lewis, as well as his wife, Rachel, had preceded him in death. Some of Elijah's children went to Vermilion Co., IL, others lived on in Franklin County.(87)
The will of Elijah Chenoweth names among his heirs, Thomas, Joseph, and Elijah Chenoweth. Elijah is named as the youngest son and, according to his gravestone, was born in 1806.(88) I do not believe that Thomas and Joseph Chenoweth, sons of Elijah Chenoweth, are the Thomas and Joseph Chenoweth who jointly purchased a tract of land adjacent to Orson Kerr and Thomas Gouty in Highland Township, Vermillion County, Indiana. I believe they were the sons of Cassandra Foster Chenoweth.

In 1809 to 1810 Madison and Pickaway counties were formed from Franklin and Ross Counties.(89) It seems possible that Thomas Gouty of Pickaway County met Nancy Kerr/Carr while she was living in Franklin County, Ohio. Pickaway County came into existence March 1, 1810, the General Assembly of Ohio, in session at Chillicothe, having on the 12th day of January, 1810, passed an act establishing the county, the full text of which is as follows :

An act for erecting a part of the counties of Ross, Franklin and Fairfield, into a separate county, by the name of Pickaway.

Sec. 1. Be it enacted, etc., That all that part of the counties of Ross, Franklin and Fairfield, within the following boundaries, be, and the same is hereby erected into a separate county, to be known by the name of Pickaway: Beginning on the east side of the Scioto river, at the intersection of a line between township two and three, of range twenty-two, Worthington's survey; thence east with the township lines, to the southeast corner of township number eleven, and range twenty; thence north with the range line, to the northeast corner of section number one, of township eleven, in range twenty; thence west with the township line, to the northwest corner of said township; thence with the range line, to the northeast corner of section number thirteen, in township ten, of range twenty-one, Matthew's survey; thence west to the Scioto river, thence west from the Scioto river, twelve miles; thence south twenty miles; thence east to the Scioto river; thence down said river to the place of beginning.

Children
(Gouty) of Thomas Gouty and Nancy Kerr/Carr, all born in Indiana:

i. Clarissa, born about 1832

ii. Elias B., born September 11, 1833, in Highland Township, Vermillion County, Indiana, and died April 18, 1915, in Vermillion County, Indiana

iii. Mary, born about 1836 in Indiana and died April 4, 1857

iv. Eleanor, born about 1838 in Indiana

v. John Russell, born about 1840 in Indiana and died in 1907


ORIGINAL SOURCE MATERIAL to support the RELATIONSHIP between
NANCY KERR / CARR and her son ELIAS B. GOUTY


1) Indiana State Library, Genealogy Database, Marriages through 1850, spouse number 1 - Carr, Nancy, spouse number 2 - Gouty, Thomas, county - Vermillion, date - October 14, 1830.

2) Nancy Kerr/Carr Gouty died sometime before 31 May 1840 when Thomas Gouty married his second wife, Elizabeth Stutler. Indiana State Library, Genealogy Database, Marriages through 1850, spouse number 1 - Gouty, Thomas, spouse number 2 - Stutler, Elizabeth, county - Vermillion, date - May 31, 1840.

3) 1840 Thomas Gouty household showed the following: males under five years of age - 1 (this should be John Russell Gouty); males 5 years old and under 10 - 1 (this should be Elias B. Gouty); males 30 years old and under 40 - 1 (this should be Thomas Gouty); females under five years of age - 2 (these two should be Mary and Eleanor Gouty); females 10 years old and under 15 - 1 (this should be Clarissa, but the age is too old); females 20 years old and under 30 - 1 (this should be Nancy (Carr) Gouty); Total in Household - 7.

4) 1850 U. S. Census for Indiana, Vermillion County, Highland Township, Page 63, Roll M432_177, enumerated October 26, 1850, by Thomas C. W. Sale. Dwelling Number 234, Family Number 236. Thomas Gouty age 44, Catharine Gouty age 25, Elias Gouty age 17. Elias was born in 1833.

5) History of Vermillion County, Indiana, Biographical Sketches: "Thomas Gouty settled in Vermillion County in 1833 or earlier. He died June 10, 1863, aged sixty-one years. Elias, his son, was born here in 1833.

6) Gessie, Indiana, The First One Hundred Years 1872 - 1972, "Thomas Gouty was married 3 times and had children by all three. His first wife was Nancy Carr, his second wife was Elizabeth Stutler and his 3rd wife was Catherine Hoobler. Thomas was the great grandfather of Dale Gouty. Elias Gouty (son of Thomas) was Dale's grandfather. Lewis was Dale's father. Dale lives in the homeplace."

6) Book 20, pages 260 through 263 for court case: Rebecca Gouty versus Elias Gouty et al. Vermillion County Court In Partition, Newport, Indiana, 02 August 1865: "We find upon a careful examination & valuation of said real estate that Elias Gouty having received the sum of twelve hundred & ninety dollars as an advancement from his Father as found by the court that said Elias is therefore not entitled to any part of said lands in Partition." The land of Thomas Gouty was partitioned among the children of all three of his wives.

7) The court, in Rebecca Gouty versus Elias Gouty et al., 02 August 1865, awarded Clara [i.e., Clarissa] Chezem the following: 3. To Clara Chezem we set off thirty six acres off the north end of the west half of the north east quarter of section eighteen in township nineteen north of range nine west and sixteen acres in the south half of section five township nineteen north of range nine west bounded and described as follows viz. Beginning four rods east of the south west corner of the south east quarter of section five township nineteen north of range nine west and running from thence north one hundred and sixty rods thence west sixteen rods thence south one hundred and sixty rods. - thence east sixteen rods to the Beginning. Clarissa Gouty was named after the only sister of Nancy Kerr, i.e., Clarissa Kerr, daughter of Samuel Kerr Senior.

REFERENCES


(1) The 08 October 1823 estate records of Samuel Kerr of Franklin County, Ohio. Abstracted Base Files 1805 – 1831 from Franklin County, Ohio Court Records with Geneaalogical Notes, compiled by Blanche Tipton Rings and Mrs. Francis Herbert Obetz edited by Margaret Hiles Scott. Copyright 1932. The Franklin County Genealogical Society, a chapter of The Ohio Genealogical Society. “No. 0422, 8 Oct 1823, Kerr, Samuel – Dec’d. Nancy Kerr, age 14 years”. Index to Administrators, Executors, Assignees and Trustees, Case No. 422, year 1823, Kerr, Samuel Est., Administration Docket Vol. 1, Page 191.

(2) Franklin County, Pennsylvania, Will Book "B", page 331, #918. Will of John Kerr Sr., probated 21 October 1807. The South Dakota Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, Application for Membership, Robert Floyd Kerr, descendant of John Kerr, April 12, 1911. This document lists his parents as Andrew Jackson Kerr and Nancy Sayers, his grandparents as Samuel Kerr and Nancy Gwynn, and his great grandparents as John Kerr and Mary Daugherty.

(3) 08 October 1823 estate records of Samuel Kerr of Franklin County, Ohio.

(4) 08 October 1823 estate records of Samuel Kerr of Franklin County, Ohio.

(5) The South Dakota Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, Application for Membership, Robert Floyd Kerr, descendant of John Kerr, April 12, 1911. The year of death for Nancy Gwynn is listed as 1822.

(6) The South Dakota Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, Application for Membership, Robert Floyd Kerr, descendant of John Kerr, April 12, 1911. The year of birth for Samuel Kerr is listed as 1778.

(7) The South Dakota Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, Application for Membership, Robert Floyd Kerr, descendant of John Kerr, April 12, 1911. Samuel’s parents are listed as John Kerr and Mary Daugherty. See Kahn, Edythe T., John and Christiana Nisewanger Kerr, Jr., Their Ancestry and Descendants, 1745-1991. LaSalle, MI (12710 N. Lakeshore Dr., LaSalle 48145): E.T. Kahn, 1991. According to the book by Edythe T. Kahn, John Kerr Senior was born in 1745 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He died 02 October 1807 in Guilford Township, Franklin County, Pennsylvania.

(8) Yates Publishing, U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900, John Kerr, male, spouse name Mary Doherty. Also see, Kahn, Edythe T. John and Christiana Nisewanger Kerr, Jr., Their Ancestry and Descendants, 1745-1991. LaSalle, MI (12710 N. Lakeshore Dr., LaSalle 48145): E.T. Kahn, 1991.

(9) Kahn, Edythe T. John and Christiana Nisewanger Kerr, Jr., Their Ancestry and Descendants, 1745-1991. LaSalle, MI (12710 N. Lakeshore Dr., LaSalle 48145): E.T. Kahn, 1991.

(10) Kahn, Edythe T. John and Christiana Nisewanger Kerr, Jr., Their Ancestry and Descendants, 1745-1991. LaSalle, MI (12710 N. Lakeshore Dr., LaSalle 48145): E.T. Kahn, 1991. Also, see early tax lists given in "The History and Topography of Dauphin, Cumberland, Franklin, Bedford, Adams and Perry Counties" by I. Daniel Rupp, Gilbert Hills and Pub, Lancaster, 1846. List of taxables in areas (of Cumberland) that are now part of Franklin County, page 458-460. A John Docherty (probably Dougherty) is listed in Peter Township in 1751. John possibly was the father of Mary Dougherty who married John Kerr. In 1751, Peters Township covered the entire southwest part of modern Franklin County, including Peters, Montgomery, Warren and part of St. Thomas Townships. Of interest is an entry in the Record of Pennsylvania Marriages Prior to 1810, Volume 1, Marriage Record of the Swedes' Church, (Gloria Dei.), Philadelphia 1750–1810, 1777, Sept. 10, Kerr, Margaret, and George Dougherty. It is unknown if Margaret and George were related to John Kerr and Mary Dougherty.

(11) 1790 U. S. Census for Franklin County, Pennsylvania.

(12) Abstract of Graves of Revolutionary Patriots; Volume: 2; Serial: 12259; Volume: 4. Also see, The DAR Patriot Index - Centennial Edition, part 2, lists John as "2Lt PA". Find A Grave (www.findagrave.com), Falling Springs Presbyterian Church Cemetery, 221 N. Main Street, Chambersburg, PA. Also buried in the cemetery is Benjamin Chambers, the founder of Chambersburg, and James Chambers, a son of Benjamin, an officer who commanded over Lt. John Kerr during the American Revolution. Chambersburg also was known as Kerrtown for a period of time when John Kerr acquired 300 acres of land in the 1700s in the vicinity of present day Chambersburg, PA.

(13) www.pcfallingspring.org; www.findagrave.com.

(14) The South Dakota Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, Application for Membership, Robert Floyd Kerr, descendant of John Kerr, April 12, 1911. The year of marriage for Samuel Kerr and Nancy Gwynn is listed as 1799. Samuel would have been 21 years old at that time.

(15) Wikipedia.

(16) Biographical Record and Portrait Album of Tippecanoe County, Indiana, pp. 387-388, Orson Kerr, The Lewis Publishing Company, 113 Adams Street, Chicago, 1888. Also, Indiana U.S. Census, 1880, Orson Carr, Jackson, Tippecanoe, Indiana, age 75, born about 1805 in Pennsylvania; father’s birthplace Pennsylvania; mother’s birthplace Pennsylvania, occupation farmer.

(17) History of Franklin CO, OH by William T. Martin.

(18) Probably quoted from: Kahn, Edythe T. John and Christiana Nisewanger Kerr, Jr., Their Ancestry and Descendants, 1745-1991. LaSalle, MI (12710 N. Lakeshore Dr., LaSalle 48145): E.T. Kahn, 1991. Possibly from: History of Franklin and Pickaway Counties, Ohio.

(19) Estate records, 08 October 1823, of Samuel Kerr of Franklin County, Ohio. Abstracted Base Files 1805 – 1831 from Franklin County, Ohio Court Records with Geneaalogical Notes, compiled by Blanche Tipton Rings and Mrs. Francis Herbert Obetz edited by Margaret Hiles Scott. Copyright 1932. The Franklin County Genealogical Society, a chapter of The Ohio Genealogical Society. “No. 0422, 8 Oct 1823, Kerr, Samuel – Dec’d.”. Also see, Index to Administrators, Executors, Assignees and Trustees, Case No. 422, year 1823, Kerr, Samuel Est., Administration Docket Vol. 1, Page 191.

(19A) 1800 U. S. Federal Census, Pennsylvania, Guilford Township, Franklin County, Samuel Kerr, 1 male 16-25, 1 female under 10, 1 female 16-25.

(19B) will of Mary Dougherty Kerr, Franklin County, Pennsylvania, Will Book C, Page 420, #1583.

(19C) Rings, Blanche Tipton, Abstracted Wills, 1805-1831, from Franklin County, Ohio, No. 0422, KERR, Samuel - Dec’d., 8 Oct 1823.

(20) Indiana State Library, Genealogy Database, Marriages through 1850, spouse number 1 - Carr, Nancy, spouse number 2 - Gouty, Thomas, county - Vermillion, date - October 14, 1830.

(21) The 1850 census lists Thomas Gouty as age 44 and the 1860 census lists him as 53. However, see the Thomas Gouty tombstone, Hicks Cemetery, Perrysville, Vermillion County, Indiana, which lists his age at death in 1863 as 61 years. Also see, History of Vermillion County, Indiana, “Thomas Gouty died June 10, 1863, aged sixty-one years.” He was therefore born sometime between 1802 and 1807. In the 1800 US Census for Maryland, the only Gouty names that appear in Caroline County are: Abel, John, Zachariah, and Prichard (i.e., Pritchett). 1800 Maryland census, Caroline County; 1800 US census records, Caroline Co., MD, Pritchard GOUTEE, p.10, 11010-10010-00.

