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George Alexander KERR

Male 1810 - 1893  (Age 82)
Person ID: I87 | Tree: Kerr Family  |  Last Modified: 29 Feb 2020


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  • Name George Alexander KERR  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
    Born 5 Jul 1810  Augusta, Richmond, Georgia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [7, 8
    Christened 1828  Cornersville, Giles, Tennessee, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    • George's obituary states he became a member of the M. E. Church at the age of 18.  He was living near Cornersville, TN, at the time.
    Gender Male 
    Died 9 May 1893  Waelder, Gonzales, Texas, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [10, 11
    Texas Veterans Association Death Roll
    Texas Veterans Association Death Roll
    Buried 10 May 1893  Waelder Cemetery, Waelder, Gonzales, Texas, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [12, 13
    • Birth: Jul. 5, 1810, Georgia, USA, Death: May 9, 1893, Waelder, Gonzales County, Texas, USA, Family links: Parents: Lucy Fontaine Thomson Kerr (1783 - 1871), Spouse: Serena Pinkney Hill Kerr (1821 - 1903)*, Children: Mary Amanda Jane Kerr Johnson (1831 - 1910)*, Lucy Elizabeth Kerr Thompson (1841 - 1924)*, Virginia Kerr Hubert (1844 - 1929)*, George Washington Kerr (1846 - 1891)*, John L. Kerr (1849 - 1922)*, J. B. Kerr (1852 - 1873)*, Siblings: George Alexander Kerr (1810 - 1893), Augustus Thomson Kerr (1812 - 1880)*, William Penn Kerr (1814 - 1901)*, Alfred Benjamin Fontaine Kerr (1823 - 1881)*, Jane Hallowell Kerr Hill (1824 - 1905)*, *Calculated relationship, Burial: Waelder Cemetery , Waelder, Gonzales County, Texas, USA, Created by: TMHuebner, Record added: Nov 26, 2015 , Find A Grave Memorial# 155415119.

    Parents

    Family ID: F36 Group Sheet  |  Family Chart  
    Father Hugh P. KERR, Jr. (ID:I134),   b. 29 Oct 1777, Sligo, Connacht, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Jul 1843, Burton, Washington, Texas, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65) 
    Mother Lucy Jane Fontaine THOMSON (ID:I135),   b. 24 Mar 1783, Charleston, Charleston, South Carolina, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Oct 1871, Fayetteville, Fayette, Texas, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88) 
    Engaged 19 Feb 1806  Augusta, Richmond, Georgia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [53
    • Marriage bond, Hugh Kerr and Lucy Thomson of Warren County, 19 Feb 1806, signed by Hugh Kerr and Asaph Waterman; raised-seal copy notorized by probate clerk 6 Sep 2012.
    Marriage Bond, Hugh Kerr and Lucy Thomson
    Marriage Bond, Hugh Kerr and Lucy Thomson
    Marriage License 19 Feb 1806  Augusta, Richmond, Georgia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [54
    • Marriage license, Hugh Kerr and Lucy Thomson, 19 Feb 1806.
    Hugh Kerr-Lucy Thomson Marriage Certificate
    Marriage License, Hugh Kerr and Lucy Thomson
    Married 27 Feb 1806  Warren, Georgia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [56, 57
    • "In Jackson Hawksby's own handwriting (out of Bible printed in Edinburgh in 1747) and presented by "George Kerr" to "Jackson Hawksby"...Hugh Kerr was born in 29th Oct. 1777 & was married to
      Lucy Thomson 27th Feb. 1806 who was born March
      24th 1783 - they have issue viz, Mary Anne Lewis
      Kerr who was born in Augusta 18th Nov. 1806." [55]
    Hugh Kerr-Lucy Thomson Marriage Certificate
    Hugh Kerr-Lucy Thomson Marriage Certificate

    Family 1

    Family ID: F28 Group Sheet  |  Family Chart  |  Last Modified: 11 Oct 2018   
    Wife 1 Serena Pinkney HILL (ID:I88),   b. 19 Sep 1821, Putnam, Georgia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Oct 1903, Waelder, Gonzales, Texas, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82) 
    Married 29 Dec 1837  Washington, Texas, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [8, 58, 59
    • Excerpt from cited Texas Marriage Index:  Name: George A. Kerr, Marriage Date:13 Dec 1837, Marriage Place: Washington, Texas, USA, Spouse: Serina (sic) R. Hill. Recorded 29 Dec 1837.
    Geo. A. Kerr and Serena P. Hill, Marriage Record
    Geo. A. Kerr and Serena P. Hill, Marriage Record
    Kerr Family Home, Waelder, TX
    Kerr Family Home, Waelder, TX
    Waelder, Gonzales, Tx.
    My thanks to Ginger Hughes for the house photos. She is a descendant of George Washington Kerr and Mollie Gourley Kerr. Geoge A. Kerr and Serena Hill are standing outside the gate with George W. and Mollie on the porch with kids in windows, etc. It is still standing as of Sep. 2015. It has been remodeled and is currently occupied.
    George Washington Kerr Home (Later Photo)
    George Washington Kerr Home (Later Photo)
    A more modern photo of the house which is still standing as of 2013. Thanks to Ginger Hughes, Great Granddaughter of George Washington Kerr, son of George A. & Serena, for this photo.. An updated photo taken Sep 2015 by me will follow. The house is now occupied and has been remodeled again and looks wonderful.
    Children 
     

    1. Lucy Elizabeth KERR (ID:I141),   b. 11 Dec 1841, Texas, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Feb 1924, 304 W. 16th Street, Austin, Travis, Texas, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82)

     

    2. Serena KERR (ID:I137),   b. 1844, Texas, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown

     

    3. Virginia Leonora KERR (ID:I142),   b. 24 Feb 1844, Texas, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Jun 1929, Austin, Travis, Texas, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85)

     

    4. Dr. George Washington KERR, M. D. (ID:I138),   b. 24 Sep 1846,   d. 13 Apr 1891, Waelder, Gonzales, Texas, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 44)

     

    5. John Lewis KERR (ID:I85),   b. 15 Aug 1849, Fayetteville, Fayette, Texas, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Nov 1922, Thompsonville, Gonzales, Texas, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73)

     

    6. James Barksdale KERR (ID:I139),   b. 30 Nov 1852,   d. 2 Jan 1873  (Age 20)

    Family 2

    Family ID: F42 Group Sheet  |  Family Chart  |  Last Modified: 11 Oct 2018   
    Wife 2 Rebecca MCCANDLESS (ID:I169),   d. 1833, Kerr Cemetery, Burton, Washington, Texas, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 1830  Giles, Tennessee, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Children 
     

    1. Mary Amanda Jane KERR (ID:I140),   b. 21 Aug 1831, San Felipe de Austin, Republic of Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Aug 1910, Schulenburg, Fayette, Texas, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78)

    Other Personal Events

    Residence 1813  Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [14, 15
    • "The Kerrs then moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1813 where they remained until Hugh's brother, George, arrived from Ireland in 1815".
    • Role: Occupant
    Residence 1815  Montreal, , Québec, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [15, 16
    • "A short while after George Kerr [Hugh's brother] arrived, Hugh and Lucy moved to Montreal, Canada". 

      It is unknown for what reason they moved to Canada; perhaps it was related to his mercantile endeavors.
    • Role: Occupant
    Residence 1817  Cornersville, Giles, Tennessee, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [17
    • Role: Occupant
    Census 1830  Giles, Tennessee, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [18
    United States Federal 
    • Home in 1830 (City, County, State): Giles, Tennessee, Free White Persons - Males - 5 thru 9: 1, Free White Persons - Males - 15 thru 19: 2, Free White Persons - Males - 20 thru 29: 3, Free White Persons - Males - 50 thru 59: 1, Free White Persons - Females - Under 5: 2, Free White Persons - Females - 20 thru 29: 1, Free White Persons - Females - 40 thru 49: 1, Slaves - Males - Under 10: 3, Slaves - Females - 24 thru 35: 1, Free White Persons - Under 20: 5, Free White Persons - 20 thru 49: 5, Total Free White Persons: 11, Total Slaves: 4, Total - All Persons (Free White, Slaves, Free Colored): 15.
    • Role: Son
    Hugh Kerr Family in 1830 Census
    Hugh Kerr Family in 1830 Census
    Immigration 3 Apr 1830  Harrisburg, Harris, Texas, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [19, 20, 21, 22
    from Cornersville, Tennessee 
    • "The Reverend Alfred B. F.  Kerr was born in Giles County, Tennessee, on New Year's Day, 1823, and with his pioneering parents reached Texas in 1831, while it was still a northern province of Mexico. The family settled in present Washington County."

      "In company of about forty other families, they landed at Harrisburg, Texas, on Buffalo Bayou..."
    • Role: Witness
    Founded 1832  Union Hill, Washington, Texas, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [23, 24, 25, 26
    Kerr Settlement near Cummins Creek 
    • Texas State Historical Marker:  The Hugh and Lucy Kerr family from Tennessee started the Kerr settlement in this area in 1831. W. B. McClellan (1804-80) from North Carolina bought land from W. P. Kerr in 1844 and began a second settlement. Union Academy was operating by 1850. Union Hill Post Office opened in 1854. Mrs. Lucy Kerr gave acreage at this point for a Methodist church; Masonic lodge and school soon shared the site. Stores, a hotel, and other buildings stood to the west. Unincorporated, the town of 800 dwindled after 1870, as railroad facilities in Burton (2 mi. south) drew away the local businesses.

      From The Hill Family of Fayetteville, Texas:  They were accompanied by  Alexander Thomson, the brother of Lucy Thomson Kerr, and his family, and, in 1832, they each received grants in Austin's colony on the Cummins Creek in what is now Washington County.