(22) Gessie, Indiana, The First One Hundred Years 1872-1972, David Gouty, discusses Henry Gouty family; tombstone of Pritchard Gouty at Old Baptist Cemetery adjacent land of Thomas Gouty in Highland Township, Vermillion County, Indiana; Mary Griffith Gouty, the first wife of Pritchett Gouty, died sometime before January 30, 1817, when Pritchett Gouty (i.e., Prichard Gowty) married Mary Donovan in Pickaway County, Ohio. See Marriage Records Pickaway County, Ohio, 1810-1862, GOWTY, Pritchard to DONOVAN, Mary on January 30, 1817, by John Scott, J.P. Two sons of Pritchett and Mary Griffith Gouty also married in Pickaway County, Ohio, as did one daughter. Henry Gouty (i.e., Gowty) married Rebecca Whitsell on October 22, 1823. See Marriage Records Pickaway County, Ohio, 1810-1862, GOWTY, Henry to WHITSELL, Rebecca on Oct 22, 1823. John Gouty (i.e., Gowty) married Elizabeth Earhart on October 16, 1822. See Marriage Records Pickaway County, Ohio, 1810-1862", GOWTY, John to EARHART, Elizabeth on Oct 16, 1822. Elizabeth Gowty (i.e., Lowly) married Samuel Cheesman on January 14, 1818, in Pickaway County, Ohio. See Marriage Records Pickaway County, Ohio, 1810-1862, LOWLY, Elizabeth to Cheesman, Samuel on Jan 14, 1818.

(23) Gessie, Indiana, The First One Hundred Years 1872-1972.

(24) History of Vermillion County, Indiana, Biographical Sketches, David Gouty, discusses Henry Gouty family.

(25) U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, General Land Office Records website. Land office: Crawfordsville; Kerr, Orson; document number 6378, 10 April 1829, total acres 80, township 19 north, range 9 west, E half NE quarter of section 17, Vermillion County, Indiana, 2nd principal meridian.

(26) U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, General Land Office Records website. Land office: Crawfordsville; Chenoweth, Thomas and Joseph; document number 5885, 30 January 1828, total acres 80, township 19 north, range 9 west, E half SE quarter of section 17, Vermillion County, Indiana, 2nd principal meridian.

(27) Two records for Thomas Gouty: (1) U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, General Land Office Records website. Land office: Crawfordsville; Gouty, Thomas; document number 9351, 5 January 1831, total acres 80, township 19 north, range 9 west, W half SE quarter of section 17, Vermillion County, Indiana, 2nd principal meridian. (2) U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, General Land Office Records website. Land office: Crawfordsville; Gouty, Thomas; document number 15743, 10 July 1832, total acres 80, township 19 north, range 9 west, W half NE quarter of section 17, Vermillion County, Indiana, 2nd principal meridian.

(28) Records in the office of the Probate Judge, Chillicothe, Ross County, Ohio, will of John Foster signed 11 July 1799 and probated 11 February 1800. “To sons Benjamin and Joseph and daughters Cassandra Chenworth and Rachel Chenworth property in Ross County, Ohio.” According to DAR RC#842921, Benjamin Foster was a son of John Foster of Maryland, had a son born in Ohio in 1803, and died in Fountain County, Indiana, on 01 October 1844.

(29) Settlements of Estates, Abstracts of Franklin County, Ohio Records, Mrs. John M. Titus, 0717, Chenowith, Elijah, Estate of, Apr. 7, 1829, Admr. Appointed, Elijah Chenowith. Securities Thomas Reynolds and Benjamin Foster. According to DAR RC#722981, Elijah Chenoweth married Rachel Foster, daughter of John Foster of Maryland, and died in Franklin County, Ohio, on 05 December 1828.

(30) Franklin County, Ohio, will book A, page 196, will of Elijah Chenoweth, names among his heirs, Thomas, Joseph, and Elijah Chenoweth. Elijah is named as the youngest son and, according to his gravestone, was born in 1806.

(31) Indiana State Library, Genealogy Database, Marriages through 1850, spouse number 1 - Gouty, Thomas, spouse number 2 - Stutler, Elizabeth, county - Vermillion, date - May 31, 1840.

(32) Catharine Hoobler first married William Villars on 13 November 1845 in Vermillion County, Indiana. Indiana Marriages to 1850 Record, Spouse 1: Hoobler, Catherine, Spouse 2: Villars, William, Marriage Date: 13 Nov 1845, Marriage Location: Indiana, Vermillion County. Catharine next married Thomas Gouty on 28 June 1849 in Vermilion County, Illinois. Illinois Marriages to 1850 Record, Spouse 1: Goudy, Thomas, Spouse 2: Villars, Catharine, Marriage Date: 28 Jun 1849, Marriage Location: Illinois, Vermilion County. A John W. Villers age 12 is listed in the 1860 Thomas Gowty Senr household.

(33) 1850 Federal Census for Indiana, Vermillion County, Highland Township, page 63, enumerated October 25, 1850, by Thomas C. W. Lake, Dwelling 234, Family 234, lists Thomas Gouty, age 44, male, farmer, born in Maryland, real estate value owned = $3,000, Catherine Gouty, age 25, female, wife, born in Ohio, Clarissa, age 18, female, born in Indiana, Elias, age 17, male, born in Indiana, attended school in year, Mary, age 14, Elenor, age 12; Russell, age 10; William, age 6; and Amos, age 5.

(34) The 1860 U. S. Census for Indiana, Vermillion County, Highland Township, Post Office - Perrysville, Roll M653_303, Page 63, Dwelling Number 69, Family Number 69, shows Thomas Gowty, Senr, age 53, male, farmer, real estate = $8,800, personal = $1,200, born in Ohio; Catharine Gowty, age 31, female, born in Ohio; William Gowty, age 17, male, born in Indiana, attended school during the year; Amos Gowty, age 14, male, born in Indiana, attended school during the year; David H. Gowty, age 11, male, born in Indiana, attended school during the year; Fredrick Gowty, age 9, male, born in Indiana, attended school during the year; Sarah R. Gowty, age 5, female, born in Indiana; Lilly Gowty, age 4, female, born in Indiana; John W. Villers, age 12, male, born in Indiana, attended school during the year.

(35) Book 20, pages 260 through 263 for court case: Rebecca Gouty versus Elias Gouty et al. Vermillion County Court In Partition, Newport, Indiana, 02 August 1865.

(36) 08 October 1823 estate records of Samuel Kerr of Franklin County, Ohio.

(37) According to a note appended to the 08 October 1823 estate records of Samuel Kerr of Franklin County, Ohio, apparently in reference to information provided by a descendant of this line, John H. Bell, 235 West St. Louis St., Lafayette, LA, 70501, born April 28, 1925. However, the same informant appears to have claimed in the same note that Samuel Kerr, father of Clarissa, was married to a Nancy Chenoweth. I find this claim to be completely false as there is no record of a Nancy Chenoweth whom Samuel possibly could have married.

(38) One World Tree, Wolfe Family Tree of Vernon County, Missouri.

(39) Illinois Marriages, 1790-1860, John Chezum, Clarissa Coudy, 5 August 1849, Vermilion County, Illinois, source Family History Library, Salt Lake City, UT, microfilm 1298747; OneWorldTree, Wolfe Family Tree of Vernon County, Missouri.

(40) Book 20, pages 260 through 263 for court case: Rebecca Gouty versus Elias Gouty et al. Vermillion County Court In Partition, Newport, Indiana, 02 August 1865.

(41) OneWorldTree, Wolfe Family Tree of Vernon County, Missouri. Also, OneWorldTree, Sean’s Family Tree.

(42) U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, General Land Office Records website. Orson Kerr owned four tracts of land in Indiana at various times and locations. Orson Kerr acquired two 80 acre tracts on 10 April 1829 in Vermillion County, IN: (1) Land office: Crawfordsville; Kerr, Orson; document number 6378, township 19 north, range 9 west, E half NE quarter of section 17, 2nd principal meridian. (2) Land office: Crawfordsville; Kerr, Orson; document number 6379, township 19 north, range 9 west, W half SE quarter of section 9, 2nd principal meridian. Orson acquired an 80 acre tract in Fountain County, Indiana, on 01 November 1830: (3) Land office: Crawfordsville; Kerr, Orson; document number 8897, township 21 north, range 7 west, W half NE quarter of section 35, 2nd principal meridian. Orson acquired a 40 acre tract in Tippecanoe County, Indiana, on 05 April 1837: (4) Land office: Crawfordsville; Kerr, Orson; document number 27496, township 21 north, range 6 west, NW quarter NE quarter of section 27, 2nd principal meridian.

(43) Indiana marriages to 1850: Carr, Orson, Clawson, Cynthia, 05 Dec 1828, Indiana, Fountain County. Also see, Fountain County deedbook transactions: Book 3, p. 86. April 12, 1832. Thomas Clawson and Sophia his wife deed of gift to Orson Kerr for dowry. 80 acres. Section 4, Township 21, Range 7.

(44) Biographical Record and Portrait Album of Tippecanoe County, Indiana, Orson Kerr, pp. 387-388 The Lewis Publishing Company, 113 Adams Street, Chicago, 1888. Tombstone inscription for Orson Kerr indicates he was born 19 April 1805 and died ?? September 1891. Early Settlers of Tippecanoe County lists the name, the year they came to Tippecanoe County, and their place of birth: “Kerr, Orson – 1835 – Pennsylvania”. Also, Transcribed notes from the estate file of Thomas Clawson, Sr. of Fountain County. Received of Thomas Clauson one of the Administrators of the Estate of Thomas Clauson deceased, Eight hundred dollars this 7 day of April AD 1837. /s/Sophia Clawson. Appears to have been witnessed by Orson Kerr. Also, Lafayette, Indiana Directories, 1885-88, 1891, - Orson Kerr, Location Odell, Years 1885, 1886, 1891, Tippecanoe County, Indiana.

(45) 1830 U.S. Federal census record, Indiana, Fountain County, city not stated.

(46) Biography for Robert Floyd Kerr, A. M., "Memorial and biographical record; an illustrated compendium of biography, containing a compendium of local biography, including biographical sketches of prominent old settlers and representative citizens of South Dakota..." Published by G. A. Ogle & Co., Chicago, 1898. Page 254.)

(47) The Biography of Robert Floyd Kerr, 1904 edited by Maurice Krueger, Publisher, History of South Dakota by Doane Robinson, Vol. II, 1904.

(48) Obituary in Crawfordsville Weekly Journal, August 28, 1903, date of death in Montgomery County, Indiana. Wheeler's Grove Cemetery. A death certificate for Andrew J. Kerr appears in City Health Office, Crawfordsville, book H-33, page 77, produced by the Indiana Works Progress Administration. It lists Andrew J. Kerr, date of August 26, 1903, location New Richmond, age 84, male, white.

(49) Findagrave. Tombstone at Wheelers Grove Cemetery, Lafayette, Tippecanoe County, Indiana, indicates Andrew J. Kerr, April 2, 1819, Aug. 26, 1903. The Indiana State Board of Health certificate of death for Andrew J. Kerr indicates the following: Date of Death - 26 August 1903; Place of death - County of Montgomery, Township of Eagle ?, Town of New Richmond; Name of wife - Mariah Kerr; date of birth 2 April 181(9?), age 84 years, 5 months, 25 days; occupation farmer; birthplace Ohio; name of father Samuel Kerr; birthplace of father Virginia; maiden name of mother Nancy Guinn; birthplace of mother Not Known;

(50) 1830 U.S. Federal Census, Indiana, Fountain County, Moses Carr.

(51) Madison County, Ohio: CARR, Mosses and Rebeckah GRAYHAM, March 14, 1824.

(52) 1830 U.S. Federal Census, Indiana, Fountain County, Moses Carr.

(53) See Appendix G for Documentation for Samuel Kerr Junior.

(54) History of Franklin and Pickaway Counties, Ohio, with Illustrations and Biographical Sketches of Some of the Prominent Men and Pioneers, published by Williams Brothers, 1880, 593 pages, page 436 under “schools”.

(55) 08 October 1823 estate records of Samuel Kerr of Franklin County, Ohio.

(56) U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, General Land Office Records website. Land office Crawfordsville; date 20 April 1826; Foster, Benjamin; Fountain County, Indiana, 2nd principal meridian: (1) document number 3330, total acres 80, township 21 north, range 7 west, E half SW quarter of section 10. (2) document number 3331, total acres 80, township 21 north, range 7 west, W half NW quarter of section 29. (3) document number 3332, total acres 80, township 21 north, range 7 west, E half SE quarter of section 29. (4) document number 3333, total acres 80, township 21 north, range 7 west, W half SW quarter of section 28.

(57) Will of John Foster, found in the Office of the Probate Judge, Chillicothe, Ross County, Ohio, signed 11 July 1799 and probated 11 February 1800.

(58) Per tombstone, Ruppert (or Rob Roy) Cemetery, Attica, Fountain County, Indiana, Oct. 11, 1844, aged 69 y. 5 m. 10 d.

(59) 1830 U. S. Federal census, Indiana, Fountain County, Benjamin Foster.

(60) 1840 U. S. Federal census, Indiana, Fountain County, Benjamin Foster.