      From the 1872 Texas Almanac, Historical Reminiscences of Joel W. Robinson:  In 1833, the Robinson family and Dr. Peebles settled on Cummins Creek, near the Labahia Crossing, on the league of land where Mr. Joel Robinson now lives. This was then on the extreme frontier. Near them was a Mr. Miles. Below them the Alexander settlement, and near the mouth of the creek the Cummins family. Jesse Buruaham and the Ross family lived on the Colorado. Still higher up lived the Rabbs, John H. Moore, John Ingram, J. S. Lester, Demming, Grassmeyer, Zadok Wood, Crafts, Hornsbys, Burlesons, etc., up about Bastrop. At. this time the Indians on the Trinity, who were at peace with the Nacogdochek cölony, were in the habit of depredating on the settlements on the Colorado. In the spring of 1833, the Kechies, who lived on the Trinity: near Robbin's Ferry, made a raid on the Colorado settlements. John York and Stephen Townsend (brother-in-law of Robinson) raised a company of twenty-five men and pursued them. Of those who composed this party, Mr. Robinson thinks the following are still living: G. A. Kerr of Thompsonville, Isbell, McCrockIin, Wilkinson, and perhaps others. The Indians were punished, some eight or ten having been killed, their crops destroyed, and their village broken up.
    • Role: Witness
    Historical Marker in Union HIll, Texas
    Historical Marker in Union HIll, Texas
    Kerr Settlement Structure
    Kerr Settlement Barn
    Rebuilt original Kerr Settlement structure in it's original location, near Union Hill, Texas.
    Stephen F. Austin, Map of Texas (annotated)
    Stephen F. Austin, Map of Texas (annotated)
    "This map once belonged to Hugh and Lucy Kerr, who obtained a land grant from Stephen F. Austin in 1831 and located it east of present-day La Grange, in Fayette County. It is one of the map’s earliest editions, published in 1830 and re-issued many times by Tanner. Rather than purchasing each new addition, Hugh Kerr made small notations on the original map to show where they acquired land...", Stephen F. Austin, Map of Texas with parts of the Adjoining States, Philadelphia: H.S. Tanner, 1830, Map #94440, Frank and Carol Holcomb Digital Map Collection, Archives and Records Program, Texas General Land Office, Austin, TX.
    Union Hill - Last Structure Standing
    Union Hill - Last Building Standing
    This is the only building remaining at the site of what was Kerr Settlement and then Union Hill. It appears to be an old homestead. A document in 1980 claimed that only a well remained at the site but a visitation by my husband and me in the late 1980s revealed one old house near the site. This photo was taken in Sept. of 2010 and this old house is very close to where the Union Hill historical marker is located on FM2780. It may or may not go back to the time of Union Hill. However, the current land owner has been prevented from tearing it down or removing it, by the historical society.
    Military 26 Nov 1835  San Antonio, Bexar, Texas, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [27, 28
    The "Grass Fight"/Capture of San Antonio 
    • GRASS FIGHT. The Grass Fight, on November 26, 1835, became the last engagement in the siege of San Antonio before the final Texan assault on the town. In November Col. Domingo de Ugartechea had left San Antonio with a cavalry escort to guide reinforcements to the garrison commanded by Gen. Martín Perfecto de Cos. After the departure of Stephen F. Austin to represent Texas in the United States, the Texan army elected as commander Col. Edward Burleson, who continued to harass Cos while scouting for the return of Ugartechea.

      On November 26 Erastus "Deaf" Smith rode into the Texas camp in mid-morning with information that Mexican cavalry with pack animals were approaching San Antonio. Texas soldiers wondered if the column might be carrying pay for the Mexican army. Burleson ordered James Bowie and forty cavalry to delay the Mexicans' progress. A hundred Texas infantry under William H. Jack followed Bowie to seize the supply train. The two cavalry forces of about equal size began to skirmish west of town and soon fought on foot from ravines near Alazan Creek. Cos sent about fifty infantry with an artillery piece to help oppose the Texan attack. The Texas infantry broke out of a crossfire from the two Mexican units and pushed them back. Mexican troops counterattacked four times until Texas reinforcements under James Swisher caused them to pull back into the town. Texas losses included four wounded, while Mexican losses numbered three dead and fourteen wounded, mostly among the cavalry. When the Texans brought in forty captured pack animals they discovered their prizes carried only grass to feed army animals.
      Citing:
      Alwyn Barr, Texans in Revolt: The Battle for San Antonio, 1835 (Austin: University of Texas Press, 1990).

      Transcript of handwritten letter to the State of Texas from officials in McLennan County, Texas:  James Williams a credible witness of said state and county forsonally affiand before me who being sworn according to law declares that George A. Kerr of Gonzazles County in siad state and the applicant for pension participated in the engagement between the Teans and Mexicans know as the "Grass Fight" which fight took place sometime in the latter part of the year 1835 near San Antonio.  Said affiant further says that he participated in the said engagement with the said George A. Kerr.  Signed:  James Williams.  Sworn and subcribed before me this August 1, 1874.  E. P. Massey, J.P., Notary Public, McLennan County, Texas.  The letter is on fax paper, has a handwritten note "George A. Kerr + Grass Fight". 

      Transcription of handwritten letter, on fax paper, with notes in different handwriting that states, "George Alexander Kerr applying for pension from Republic of Texas - he was a soldier in Revolution was in the command that captured San Antonio for Texas".  I am only in possession of 1 page of an unknown number.  Letter is as follows:  State of Texas, County of __________.  Before me the undersigned authority personally (illegible) A. T. Kerr and W. P. Kerr (probably Augustus Thomas and William Penn Kerr, his brothers) to us well known who on oath say that they know of their own knowledge that George A. Kerr the foregoing applicant for pension was a soldier in the Army of trhe Republic of Texas (words blacked out) the Revolution which liberated Texas from Mexico, and that he was in the army that went out to capture San Antonio, and other services as stated in his affadivit attached hereto.  That said George A. Kerr is about sixty years old and is a resident of Gonzales County and affiants say that they believe said Kerr to be (illegible) to a pension (illegible) this vet granting pensions to the surviving veterans of the Revolution which liberated Texas from Mexico (end of page)..."
    George A. Kerr, Pension Request
    George A. Kerr, Pension Request
    George A. Kerr, Request for Pension
    George A. Kerr, Request for Pension
    Census 1837  Washington, Texas, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [29
    Texas 
    • Texas, Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index, 1820-1890: Name George A. Kerr, State TX, County Washington County, Township No Township Listed, Year 1837, Database TX Tax List Index, 1830-1839.
    Census 1838  Washington, Texas, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [30
    Texas 
    • Texas, Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index, 1820-1890: Name George A. Kerr, State TX, County Washington County, Township No Township Listed, Year 1838, Database TX Tax List Index, 1830-1839.
    Census 1840  Fayette, Texas, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [31
    Texas 
    • Texas, Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index, 1820-1890:  Name George A. Kerr State TX County Fayette County Township No Township Listed Year 1840 Page NPN Database TX Tax List Index, 1840-1849.
    Education 1840  Rutersville College, Rutersville, Fayette, Texas, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [32, 33
    Rutersville College (establishment term) 
    • Noted members and patrons of Rutersville College in it's first year of operation:  Asa C. Hill, Monroe Hill, John C. Hill, Asa Hill, Sarah A. Hill, Mary A. R. Hill, Martha A. E. Hill, Jane H. Kerr, William Kerr, Mary J. A. Kerr, and George Kerr.
    • Role: Classmate
    Military 1840  Linnville, Fayette, Texas, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census 1846  Fayette, Texas, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [34
    Texas 
    • Texas, Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index, 1820-1890:  Name George A. Kerr State TX County Fayette County Township No Township Listed Year 1846 Page NPN Database TX Tax List Index, 1840-1849.
    Land 1855  Thompsonville, Gonzales, Texas, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [35, 36
    sold to him by Clement Allen 
    • Quote from source:  "The Village of Thompsonville was founded sometime after 1847 when a Mr. Clement Allen was awarded a patent from the state of Texas for 4,605 acres of land on Jan. 18, 1847.

      From 1848 to 1871, Allen sold parcels of land to the following men: James Hall, P.C. Dumont, W.R. Halford, J.B. Hill, George A. Kerr, Morris Ward, Cornelius Ennis, John T. Harcourt, George E. Lynch and Preston Thompson. The Village of Thompsonville came to acquire its name from Preston Thompson who owned the first general store."
    Census 10 Jul 1860  Thompsonville, Gonzales, Texas, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [37
    United States Federal 
    • Name: Geo A Kerr, [George A Kerr] , Age: 50, Birth Year: abt 1810, Gender: Male, Birth Place: Georgia, Home in 1860: Gonzales, Texas, Post Office: Gonzales, Family Number: 508, Household Members: Name Age, Geo A Kerr 50, Lavina Kerr 41, Serena Kerr 16, George Kerr 14, Jno L Kerr 11, J B Kerr 8, J Webb 16, A C Hill 33, M Hill 36, M C Hill 9, Willie Hill 2, J Gusterez 18.

      According to this 1860 census, the George A. Kerr family shared a dwelling with his wife's family.

      The household also included J. Gueterez, age 18, listed as a "herdsman" from Mexico.
    George Alexander Kerr and A. C. Hill Families:  1860 Census
    George Alexander Kerr and A. C. Hill Families: 1860 Census
    Occupation 10 Jul 1860  Thompsonville, Gonzales, Texas, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [38
    farmer 
    • Real estate value esitimated at $1500.00; personal property esitimated at $5500.00.
    Military Jul 1861  Sandy Fork, Gonzales, Texas, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [39
    Sandy Fork Home Guards, Gonzales County, 25th Brigade 
    • G. A. Kerr, age 51, enlisted July 1861.  Remarks:  R&F 47; Co. org. for home protection for tne suppression of insurrectionary movements & to aid civil authorities in enforcing the laws; election certificate with roll; Co. com. S.3'9761; 1 MR.
    George Alexander Kerr in Civil War Muster Roll
    George Alexander Kerr in Civil War Muster Roll
    Appointment 1870  Thompsonville, Gonzales, Texas, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Trustee, Asbury Male and Female High School, Quarterly Conference of the Thompsonville Circuit 
    Census 4 Sep 1870  Waelder, Gonzales, Texas, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [40
    United States Federal 
    • Census location was Precinct No. 5, Belmont Post Office, Gonzales, Texas, United States. 

      Transcription:  Name: George A Hoos, [George A Kerr] , Age in 1870: 60, Birth Year: abt 1810, Birthplace: Georgia, Dwelling Number: 375, Home in 1870: Precinct 3, Gonzales, Texas, Race: White, Gender: Male, Occupation: Farmer, Male Citizen Over 21: Y, Personal Estate Value: 800, Real Estate Value: 400, Household Members: Name Age, George A Hoos 60, Green P Hoos 50, George W Hoos 23, John L Hoos 21, James B Hoos 17.  Note:  All last names were transcribed erroneously as "Hoos" instead of "Kerr". 