(61) Dates from tombstone, Aug. 30, 1843, aged 68 y. 6 m. 19 d.

(62) Findagrave.

(63) Maryland Marriages, 1655-1850, Benjamin Foster, marriage date 14 Feb 1798, Catharine Prather, Allegany County.

(64) Page 202, Settlements of Estates, Abstracts of Franklin County, Ohio, Records, Mrs. John M. Titus.

(65) Page 166, Settlements of Estates, Abstracts of Franklin County, Ohio, Records, Mrs. John M. Titus.

(66) Findagrave.

(67) Per tombstone of Cassandra Foster Chenoweth.

(68) Per tombstone.

(69) Per will of her father, John Foster.

(70) Findagrave.

(71) Thomas Chenoweth, Ohio, Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index, 1790-1890, record type – tax list, year 1808, mixed townships, Franklin County, page 007, OH Early Census Index.

(72) Findagrave.

(73) Findagrave.

(74) Ohio Marriages, 1789-1898.

(75) Per granite monument at Lowe Cemetery, Perrysville, IN.

(76) Tombstones.

(77) Marriage.

(78) 1830 census, Vermillion County, Indiana.

(79) Biography of John Chenoweth; census.

(80) Franklin Co. Pioneer Families Lineage applicants, Central Ohio Genealogical Notes and Queries by Dr. Frank W. Garner. Columbus Sunday Journal and Dispatch 1933‐1936. Franklin County Pioneer Settlers Memorial: The Ohio Genealogical Quarterly July 1919.

(81) Estate papers of Samuel Kerr, 1823.

(82) Marriage record not found. Findagrave.

(83) Findagrave. Chenoweth Cemetery, Franklin County, Ohio.

(84) Marriage record not found. Findagrave.

(85) History of Franklin and Pickaway Counties, Ohio, with Illustrations and Biographical Sketches, Some of the Prominent Men and Pioneers, published by Williams Bros., 1880, Biography of Joseph Chenoweth, page 438.

(86) Tombstone photo.

(87) Wills: Franklin Co., OH: dated July 21, 1828.

(88) Findagrave.

(89) Ohio County Formation Maps - http://www.familyhistory101.com/maps/oh_cf.html


APPENDIX A

Dual Spelling of the Family Last Name or Surname, i.e., KERR / CARR


An article entitled John Kerr, Founder of Kerrstown and Soldier in the American Revolution by Curtis Lynn Older published by the Franklin County Historical Society - Kittochtinny in A Journal of Franklin County History, Volume XXVIII, 2016, identifies numerous instances where the last name of Lt. John Kerr/Carr (1745 to 02 October 1807) was alternately spelled either Kerr or Carr. See page 7, where U. L. Gordy, writing in 1934, states, "It was from this Kerr that the part of Chambersburg south of Catherine Street got its local name--Carrstown (Kerrstown)." Page 8, a quotation from Wm. E. Gilmore, "General Joseph Kerr", Ohio History Vol. 12 (Chillicothe, OH: Ohio Archives and Historical Society Publications, 1903), 164-6, states regarding Joseph Kerr Senior (1766 - 1837), son of Lt. John Kerr, "Almost every person who knew him spelled and pronounced it Carr."

Also from the Older article, it was Lt. John Carr who was listed in the Pennsylvania Archives, 5th Series, Vol. 6, page 527, but Lt. John Kerr who was listed in Vol. 6, page 533. These were two references to the same man. The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission website, Pennsylvania State Archives, Rev. War Military Abstract Card File, has a card which states: "Jno Carr, Cumberland, 2nd Lt. March 25, 1778, Capt. William Finley - Duty: served, Fine Book of John Carothers, the basic record proves active duty." This clearly is a record for Lt. John Kerr of Kerrstown, PA.

There has been nothing found in the information on Samuel Kerr Senior, son of Lt. John Kerr, to demonstrate the dual spelling of the Kerr/Carr name. However, there is abundant material to demonstrate the dual spelling of the family name when examining information on the children of Samuel Kerr/Carr Senior.

The 08 October 1823 estate records for Samuel Kerr of Franklin County, Ohio, are found in Abstracted Base Files 1805 – 1831 from Franklin County, Ohio Court Records with Geneaalogical Notes, compiled by Blanche Tipton Rings and Mrs. Francis Herbert Obetz edited by Margaret Hiles Scott, copyright 1932, published by The Franklin County Genealogical Society, a chapter of The Ohio Genealogical Society.

The Samuel Kerr Senior estate papers list Nancy Kerr as age 14 years in 1823. We find that Nancy Carr married Thomas Gouty in Vermillion Co., Indiana on October 14, 1830. See Indiana State Library, Genealogy Database, Marriages through 1850. There is no example we have found where Nancy's last name was spelled Kerr. However, she and her husband, Thomas Gouty, owned land adjacent to Orson Kerr as shown on a map of First Land Owners of Highland Township, Vermillion Co., Indiana.

The 1823 estate papers of Samuel Kerr Senior include an Orson Kerr, age 18. According to a biographical sketch of Orson Kerr found in “Biographical Record and Portrait Album of Tippecanoe, Indiana,” Orson was born in Pennsylvania, the son of Samuel Kerr. He lived in Franklin County, OH; moved to Fountain County, IN, in 1827. Land records show Orson Kerr owned land adjacent Thomas Gouty. Orson married Cynthia Clawson in 1828. The family moved to Tippecanoe County, IN, in 1835. While this source is not well documented, it is corroborated by official documents and, significantly, was published in 1888, during Orson’s lifetime as indicated on his grave marker.

Fountain Co., IN, marriage records confirm that Orson Carr married Cynthia Clawson on 5 December 1828. The Fountain County 1830 census lists Orson Carr as a resident. The Tippecanoe County 1840 census lists Orson Carr as a resident. The Tippecanoe County 1850 census lists Orson Keer born in Pennsylvania. The Tippecanoe County 1860 census lists Orson Kerr, born in Pennsylvania. Also see, Fountain County deed book transactions: Book 3, p. 86. April 12, 1832. Thomas Clawson and Sophia his wife deed of gift to Orson Kerr for dowry, 80 acres in Section 4, Township 21, Range 7. It is obvious this Orson Kerr/Carr was the son of Samuel Kerr of Franklin Co., Ohio, who died in 1823.

Samuel Kerr Junior, son of Samuel Kerr Senior, died 16 July 1852. Some of his estate papers are included in Illinois Wills and Probate Records, 1772 - 1999, Ancestry.com, Samuel Kerr, Probate Date: 4 Oct 1852; Probate Place: Champaign, Illinois, USA; Inferred Death Year: Abt 1852; Inferred Death Place: Illinois, USA; Case Number: 104; Item Description: Packets, No. 102-149, 1852-1855, 23 images. The title page for his probate papers and most of the pages in the file spell his name Samuel Kerr. However, page 24 of the file refers to "The Estate of Samuel Carr Dec." We note that a John Carr, who must have been the son of Samuel Kerr Junior and Betsy Taylor, was living with the Evertson family in the 1860 Champaign Co., IL census.

We have found nothing in any information related to Joseph Kerr/Carr, son of Samuel Kerr Senior, which indicates a dual spelling of his last name. Joseph was the administrator of the Samuel Kerr Junior estate and lived not far from brother Samuel, but across the county line in Vermilion Co., Illinois, which is adjacent to Champaign Co.


APPENDIX B


The following court cases, due to its significance in identifying the children of Thomas Gouty and his three wives is included below in its entirety.

Rebecca Gouty versus Elias Gouty et al. Book 20, page 261, Vermillion County Court In Partition

On the 2nd day of the August Term 1865 of the Vermillion Circuit Court. The commissioners appointed by said court to make partition of the lands of which Thomas Gouty died seized of. Situated in the County of Vermillion and State of Indiana among the heirs of said deceased made the following report which was received approved and confirmed to wit - - The undersigned commissioners appointed by an order of said Court at its February Term 1865 & acting under an order on commission issued by the clerk of this court and being severally first duly sworn according law and having examined said lands in the petition mentioned make the following report of partition among the parties plaintiffs & defendants to wit. We find upon a careful examination & valuation of said real estate that Elias Gouty having received the sum of twelve hundred & ninty dollars as an advancement from his Father as found by the court that said Elias is therefore not entitled to any part of said lands in Partition. We then severed the interest of William Gouty and Amos Gouty coming to them through their mother and set off to them in portion twenty acres described as follows Viz Beginning seventy two rods south of the north west corner of the north east quarter of Section eighteen in township nineteen north of range nine west and running from thence east eighty rods -- thence south forty rods -- thence west eighty rods -- thence north forty rods to the beginning. Of the remainder of said real estate we set off to Cathrine Gouty - the widow. the west half of the south east quarter of section seventeen township nineteen north of range nine west eighty acres more or less together with the homestead improvements thereon also twenty eight acres off the south end of the west half of the north east quarter of the same section township and range. Also twenty acres off the north end of the east half of the north west quarter of section number nine in said township nineteen north of range nine west and also thirty acres off the south end of the east half of the south west quarter of section four in township nineteen north of range nine west the same being one third in value according to quality and quantity of all of said remainder of said real estate.
1. To Ellen Shute we set off twenty acres the south half of the north west quarter of the north west quarter of Section seventeen in township nineten north of range nine west and thirty-five acres bounded and described as follows to wit Beginning four (4) rods east of the south west
Rebecca Gouty versus Elias Gouty et al Book 20, page 262 Vermillion County Court In Partition corner of the south east quarter of section five in township nineteen north of range nine west and running from thence as follows viz. north one hundred and sixty rods thence east thirty five rods thence south one hundred and sixty rods thence west thirty five rods to the beginning.
2. To Frederick M. Hoobler we set off twenty acres the north half of the north west quarter of the north west quarter of section seventeen township nineteen north of range nine west and thirty five acres bounded and described as follows viz. Beginning thirty nine rods east of the south west corner of the south east quarter of section five in township nineteen north of range nine west and running from thence as follows to wit. North one hundred and sixty rods thence east thirty five rods thence south one hundred and sixty rods thence west thirty five rods to the beginning.
3. To Clara Chezem we set off thirty six acres off the north end of the west half of the north east quarter of section eighteen in township nineteen north of range nine west and sixteen acres in the south half of section five township nineteen north of range nine west bounded and described as follows viz. Beginning four rods east of the south west corner of the south east quarter of section five township nineteen north of range nine west and running from thence north one hundred and sixty rods thence west sixteen rods thence south one hundred and sixty rods. - thence east sixteen rods to the Beginning.
4. To Russell Gouty we set off the north east quarter of the north west quarter of section seventeen in township nineteen north of range nine west containing forty acres more or less and six acres off the east side of the west half of the south east quarter of section five in township nineteen north of range nine west it being six rods wide from east to west and one hundred and sixty rods from north to south and the remainder of said west half of the south east quarter of section five township 19 R 9 W.
5. To Amos Gouty we set off twenty four acres off the south end of the west half of the north east quarter of section eighteen in township nineteen north of range nine west and eight acres off the north side of the north west quarter of the south east quarter of the same section township and range and also eighteen acres in the east half of the south west quarter of section five in township nineteen north of range nine west and bounded as follows viz. Beginning twelve rods west of the south east corner of the south west quarter of said section five in township nineteen north
Rebecca Gouty versus Elias Gouty et al Book 20, page 263 Vermillion County Court In Partition of range nine west and running from thence north one hundred and sixty rods thence west eighteen rods thence south one hundred and sixty rods -- thence east eighteen rods to the Beginning.
6. To William Gouty we set off thirty two acres off the south side of the north west quarter of the south east quarter of section eighteen in township nineteen north or range nine west and also eighteen acres bounded and described as follows to wit. Beginning thirty rods west of the south east corner of the south west quarter of section five in township nineteen north of range nine west and running from thence north one hundred and sixty rods thence west eighteen rods thence south one hundred and sixty rods - thence east eighteen rods to the Beginning.
7. To David H. Gouty we set off twenty acres of the north end of the East half of the south east quarter of section seventeen in township nineteen north of range nine west also thirteen acres off the north end of the west half of the north east quarter of the same section township and range and also eight acres bounded and described as follows to wit. Beginning forty eight rods west of the south east corner of the south west quarter of section five in township nineteen north of range nine west and running from thence north one hundred and sixty rods thence west eight rods thence south one hundred and sixty rods thence east eight rods to the Beginning.
8. To Frederick Gouty we set off twenty acres the south half of the north east quarter of the south east quarter of section seventeen in township nineteen north of range nine west and thirteen acres bounded and described as follows to wit. Beginning twenty six rods south of the north west corner of the north east quarter of said section seventeen township nineteen north of range nine west and running from thence south twenty six rods thence east eighty rods thence north twenty six rods thence west eighty rods to the beginning and also eight acres bounded and described as follows viz. Beginning fifty six rods west of the south east corner of the south west quarter of section five in township nineteen north of range nine west and running from thence north one hundred and sixty rods thence west eighty rods thence south one hundred and sixty rods thence east eight rods to the beginning.
9. To Lilly B. Gouty we set off twenty acres the north half of the south east quarter of the south east quarter of section seventeen in township nineteen north of range nine west and thirteen acres bounded and described as follows viz. Beginning fifty two rods south of the north west corner of the north east quarter of said section seventeen in town-
Rebecca Gouty versus Elias Gouty et al Book 20, page 264 Vermillion County Court In Partition -ship nineteen north of range nine west and running from thence east eighty rods thence south twenty six rods thence west eighty rods thence north twenty six rods to the beginning and also eight acres described as follows Viz. Beginning sixty four rods west of the south east corner of the south west quarter of section five in township nineteen north of range nine west and running from thence north one hundred and sixty rods thence west eight rods thence south one hundred and sixty rods thence east eight rods to the place of the beginning.
10. To Mary Alice Gouty we set off the south half of the south east quarter of the south east quarter of section seventeen in township nineteen north of range nine west containing twenty acres more or less also thirteen acres described as follows Viz. Beginning seventy eight rods south of the north west corner of the north east quarter of said section seventeen township nineteen north of range nine west and running from thence east eighty rods thence south twenty six rods thence west eighty rods thence north twenty six rods to the beginning and also eight acres off the west side of the east half of the south west quarter of section five in township nineteen north of range nine west it being eight rods wide from east to west and one hundred and sixty rods long from north to south and the remainder of said east half of said quarter section the ten share or portions of land or real estate as set off and herein described by us each being one tenth in value according to quality and quantity of two thirds of the real estate of said T(h)omas Gouty deceased after severing the interest of William Gouty and Amos Gouty de(s)cending to them through their mother out of the lands of William Stutler deceased all of which will more fully appear by a reference to a plat of said lands hereunto appended and all of which is respectfully submitted to our Honour for confirmation or rejection as you shall deem right and proper in the premises. Newport, Vermillion County, Indiana, August 22nd A. D. 1865.
George H. McNeill Jonas Metzger Benjamin Whittenmyer, Commissioners
State of Indiana, County of Vermillion}
I the undersigned Clerk of the Cir. Court in & for said county do certify that the above and foregoing is a full true and complete copy of the commissioners report in the above entitled cause and that the same was received approved and confirmed by the court witness my hand and seal of said court at Newport this 31st day of August 1865. Wm E. Livengood Clerk of the Ver. Cir Court (seal) Recorded this 19th day of December A. D. 1865 at 1 clk P. M. R. E. Stephens Recorder


APPENDIX C

Sons of the American Revolution Supplemental Application
by Curtis Lynn Older
Descendant of John Kerr / Carr, Approved 04 November 2015

Gen 6

PROBLEM
Is Nancy Carr, the wife of Thomas Gouty, the daughter of Samuel Kerr of Franklin, OH?


PROOF SUMMARY that Nancy Carr(Gen 6) is the daughter of Samuel Kerr(Gen 7) of Franklin, OH.

1. On 08 Oct 1823, the estate records of Samuel Kerr of Franklin, OH, lists his children Orson (age 18), Joseph (age 16), Nancy (age 14), Clarissa (age 11), Samuel (age 9), Robert (age 8), Elijah (age 6), and Jackson (age 4). On 11 Mar 1824, Benjamin Foster was appointed guardian of the minor heirs with Elijah Chenowith named as a security.

2. According to DAR RC#722981, Elijah Chenoweth married Rachel Foster, daughter of John Foster of MD, and died in Franklin Co, OH, on 05 Dec 1828.

3. According to DAR RC#842921, Benjamin Foster was a son of John Foster of MD, had a son born in Ohio in 1803, and died in Fountain Co, IN, on 01 Oct 1844.

4. The 1830 and 1840 census records of Fountain Co, IN, each show a household headed by Benjamin Foster.

5. The will of Elijah Chenoweth (Franklin Co, OH will book A, p. 196) names among his heirs, Thomas, Joseph, and Elijah Chenoweth. Elijah is named as the youngest son and, according to his gravestone, was born in 1806.

6. On 31 Jan 1828, Thomas and Joseph Chenoweth purchased land in Vermillion Co, IN. The 1850 census of Vermillion Co, IN, shows a Thomas Chenowith, age 49.

7. According to a biographical sketch of Orson Kerr found in “Biographical Record and Portrait Album of Tippecanoe, Indiana,” Orson was born in Pennsylvania, the son of Samuel Kerr. He lived in Franklin County, OH; moved to Fountain County, IN, in 1827; married Cynthia Clawson in 1828; and moved to Tippecanoe County, IN, in 1835. While this source is not well-­‐documented, it is corroborated by official documents and, significantly, was published in 1888, during Orson’s lifetime (see photo of grave marker). Fountain County marriage records confirm that Orson Carr married Cynthia Clawson in 1828. Fountain County 1830 census lists Orson Carr as a resident. Tippecanoe County 1840 census lists Orson Carr as a resident. Tippecanoe County 1850 census lists Orson Keer born in Pennsylvania. Tippecanoe County 1860 census lists Orson Kerr(55) born in Pennsylvania.

8. In a biographical sketch of Robert Floyd Kerr from a compendium of biographical sketches of citizens of South Dakota, Andrew J. Kerr of Tippecanoe Co, IN, was named as the son of Samuel Kerr, having been born in Franklin Co, OH. The grave marker of Andrew J. Kerr in Tippecanoe Co, IN, shows a birthdate of 02 Apr 1819.

[Note by Curtis Lynn Older, 8 April 2017, regarding point 9. below which is included in the S.A.R. Supplemental Application. Samuel Kerr Junior appears in the 1850 census for District 21, Champaign County, Illinois. The following entry is for a different Samuel Kerr and hence not the correct Samuel Kerr who was the brother of Nancy Kerr. See Appendix G for the correct Samuel Kerr Junior, brother of Nancy Kerr.]

9. The 1850 census of Fountain Co, IN, shows a Samuel Carr, age 38, born in OH.

10. Vermillion, IN, marriage records show that Thomas Gouty married Nancy Carr in 1830, in a ceremony performed by Thomas Chenoweth. He later married Elizabeth Stutler on 31 May 1840.

11. A map of first landowners in Highland Twp, Fountain Co, IN, shows that Orson Kerr owned property bordering properties owned by Thomas Gouty and Thomas and Joseph Chenoweth.

12. The Vermillion County 1850 census, shows the household of
Thomas Gouty. His oldest child, Clarissa(18), bears the name of Nancy Kerr’s only sister.

CONCLUSION
The Foster, Chenoweth, and Kerr families were closely related in Franklin Co, OH. There is substantial evidence that between 1824 and 1830, Benjamin Foster; his nephews -­‐ Thomas and Joseph Chenoweth; and three of his wards -­‐ Orson, Samuel and Andrew Jackson Kerr; moved to Fountain Co, IN. Orson Kerr and the Chenowiths purchased parcels of land next to Thomas Gouty in Highland Twp. In 1830, Thomas Gouty married a Nancy Carr in a ceremony performed by Thomas Chenoweth. Thomas and Nancy Gouty named their first child Clarissa, the same name as the only sister of Nancy Kerr of Ohio. Given the close relationships between these families, it is very likely that Nancy Kerr moved from Ohio to Indiana with her guardian and her brothers and it is she that married Thomas Gouty.

APPENDIX D

BIOGRAPHY OF ROBERT FLOYD KERR


This biography is from "Memorial and biographical record; an illustrated compendium of biography, containing a compendium of local biography, including biographical sketches of prominent old settlers and representative citizens of South Dakota..." Published by G. A. Ogle & Co., Chicago, 1898. Page 254.

ROBERT FLOYD KERR, A. M., is one of the most influential citizens of Brooking, who has always shown an unselfish interest in furthering the intellectual and material progress of its people. He was born in Sugar Grove, Tippecanoe county, Indiana, April 12, 1850, and a son of Andrew J. and Nancy (Sayers) Kerr. Andrew J. Kerr was born in Franklin county, Ohio. His father, Samuel Kerr, came from Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, and was of Scotch-Irish lineage, his ancestors having immigrated prior to 1740 and located at Chambersburg. John Kerr, one of the immigrants, was a sergeant of the Pennsylvania militia during the Revolutionary war. He was taken prisoner at the battle of Long Island, but exchanged after some time.

R. F. Kerr, the subject of this sketch, attended the public schools of Tippecanoe county, Indiana, until nineteen years of age, then spent one term at Wabash college and entered De Pauw university of Greencastle, Indiana, in September, 1872, completed the course in 1877, receiving at that time the degree of A. B., and the degree of A. M. in 1880, from the same institution. While a student at college he became a member of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity, a Greek letter society. After graduating he taught in the graded school at Kentland, Indiana, for a time and in 1878 was elected county superintendent of Newton county, to fill an unfinished term which ended in 1879. He then sailed for Japan via San Francisco, and was a teacher of English and mathematics in a provincial school at Hirosaki, North Japan, until October, 1880, when he returned to Indiana. For the next eighteen months he was a civil engineer on the line of Toledo and St. Louis railroad, in western Indiana and Illinois. In the fall of 1882 he went to Blair, Nebraska, and spent three years in that vicinity teaching, most of the time, however, in the Blair high school.

In July, 1885, he was elected principal of the preparatory department of Dakota Agricultural college, at Brookings, and moved thither in September of the same year. He was connected with the Agricultural College until November, 1892, the most of the time holding the chair of political economy and history. During the winter of 1891-2 he went to Europe and spent three months visiting Germany, Austria, Italy, France and England. During the last twenty years he has visited about thirty states and territories of the United States, either on business or pleasure. In 1 893 he traveled through Minnesota and North Dakota in the interest of a school book publishing house, of Boston. In the fall of 1894 he was nominated for county superintendent of schools on the Republican ticket, was elected and began the duties of that office in January, 1895, and was re-elected in 1896. During this time he has collected a complete data for a history of Brookings county. He has incidentally become interested in a number of enterprises looking to the progress and development of the town and county. In 1896 he was a delegate to the State Society of Immigration and was appointed local director for Brookings county and prepared a statistical description of the county for publication and distribution by the local association.

Mr. Kerr is a member of the Methodist church of Brookings, and affiliates fraternally with the Masonic order, holding a membership in the blue lodge and chapter at Brookings, and is also secretary of the same. He is a charter member of both the commandery and the Order of the Eastern Star, being the first worthy patron of the latter. He is also a member of the A. O. U. W., and helped to organize the lodge in Brookings, and has filled all chairs in the local lodge of the K. of P., now disbanded. Politically Mr. Kerr has been a lifelong Republican.


APPENDIX E

BIOGRAPHY OF ANDREW JACKSON KERR/CARR


Andrew J. Kerr, a farmer by occupation, now living in retirement at New Richmond, Indiana, has filled several local public offices in Tippecanoe county, and is an influential and useful. citizen. Mrs. Nancy Kerr died in August, 1864, at the age of about thirty-four years, from the effects of an accident. She is a daughter of Robert F. and Martha (McMillin) Sayers. This family moved from Tazewell county, Virginia, in 1 830, when Mrs. Kerr was two years of age. The Sayers family was one of prominence in Virginia. The McMillin family also were a prosperous family in Tazewell county, Virginia. Members of this family also lived in Tennessee. Hugh McMillin, the progenitor of the family in America, came from Scotland and was of Scotch and Irish descent. Mrs. Kerr and her mother were both born in Tazewell county, Virginia.


APPENDIX F

Documentation for Joseph Kerr / Carr

(1 April 1807 to 12 February 1872)
son of Samuel Kerr / Carr, Senior
(6 August 1778 to 23 September 1823)


Joseph Kerr was 16 years of age in 1823, the year the probate papers for his father, Samuel Kerr, Sr., of Franklin Co., OH, were filed.(1) Benjamin Foster, Elijah Chenowith, and Samuel Dyer were appointed guardians for Joseph and his minor brothers and sisters in 1824.(2) Two of Joseph's brothers, Orson and Andrew Jackson, and one sister, Nancy, moved to Fountain and Vermillion Counties in Indiana along with their guardian, Benjamin Foster in the mid-1820s.(3) Joseph and another brother, Samuel Jr., also moved to western Indiana about the same time, but they do not appear to have lived in the Benjamin Foster household.(4)

Joseph Kerr was born 1 April 1807 in Franklin Co., OH.(5) Recorded in Volume 8 of the Franklin County, Ohio, Record of Deeds at the Recorder's Office is a deed between Joseph Kerr of Vermillion County, Indiana, and John Chenoweth of Franklin County, Ohio, dated 6 September 1828.(6) This deed was signed in the presence of a William ?Gardener? and James Davison. James Davison was a son-in-law of Elijah Chenoweth, a guardian of the minor children of Samuel Kerr, Sr. of Franklin County, OH.

Joseph Kerr turned 21 years of age in 1828 and was no longer a minor. Perhaps he became the owner of land previously owned by his father, Samuel Kerr, Sr. Perhaps Joseph, deciding to remain in Vermillion County, IN, transferred the property to John Chenoweth for $150 and severed his ties with Franklin Co., OH.

Joseph Kerr of Vermillion Co., Indiana, purchased 80 acres of land on 1 December 1830 in Vermilion Co., Illinois.(7) This land was in Township 21 North and Range 12 West, Section 24. Vermilion Co., Illinois, was formed in 1826.(8) Joseph Kerr purchased four additional tracts of land in Vermilion Co., IL, from 1831 to 1839.(9)

Joseph Kerr married Jane Davison on 11 March 1830 in Vermilion Co., Illinois, where she apparently was living with her family at that time.(10) She was born 25 June 1809 in Franklin Co., OH.(11) She was the daughter of Andrew Davison.