      George Alexander is listed as a farmer, George W. as a medical student, John L. as a farmer, and James B. as a scholar.
    George Alexander Kerr Family in 1870 Census
    George Alexander Kerr Family in 1870 Census
    Census 3 Jun 1880  Waelder, Gonzales, Texas, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [41
    United States Federal 
    • George A. and Serena P. Kerr lived with their son and his family in the 1880 Census.  They occupied the same house:  Name: George A. Kerr, Age: 69, Birth Date: Abt 1811, Birthplace: Georgia, Home in 1880: Gonzales, Texas, USA, Dwelling Number: 51, Race: White, Gender: Male, Relation to Head of House: Self (Head), Marital Status: Married, Spouse's Name: Serana P. Kerr, Father's Birthplace: Ireland, Mother's Birthplace: South Carolina, Occupation: Farmer, Neighbors: View others on page, Household Members: George A. Kerr 69, Serana P. Kerr 61, Name: John L. Kerr, Age: 30, Birth Date: Abt 1850, Birthplace: Texas, Home in 1880: Gonzales, Texas, USA, Dwelling Number: 51, Race: White, Gender: Male, Relation to Head of House: Self (Head), Marital Status: Married, Spouse's Name: Sally C. Kerr, Father's Birthplace: Georgia, Mother's Birthplace: Georgia, Occupation: Farmer, Household Members: Name Age, John L. Kerr 30, Sally C. Kerr 31, Anna L. Kerr 4, Marvin H. Kerr 2, Archa P. Kerr 6/12
    George A. and John L. Kerr Families in 1880 Census
    George A. and John L. Kerr Families in 1880 Census
    Robert W. Monroe, 1880 Census
    Robert W. Monroe, 1880 Census
    This page also contains Archie Kerr, from the John Lewis Kerr family from the previous page.  There are several KERR, GRAVES, and MONROE families on this and the previous page.  Name: Robert W. Monroe, Age: 26, Birth Date: Abt 1854, Birthplace: Alabama, Home in 1880: Gonzales, Texas, USA, Dwelling Number: 55, Race: White, Gender: Male, Relation to Head of House: Self (Head), Marital Status: Single, Father's Birthplace: Virginia, Mother's Birthplace: Virginia, Occupation: Works On Farm.
    Obituary 11 May 1893  Dallas, Dallas, Texas, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [42
    The Dallas Morning News 
    • Another Pioneer Gone, Waelder, May 9 -- George A. Kerr, after a few days of intense suffering, died here at 12:06 o'clock to-day from old age and a complication of diseases and his remains will be laid to rest in the Waelder cemetery to-morroow at 3 o'clock p.m. after appropriate funeral services commencing at 2 o'clock p.m.  "Grandpa" Durr, as he was familliarly known, was born in Augusta, Ga, July 5, 1810.  He went from Georgia to Tennessee when a small boy and was reared in the latter state under the influence of Christian parents and became a member of the M. E. church at 18 years of age.  He subsequently came from Tennessee to Washington County, Texas, in 1830 and was happily married to Miss Serena P. Hill of said county in 1837.  He lived in Fayette county and moved from there to Gonzales county in 1856, locating at Thompsonville, and from there to Waelder in 1881.  The subject of this sketch was one of the pioneers of Texas, having served in may Indian campaigns during an early day.  He was in the Gonzales fight, also the "grass fight" at San Antanio.  He led a strictly moral and religious life and was the father of a happy family.  His wife and four children survive him.  The latter are Mrs. Mary J. Johnson of Fayette county, Mrs. Lucy Thompson of AUstin, Mrs. Virginia Hubert and J. L. Kerr of this (Gonzales) county.  The lamented Dr. G. W. Kerr and J. B. Kerr were his sons.  "Grandpa" Kerr was honored and loved by all who knew him.  He leaves a host of relatives and friends in sad bereavement.
    George Alexander Kerr Obituary
    George Alexander Kerr Obituary
    Story Millican's Settlement, Republic of Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [43
    1830: Letter from Alexander Thomson to Stephen F Austin 
    • Summary: Informs Austin of the attempt of Piedras to detain his own and four other families at Nacogdoches in obedience to orders from Terán concerning the law of April 6, 1830. Suggests action by Austin.

      Tenoxtitlan Novr 18th 1830

      Respected sir,

      I am unacquainted with you personally, yet situated as I am, I think it necessary, to address you, and apprise you of a considerable difficulity, that now exist in the settlement of your colony, and the others also; namely, the order from General Teran, to the Colo at Nacogdoches to suffer no person to pass, unless, they have a passport, I was not apprised of that order, and came here, I think on the 28 ultmo'97, the Alcalde informed me when the families came into town I must collect them all together, and present them, I done so, then the Coll, sent for me, and inform'd me that he had the Saturday before recd- the above mentioned order and could not consistent with his order, let me pass, but as we were ignorant of the late Law, and as we had compleatly complyed with the Colonization Law, having our certificates Legally arra[n]ged, by the proper authorities, he would venture to give five of us a permit to you, who he said was authorised to give us passports; but the families must remain until our return, we had traveled better than 8 weeks, had spent a great deal of money, and was much fatigued, we could not feel willing to remain in that part of the country on expences so Long, we therefore came round, which caus'd us to loose 2 1/2 days travel, we are now at the barracks, at Mr Williams that is the families, We arrived there Last night, Today I came up to the new garrison to see the commander here he says that he has recd the same order, and advises us to remain where we are, until he receives further orders in answer to his letter that he had writen after Majr Robertson had inform'd him that I was on the road, which answer he expected would arrive in four days, mean-while he gave us permission to explore the country, which we intend to do immediately'97 Col. Thorn has sent you a letter by me on the subject. We, him and myself think it advisable for you to have an agent appointed in Nacogdoches, he says he is willing to act for you if you wish him, but he expected to start in a day or two for New Orleans and be absent two months, There ought to be some person there authorised immediately, for since I left there I have been informed of two more families that have been stoped, and detain'd,- I have been particular in giving the particulars of my detention, to you, in order, that, you may have a clear view of the impediment, emigrants will meet with in comeing to the colonies'97 So soon as I can, I expect to see you, but can not for a few days,'97 Majr Robertson has inform'd you that I am interested in the settlement of this colony'97

      Alexander Thomson

      [Addressed:] Colo S. F. Austin San Phillipi De Austin

      Source Eugene Barker, ed., Annual Report of the American Historical Association for the Year 1919: The Austin Papers, (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1924), 3 vols., Vol 1, Part 2, pp. 534-535
    Millican Post Office
    Millican Post Office
    Story Fort Tenoxtitlan, Republic of Texas, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [44
    1830: Tenoxtitlan, Dream Capitol of Texas 
    • Nov 1830: These excerpts from the Southwestern Historical Quarterly give credence to the stories surrounding the arrival of the Tennessean families to Texas. They thought the matter of populating the new area was straightforward, only to find out there was an order to stop them:

      "Fort Tenoxtitlan had been in existence only one week when seven Tennesseans rode into town and asked to see Colonel Ruiz. Their leader, a stocky individual with sandy hair and silver spurs, introduced himself as Major Sterling C. Robertson, agent of the Texas Association. Displaying a colonization contract which the association had made with the State of Coahuila and Texas, Major Robertson announced that he had come to explore the country and select the site for a permanent settlement." The primary purpose of Fort Tenoxtitlan, of course, was to stop the immigration of Anglo-Americans into Mexican terri- tory, but Colonel Ruiz was a native Texan, and he had his own ideas about what Texas needed. As he expressed it, " I cannot help seeing the advantages which, to my way of thinking, would result if we admitted honest, hard-working people, regardless of what country they come from, . . even hell itself."" Besides, he liked the Tennesseans, especially after Dr. Thomas J. Wootton, a member of the party, had cured several of his sick soldiers without charging them anything. The Mexicans and the Tennesseans got along harmoniously together, despite the fact that no one in the entire garrison could speak English, and the foreigners knew no Spanish. Ruiz wanted to let them stay, but the law was not clear concerning already existing contracts which were in the process Of cornpletion, so he wrote his superior officer for instructions.

      While the colonel was waiting for a reply, the caravan of fifty immigrants which had been following Major Robertson finally arrived at the Brazos on November 12, 1830, and turned its covered wagons off the Béxar-Nacogdoches Road to camp down the river in the temporary structures which the Mexican garri- son had recently abandoned. Early the next morning Major Robertson rode up to Tenoxtitlan, filed with Colonel Ruiz a formal report on the status of his colonization project, and asked for permission to settle the families in the colony."

      That request set off a chain reaction of official correspondence which produced repercussions in cities as far distant as Matamoros and Leona Vicario (as Saltillo was then called) . Three months later the answer came booming back:

      Give orders to the effect that neither Sterling Robertson nor any other North American family shall be allowed to settle in Tenoxtidan...Turn them over to the Military Commandant of the Town Of Nacogdoches so that he may transport them without fail to the other side of the Sabine...

      To those peremptory commands Ruiz blandly replied that the families had never actually reached his post, that he had no idea where they were, and that the horses at his garrison were in such a "fatal" condition that it would be useless to try to find the immigrants.

      Apparently, the fifty immigrants were never rounded up and escorted beyond the Sabine. They lived for a time in the former Mexican quarters on the Brazos, then moved to permanent homes in other parts of Texas. The heads of families included:

      Isiah Curd, Quintin Dines, James Farmer, Everton Kennerly, George A. Kerr, Henry J. Pair, Jeromiah Tinnin, John Wilson, and Dr. Thomas J. Wootton."

      NOTES:

      1. The "Tennesseans" that arrived are all those that departed from Giles, Tennessee. That means they left there with the full intention of staking claims in Texas.

      2. Notice that George A. Kerr is mentioned as the "head of the family". By previous accounts from Alexander Thomson, Hugh did not accompany the family to Texas immediately; in fact, he remained in New Orleans to attend business while the others caught a steamboat to Houston. Lucy Kerr was often referred to as "Widow Kerr", even while Hugh was alive, due to his being gone so often.
    Fort Tenoxtitlan, Historical Marker
    Fort Tenoxtitlan, Historical Marker
    Story San Felipe de Austin, Republic of Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [45
    1831: Alexander Thomson to Stephen F Austin 
    • Summary: Arrived in Texas with his own and eight other families and was told at San Felipe that orders had arrived for exclusion of all Americans.

      Texas, Austin's Colony, April 9th 1831

      Dr Sir,

      I am sorry to be compelled to trouble you with a few lines, but necessity forces me to do it, I arrived with my own, and eight more families, on the 2nd Inst, at Harrisburgh, at which place I learned that, the families I had brought out Last fall were ordered below the St Antonio road, and that they had all moved down, the most of them to Mr. Milligan's, I immediately went to St Phillippi, to know the particulars, while there, an order arrived, that all the families, and myself, should return, to the U. S. I at first concluded to go immediately, but all with whom I convers'd, at St Phillippi advised me to wait, and pe[ti]tion for priviledge to remain in this colony, and become a settler here, I have arranged all my business in the U. S. and came with view to become a permanent residentor in this country, and have sacrificed much, and underwent a great deal of fatigue, and trouble, to get here, if we have to return, it will break us all prety well.

      I anticipated no such difficulties, or I never should have engaged in the business, but remain'd where I was well settled in Tennessee.

      As I believe it is in your power to do more with the government, and with Genl Teran, than any one else, and believing that you are dispos'd to be friendly toward us, I now take the liberty to request you, to intercede for us in any way your discretion, may point out, and that as soon as you can, for I will not be able to know what to do until I hear from you. If I am obliged to return the sooner I know it the better, or if I am permitted to remain, I wish to be trying to settle myself, if I can remain, I wish to settle in the uper part of your colony.

      Any attention paid to my situation by you, will be greatfully acknowledged, now is the time, sir, for you to do me, perhaps a greater kindness, than you may ever have an opportunity to do me again.

      Alexr Thomson

      N. B. until I hear my destiny, I expect to recide in the settlement of Mr Milligan.

      [Addressed:] Colo S. F. Austin, Diputado Leona Vicario. Att of Majr Reynolds

      Source
      Eugene Barker, ed., Annual Report of the American Historical Association for the Year 1919: The Austin Papers, (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1924), 3 vols., Vol 1, Part 2, pp. 642-643
    Story Union Hill, Washington, Texas, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [46
    1831: The Kerr Family in the Texas Frontier - A Brother's Perspective 
    • [Note written across the top of the first page, in another handwriting] Families equipped out in his own means.

      Austin's Coly.

      My Dear Son,

      Through the kind providence of our merciful god, we all arrived here safe, on the 2nd Inst. on my arrival, I learned that all of the families that I had settled in our colony, were ordered across the line, and that they had moved down to Mr. Williams. As soon as I could get my family a little sheltered, which I done the next morning, I immediately put off for St. Phillippe [San Felipe de Austin] to assertain the particulars...