"Andrew Davison came here (i. e., Vermilion Co., Illinois) from Franklin Co., OH, with his wife and family in 1828 and took up land in section thirteen. There were seven children in the Davison family, viz.: James, Robert, Sally, Jane, Susan, Betty and Polly. Two of these were married when they came here, James and Mrs. Joseph Grundy. A short time after the arrival of the Davison family Joseph Kerr came here. He married one of the Davison girls."(12)

The Davisons settled in Vermillion Co., Indiana, for a brief period before moving a short distance to Vermilion Co., Illinois. Andrew Davison of Vermillion Co., Indiana, acquired his first tract of land in Vermilion Co., Illinois, on 5 November 1830. This land was in Township 21 North, Range 11 West, Section 7.(13)

James Davison was the brother of Jane Davison, the wife of Joseph Kerr. James Davison was born 3 June 1805 in Ohio.(14) He married Ruth Chenoweth on 3 April 1828 at Pleasant Township, Franklin Co., OH.(15) Ruth Chenoweth was the daughter of Elijah Chenoweth (1762 - 1828), a guardian for the minor children of Samuel Kerr, Sr., and his wife, Rachel Foster (1768 - 1825).(16) The James Davison household appears in the 1830 Vermilion Co., IL, census. James was listed as age 20 thru 29 and his wife, Ruth, was listed as age 20 thru 29. They had one female child under 5 years of age.(17) James Davison died on 3 January 1875 in Vermilion Co., IL.(18)

Joseph Kerr and his brother-in-law, James Davison, of Vermilion Co., Illinois, purchased 80 acres of land on 8 December 1830 in Vermilion Co., IL.(19) This land was in Township 21 North, Range 11 West. The east side of Range 11 West in Vermilion Co., IL, is adjacent the Indiana state line.

Samuel Kerr, Jr., brother of Joseph Kerr, was born 13 February 1812.(20) He was eleven years old in 1823 at the time of his father's death, contrary to the age of nine years shown on the Samuel Kerr, Sr. probate records.

Samuel Kerr/Carr, Jr., son of Samuel and Nancy Kerr/Carr, Sr. of Franklin County, Ohio, was 23 years old and no longer a minor in 1835. Samuel Kerr of Fountain County, Indiana, purchased three tracts of land in the northeast corner of present-day Champaign Co., Illinois, on 16 September 1835.(21) These three tracts were in Township 22 North, Range 14 West. He later bought two more tracts in this Township and Range.

Samuel Kerr, Jr. died 16 July 1852 in Champaign Co., IL.(22) William Chenoweth signed a document, part of the probate records of the Samuel Kerr, Jr. estate, in which he states that "Samuel Kerr late of said county departed this life on or about the 16th day of July last and that he died intestate as he verily believes and further saith not."(23) The document was dated 6 August 1852.

Guardians were appointed in 1855 to care for the minor children of Samuel Kerr, Jr., deceased. The minor children were Russell T. Kerr, John C. Kerr, Elizabeth S. Kerr, Matilda M. Kerr, Joseph F. Kerr and Rachael Ann Kerr.(24) The guardians appointed were: Absalom H. Wood, Caleb P. Evertson, Edward Edwardly, and Lindsey Corbly.(25) John Carr, son of Samuel Kerr, Jr. and Betsy Taylor, was living with the Evertson family in the 1860 Champaign Co., IL census.(26)

The Biography of Russell T. Kerr, a son of Samuel Kerr, Jr. states: "The paternal ancestors of Mr. Kerr were originally from Scotland, and a paternal granduncle served as a soldier in the Revolutionary War until its close and was afterward a member of the United States Senate."(27)

The above statement appears to refer to Lt. John Kerr of Chambersburg/Kerrtown, Pennsylvania, during the American Revolution and to General and United States Senator Joseph Kerr of Ohio, a son of Lt. John Kerr and a brother of Samuel Kerr, Sr.(28) General and United States Senator Joseph Kerr of Ohio would have been Russell T. Kerr's grandfather's brother, a granduncle. However, Lt. John Kerr of the American Revolution would have been Russell T. Kerr's great-grandfather.

Joseph Kerr was called the brother of Samuel Kerr Junior by Samuel's widow in her request to have Joseph Kerr appointed Administrator of her husband's estate.(29) Land tracts owned by Samuel Kerr, Jr. were in Township 22 North, Range 14 West, perhaps 10 to 15 miles distant from land owned by his brother, Joseph Kerr.(30)

An O. Kerr, an A. J. Kerr, and an Andrew Kerr purchased several items at the Samuel Kerr, Jr., estate sale.(31) We assume that O. Kerr was Orson Kerr, brother of Samuel Kerr, Jr. and Joseph Kerr. Joseph Kerr and Jane Davison Kerr had a son named Andrew J. Kerr who was born 2 July 1833 and who died 13 July 1919 in Catlin, Vermilion Co., IL.(32) The A. J. Kerr of the estate sale could have been Andrew Jackson Kerr, brother of Samuel Kerr, Jr., or he could have been the son of Joseph Kerr. We assume Joseph Kerr named his one sons Andrew J. Kerr after his brother, Andrew Jackson Kerr.(33)

Children
(Kerr):

1. Andrew J. Kerr, born 2 July 1833, died 13 July 1919, Gundy Cemetery

2. Samuel H. Kerr, born unknown, died 30 October 1832, Gundy Cemetery

3. Mary Kerr, born 25 February 1835?, died 23 August 1862, Gundy Cemetery

4. Mary Elizabeth Kerr, born 5 August 1835, died 14 December 1912, Gundy Cemetery

ORIGINAL SOURCE MATERIAL to support the RELATIONSHIP between
SAMUEL KERR / CARR SENIOR and his son JOSEPH KERR / CARR


1) The 08 October 1823 estate records for Samuel Kerr of Franklin Co., OH, lists his minor children as Orson (age 18), Joseph (age 16), Nancy (age 14), Clarissa (age 11), Samuel (age 9), Robert (age 8), Elijah (age 6), and Jackson (age 4). Benjamin Foster, Elijah Chenowith, and Samuel Dyer were appointed guardians for the minor Kerr children in 1824.

2) According to DAR RC#722981, Elijah Chenoweth married Rachel Foster, daughter of John Foster of MD, and died in Franklin Co, OH, on 05 December 1828.

3) The will of Elijah Chenoweth names among his heirs, sons Thomas, Joseph, John F., youngest son Elijah Chenoweth, and daughter Ruth Davidson. (Franklin Co, OH will book A, page 196, dated 21 July 1828, probated 7 April 1829)

4) James Davison married Ruth Chenoweth, daughter of Elijah Chenoweth, on 3 April 1828 at Pleasant Township, Franklin Co., OH. (Ohio Marriages, 1789 - 1898, original image: #1074, 1828, James Davidson to Ruth Chenoweth, April 3d Anno Domini, Samuel Shaw. Also see History of Vermilion County, Illinois by Lottie E. Jones, published in 1911, Biography of Andrew Davidson, father of James Davison.)

5) Joseph Kerr married Jane Davison on 11 March 1830 in Vermilion Co., IL. (Illinois Marriages to 1850, Joseph Kerr, Jane Davison, 11 March 1830, Vermilion Co., IL)

6) The Davisons came to Illinois from Franklin Co., Ohio by way of Indiana.(Jack Moore Williams, History of Vermilion County Illinois, 2 vols., (Topeka - Indianapolis, Historical Publishing Company, 1930), 1:295) They settled in Vermillion Co., IN, for a brief period before moving to Vermilion Co., IL.(Bureau of Land Management, 5 November 1830, Andrew Davison of Vermillion County, Indiana, Township 21 North, Range 11 West, Section 7, East Half Southeast Quarter Vermilion Co., Illinois) Andrew Davison of Vermillion Co., IN, first bought land in Vermilion Co., IL, on 5 November 1830. This land was in Township 21 North, Range 11 West.(History of Vermilion County, Illinois by Lottie E. Jones, published in 1911, Biography of Andrew Davidson, father of James Davison.)

7) The S. A. R. Supplemental Ancestor Certificate of Curtis L. Older, descendant of John Kerr, approved 4 November 2015 supports the conclusion that Nancy Kerr, Orson Kerr, and Andrew Jackson Kerr, minor children of Samuel Kerr, Sr. of Franklin Co., OH, came to the western Indiana counties of Fountain and Vermillion in the 1820s with Benjamin Foster, a guardian appointed for the Kerr minor children.

8) Joseph Kerr of Vermillion Co., IN, purchased 80 acres of land on 1 December 1830 in Vermilion Co., IL.(Bureau of Land Management, Joseph Kerr, 1 December 1830, Township 21 North, Range 12 West, West Half of Northeast Quarter, Section 24, Vermilion Co., IL.)

9) Joseph Kerr and James Davison of Vermilion Co., IL, purchased 80 acres of land on 8 December 1830 in Vermilion Co., IL.(5) This land was in Township 21 North, Range 11 West.

10) Samuel Kerr of Fountain Co., IN, purchased land in Township 22 North, Range 14 West, Champaign Co., IL, on 16 September 1835. This land was within 12 miles of land owned by his brother, Joseph Kerr.

11) Joseph Kerr was appointed Administrator for the estate of Samuel Kerr, Jr. who died 16 July 1852 in Champaign Co., IL.(Samuel Kerr Probate Records, Champaign, Illinois, 4 October 1852, Case Number 104, widow's request to have Joseph Kerr appointed administrator. "The undersigned widow of Samuel Kerr Decd, late of Champaign Co. Ill, hereby resign my right to administrator on the estate of said decd, and request that Joseph Kerr, the brother of the Decd, may be appointed Administrator of said estate. Betsy Ann Kerr Aug. 5, 1852")

12) An O. Kerr, an A. J. Kerr, and an Andrew Kerr purchased several items at the Samuel Kerr, Jr., estate sale. We assume that O. Kerr was Orson Kerr, brother of Samuel Kerr, Jr. and Joseph Kerr. Joseph Kerr and Jane Davison Kerr had a son named Andrew Kerr who was born 2 July 1833 and who died 13 July 1919. The A. J. Kerr of the estate sale could have been Andrew Jackson Kerr, brother of Samuel Kerr, Jr., or he could have been the son of Joseph Kerr. We assume Joseph Kerr named his one son Andrew J. Kerr after his brother, Andrew Jackson Kerr.

13) Guardians were appointed in 1855 to care for the minor children of Samuel Kerr, deceased. Those children were Russell T. Kerr, John C. Kerr, Elizabeth S. Kerr, Matilda M. Kerr, Joseph F. Kerr and Rachael Ann Kerr.(Illinois Wills and Probate Records, 1772-1999, Samuel Kerr, Probate Date: 4 Oct 1852, Champaign, Illinois, Case #104, Packets No., 102-149, 1852-1855. Cover Page 1, Order Papers 2-9, Account Papers 10-14, Sales Paper 15-18, Account Papers 19-23)

14) The Biography of Russell T. Kerr states: "The paternal ancestors of Mr. Kerr were originally from Scotland, and a paternal granduncle served as a soldier in the Revolutionary War until its close and was afterward a member of the United States Senate."(Portrait and biographical album of Washington, Clay and Riley Counties, Kansas (Chicago, Chapman Brothers, 1890), pp. 44-5, Biography of Russell T. Kerr.) The previous statement refers to Lt. John Kerr of Chambersburg/Kerrtown, Pennsylvania, during the American Revolution and to General and United States Senator Joseph Kerr of Ohio, son of Lt. John Kerr and brother of Samuel Kerr, Sr.(George P. Carrel and Marie Dickore, General Joseph Kerr of Chillicothe, Ohio: "Ohio's lost senator," (Oxford, Ohio: The Oxford Press, 1941)) General and United States Senator Joseph Kerr of Ohio would have been Russell T. Kerr's grandfather's brother, a granduncle. However, Lt. John Kerr of the American Revolution would have been Russell T. Kerr's great-grandfather.

CONCLUSION
The Foster, Chenoweth, and Kerr families were closely related in Franklin Co, OH. There is substantial evidence that between 1824 and 1830, Benjamin Foster; his nephews - Thomas and Joseph Chenoweth; and three of his wards -­- Orson Kerr/Carr, Andrew Jackson Kerr, and Nancy Kerr/Carr; moved to Fountain Co, IN. The strong connection between the Davison, Chenoweth, and Kerr families is sufficient to conclude Joseph Kerr, husband of Jane Davison and brother-in-law of James Davison and his wife Ruth Chenoweth, must be the son of Samuel Kerr, Sr. who died in 1823 in Franklin Co., OH.

Joseph Kerr of Vermilion Co., IL, husband of Jane Davison, was a brother of Samuel Kerr Junior of Champaign Co., IL. The biography of Russell T. Kerr, son of Samuel Kerr Junior, gives adequate proof that Samuel Kerr Junior had an ancestor in the American Revolution and an uncle who was a United States Senator. The American Revolution ancestor was Lt. John Kerr of Chambersburg/Kerrtown, PA, and the uncle was United States Senator Joseph Kerr of Ohio, the son of Lt. John Kerr and the brother of Samuel Kerr Senior.

REFERENCES


(1) The 08 October 1823 estate records of Samuel Kerr of Franklin County, Ohio. Abstracted Base Files 1805 – 1831 from Franklin County, Ohio Court Records with Geneaalogical Notes, compiled by Blanche Tipton Rings and Mrs. Francis Herbert Obetz edited by Margaret Hiles Scott. Copyright 1932. The Franklin County Genealogical Society, a chapter of The Ohio Genealogical Society. “No. 0422, 8 Oct 1823, Kerr, Samuel – Dec’d. Joseph Kerr, age 16 years”. Index to Administrators, Executors, Assignees and Trustees, Case No. 422, year 1823, Kerr, Samuel Est., Administration Docket Vol. 1, Page 191.

(2) Abstracted Base Files 1805 – 1831 from Franklin County, Ohio Court Records, edited by Margaret Hiles Scott, "Guardianship 1824 - Benjamin FOSTER, Elijah CHENOWETH and Samuel DYER appointed guardians."

(3) S.A.R. Supplemental Ancestor Certificate for Curtis L. Older, descendant of John Kerr, approved Nov. 4, 2015. "Proof Summary that Nancy Carr (Gen 6) is the daughter of Samuel Kerr (Gen 7) of Franklin, OH."

(4) 1830 Fountain Co., IN, census, Benjamin Foster household, 1 male age 5 thru 9, 1 male age 15 thru 19, 1 male age 40 thru 49, 1 female age 10 thru 14, 1 female age 20 thru 29, 1 female age 40 thru 49, total free white persons - 6.

(5) Findagrave.com, Gundy Cemetery, Bismarck, Vermilion Co., IL, Joseph Kerr, birth: Apr. 1, 1807, death: Feb. 12, 1872. Find A Grave Memorial #58427332. No tombstone picture available. Gundy Cemetery, Bismarck, Vermilion Co., IL. "This cemetery is located in the old village of Myersville. Named for Jacob Gundy, a soldier of the American Revolutionary War. They cemetery is also sometimes referred to as Davison Cemetery, for Andrew Davison, a pioneer of 1827."

(6) Volume 8, Franklin County, Ohio, Record of Deeds, Recorder's Office, deed from Joseph Kerr of Vermillion County, Indiana, to John Chenoweth of Franklin County, Ohio, dated 6 September 1828.

(7) Bureau of Land Management, Joseph Kerr, 1 December 1830, Township 21 North, Range 12 West, Section 24, West Half Northeast Quarter, Vermilion Co., IL.

(8) Wikipedia, Vermilion County, Illinois. "The county was officially created on January 18, 1826 from a portion of Edgar County."

(9) Bureau of Land Management, Joseph Kerr, Vermilion Co., IL:
16 May 1831 - Township 21 N, Range 12 West, Section 13, W Half of SW Qtr
16 Mar 1837 - Township 21 N, Range 12 West, Section 13, SE Qtr of SW Qtr
01 Apr 1837 - Township 21 N, Range 11 West, Section 17, NW Qtr of SW Qtr
01 Nov 1839 - Township 21 N, Range 12 West, Section 24, NW Qtr of SW Qtr

(10) Illinois Marriages to 1850, Joseph Kerr, Jane Davison, 11 March 1830, Vermilion Co., IL.

(11) Findagrave.com, Jane Kerr, birth 25 June 1809, death 6 September 1870, Gundy Cemetery, Bismarck, Vermilion Co., IL, Find A Grave Memorial #58427354. No tombstone picture available.

(12) Jack Moore Williams, History of Vermilion County Illinois, 2 vols., (Topeka - Indianapolis, Historical Publishing Company, 1930), 1:295.

(13) Bureau of Land Management, 5 November 1830, Andrew Davison of Vermillion County, Indiana, Township 21 North, Range 11 West, Section 7, East Half Southeast Quarter Vermilion Co., Illinois.

(14) Findagrave.com, James Davidson, Gundy Cemetery, Bismarck, Vermilion Co., IL, date of birth 3 June 1805, Find A Grave Memorial #42448385, No tombstone shown.

(15) Ohio Marriages, 1789 - 1898, original image: #1074, 1828, James Davidson to Ruth Chenoweth, April 3d Anno Domini, Samuel I. Shaw; Ohio Marriages, 1800-1958, James Davidson, Ruth Chenoweth, 03 April 1828, Franklin, OH.

(16) Will of Elijah Chenoweth, 12 June 1762 to 05 December 1828, Franklin Co., OH, will dated 21 July 21 1828, filed 7 April 1829, "to my daughter Ruth Davidson one hundred dollars to be had 4 years after my decease;" Findagrave.com, Ruth Chenoweth Davison, Gundy Cemetery, Bismarck, Vermilion Co., IL, Parents Elijah Chenoweth and Rachel Foster, Spouse James Davidson, Find A Grave Memorial #42448546, Tombstone picture shown.

(17) 1830 Vermilion Co., IL, federal census, James Davison household.

(18) Findagrave.com, James Davison, death 3 January 1875 in Vermilion Co., IL, burial Gundy Cemetery, Bismarck, Vermilion Co., IL, Find A Grave Memorial #58433236.

(19) Bureau of Land Management, Joseph Kerr and James Davison, 16 May 1831, Vermilion Co., IL, Township 21 North, Range 11 West, Section 19, East Half of Southeast Quarter.

(20) Findagrave.com, Samuel Kerr, Jr., Birth: Feb 13, 1812, Franklin Co., OH, Champaign Co., IL, Tomlinson Cemetery, Find A Grave Memorial #72189988, tombstone picture shown.

(21) Bureau of Land Management, Samuel Kerr of Fountain County, Indiana, 16 September 1835, Champaign Co., Illinois, Township 22 North, Range 14 West, Section 6
- Northwest Quarter, Lot/Tract 1; Section 8 - East Half Southeast Quarter; Section 9 - West Half Southwest Quarter.

(22) Findagrave.com, Samuel Kerr, Jr., Death: Jul 16, 1852, Champaign Co., IL, Tomlinson Cemetery, Find A Grave Memorial #72189988, tombstone picture shown.

(23) Illinois Wills and Probate Records, 1772-1999, Samuel Kerr, Probate Date: 4 Oct 1852, Champaign, Illinois, Case #104, Packets No., 102-149, 1852-1855. Cover Page 1, Order Papers 2-9, Account Papers 10-14, Sales Paper 15-18, Account Papers 19-23.

(24) Illinois Wills and Probate Records, 1772-1999, Samuel Kerr, 4 Oct 1852, Champaign, Illinois, Case Number 104, Packets No. 102-149, 1852-1855; Campaign County Probate Court, Guardianship Case 284: In the Matter of the Guardianship of Joseph F. and Rachel Ann Kerr, February 15, 1867.

(25) Illinois Wills and Probate Records, 1772-1999, Samuel Kerr, 4 Oct 1852, Champaign, Illinois, Case Number 104, Packets No. 102-149, 1852-1855.

(26) 1860 Champaign Co., IL, census, Caleb Evertson household. Township 21 North, Ranges 11 East and 14 West, Champaign Co., IL. Post Office Point Pleasant. Caleb Evertson age 61 born in PA, Mary Evertson age 55 born in OH, John Carr age 19 born in IL.

(27) Portrait and biographical album of Washington, Clay and Riley Counties, Kansas
(Chicago, Chapman Brothers, 1890), pp. 44-5, Biography of Russell T. Kerr.

(28) George P. Carrel and Marie Dickore, General Joseph Kerr of Chillicothe, Ohio: "Ohio's lost senator," (Oxford, Ohio: The Oxford Press, 1941).

(29) Illinois Wills and Probate Records, 1772-1999, Samuel Kerr, 4 Oct 1852, Champaign, Illinois, Case Number 104, Packets No. 102-149, 1852-1855. "The undersigned widow of Samuel Kerr Decd, late of Champaign Co., Ill. hereby resign my right to Administator on the estate of said Decd and request that Joseph Kerr, the brother of the Decd, may be appointed Administrator of said estate. (Signed) Betsy Ann Kerr, Aug. 5, 1852."

(30) Joseph Kerr owned land in Township 21 North, Range 12 West. Samuel Kerr owned land in Township 22 North, Range 14 West. A Township is six miles, north to south. A range is six miles, east to west.

(31) Illinois Wills and Probate Records, 1772-1999, Samuel Kerr, 4 Oct 1852, Champaign, Illinois, Case Number 104, Packets No. 102-149, 1852-1855.

(32) Illinois Deaths and Stillbirths, 1916-1947, Andrew Kerr, birth date 20 Jul 1833, death date 13 Jul 1919, death place Catlin, Vermilion, IL, burial date 13 July 1919, Cemetery name - Davidson, death age 85, occupation farmer, race white, marital status M, gender male, residence Catlin, Vermilion, IL, father name Joseph Kerr, father place of birth Ohio, mother name Jane Davison, mother place of birth Ohio, FHL Film Number 1562101.

(33) Findagrave.com, Andrew J. Kerr, birth Jul. 2, 1833, death Jul. 13, 1919 Illinois, Gundy Cemetery, Bismarck, Vermilion Co., IL. No tombstone shown. However, the tombstone of his wife, Mary Elizabeth Brown, indicates "wife of A. J. Kerr," Gundy Cemetery, Find A Grave Memorial #40564000.

APPENDIX G

Documentation for Samuel Kerr / Carr Junior

(13 February 1812 to 16 July 1852)
son of Samuel Kerr / Carr Senior
(06 August 1778 to 23 September 1823)


[Note: See Appendix A for a discussion of the dual spelling, i.e. Kerr / Carr, of the last name or surname of this family.]

Samuel Kerr/Carr Junior was the son of Samuel and Nancy Kerr/Carr Senior of Franklin County, Ohio.(1) His father, Samuel Kerr/Carr Senior was a son of Lt. John Kerr/Carr and his wife, Mary Dougherty Kerr/Carr, of Cumberland/Franklin County, Pennsylvania.(2)

Samuel Kerr Junior was 9 years of age according to the 1823 estate papers of his father, Samuel Kerr Senior.(3) He was born 13 April 1812 in Franklin Co., Ohio, and he died 16 July 1852 in Champaign Co., IL., aged 40 years, 3 months, 3 days.(4) He was buried in Tomlinson Prairie Cemetery, Champaign Co., Illinois.(5)

Samuel Jr. married (Elizabeth) Betsy Ann Taylor on 19 October 1837 in Warren County, Indiana.(6) She was the daughter of John Clark Taylor and Rachel C. Cole.(7) Elizabeth Betsy Ann Taylor was born 15 January 1820 in Fleming, Kentucky.(8)

John Clark Taylor was born 18 January 1775 in Richmond or Hampshire Co., VA.(9) He was the son of Tarpley Taylor and Siball "Libbie" Clark.(10) John Clark Taylor was elected twice to the House of Representatives, Fleming Co., KY.(11) He moved to Kent Township in Warren Co., IN, about 1828.(12) He was a Justice of the Peace in Warren County between 1836 and 1838.(13)

John Clark Taylor married Rachel C. Cole on 12 March 1798 in Mason, Kentucky.(14) She was the daughter of Joseph Cole and Elizabeth Beeson.(15) She was born 22 March 1782 in Virginia and she died 27 July 1838 in Warren Co., IN.(16) She was buried at the (New) Gopher Hill Cemetery east of State Line, IN.(17) John died 16 September 1838 in Mound Township, Warren Co., IN.(18) He was buried in the (New) Gopher Hill Cemetery.

John Taylor of Fleming County, Kentucky, acquired 80 acres of land in Warren County, IN, on 2 November 1831.(19) This land was in Township 20 North, Range 9 West, Section 19. John Taylor of Warren Co., IN, also acquired 80 acres on 2 November 1831 in Township 20 North, Range 9 West, Section 18, Warren Co.(20) John Taylor and William F. Taylor acquired 80 acres of land on 10 July 1832 in Township 20 North and Range 9 West, Section 17, Warren Co.(21)

Samuel Kerr/Carr Jr., son of Samuel and Nancy Kerr/Carr Sr. of Franklin County, Ohio, should have been 21 years old, no longer a minor, in 1835. According to land patents, Samuel Kerr of Fountain County, Indiana, purchased three tracts of land in the northeast corner of present-day Champaign Co., Illinois, on 16 September 1835.(22) These three tracts were in Township 22 North, Range 14 West:
Section 6 - Northwest Quarter, Lot/Tract 1
Section 8 - East Half of Southeast Quarter
Section 9 - West Half of Southwest Quarter

The above land was measured from the 2nd Principal Meridian in Indiana and not from the 3rd Principal Meridian in Illinois.

Samuel Kerr of Vermilion Co., IL, purchased a fourth tract in Champaign Co. on 1 November 1839, also in Township 22 North, Range 14 West: Section 9, the Southeast Quarter of the Southwest Quarter.(23) Samuel Kerr of Champaign Co., IL, purchased a fifth tract in Champaign Co. on 10 May 1848, also in Township 22 North, Range 14 West: Section 8, the Southwest Quarter of the Southeast Quarter.(24)

The children of Samuel Kerr, Jr., and Elizabeth Betsy Ann Taylor Kerr were: (25)

1) Russell T. (Taylor) Kerr, born 2 March 1841 in Champaign Co., IL, married Frances J. Lamb. She was born in Fountain Co., IN, on 31 October 1847. He died 20 July 1911 in Hollenberg, Washington, KS.

2) John C. (Clark) Kerr, resident of Vermilion Co., IL, born 29 September 1841 in Champaign Co., IL, married 21 March 1862 in Ford Co., IL, to Rachel Ann (Rebecca) Smith. He died 15 December 1924 in Danville, Vermilion Co., IL. An obituary for him does exist.

3) Elizabeth Kerr, the wife of Jacob Jones, Vermilion Co., IL. She was born 25 October 1844 in Champaign Co., IL, and died 31 March 1905 in Illinois. She was buried at the Rankin Union Cemetery in Rankin, Vermilion Co., IL.