      The families suffered much by sea sickness, we had a very rough sea, and aII sick enough, even the crew was sick. I kept up and one or two more, we had our hands full attending to the sick, we left N. Orleans on friday about 12 oCIock, and arrived here on the next day week about one oclock, since our arrival the most of the families , and the inhabitance of the Town have been sick with the Dysentary, some are now very bad off with it, I have it myself... I went from St. Phillipi, to Milligan's [Millican's] and brought down my waggon and horses, and expect to start on the day after tomorrow, for the uper end of this, (Austin's) Colony, where I expcect to stop and see how matters will go, I have difficulty and fatigue, but I hope I some rest, and ease, it will take us about 10 days to go up, we have had some heavy rains, which has made the roads bad, should it be fair a few days they will be pretty good...John Kerr is still very poorly, if his Lax was stopd, I think he would be much better than he was before the voye [voyage] as his stomach was prety well clens'd,...he desires me to give his love to you. Mr. Kerr remain'd in Orleans,...I shall stop writing now, and, perhaps just before I leave here I shall finish,...May 1st, 1831, we arrived here on Last evening. I am now going up about 20 miles above Milligan, and stop on a vacant League, and plant a little corn, and choose a place during the summer,...

      Signed,
      Alexr Thomson
    Replica of Austin's Cabin, San Felipe de Austin
    Replica of Austin's Cabin, San Felipe de Austin
    Story Union Hill, Washington, Texas, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [47
    1831: The Kerr Family in the Texas Frontier - A Daughter's Prespective 
    • Written in her own hand, Mrs. Jane Hallowell Kerr Hill, daughter Of Hugh and Lucy, relates her early experiences in moving and living in Texas. She was about 6 1/2 years old vhen the family left Tennessee.

      "My parents, Hugh and Lucy Kerr, came to Texas in 1831 with Alexander Thomson, my mother's only brother. We traveled by steamboat to New Orleans, then took passage on a schooner and (as well as I remember) were 14 days crossing the Gulf. We landed at Harrisburg, Texas where we remained a few weeks. We then went to a place where the town of Millican now is, and afterwards located in Washington County; having only one neighbor nearer than twelve miles of us.

      In the year 1836 we vere in the "Runaway Scrape" as it was then called, fleeing from Santa Ana's army. It was thought that they would overrun the whole country, sparing none. We had a terrible time travelling through mud and water, as it rained most of the time. Some of the rivers were more than three miles wide, vhich we had to cross in small ferryboats all through the bottoms, or valleys. We kept on until within twenty-five miles of the Sabine river, stopping at San Augustine.

      We remained there until the next fall, for we were afraid to return to our home sooner on account of Indians. Our first year spent in the new home, before we had had time to raise corn, we often were deprived of having bread; at one time for three veeks.

      The Indians were friendly then, and a party of them camped by a spring near our house. They used to hunt and would share their game with us; and, knowing that we were without bread at this time, they went off some distance to buy cornmeal. On their return they divided the small quantity they had with my mother, who at once had the cook to make some bread, and with tears in her eyes she divided among the children, both white and black, not tasting herself .

      Not long after our return from San Augustine the Indians stole two horses from us, (the men being absent at the time) and my small brother (Alfred Fontaine) and I kept watch throughout the next night. The negroes had to work in the daytime preparing for the support of the family, for we had been robbed of nearly everything we had left when fled the Mexicans. My mother had to sell a half-lague of land to buy a team and wagon before we could move back, as we had to leave ours, and the cattle we had started with, on account of the high waters.

      Mother was so distressed when she heard of the fall of the Alamo that she only took one trunk, some bedding and provisions, leaving a good supply of everything at home. On our return we only found most of the books. The Mexican army had camped within five miles of our house and burned the fence rails to make their fires. Whole families had been captured and killed not far from where we had lived.

      Both Crockett and Travis spent one night at my mother's home when on their way to San Antonio. I remember well how they looked. What a pleasure it was to entertain those who came to defend us.
    David Crockett
    David Crockett
    Houseguest of the Kerr Family in 1831.
    William Travis
    William Travis
    Houseguest of the Kerr Family in 1831.
    Runaway Scrape
    Runaway Scrape
    Depiction of the Runaway Scrape.
    Story Union Hill, Washington, Texas, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [48
    1831: The Kerr Family in the Texas Frontier - A Grandchild's Recolleciton 
    • As told by George A. Hill, in "The Hill Family of Texas: Typical Texians":

      Prior to this time, my great-grandfather and great-grandmother, Hugh Kerr and Lucy Thomson Kerr, were residing near Cornersville, Tennessee. This town was near Fayetteville in the adjoining county of Lincoln and not far distant from the town of La Grange in Fayette County, Tennessee. Hugh Kerr was the son of Hugh Kerr, Sr., and was born in Sligo, Ireland, and Lucy Thomson was the daughter of Alexander Thomson, Sr. She was of Scotch, English and French descent, the last mentioned lineage being through John de la Fontaine, who settled in Virginia in 1716. Hugh Kerr was a friend of Andrew Jackson, and he and his wife, Lucy Thomson Kerr, had learned a great deal about Texas from Alexander Thomson, who was an assistant empresario of Sterling Robertson's colony, contemporaneously known as the Nashville colony. In 1831, they decided to emigrate [sic.] to Texas with those who were then surviving of their nine children, viz:

      Mary Anne Lewis Kerr; George Alexander Kerr; Augustus Kerr; William Penn Kerr; Alfred Benjamin F. Kerr; Jane Hallowell Kerr (Mrs. James Monroe Hill); Amanda Julia Kerr (who married Rev. H. S. Thrall).

      They embarked on a steamboat on the Tennessee River and followed it to its junction with the Mississippi River and proceeded thence to New Orleans, where they transshipped to a schooner, and finally disembarked at Harrisburg in the Fall of 1831. They were accompanied by Alexander Thomson, the brother of Lucy Thomson Kerr, and his family, and, in 1832, they each received grants in Austin's colony on the Cummings Creek in what is now Washington County.

      The trials and vicissitudes of frontier life produced meager earnings, and Hugh Kerr accepted the position given him by Andrew Jackson as collector of customs at the port of New Orleans to supplement the income from farm and stock raising, and was in New Orleans in the momentous days of the Spring of 1836, when the young republic was experiencing its birth.

      The Kerrs were devout Methodists, and Alexander Thomson was a lay preacher, and the first Methodist Sunday School held in the province of Texas is reputed (page 70 of "Texas Colonists and Religion, 1821-1836" by Wm. Stuart Red) to have been held at Kerr's settlement in the home of my great grandmother, Lucy Thomson Kerr, with Alexander Thomson officiating. In the Texas Christian Advocate of Jan. 16, 1908, there is an account of the proceedings of the Texas Conference Missionary Society held at Rutersville on December 28, 1840, and the journal records the presence of 13 members of the Hill family, 8 of the Kerr family and 10 of the Thomson family out of less than 100 in attendance at this historic gathering.

      Both Crockett and Travis spent one night in the Kerr home when on their way to San Antonio, but the Kerr family had to flee soon thereafter behind the retreating army of General Houston with an innumerable host of women and children in the great hegira known in that day as "The Runaway Scrape."

      After the victory at San Jacinto, the Hill and the Kerr families returned to more normal pursuits, but Indian depredations made life on this frontier a matter of constantly recurring hazards. Unorganized as well as organized Indian warfare was a matter of great frequency.
    Story Cummings Creek, Republic of Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [49
    1832: George A. Kerr in the Indian Wars 
    • Both the Robinsons, father and son, were in¯the battle of Velasco, June 20th, 1832. In this fight, John T. Austin commanded the Texans. W. J. Russell participated, using his schooner in the attack. Colonel Ugartichea surrendered the fort after eleven hours' fighting. The Texans lost seven killed and twenty-seven wounded. The Mexicans, thirty-five killed and fifteen wounded. In 1883, the Robinson family and Dr. Peebles settled on Cummings Creek, near the Labahia Crossing, on the league of land where Mr. Joel Robinson now lives. This was then on the extreme frontier. Near them was a Mr. Miles. Below them the Alexander settlement, and near the mouth of the creek the Cummings family. Jegse Buruaham and the Ross family lived on the Colorado. Still higher up lived the Rabbs, John H. Moore, John Ingram, J. S. Lester, Demming, Grassmeyer, Zadok Wood, Crafts, Hornsby, Burlesons, etc., up about Bastrop. At this time the Indians on the Trinity, who were at peace with the Naeogdochek colony, were in the habit of depredating on the settlements on the Colorado. In the spring of 1833, the Kechies, who lived on the Trinity near Robbin's Ferry, made a raid on the Colorado settlements. John York and Stephen Townsend (brother-in-law of Robinson) raised a company of twenty-five men and pursued them. Of those who composed this party, Mr. Robinson thinking the following are still living : G. A. Kerr, Of Thompsonville ; Isbell, McCrocklin, Wilkinson, and perhaps others. The Indians were perished, some eight or ten having been killed, their crops destroyed, and their village broken up.
    Kechai Indians
    Kechai Indians
    A group of Kechies, a common Indian tribe in East Texas at the time of the Kerr immigration.
    Story San Felipe de Austin, Republic of Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    1833-34: Cholera Epidemic 
    • "After finding evidence that Rebecca McCandliss Kerr (first wife of George Alexander Kerr) died in the spring of 1833 at Lucy Kerr's cabin at Union Hill I suspect that she may have been a victim of the Cholera Epidemic. On my visitation to the Kerr Creek Farm where Lucy's cabin still stands and the Kerr Cemetery is being cleared, the Historical Society discovered a mass grave on the site thought to be the slaves who died from the epidemic. The following is an excerpt from the Southwestern Historical Quarterly in the Spanish Archives housed at the University of Texas at Austin.
      "It is known that the Cholera attacked Guadalupe Victoria on July 5, taking a toll of twentyfive persons; It is also known that the epidemic raged in San Felipe. The Cholera epidemics of 1833 and 1834 attacked the State of Coahuila and Texas so suddenly and so ruthlessly that every activity, except the constant immigration of Anglo-Americans, was paralyzed temporarily. "
      George Kerr and his wife Rebecca were living in San Felipe in 1831 when my GGGrandmother Mary Amanda Jane Kerr was born. Were they still in San Felipe when the epidemic hit or were they living at Lucy's place? Either way it's quite possible that Rebecca died from the Cholera since it not only hit San Felipe it also hit Washington County and Union Hill as verified by the mass grave at Lucy's place. There is no record of Rebecca and George having another child except Amanda Jane. Could she have died in childbirth and the baby did not survive? I can find nothing in family letters, ect. to indicate that is the case. So my belief is that she was probably a victim of the Cholera.
      I'm still researching this at this time. If anyone else who sees this can shed any light on what really happened to Rebecca I'd appreciate the info."
      Posted by countrygirl69 on Ancestry.com, 2012.
    Story Texana, Jackson, Texas, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [50
    1840: George Kerr's Service in the Great Comanche Raid 
    • In 1840, with promises of land and protection in a Texas reunited with Mexico, Mexican authorities used this event to intensify their encouragement and aid to the Indians to attack and destabilize the new Texas Republic. A force of Comanches of over one thousand moved from the north and west through the colony with bands of 20 to 30 spinning off the main contingent and making continuous raids on anything in their path to Victoria and Linnville on the coast.

      At dawn 8 Aug, the main force approached Linnville where they killed a man named O'Neal and two black slaves working in the hay fields belonging to Major H.O. Watts. The unwary residents of Linnville believed the force to be a large herd belonging to horse traders from Mexico. At the last moment, residents of Linnville escaped to the bay by boat. Major Watts, customs collector at Linnville, was killed while trying to reach the boats anchored about 100 yards offshore and his wife and Negro slave (and her son) were captured. Pillaging the extensive warehouse goods bound for San Antonio and Mexico in Linnville and packing them on horses and mules took the Indians most of the day after which they burned the pillaged buildings while the residents watched safely offshore from their boats. Having done their maximum damage and looting of life and property, the main Indian force full of wild celebration over their perceived victory moved west north along the west side of Garcitas Creek, 15 miles east of Victoria.

      On the same day, 8 Aug, the group under Capt. Tumlinson reached Victoria near sunset where they rested and received supplies and reinforcements. Within hours they moved on east on the Texana Road and spent the night on Casa Blanca Creek. At Texana was Captain Clark L. Owen with a group of forty which met George Kerr at Kitchen's Ranch on the east side of Arenosa Creek. Capt. Tumlinson had sent Kerr from Victoria to Texana in search of reinforcements. By then the bulk of the Comanche force was between the Owen and Tumlinson companies. Capt. Owen sent out scouts Dr. Bell, a Mr. Nail or Neill and John S. Menefee. Bell was caught and killed. Neill outran a flanking band all the way to the Lavaca River and Menefee survived by hiding in the brush after being pierced by at least 7 arrows. On the other side in the morning of 9 Aug, the main DeWitt Colony force under Capt. Tumlinson dismounted in an attempt to confront the main Indian force, but were encircled by probing bands of warriors as the main force tended their loot in moving north to the mountains. The combined force engaged the Comanches on 9 August 16 miles east of Victoria. The settlers combined forces decided not to mount an all out attack because of lack of arms and supplies. While waiting for supplies and reinforcements, the Indian force retreated north across the unoccupied southeast part of current DeWitt County through the west part of Lavaca County passing through their usual Big Hill trail, then across northeast Gonzales County into northern Caldwell County where they were engaged at the famous Battle of Plum Creek.

      McCulloch was for all out attack on the main force at Victoria, but Tumlinson, in agreement with the majority of his men, was in charge and decided against it. The main Comanche force moved with their bounty northwards. The forces under Capt. Tumlinson and Capt. Owen joined in pursuit and engaged the rear of the Comanche force without large effect except that one Indian was killed as well as a Mr. Mordecai from Victoria. [John J. Linn, resident of Linnville, in his account credits Capt. Adam Zumwalt as the leader of this encounter and suggests that it had impact in terms of Indian casualties.]
    Story Rutersville College, Rutersville, Fayette, Texas, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [51
    1840: Rutersville College, Hills and Kerrs 
    • "One of the great problems in the daily life of my great-grandparents and of others resident in this community was the continuance of the appropriate education of their children, and therefore they welcomed and supported the Rutersville College, which was organized near by in honor of the Reverend Martin Ruter, one of the first Methodist missionaries who had been sent to Texas. Through the energetic zeal of Reverend Chauncey Richardson, a charter was obtained for Rutersville College from the Republic of Texas, with a donation by the Congress of the Republic of four leagues of land for the benefit of the college. The Reverend Chauncey Richardson became its first president. It is very interesting to me to note that the roster of this college, for its first term, included the following children of Asa and Elizabeth Hill, viz.:

      Monroe Hill (James Monroe Hill);
      Asa Collingsworth Hill;
      John C. Hill;
      Sarah Anne Hill;
      Mary Anne Rebecca Hill;
      Martha Anne Eliza Hill;
      Susanna Amanda Hill;
      Louisiana Elizabeth Hill;

      And also, a little Mexican fifer boy captured at San Jacinto by my grandfather, James Monroe Hill, and whose name was Joseph Mendes. This little Mexican boy was offered the option of returning to Mexico, but he expressed a decided preference for remaining in Texas, and he lived with and was educated by Asa and Elizabeth Hill.

      My great-grandparents, Hugh and Lucy Kerr, also had, in the first enrollment in Rutersville College, the following children:

      Jane H. Kerr (afterwards, Mrs. James Monroe Hill);
      Mary J. A. Kerr;
      George Kerr;

      And also their cousins,

      J. N. McD. Thomson and
      Susan C. Thomson,
      Children of Alexander Thomson.

      J. N. McD. Thomson was a member of the ill-fated Mier Expedition in 1842, of whom more will be recounted later.

      The enrollment of Rutersville College for the years 1840 was reproduced in the Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association in October 1898, in Volume II, Number 2, on pages 124-125, and the catalogue and enrollment for the year 1841 is photostatically reproduced on pages 46-47 of the Texas Methodist Centennial Year Book, (1834-1934) together with photographs of the old college building during the period that it was Rutersville College, and later when it became the Texas Military Institute.

      I now possess, and have read with great interest, a copy of the diary of my great-uncle, the Reverend A. B. F. Kerr, during the period of time when he was acting as agent for Rutersville College in 1849-52, and this daily journal of his travels as circuit rider and agent for the college is intensely interesting. He began the journal with this inscription:

      "This book is to register my daily deeds and actions. O! May I not do anything of which I would be ashamed to record.
      "As yet, I have accomplished but little; may the Lord direct and guide me successfully for Christ's sake."
    Rutersville College
    Rutersville College
    RUTERSVILLE COLLEGE FOUNDED IN 1840 This was the first Protestant and Methodist school founded in Texas and was located near La Grange, Texas, and was named in honor of Martin Ruter who came to Texas as a missionary in 1837 and died May 16, 1838. RUTERSVILLE COLLEGE FOUNDED IN 1840
    This was the first Protestant and Methodist school founded in Texas and
    was located near La Grange, Texas, and was named in honor of Martin
    Ruter who came to Texas as a missionary in 1837 and died May 16, 1838.
    Story Thompsonville, Gonzales, Texas, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [52
    1855: Kerrs Settle Thompsonville, TX 
    • Excerpts from "The Thompsonville Community", by James Posie Alford:

      The village of Thompsonville, located in the northern part of the county was founded sometime after 1847 in the Clement Allen Survey. Clement Allen was awarded a patent from the State of Texas for one league and labor (4,605 acres) of land January 18, 1847. He subsequently sold land in the years listed to the following: James Hall, 1848; P.C. DuMont, 1855; W.R. Halford, 1855; J.B. Hill, 1855; George A. Kerr, 1855; Morris Ward, 1855; Cornelius Ennis, 1856; Preston Thompson, 1858; John T. Harcourt, 1859; and George E. Lynch, 1861. According to Lola (sic) Kerr Battle the George Kerr, Jefferey B. Hill and Preston Thompson families were all related and it was from Preston Thompson that the village of Thompsonville acquired its name. In a letter written to his mother in February, 1867 George Kerr spoke of Mr. Thompson's keeping the store in Thompsonville but apparently from the very first the area was referred to as Thompsonville.

      Mamie Gunn Johnson, whose grandfather, A.F. Gunn, was one of the early settlers, described the temporary log houses that were used until more permanent housing could be built. The cracks between the logs were filled with moss and mud. Later some bought five gallon buckets of glue, mixed it with sawdust and filled the cracks. Trees were split into rails, and fences were made around the houses. The land was cleared and farmed with oxen. George Kerr wrote a letter dated 1865 that he was "still living in the cabin and will be until the house is completed." Two years later in 1867 he was still working on the construction of a chimney. Mrs. Johnson also stated in her account that after 1860, when the railroad reached Columbus, many of their supplies, including those needed for construction, were hauled by ox cart from Columbus. Until the railroad reached Waelder, Gonzales was the nearest source of supplies and services.

      It appeared that some, if not most of the early settlers, were Methodists. One source of information made available by Zola Kerr Battle was a file of letters written from 1856 to 1871 by George Alexander Kerr to his mother. One letter dated November 26. 1856 told of a religious service held in his house. "We have had one glorious meating at our new home and expect another soon. I held the first meating ever held there and it was a glorious time. . "

      The Galveston, Harrisburg and San Antonio Railroad arrived in the area in about 1874 or 1875 and had a watering station near the village of Thompsonville. The village itself remained in its original location less than a mile from the railroad but was served by several public roads. The March 7, 1879 Gonzales Inquirer related that Doctor G.W. Kerr of Thompsonville contracted with the railroad for 500 cords of wood. The ginner in 1880 and 1881 was referred to as A.H. Branham & Company in one source and A.H. Branham & Brother in another.

      At its zenith Thompsonville, in addition to five churches and a high school, had a gin and grist mill, two stores and a blacksmith shop. The earliest merchant, according to George A. Kerr's letters, was Preston Thompson. Mamie Gunn Johnson in her account listed Doctor CIay Nickols of the Carruth community as having a store there in the early 1900's. Other owners who followed him were a Mr. McClain, Buster Hawn and Howell Porter. The Gunn family also built and operated a store for a f'ew years. The community trad several doctors. Doc- tor J.W. Mclaran was in the community in 1861. George A. Kerr mentioned that his son, George, was studying to become a doctor. He later served Thompsonville as a doctor before he moved to Waelder. Mrs. Johnson stated there was also a Doctor Aiden.
    Thompsonville Methodist Church
    Thompsonville Methodist Church
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    Siblings
    1. Mary Ann Fontaine KERR,   b. 18 Nov 1806, Augusta, Richmond, Georgia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Feb 1865, Washington, Texas, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
     
    2. John KERR,   b. 20 Sep 1808, Warren, Georgia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Apr 1832
     
    3. Lewis KERR,   b. 20 Sep 1808, Warren, Georgia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Aug 1831
     
    4. Augustus Thomson KERR,   b. 16 Jun 1812, Augusta, Richmond, Georgia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Feb 1880
     
    5. William Penn KERR,   b. 10 Jul 1814, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Jul 1901, Kansas City, Jackson, Missouri, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
     
    6. Rev. Alfred Benjamin Fontaine KERR,   b. 1 Jan 1823, Cornersville, Giles, Tennessee, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Nov 1881, San Marcos, Hays, Texas, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
     
    7. Jane Hollowell KERR,   b. 28 Oct 1824, Cornersville, Giles, Tennessee, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Mar 1905, Austin, Travis, Texas, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
     
    8. Amanda Julia KERR,   b. 16 Oct 1826, Cornersville, Giles, Tennessee, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Jul 1851, Galveston, Galveston, Texas, United States Find all individuals with events at this location
     
    Notes 
    • (Research):Living in the two households immediately after the George Alexander household are two black families with the last name of Kerr.  Former slaves?
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    George Alexander Kerr
    Kerr Home, near Waelder, Texas
    Kerr Family Home, Waelder, TX