4) Matilda Kerr, the wife of Jonathan Jones, lived in Vermilion Co., IL. She was born 23 January 1848 and died 4 December 1932. Buried at the Partlow Cemetery, Armstrong, Vermilion Co., IL.

5) Joseph F. Kerr was born 27 August 1849 in Kerr Township, Champaign Co., IL, and died there on 27 August 1918. John F. Kerr was married 18 February 1869 in Ford Co., IL, to Emma Bradshaw. She was born in 1852 and died in 1940. He died 30 August 1918 in Kerr Township, Champaign Co., IL, and is buried at Rankin Union Cemetery, Rankin, Vermilion Co., IL.

6) Rachel Ann Kerr, the wife of Prince Evans, lived in southern Kansas. She was born in January 1852 in Champaign Co., IL. She died in March 1929 at Grady Co., OK, and is buried at the Rose Hill Cemetery in Chickasha, Grady Co., OK, Block 7, Lot 1.

A History of Champaign County tells us that: "Samuel Kerr, reputed to have been the first person to become a permanent resident of the northeaster township of Champaign County -- and from whom the township received its name -- in the year 1833 entered land in Section 9, in what has since been known as 'Sugar Grove,' an aggregation of fine timber which grew up under the protection of the Middle Fork of the Vermilion River, which makes a cut across the northeast corner of this county. Here he lived and died -- with the exception of a very few others who also ventured so far away -- alone in the great waste of timber and prairie which lay unclaimed around him."(26)

A biography of the oldest child of Samuel and Betsy Kerr Junior tells us something about the Samuel and Betsy Kerr family. "He is the offspring of an excellent family, being the son of Samuel and Betsy Ann (Taylor) Kerr, who were natives respectively of Ohio and Kentucky. Both parents removed to Indiana in their youth and in that State were married. In 1836 they settled in Champaign County, Ill., and were among its earliest pioneers, taking up land from which the Indians had just departed. Upon the north and west of them there was not a settler for twenty miles. Deer, wolves and various other kinds of wild animals were plentiful. The elder Kerr entered 500 acres of land from the government and when his township was organized, it was named in his honor . . . The paternal ancestors of Mr. Kerr were originally from Scotland, and a paternal granduncle served as a soldier in the Revolutionary War until its close and was afterward a member of the United States Senate. On his mother's side Grandfather John Taylor, was a second cousin of President Zachary Taylor, and a member of the Kentucky Legislature."(27)

The above statement appears to refer to Lt. John Kerr of Chambersburg/Kerrstown, Cumberland/Franklin County, Pennsylvania, during the American Revolution and to General and United States Senator Joseph Kerr of Ohio, a son of Lt. John Kerr and a brother of Samuel Kerr, Sr.(28) General and United States Senator Joseph Kerr of Ohio would have been Russell T. Kerr's grandfather's brother, a great uncle. However, Lt. John Kerr would have been Russell T. Kerr's great-grandfather.(29)

We have not found a record that indicates a middle name for Joseph F. Kerr, son of Samuel and Betsy, but there is some indication the "F" stood for Foster. Joseph F. Kerr and Emma Z. J. Bradshaw were the parents of a Joseph Foster Kerr who was born 11 December 1873 in Kerr Township, Champaign Co., IL. Joseph Foster Kerr married Cora A. McHaley on 7 May 1894 in Ford Co., IL. The will of Joseph F. Kerr, the son of Samuel Kerr, Jr., of Kerr Township, Champaign Co., IL, was signed 15 March 1915 and was filed 9 September 1918. The will identifies the three children of Joseph F. Kerr and Emma Bradshaw as Nancy Belle Strayer, Rosa Lee McIntosh, and Joseph Foster Kerr. The will was signed "Joseph F. Kerr." It seems likely the son of Samuel and Betsy Kerr, Jr. was also named Joseph Foster Kerr.

A possible link has been found to the names given to Russell Taylor Kerr and Joseph F. Kerr, two sons of Samuel and Betsy Taylor Kerr, Jr. This link goes through a Joseph Foster who settled in Warren Co., IN, where Samuel Kerr, Jr., and his wife, Betsy Ann Taylor, were married.

Joseph Foster was born 23 March 1795 in Maryland and died 17 April 1866 in Warren Co., Indiana.(30) Joseph Foster of Clark Co., Ohio, purchased four tracts of land in Warren Co., Indiana, on 5 October 1826, in Township 20 North, Range 9 West, Sections 30 and 31.(31) Joseph Foster of Warren Co., IN, purchased four more tracts on 3 January 1831, all in township 20 North, Range 9 West, Warren Co., IN.(32)

Joseph was a son of Thomas Foster and Mary Prather.(33) Thomas Foster was a brother of Benjamin Foster who was appointed a guardian for the children of Samuel Kerr.(34) Joseph married Mary Elizabeth Russell (1797 - 2 January 1861) in Pike County, Ohio, on 13 June 1830.(35) She was born in 1797 and died 3 January 1861 in Warren Co., IN.(36) Both are buried at the Foster Cemetery in Warren Co., IN.(37)

Samuel Kerr probably met Betsy Ann Taylor when 1) Samuel Jr. lived at the Joseph Foster home or 2) Samuel Jr. visited the Joseph Foster home in Warren Co. John Taylor's land in Section 19 was the West Half of the Northeast Quarter. This land was within about a mile distance of land owned by Joseph Foster in Section 30 which was in the East Half of the Southeast Quarter. Section 19 was adjacent Section 30.

It seems reasonable to believe the first son of Samuel Kerr, Jr. was named Russell for the maiden name of Joseph Foster's wife and was named Taylor for the maiden name of Samuel's wife. It also is reasonable to believe Joseph F. Kerr, son of Samuel Kerr, Jr., was named after Joseph Foster of Warren Co., IN, where Samuel Kerr, Jr. met his wife, Betsy.

William Chenoweth signed a document, part of the probate records of the Samuel Kerr estate, in which he states that "Samuel Kerr late of said county departed this life on or about the 16th day of July last and that he died intestate as he verily believes and further saith not."(38) The document was dated 6 August 1852.

Guardians were appointed in 1855 to care for the minor children of Samuel Kerr, deceased. Those children were Russell T. Kerr, John C. Kerr, Elizabeth S. Kerr, Matilda M. Kerr, Joseph F. Kerr and Rachael Ann Kerr.(39) The guardians appointed were: Absalom H. Wood, Caleb P. Evertson, Edward Edwardly, and Lindsey Corbly.(40)

Absalom Wood purchased land in Township 22 North, Range 14 West, Section 19 and 20 on 20 January 1851.(41) Caleb Evertson purchased land in Township 22 North, Range 14 West, Section 33, on 2 January 1854.(42) Lindsey Corbly purchased land in Township 22 North, Range 14 West, Section 17, on 1 October 1856.(43) All of these individuals lived fairly close to Samuel and Betsy Kerr, Jr.

Kerr Township in Champaign Co. was named after Samuel Kerr Junior.(44) Kerr Township is in the extreme north-east corner of the county, and occupies Township 22 North, Range 14 West, 2nd Principal Meridian and Township 22 North, Range 11 East, 3rd Principal Meridian.(45)

The 1840 Illinois, Champaign Co., census lists Samuel Kerr, 1 male age 20 - 30; one male under age 5; one female age 20 - 30; one female age 5 - 10.(46) The 1850 census for District 21, Champaign County, Illinois, listed the Samuel Kerr Junior family as follows: Samuel, age 38, farmer, real estate $7,000, born in Ohio; Betsey, age 31, born in Kentucky; Russel, age 11, born in Illinois; John, age 9, born in Illinois; Elizth, age 6, born in Illinois; Matilda, age 2, born in Illinois; and Joseph, age 1, born in Illinois.(47)

Betsy Taylor Kerr remarried on 28 February 1856 in Danville, Vermilion Co., Illinois, to Daniel Allhands.(48) Betsy Ann Taylor Kerr Allhands must have died prior to 1860 as indicated by the Biography of Russell Kerr and by the fact that Daniel Allhands married an Elizabeth Wilson in early 1860.(48)

Russell Kerr, age, 21, a son of Samuel and Betsy Kerr Junior, is included in the Daniel and Elizabeth Wilson Allhands family census of 1860.(50) Elizabeth is listed as having been born in Ohio. We know this is not Elizabeth Betsy Ann Taylor Kerr since 1) Betsy was born in Kentucky; 2)went by Betsy, not Elizabeth, in the 1850 census; and her son, Russell, indicated she died not long after her husband, Samuel.

ORIGINAL SOURCE MATERIAL to support the RELATIONSHIP between SAMUEL KERR / CARR Senior and his son SAMUEL KERR / CARR Junior

1) The 08 October 1823 estate records for Samuel Kerr of Franklin Co., OH, lists his minor children as Orson (age 18), Joseph (age 16), Nancy (age 14), Clarissa (age 11), Samuel (age 9), Robert (age 8), Elijah (age 6), and Jackson (age 4). Benjamin Foster, Elijah Chenowith, and Samuel Dyer were appointed guardians for the minor Kerr children in 1824.

2) According to DAR RC#722981, Elijah Chenoweth married Rachel Foster, daughter of John Foster of MD, and died in Franklin Co, OH, on 05 December 1828.

3) The will of Elijah Chenoweth names among his heirs, sons Thomas, Joseph, John F., youngest son Elijah Chenoweth, and daughter Ruth Davidson. (Franklin Co, OH will book A, page 196, dated 21 July 1828, probated 7 April 1829)

4) James Davison married Ruth Chenoweth, daughter of Elijah Chenoweth, on 3 April 1828 at Pleasant Township, Franklin Co., OH. (Ohio Marriages, 1789 - 1898, original image: #1074, 1828, James Davidson to Ruth Chenoweth, April 3d Anno Domini, Samuel Shaw. Also see History of Vermilion County, Illinois by Lottie E. Jones, published in 1911, Biography of Andrew Davidson, father of James Davison.)

5) Joseph Kerr married Jane Davison on 11 March 1830 in Vermilion Co., IL. (Illinois Marriages to 1850, Joseph Kerr, Jane Davison, 11 March 1830, Vermilion Co., IL)

6) The Davisons came to Illinois from Franklin Co., Ohio by way of Indiana.(Jack Moore Williams, History of Vermilion County Illinois, 2 vols., (Topeka - Indianapolis, Historical Publishing Company, 1930), 1:295) They settled in Vermillion Co., IN, for a brief period before moving to Vermilion Co., IL.(Bureau of Land Management, 5 November 1830, Andrew Davison of Vermillion County, Indiana, Township 21 North, Range 11 West, Section 7, East Half Southeast Quarter Vermilion Co., Illinois) Andrew Davison of Vermillion Co., IN, first bought land in Vermilion Co., IL, on 5 November 1830. This land was in Township 21 North, Range 11 West.(History of Vermilion County, Illinois by Lottie E. Jones, published in 1911, Biography of Andrew Davidson, father of James Davison.)

7) The S. A. R. Supplemental Ancestor Certificate of Curtis L. Older, descendant of John Kerr, approved 4 November 2015 supports the conclusion that Nancy Kerr, Orson Kerr, and Andrew Jackson Kerr, minor children of Samuel Kerr, Sr. of Franklin Co., OH, came to the western Indiana counties of Fountain and Vermillion in the 1820s with Benjamin Foster, a guardian appointed for the Kerr minor children.

8) Joseph Kerr of Vermillion Co., IN, purchased 80 acres of land on 1 December 1830 in Vermilion Co., IL.(Bureau of Land Management, Joseph Kerr, 1 December 1830, Township 21 North, Range 12 West, West Half of Northeast Quarter, Section 24, Vermilion Co., IL.)

9) Joseph Kerr and James Davison of Vermilion Co., IL, purchased 80 acres of land on 8 December 1830 in Vermilion Co., IL.(5) This land was in Township 21 North, Range 11 West.

10) Samuel Kerr of Fountain Co., IN, purchased land in Township 22 North, Range 14 West, Champaign Co., IL, on 16 September 1835. This land was within 12 miles of land owned by his brother, Joseph Kerr.

11) Joseph Kerr was appointed Administrator for the estate of Samuel Kerr, Jr. who died 16 July 1852 in Champaign Co., IL.(Samuel Kerr Probate Records, Champaign, Illinois, 4 October 1852, Case Number 104, widow's request to have Joseph Kerr appointed administrator. "The undersigned widow of Samuel Kerr Decd, late of Champaign Co. Ill, hereby resign my right to administrator on the estate of said decd, and request that Joseph Kerr, the brother of the Decd, may be appointed Administrator of said estate. Betsy Ann Kerr Aug. 5, 1852")

12) An O. Kerr, an A. J. Kerr, and an Andrew Kerr purchased several items at the Samuel Kerr, Jr., estate sale. We assume that O. Kerr was Orson Kerr, brother of Samuel Kerr, Jr. and Joseph Kerr. Joseph Kerr and Jane Davison Kerr had a son named Andrew Kerr who was born 2 July 1833 and who died 13 July 1919. The A. J. Kerr of the estate sale could have been Andrew Jackson Kerr, brother of Samuel Kerr, Jr., or he could have been the son of Joseph Kerr. We assume Joseph Kerr named his one son Andrew J. Kerr after his brother, Andrew Jackson Kerr.