  • Source Citations

    1. [S24] Find A Grave, (http://www.findagrave.com: 2016), accessed 25 Sep 2017, John L. Kerr, 73440972. (Reliability: 4), 25 Sep 2017.
      Birth: Aug. 15, 1849, Fayetteville, Fayette County, Texas, USA, Death:  Nov. 6, 1922, Gonzales County, Texas, USA, Parents: George Alexander Kerr (1810 - 1893), Serena Pinkney Hill Kerr (1821 - 1903), Spouse:Sarah Catherine Monroe Kerr (1848 - 1931)*, Children: Annie L Phelps (1875 - 1937)*, Marvin Hubert Kerr (1877 - 1942)*, James Archie Kerr (1879 - 1930)*, Mary Serena Kerr Cook (1882 - 1918)*, George Monroe Kerr (1883 - 1942)*, Sarah Elizabeth Kerr (1886 - 1887)*, Jennie Louise Kerr Jones (1890 - 1983)*, Lucy Kerr Seitz (1890 - 1985)*, Siblings: Mary Amanda Jane Kerr Johnson (1831 - 1910)**, Lucy Elizabeth Kerr Thompson (1841 - 1924)**, Virginia Kerr Hubert (1844 - 1929)**, George Washington Kerr (1846 - 1891)**, John L. Kerr (1849 - 1922), J. B. Kerr (1852 - 1873)**, *Calculated relationship, **Half-sibling, Burial: Thompsonville Cemetery , Thompsonville, Gonzales County, Texas, USA, Maintained by: TMHuebner, Originally Created by: T Goldstein, Record added: Jul 16, 2011 , Find A Grave Memorial# 73440972.
      John L. Kerr in FindAGrave Source
      John L. Kerr in FindAGrave Source


    2. [S88] Kerr Clan of New Jersey, William Clinton Armstrong, (Morrison, Illinois: Shawver Publishing Company, 1985.), 135-136. (Reliability: 4), 6 Oct 2017.
      This Sketch of the Descendants of Hugh Kerr, Jr., 1773-1866, Was Compiled by Mrs. Margaret Kerr Ingraham, and Has Been Edited by Miss Minnie Nickum.
      Kerr Clan of New Jersey, Page 136
      Kerr Clan of New Jersey, Page 136


    3. [S24] Find A Grave, (http://www.findagrave.com: 2016), accessed 10 Oct 2017, Serena Pinkney Hill, 155515331. (Reliability: 4), 10 Oct 2017.
      Birth: Sep. 19, 1821, Putnam County, Georgia, USA, Death:  Oct. 21, 1903, Waelder, Gonzales County, Texas, USA, Parents: Asa Hill (1784 - 1844), Elizabeth Barksdale Hill Thomson (1796 - 1883), Spouse: George Alexander Kerr (1810 - 1893) Children: John L. Kerr (1849 - 1922)*, Siblings: Green Washington Hill (1812 - 1844)*, William Carroll Jackson Hill (1814 - 1897)*, Jeffrey Barksdale Hill (1814 - 1901)*, James Monroe Hill (1818 - 1904)*, Louise E Hill Kerr (1824 - 1882)*, John Christopher Columbus Hill (1827 - 1904)*, Mary Annie Rebecca Hill Shaw (1830 - 1905)*, Sarah Ann Amelia Hill Webb (1832 - 1883)*, *Calculated relationship, Burial: Waelder Cemetery , Waelder, Gonzales County, Texas, USA, Created by: TMHuebner, Record added: Nov 29, 2015, Find A Grave Memorial# 155515331.
      Serena Pinkney Hill Kerr FindAGrave Source
      Serena Pinkney Hill Kerr FindAGrave Source


    4. [S55] Texas, Death Certificates, 1903-1982, Texas Texas Department of State Health Services, Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., (http:\\www.ancestry.com :2013.), Texas, Death Certificates, 1903-1982," death certificate 5953 32848 (1929), Mrs. Virginia Hubert, accessed 10 Oct 2017. (Reliability: 4), 10 Oct 2017.
      Death Certificate:  Texas Department of Health, Bureau of VItal Statistics, Standard Certificate of Death, County of Travis, city of Austin, Austin State Hospital, registered no. 5953 32848, full name:  Mrs. Virginia Hubert, residence Travis county, female, white, widowed, born February 24, 1844, age 85 yrs 4 mos., housekeeper, born in Texas, father George Augustus (sic) Kerr of Georgia, mother Serena Hill of Georgia, date of death June 24, 1929.  Attended by M.D. from Apr 25, 1928 to June 24, 1929.  Last seen alive June 23, 1929.  Death occurred at 12:03 a.m.  Cause of Death:  Exhaustion from Psychosis for 10 days, Senile Dementia for 1 yrs 2 mos. 1 day.  No autopsy.  Burial at Oakwood on Jun 24, 1929.
      Mrs. Virginia Hubert
      Mrs. Virginia Hubert


    5. [S24] Find A Grave, (http://www.findagrave.com: 2016), accessed 20 Sep 2018, Lucy Elizabeth Kerr Thompson, 145022382. (Reliability: 4), 20 Sep 2018.

    6. [S503] Texas Deaths, 1890-1976, Texas State Registrar Office, Austin, Texas Death Certificates, 6913 (1924), Lucy E. Thompson; FHL Microfilm 2,075,024 <,02901. (Reliability: 4), 8 Oct 2018.
      citing certificate number 6913, State Registrar Office, Austin; FHL microfilm 2,075,024.
      Lucy Kerr Thompson, Death Certificate
      Lucy Kerr Thompson, Death Certificate


    7. [S90] Dallas Morning News, Texas. Dallas., "Another Pioneer Gone," 11 May 1893, p. 6, col. 3. (Reliability: 4), 7 Oct 2017.
      Another Pioneer Gone, Waelder, May 9 -- George A. Kerr, after a few days of intense suffering, died here at 12:06 o'clock to-day from old age and a complication of diseases and his remains will be laid to rest in the Waelder cemetery to-morroow at 3 o'clock p.m. after appropriate funeral services commencing at 2 o'clock p.m.  "Grandpa" Durr, as he was familliarly known, was born in Augusta, Ga, July 5, 1810.  He went from Georgia to Tennessee when a small boy and was reared in the latter state under the influence of Christian parents and became a member of the M. E. church at 18 years of age.  He subsequently came from Tennessee to Washington County, Texas, in 1830 and was happily married to Miss Serena P. Hill of said county in 1837.  He lived in Fayette county and moved from there to Gonzales county in 1856, locating at Thompsonville, and from there to Waelder in 1881.  The subject of this sketch was one of the pioneers of Texas, having served in may Indian campaigns during an early day.  He was in the Gonzales fight, also the "grass fight" at San Antanio.  He led a strictly moral and religious life and was the father of a happy family.  His wife and four children survive him.  The latter are Mrs. Mary J. Johnson of Fayette county, Mrs. Lucy Thompson of AUstin, Mrs. Virginia Hubert and J. L. Kerr of this (Gonzales) county.  The lamented Dr. G. W. Kerr and J. B. Kerr were his sons.  "Grandpa" Kerr was honored and loved by all who knew him.  He leaves a host of relatives and friends in sad bereavement.
      George Alexander Kerr Obituary
      George Alexander Kerr Obituary


    8. [S241] Kerr, Hugh and Lucy, Story, Althea Anne Lokey Kelly, (Dallas, Texas: Daughters of the Republic of Texas, 1993.), R929.20973., 21 of 31. (Reliability: 4), 11 Oct 2018.

    9. [S90] Dallas Morning News, Texas. Dallas., "Another Pioneer Gone," 11 May 1893, p. 6, col. 3. (Reliability: 4), 7 Oct 2017.
      Another Pioneer Gone, Waelder, May 9 -- George A. Kerr, after a few days of intense suffering, died here at 12:06 o'clock to-day from old age and a complication of diseases and his remains will be laid to rest in the Waelder cemetery to-morroow at 3 o'clock p.m. after appropriate funeral services commencing at 2 o'clock p.m.  "Grandpa" Durr, as he was familliarly known, was born in Augusta, Ga, July 5, 1810.  He went from Georgia to Tennessee when a small boy and was reared in the latter state under the influence of Christian parents and became a member of the M. E. church at 18 years of age.  He subsequently came from Tennessee to Washington County, Texas, in 1830 and was happily married to Miss Serena P. Hill of said county in 1837.  He lived in Fayette county and moved from there to Gonzales county in 1856, locating at Thompsonville, and from there to Waelder in 1881.  The subject of this sketch was one of the pioneers of Texas, having served in may Indian campaigns during an early day.  He was in the Gonzales fight, also the "grass fight" at San Antanio.  He led a strictly moral and religious life and was the father of a happy family.  His wife and four children survive him.  The latter are Mrs. Mary J. Johnson of Fayette county, Mrs. Lucy Thompson of AUstin, Mrs. Virginia Hubert and J. L. Kerr of this (Gonzales) county.  The lamented Dr. G. W. Kerr and J. B. Kerr were his sons.  "Grandpa" Kerr was honored and loved by all who knew him.  He leaves a host of relatives and friends in sad bereavement.
      George Alexander Kerr Obituary
      George Alexander Kerr Obituary


    10. [S90] Dallas Morning News, Texas. Dallas., "Another Pioneer Gone," 11 May 1893, p. 6, col. 3. (Reliability: 4), 7 Oct 2017.
      Another Pioneer Gone, Waelder, May 9 -- George A. Kerr, after a few days of intense suffering, died here at 12:06 o'clock to-day from old age and a complication of diseases and his remains will be laid to rest in the Waelder cemetery to-morroow at 3 o'clock p.m. after appropriate funeral services commencing at 2 o'clock p.m.  "Grandpa" Durr, as he was familliarly known, was born in Augusta, Ga, July 5, 1810.  He went from Georgia to Tennessee when a small boy and was reared in the latter state under the influence of Christian parents and became a member of the M. E. church at 18 years of age.  He subsequently came from Tennessee to Washington County, Texas, in 1830 and was happily married to Miss Serena P. Hill of said county in 1837.  He lived in Fayette county and moved from there to Gonzales county in 1856, locating at Thompsonville, and from there to Waelder in 1881.  The subject of this sketch was one of the pioneers of Texas, having served in may Indian campaigns during an early day.  He was in the Gonzales fight, also the "grass fight" at San Antanio.  He led a strictly moral and religious life and was the father of a happy family.  His wife and four children survive him.  The latter are Mrs. Mary J. Johnson of Fayette county, Mrs. Lucy Thompson of AUstin, Mrs. Virginia Hubert and J. L. Kerr of this (Gonzales) county.  The lamented Dr. G. W. Kerr and J. B. Kerr were his sons.  "Grandpa" Kerr was honored and loved by all who knew him.  He leaves a host of relatives and friends in sad bereavement.
      George Alexander Kerr Obituary
      George Alexander Kerr Obituary


    11. [S101] Fort Worth Gazette, Texas. Fort Worth., "Heroes of San Jacinto," 21 Apr 1894, p. 5, col. 2; digital images, The Portal to Texas History (https:\\texashistory.unt.edu : accessed 9 Oct 2017), This newspaper has been made publicly available for use in research, teaching, and private study by UNT Libraries in partnership with The Portal to Texas History, a digital repository hosted by the University of North Texas Libraries. (Reliability: 4), 9 Oct 2017.
      The Death Roll:  George A. Kerr.
      Texas Veterans Association Death Roll
      Texas Veterans Association Death Roll