13) Guardians were appointed in 1855 to care for the minor children of Samuel Kerr, deceased. Those children were Russell T. Kerr, John C. Kerr, Elizabeth S. Kerr, Matilda M. Kerr, Joseph F. Kerr and Rachael Ann Kerr.(Illinois Wills and Probate Records, 1772-1999, Samuel Kerr, Probate Date: 4 Oct 1852, Champaign, Illinois, Case #104, Packets No., 102-149, 1852-1855. Cover Page 1, Order Papers 2-9, Account Papers 10-14, Sales Paper 15-18, Account Papers 19-23)

14) The Biography of Russell T. Kerr states: "The paternal ancestors of Mr. Kerr were originally from Scotland, and a paternal granduncle served as a soldier in the Revolutionary War until its close and was afterward a member of the United States Senate."(Portrait and biographical album of Washington, Clay and Riley Counties, Kansas (Chicago, Chapman Brothers, 1890), pp. 44-5, Biography of Russell T. Kerr.) The previous statement refers to Lt. John Kerr of Chambersburg/Kerrtown, Pennsylvania, during the American Revolution and to General and United States Senator Joseph Kerr of Ohio, son of Lt. John Kerr and brother of Samuel Kerr, Sr.(George P. Carrel and Marie Dickore, General Joseph Kerr of Chillicothe, Ohio: "Ohio's lost senator," (Oxford, Ohio: The Oxford Press, 1941)) General and United States Senator Joseph Kerr of Ohio would have been Russell T. Kerr's grandfather's brother, a granduncle. However, Lt. John Kerr of the American Revolution would have been Russell T. Kerr's great-grandfather.

CONCLUSION
Samuel Kerr Junior of Champaign Co., IL, husband Betsy Taylor, was a brother of Joseph Kerr of Vermilion Co., IL, as indicated in the probate papers, Case #104, of Samuel Kerr Junior. The biography of Russell T. Kerr, son of Samuel Kerr Junior, gives adequate proof that Samuel Kerr Junior had an ancestor in the American Revolution and an uncle who was a United States Senator. The American Revolution ancestor was Lt. John Kerr of Chambersburg/Kerrstown, PA, and the uncle was United States Senator Joseph Kerr of Ohio, the brother of Samuel Kerr Junior's father, Samuel Kerr Senior. Samuel Kerr Junior must have been a son of Samuel Kerr Senior.

REFERENCES


(1) Rings, Blanche Tipton, Francis Herbert Obetz, Margaret Scott, and Ohio Genealogical Society. Franklin County Chapter. Abstracted Wills, 1805-1831, from Franklin County, Ohio, Court Records, with Genealogical Notes. Columbus, Ohio (P.O. Box 09696, Columbus 43209): Franklin County Genealogical Society, 1982. No. 0422, KERR, Samuel - Dec’d., 8 Oct 1823. The estate records for Samuel Kerr of Franklin Co., OH, list his minor children as Orson (age 18), Joseph (age 16), Nancy (age 14), Clarissa (age 11), Samuel (age 9), Robert (age 8), Elijah (age 6), and Jackson (age 4). Benjamin Foster, Elijah Chenowith, and Samuel Dyer were appointed guardians for the minor Kerr children in 1824; see Sons of the American Revolution Supplemental Ancestor Certificate for Curtis L. Older, descendant of John Kerr, approved November 4, 2015. The line of descent from John Kerr goes through his son Samuel and then through Samuel's daughter, Nancy. The documentation for the Certificate provides conclusive evidence Nancy Kerr/Carr, who married Thomas Gouty in 1830 in Vermillion Co., Indiana, was the Nancy listed in the 1823 Samuel Kerr/Carr estate papers in Franklin Co., Ohio. Orson Kerr/Carr, brother of Nancy and son of Samuel, bought land adjacent Thomas Gouty and Nancy Kerr/Carr Gouty in Highland Township, Vermillion Co., Indiana. Orson later moved to Tippecanoe County, Indiana, as also did Jackson Kerr who was listed in the 1823 estate papers. Nancy's brother Joseph lived briefly in Vermillion Co., Indiana, as well. As documented in this article, Samuel Junior also lived for a short period of time in Vermillion County, Indiana. Benjamin Foster, one of the guardians listed in the 1823 Samuel Kerr/Carr estate papers moved to Fountain Co., Indiana, adjacent Vermillion Co., in 1826. See Older Family Tree on Ancestry.com for information about the children of Samuel Kerr/Carr Senior.

(2) Will of John Kerr, Franklin County, Pennsylvania, Will Book "B", page 331, #918, made 25 August 1807 and probated 21 October 1807; Will of Mary Kerr, Franklin County, Pennsylvania, Will Book C, page 420, #1583, made 13 December 1809 and probated 02 April 1815; Edythe T. Kahn, John and Christiana Nisewanger Kerr, Jr., Their Ancestry and Descendants, 1745-1991 (LaSalle, MI: E. T. Kahn, 1991), 17, which includes the text of a letter written by John Kerr, Jr, January 20, 1851, to his grandson, Augustus Pomeroy Kerr, which states, "my second brother and his wife died about 26 years ago on Big Darby 10 miles west of Columbus. He left a large family of which I know nothing."; Marie Dickore, ed., General Joseph Kerr of Chillicothe, Ohio, "Ohio's Lost Senator" (The Oxford Press, Oxford, OH, 1941), 43; Sons of the American Revolution Supplemental Ancestor Certificate for Curtis L. Older, descendant of John Kerr, through his son Samuel, approved November 4, 2015; Curtis Lynn Older, John Kerr, Founder of Kerrstown and Soldier in the American Revolution, A Journal of Franklin County History, Volume XXVIII, 2016, Franklin County Historical Society - Kiottochtinny.

(3) Rings, Blanche Tipton, Francis Herbert Obetz, Margaret Scott, and Ohio Genealogical Society. Franklin County Chapter. Abstracted Wills, 1805-1831, from Franklin County, Ohio, Court Records, with Genealogical Notes. Columbus, Ohio (P.O. Box 09696, Columbus 43209): Franklin County Genealogical Society, 1982. No. 0422, KERR, Samuel - Dec’d., 8 Oct 1823. The papers list as a son, Samuel, age 9.

(4) Findagrave.com, Memorial #72189988, Tomlinson Cemetery, Champaign County, Illinois, tombstone reads: "Samuel Kerr, died July 16, 1852, aged 40 Ys, 5 Ms, 3 Ds".

(5) Findagrave.com, Memorial #72189988, Tomlinson Cemetery, Champaign County, Illinois.

(6) Indiana Marriages to 1850, Betsey Ann Taylor, Samuel Kerr, 19 Oct 1837, Warren County, Indiana.

(7) Ancestry.com family trees.

(8) Ancestry.com family trees.

(9) Ancestry.com family trees.

(10) Ancestry.com family trees.

(11) Ancestry.com family trees.

(12) Ancestry.com family trees.

(13) Ancestry.com family trees.

(14) Kentucky Compiles Marriages, 1802-1850, John Taylor, 12 Mar 1798, Mason, Kentucky, USA, Rachie Cole.

(15) Find A Grave Memorial# 72189988.

(16) Find A Grave Memorial# 72189988.

(17) The (New) Gopher Hill Cemetery, where John Clark Taylor is buried, is located near W 950 S on S 1000 W in Warren County, IN. The Old Gopher Hill Cemetery is located about 1 mile north of the intersection of 1100 S and 1000 W, southeast of State Line, IN.

(18) Findagrave.com, Memorial #7436778, John Clark Taylor Sr., 16 Sep 1838, Gopher Hill Cemetery, near State Line, Warren County, IN. Tombstone indicates, "aged 63 years 7 months and 28 days".

(19) Bureau of Land Management, General Land Office Records, John Taylor of Fleming County, Kentucky, acquired 80 acres of land in Warren County, IN, on 2 November 1831.

(20) Bureau of Land Management, General Land Office Records, John Taylor of Warren Co., IN, also acquired 80 acres on 2 November 1831 in Township 20 North, Range 9 West, Section 18, Warren Co.

(21) Bureau of Land Management, General Land Office Records, John Taylor and William F. Taylor acquired 80 acres of land on 10 July 1832 in Township 20 North and Range 9 West, Section 17, Warren Co.

(22) Bureau of Land Management, General Land Office Records.

(23) Bureau of Land Management, General Land Office Records.

(24) Bureau of Land Management, General Land Office Records.

(25) This listing is taken from various sources. Some of the information has not been traced to primary source records and therefore some information may be incorrect. Some of the information is from Portrait and biographical album of Washington, Clay and Riley Counties, Kansas (Chicago, Chapman Brothers, 1890), pp. 44-5, Biography of Russell T. Kerr.

(26) Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of Champaign County, Chicago: Munsell Pub. Co., 1905, page 686.

(27) Portrait and biographical album of Washington, Clay and Riley Counties, Kansas (Chicago, Chapman Brothers, 1890), pp. 44-5, Biography of Russell T. Kerr.

(28) George P. Carrel and Marie Dickore, General Joseph Kerr of Chillicothe, Ohio: "Ohio's Lost Senator," (Oxford, Ohio: The Oxford Press, 1941).

(29) Curtis Lynn Older, John Kerr, Founder of Kerrstown and Soldier in the American Revolution, A Journal of Franklin County History, Volume XXVIII, 2016, Franklin County Historical Society - Kiottochtinny.

(30) Dixon or Foster Cemetery, Warren County, Indiana, tombstone inscriptions. Located in the east half of Section 31, Range 9 West, Township 20 North. Joseph Foster, died 17 April 1866, 71 years, 24 days.
(31) Bureau of Land Management, General Land Office Records.

(32) Bureau of Land Management, General Land Office Records.

(33) Ancestry.com, family trees.

(34) Ancestry.com, family trees; see Sons of the American Revolution Supplemental Ancestor Certificate for Curtis L. Older, descendant of John Kerr, approved November 4, 2015.

(35) Ancestry.com, family trees.

(36) Ancestry.com, family trees.

(37) Dixon or Foster Cemetery, Warren County, Indiana, tombstone inscriptions. Located in the east half of Section 31, Range 9 West, Township 20 North. Joseph Foster, died 17 April 1866, 71 years, 24 days.

(38) Illinois Wills and Probate Records, 1772 - 1999, Ancestry.com, Samuel Kerr, Probate Date: 4 Oct 1852; Probate Place: Champaign, Illinois, USA; Inferred Death Year: Abt 1852; Inferred Death Place: Illinois, USA; Case Number: 104; Item Description: Packets, No. 102-149, 1852-1855, 23 images.

Also see, 22 September 1857, Champaign County official record, Probate Court Guardianship Case 105: In the Matter of the Guardianship of Russell, John, Elizabeth, Matilda, Joseph F., and Rachel Ann Kerr.

Also see, Champaign County Probate Court Guardianship Case 284: In the Matter of the Guardianship of Joseph F. and Rachel Ann Kerr. Dated February 15, 1867. Other names in the file were Samuel Kerr, their father, and Jesse Piles, possibly their guardian.

Also see, 1925 - Title: CHAMPAIGN COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT CHANCERY CASE 7353. Bill to Quiet Title. Name(s): Kerr, Elizabeth; Kerr, Joseph Foster; Kerr, Russell T., Kerr, Samuel.

(39) Illinois Wills and Probate Records, 1772 - 1999, Ancestry.com, Samuel Kerr, Probate Date: 4 Oct 1852; Probate Place: Champaign, Illinois, USA; Inferred Death Year: Abt 1852; Inferred Death Place: Illinois, USA; Case Number: 104; Item Description: Packets, No. 102-149, 1852-1855, 23 images.

(40) Illinois Wills and Probate Records, 1772 - 1999, Ancestry.com, Samuel Kerr, Probate Date: 4 Oct 1852; Probate Place: Champaign, Illinois, USA; Inferred Death Year: Abt 1852; Inferred Death Place: Illinois, USA; Case Number: 104; Item Description: Packets, No. 102-149, 1852-1855, 23 images.

(41) Bureau of Land Management, General Land Office Records.

(42) Bureau of Land Management, General Land Office Records.

(43) Bureau of Land Management, General Land Office Records.

(44) History of Kerr, IL, J. S. Lothrop's Champaign County Directory With History of the same, and Each Township, Therein, Published by: Rand, McNally & Co., Printers & Binders, Chicago 1871: KERR TOWNSHIP.

(45) Historic Map Works, Kerr Township, Published by Geo. A. Ogle and Co., in 1893.

(46) 1840 Illinois, Champaign Co., census.

(47) 1850 Illinois, Champaign Co., District 21, census.

(48) Illinois Marriage Index, 1851-1900, Daniel Allhands, Betsy Ann Kerr, 28 November 1856, Vermilion Co. This record is contained in County Court Records, Film #1298746-1298749.

(49) Illinois County Marriages, 1800-1940, Daniel Awlhands, Elizabeth Wilson, 1860, Champaign Co., Illinois, film number 000338048; Biography of son Russell: "He (Samuel) improved the whole of his land and there spent the remainder of his days, departing this life about 1852. The wife and mother survived her husband only about four years."

(50) The 1860 census for Champaign Co., Illinois, Post Office - Point Pleasant, page 292, inhabitants in Township 22 North, Range 11 East and 14 West, lists the following for the Daniel Abhans family: Daniel Abhans, 43, Farmer, $4,600, $3,880, born OH; Elizabeth, 39, born OH; Elizabeth, 18, IL; Christian, 14; Marshall, 9; Perry, 7; Russell Kerr, 21, farm laborer, IL.