    12. [S90] Dallas Morning News, Texas. Dallas., "Another Pioneer Gone," 11 May 1893, p. 6, col. 3. (Reliability: 4), 7 Oct 2017.
      Another Pioneer Gone, Waelder, May 9 -- George A. Kerr, after a few days of intense suffering, died here at 12:06 o'clock to-day from old age and a complication of diseases and his remains will be laid to rest in the Waelder cemetery to-morroow at 3 o'clock p.m. after appropriate funeral services commencing at 2 o'clock p.m.  "Grandpa" Durr, as he was familliarly known, was born in Augusta, Ga, July 5, 1810.  He went from Georgia to Tennessee when a small boy and was reared in the latter state under the influence of Christian parents and became a member of the M. E. church at 18 years of age.  He subsequently came from Tennessee to Washington County, Texas, in 1830 and was happily married to Miss Serena P. Hill of said county in 1837.  He lived in Fayette county and moved from there to Gonzales county in 1856, locating at Thompsonville, and from there to Waelder in 1881.  The subject of this sketch was one of the pioneers of Texas, having served in may Indian campaigns during an early day.  He was in the Gonzales fight, also the "grass fight" at San Antanio.  He led a strictly moral and religious life and was the father of a happy family.  His wife and four children survive him.  The latter are Mrs. Mary J. Johnson of Fayette county, Mrs. Lucy Thompson of AUstin, Mrs. Virginia Hubert and J. L. Kerr of this (Gonzales) county.  The lamented Dr. G. W. Kerr and J. B. Kerr were his sons.  "Grandpa" Kerr was honored and loved by all who knew him.  He leaves a host of relatives and friends in sad bereavement.
      George Alexander Kerr Obituary
      George Alexander Kerr Obituary


    13. [S24] Find A Grave, (http://www.findagrave.com: 2016), accessed 8 Oct 2017, George Alexander Kerr, 155415119. (Reliability: 4), 8 Oct 2017.
      Birth: Jul. 5, 1810, Georgia, USA, Death: May 9, 1893, Waelder, Gonzales County, Texas, USA, Family links: Parents: Lucy Fontaine Thomson Kerr (1783 - 1871), Spouse: Serena Pinkney Hill Kerr (1821 - 1903)*, Children: Mary Amanda Jane Kerr Johnson (1831 - 1910)*, Lucy Elizabeth Kerr Thompson (1841 - 1924)*, Virginia Kerr Hubert (1844 - 1929)*, George Washington Kerr (1846 - 1891)*, John L. Kerr (1849 - 1922)*, J. B. Kerr (1852 - 1873)*, Siblings: George Alexander Kerr (1810 - 1893), Augustus Thomson Kerr (1812 - 1880)*, William Penn Kerr (1814 - 1901)*, Alfred Benjamin Fontaine Kerr (1823 - 1881)*, Jane Hallowell Kerr Hill (1824 - 1905)*, *Calculated relationship, Burial: Waelder Cemetery , Waelder, Gonzales County, Texas, USA, Created by: TMHuebner, Record added: Nov 26, 2015 , Find A Grave Memorial# 155415119.
      George Alexander Kerr in FindAGrave Source
      George Alexander Kerr in FindAGrave Source


    14. [S88] Kerr Clan of New Jersey, William Clinton Armstrong, (Morrison, Illinois: Shawver Publishing Company, 1985.), 135-136. (Reliability: 4), 6 Oct 2017.
      This Sketch of the Descendants of Hugh Kerr, Jr., 1773-1866, Was Compiled by Mrs. Margaret Kerr Ingraham, and Has Been Edited by Miss Minnie Nickum.
      Kerr Clan of New Jersey, Page 136
      Kerr Clan of New Jersey, Page 136


    15. [S241] Kerr, Hugh and Lucy, Story, Althea Anne Lokey Kelly, (Dallas, Texas: Daughters of the Republic of Texas, 1993.), R929.20973., 2. (Reliability: 4).

    16. [S88] Kerr Clan of New Jersey, William Clinton Armstrong, (Morrison, Illinois: Shawver Publishing Company, 1985.), 135-136. (Reliability: 4), 6 Oct 2017.
      This Sketch of the Descendants of Hugh Kerr, Jr., 1773-1866, Was Compiled by Mrs. Margaret Kerr Ingraham, and Has Been Edited by Miss Minnie Nickum.
      Kerr Clan of New Jersey, Page 136
      Kerr Clan of New Jersey, Page 136


    17. [S88] Kerr Clan of New Jersey, William Clinton Armstrong, (Morrison, Illinois: Shawver Publishing Company, 1985.), 135-136. (Reliability: 4), 6 Oct 2017.
      This Sketch of the Descendants of Hugh Kerr, Jr., 1773-1866, Was Compiled by Mrs. Margaret Kerr Ingraham, and Has Been Edited by Miss Minnie Nickum.
      Kerr Clan of New Jersey, Page 136
      Kerr Clan of New Jersey, Page 136


    18. [S87] Census-Tennessee-Giles-1830, Tennessee, Giles, (http:\\www.ancestry.com: National Archives and Records Administration, 2010), M19, roll 176, p. 145, line 1, Hugh Kerr, accessed 6 Oct 2017 (Reliability: 4), 6 Oct 2017.
      Home in 1830 (City, County, State): Giles, Tennessee, Free White Persons - Males - 5 thru 9:      1, Free White Persons - Males - 15 thru 19: 2, Free White Persons - Males - 20 thru 29: 3, Free White Persons - Males - 50 thru 59: 1, Free White Persons - Females - Under 5: 2, Free White Persons - Females - 20 thru 29: 1, Free White Persons - Females - 40 thru 49: 1, Slaves - Males - Under 10: 3, Slaves - Females - 24 thru 35: 1, Free White Persons - Under 20: 5, Free White Persons - 20 thru 49: 5, Total Free White Persons: 11, Total Slaves: 4, Total - All Persons (Free White, Slaves, Free Colored): 15.
      citing Fifth Census of the United States, 1830. (NARA microfilm publication M19, 201 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C.
      Hugh Kerr Family in 1830 Census
      Hugh Kerr Family in 1830 Census


    19. [S76] First United Methodist Church, San Marcos, Al Lowman, (San Marcos, Texas: San Marcos Record Press, 1972.), BX8481.S424 L68 1972., 7. (Reliability: 4), 28 Sep 2017.
      The Reverend Alfred B. F. Kerr served the San Marcos Methodist Church for the first two years of its existence. Kerr was born in Giles County, Tennessee, on New Year's Day, 1823, and with his pioneering parents reached Texas in 1831, while it was still a northern province of Mexico. The family settled in present Washington County.
      San Maros Methodist Church 125th Anniversary Program
      San Maros Methodist Church 125th Anniversary Program


    20. [S88] Kerr Clan of New Jersey, William Clinton Armstrong, (Morrison, Illinois: Shawver Publishing Company, 1985.), 135-136. (Reliability: 4), 6 Oct 2017.
      This Sketch of the Descendants of Hugh Kerr, Jr., 1773-1866, Was Compiled by Mrs. Margaret Kerr Ingraham, and Has Been Edited by Miss Minnie Nickum.
      Kerr Clan of New Jersey, Page 136
      Kerr Clan of New Jersey, Page 136


    21. [S111] Washington County Genealogical Society, Washington County Genealogical Society., Lucy Kerr, Kerr Cemetery (Reliability: 4).
      Kerr Cemetery: On private property near the Christian Cemetery -- Map #158. Only four stones remain in a dense thicket one half mile east of FM 1697. about ¾ mile north of Union Hill. Latitude 30°12'45", longitude 96°36'43". Kerr, Lucy, b. Mar 24, 1783, d. Oct 31, 1871.
      Kerr Cemetery Description
      Kerr Cemetery Description
      Provided by Washington County TX Genealogical Society


    22. [S241] Kerr, Hugh and Lucy, Story, Althea Anne Lokey Kelly, (Dallas, Texas: Daughters of the Republic of Texas, 1993.), R929.20973., 5. (Reliability: 4), 2 Feb 2018.

    23. [S88] Kerr Clan of New Jersey, William Clinton Armstrong, (Morrison, Illinois: Shawver Publishing Company, 1985.), 135-136. (Reliability: 4), 6 Oct 2017.
      This Sketch of the Descendants of Hugh Kerr, Jr., 1773-1866, Was Compiled by Mrs. Margaret Kerr Ingraham, and Has Been Edited by Miss Minnie Nickum.
      Kerr Clan of New Jersey, Page 136
      Kerr Clan of New Jersey, Page 136


    24. [S75] Hill Family of Fayetteville, Typical Texians, George A. Hill, Details of Kerr settlement in Texas. (Reliability: 4), 8 Oct 2017.
      They were accompanied by  Alexander Thomson, the brother of Lucy Thomson Kerr, and his family, and, in 1832, they each received grants in Austin's colony on the Cummings Creek in what is now Washington County.

    25. [S96] Texas Almanac for 1872 and Emmigrant's Guide to Texas, (Galveston, Texas: Richardson & Company, 1872.), 164. (Reliability: 3), 8 Oct 2017.
      G. A. Kerr mentioned in reminiscences of Joel W. Robinson.
      G. A. Kerr in Historical Reminiscences of Cummins Creek
      G. A. Kerr in Historical Reminiscences of Cummins Creek


    26. [S111] Washington County Genealogical Society, Washington County Genealogical Society., Lucy Kerr, Kerr Cemetery (Reliability: 4).
      Kerr Cemetery: On private property near the Christian Cemetery -- Map #158. Only four stones remain in a dense thicket one half mile east of FM 1697. about ¾ mile north of Union Hill. Latitude 30°12'45", longitude 96°36'43". Kerr, Lucy, b. Mar 24, 1783, d. Oct 31, 1871.
      Kerr Cemetery Description
      Kerr Cemetery Description
      Provided by Washington County TX Genealogical Society


    27. [S78] Handbook of Texas Online, (https://tshaonline.org.), Alwyn Barr, "Grass Fight," online handbook (https://tshaonline.org). (Reliability: 4), 8 Oct 2017.

    28. [S99] George Alexander Kerr: Pension Requests, Williams James, McLennan County Texas (Reliability: 4), 9 Oct 2017.
      Two letters to the State of Texas requesting pension for military service.
      George A. Kerr, Request for Pension
      George A. Kerr, Request for Pension
      George A. Kerr, Pension Request
      George A. Kerr, Pension Request


    29. [S98] Texas, Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index, 1820-1890, Ron V. JacksonAccelerated Indexing Systems, Co., ((http:\\www.ancestry.com : 1999)), accessed 9 Oct 2017), George A. Kerr; citing Jackson, Ron V., Accelerated Indexing Systems, comp. Texas Census, 1850-1890. Compiled and digitized by Mr. Jackson and AIS from microfilmed schedules of the U.S. Federal Decennial Census, territorial/state censuses, and/or census substitutes. (Reliability: 4), 9 Oct 2017.
      Texas, Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index, 1820-1890: Name: George A. Kerr, State: TX, County: Washington County, Township: No Township Listed, Year: 1837, Database: TX Tax List Index, 1830-1839.
      George A. Kerr in 1837 Census
      George A. Kerr in 1837 Census


    30. [S98] Texas, Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index, 1820-1890, Ron V. JacksonAccelerated Indexing Systems, Co., ((http:\\www.ancestry.com : 1999)), accessed 9 Oct 2017), George A. Kerr; citing Jackson, Ron V., Accelerated Indexing Systems, comp. Texas Census, 1850-1890. Compiled and digitized by Mr. Jackson and AIS from microfilmed schedules of the U.S. Federal Decennial Census, territorial/state censuses, and/or census substitutes. (Reliability: 4), 9 Oct 2017.
      Texas, Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index, 1820-1890: Name: George A. Kerr, State: TX, County: Washington County, Township: No Township Listed, Year: 1838, Database: TX Tax List Index, 1830-1839.
      George A Kerr in 1838 Census
      George A Kerr in 1838 Census


    31. [S98] Texas, Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index, 1820-1890, Ron V. JacksonAccelerated Indexing Systems, Co., ((http:\\www.ancestry.com : 1999)), accessed 9 Oct 2017), George A. Kerr; citing Jackson, Ron V., Accelerated Indexing Systems, comp. Texas Census, 1850-1890. Compiled and digitized by Mr. Jackson and AIS from microfilmed schedules of the U.S. Federal Decennial Census, territorial/state censuses, and/or census substitutes. (Reliability: 4), 9 Oct 2017.
      Name: George A. Kerr State: TX County: Fayette County Township: No Township Listed Year: 1840 Page: NPN Database: TX Tax List Index, 1840-1849.
      George A. Kerr in 1840 Census
      George A. Kerr in 1840 Census


    32. [S85] Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Julia Lee Sinks, "Rutersville College," (October 1898). (Reliability: 4), 3 Oct 2017.
      Rutersville College
      Rutersville College


    33. [S78] Handbook of Texas Online, (https://tshaonline.org.), Joseph Blanton, "HILL, ASA COLLINSWORTH," online handbook (https://tshaonline.org : accessed 22 Sep 2019), http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fhiwv. (Reliability: 4), 22 Sep 2019.
      citing Handbook of Texas Online, Joseph E. Blanton, "HILL, ASA COLLINSWORTH," accessed September 19, 2019, http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fhiwv.

    34. [S98] Texas, Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index, 1820-1890, Ron V. JacksonAccelerated Indexing Systems, Co., ((http:\\www.ancestry.com : 1999)), accessed 9 Oct 2017), George A. Kerr; citing Jackson, Ron V., Accelerated Indexing Systems, comp. Texas Census, 1850-1890. Compiled and digitized by Mr. Jackson and AIS from microfilmed schedules of the U.S. Federal Decennial Census, territorial/state censuses, and/or census substitutes. (Reliability: 4), 9 Oct 2017.
      Texas, Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index, 1820-1890:  Name George A. Kerr State TX County Fayette County Township No Township Listed Year 1846 Page NPN Database TX Tax List Index, 1840-1849.
      George A. Kerr in 1846 Census
      George A. Kerr in 1846 Census


    35. [S68] Gonzales Inquirer, Texas. Gonzales., (http:\\www.gonzalesinquirer.com: copyright 2017), Greg Little, "Closing its doors: Thompsonville Methodist'sfinal service scheduled for Sunday," 5 Mar 2008, 5:00 pm, online archives (http://www.gonzalesinquirer.com/stories/closing-its-doors-thompsonville-methodists-final-service-scheduled-for-sunday,15753?). (Reliability: 4), 24 Sep 2017.
      From 1848 to 1871, Allen sold parcels of land to the following men: James Hall, P.C. Dumont, W.R. Halford, J.B. Hill, George A. Kerr, Morris Ward, Cornelius Ennis, John T. Harcourt, George E. Lynch and Preston Thompson. The Village of Thompsonville came to acquire its name from Preston Thompson who owned the first general store.
      George Alexander Kerr in the Gonzales Inquirer
      George Alexander Kerr in the Gonzales Inquirer


    36. [S113] Gonzales County History, Gonzales County Historical Commission, editor, (Dallas, Texas: Curtis Media Corporation, 1986.), 181. (Reliability: 4), 17 Oct 2017.
      Alford, James Posey, author, "The Thompson Community".
      The Thompsonville Community
      The Thompsonville Community
      From Gonzales County History.


    37. [S69] Census-Texas-Gonzales-1860, Texas, Gonzales, (http:\\www.ancestry.com: National Archives and Records Administration, 2009), M653, roll M653_1295, Gonzales Post Office, p. 109, dwelling 554, family 508, Geo A. Kerr Family/A. C. Hill Familiy, accessed 24 Sep 2017 (Reliability: 4), 24 Sep 2017.
      Name: Geo A Kerr, [George A Kerr] , Age: 50, Birth Year: abt 1810, Gender: Male, Birth Place: Georgia, Home in 1860: Gonzales, Texas, Post Office: Gonzales, Family Number: 508, Household Members: Name Age, Geo A Kerr 50, Lavina Kerr 41, Serena Kerr 16, George Kerr 14, Jno L Kerr 11, J B Kerr 8, J Webb 16, A C Hill 33, M Hill 36, M C Hill 9, Willie Hill 2, J Gusterez 18
      citing 1860 U.S. census, population schedule. NARA microfilm publication M653, 1,438 rolls. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.
      George Alexander Kerr and A. C. Hill Families:  1860 Census
      George Alexander Kerr and A. C. Hill Families: 1860 Census


    38. [S69] Census-Texas-Gonzales-1860, Texas, Gonzales, (http:\\www.ancestry.com: National Archives and Records Administration, 2009), M653, roll M653_1295, Gonzales Post Office, p. 109, dwelling 554, family 508, Geo A. Kerr Family/A. C. Hill Familiy, accessed 24 Sep 2017 (Reliability: 4), 24 Sep 2017.
      Name: Geo A Kerr, [George A Kerr] , Age: 50, Birth Year: abt 1810, Gender: Male, Birth Place: Georgia, Home in 1860: Gonzales, Texas, Post Office: Gonzales, Family Number: 508, Household Members: Name Age, Geo A Kerr 50, Lavina Kerr 41, Serena Kerr 16, George Kerr 14, Jno L Kerr 11, J B Kerr 8, J Webb 16, A C Hill 33, M Hill 36, M C Hill 9, Willie Hill 2, J Gusterez 18
      citing 1860 U.S. census, population schedule. NARA microfilm publication M653, 1,438 rolls. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.
      George Alexander Kerr and A. C. Hill Families:  1860 Census
      George Alexander Kerr and A. C. Hill Families: 1860 Census


    39. [S139] Texas, Muster Roll Index Cards, 1838-1900, (Ancestry.com Operations, Inc. Ancestry.com. http:\\www.ancestry.com : 2011), G. A. Kerr, muster rolls of Co. Sandy Fork Home Guards, 25th Brigade, Jul 1861, "Texas, Muster Roll Index Cards, 1838-1900," Ancestry.com (http:\\www.ancestry.com : accessed 2 Nov 2017) (Reliability: 4), 2 Nov 2017.
      G. A. Kerr, age 51, enlisted July 1861.  Remarks:  R&F 47; Co. org. for home protection for tne suppression of insurrectionary movements & to aid civil authorities in enforcing the laws; election certificate with roll; Co. com. S.3-61; 1 MR.
      George Alexander Kerr in Civil War Muster Roll
      George Alexander Kerr in Civil War Muster Roll


    40. [S70] Census-Texas-Gonzales-1870, Texas, Gonzales, (http:\\www.ancestry.com: National Archives and Records Administration, 2009), M593, roll M593_1587, Belmont, p. 47, dwelling 375, family 375, George A. Kerr Family, accessed 24 Sep 2017 (Reliability: 4), 24 Sep 2017.
      Name: George A Hoos, [George A Kerr] , Age in 1870: 60, Birth Year: abt 1810, Birthplace: Georgia, Dwelling Number: 375, Home in 1870: Precinct 3, Gonzales, Texas, Race: White, Gender: Male, Occupation: Farmer, Male Citizen Over 21: Y, Personal Estate Value: 800, Real Estate Value: 400, Household Members: Name Age, George A Hoos 60, Green P Hoos 50, George W Hoos 23, John L Hoos 21, James B Hoos 17.
      citing 1870 U.S. census, population schedules. NARA microfilm publication M593, 1,761 rolls. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.
      George Alexander Kerr Family in 1870 Census
      George Alexander Kerr Family in 1870 Census


    41. [S47] Census-Texas-Gonzales-1880, Texas, Gonzales, (http:\\www.ancestry.com: National Archives and Records Administration, 2010), T9, roll 1306, enumeration district (ED) 69, p. 423B, dwelling 51, family 51, George A. Kerr Family, accessed 12 Sep 2017 (Reliability: 3), 12 Sep 2017.
      Name: George A. Kerr, Age: 69, Birth Date: Abt 1811, Birthplace: Georgia, Home in 1880: Gonzales, Texas, USA, Dwelling Number: 51, Race: White, Gender: Male, Relation to Head of House: Self (Head), Marital Status: Married, Spouse's Name: Serana P. Kerr, Father's Birthplace: Ireland, Mother's Birthplace: South Carolina, Occupation: Farmer, Neighbors: View others on page, Household Members: George A. Kerr 69, Serana P. Kerr 61, Name: John L. Kerr, Age: 30, Birth Date: Abt 1850, Birthplace: Texas, Home in 1880: Gonzales, Texas, USA, Dwelling Number: 51, Race: White, Gender: Male, Relation to Head of House: Self (Head), Marital Status: Married, Spouse's Name: Sally C. Kerr, Father's Birthplace: Georgia, Mother's Birthplace: Georgia, Occupation: Farmer, Household Members: Name Age, John L. Kerr 30, Sally C. Kerr 31, Anna L. Kerr 4, Marvin H. Kerr 2, Archa P. Kerr 6/12
      George A. and John L. Kerr Families in 1880 Census
      George A. and John L. Kerr Families in 1880 Census


    42. [S90] Dallas Morning News, Texas. Dallas., "Another Pioneer Gone," 11 May 1893, p. 6, col. 3. (Reliability: 4), 7 Oct 2017.
      Another Pioneer Gone, Waelder, May 9 -- George A. Kerr, after a few days of intense suffering, died here at 12:06 o'clock to-day from old age and a complication of diseases and his remains will be laid to rest in the Waelder cemetery to-morroow at 3 o'clock p.m. after appropriate funeral services commencing at 2 o'clock p.m.  "Grandpa" Durr, as he was familliarly known, was born in Augusta, Ga, July 5, 1810.  He went from Georgia to Tennessee when a small boy and was reared in the latter state under the influence of Christian parents and became a member of the M. E. church at 18 years of age.  He subsequently came from Tennessee to Washington County, Texas, in 1830 and was happily married to Miss Serena P. Hill of said county in 1837.  He lived in Fayette county and moved from there to Gonzales county in 1856, locating at Thompsonville, and from there to Waelder in 1881.  The subject of this sketch was one of the pioneers of Texas, having served in may Indian campaigns during an early day.  He was in the Gonzales fight, also the "grass fight" at San Antanio.  He led a strictly moral and religious life and was the father of a happy family.  His wife and four children survive him.  The latter are Mrs. Mary J. Johnson of Fayette county, Mrs. Lucy Thompson of AUstin, Mrs. Virginia Hubert and J. L. Kerr of this (Gonzales) county.  The lamented Dr. G. W. Kerr and J. B. Kerr were his sons.  "Grandpa" Kerr was honored and loved by all who knew him.  He leaves a host of relatives and friends in sad bereavement.
      George Alexander Kerr Obituary
      George Alexander Kerr Obituary


    43. [S288] Annual Report of the American Historical Association, Eugene Barker, ed, (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1924), 3 vols., Vol 1, Part 2, pp. 534-535 (Reliability: 4), 2 Feb 2018.
      Alexander Thomson to Stephen F Austin, 11-13-1830; Summary: Informs Austin of the attempt of Piedras to detain his own and four other families at Nacogdoches in obedience to orders from Terán concerning the law of April 6, 1830. Suggests action by Austin.

    44. [S289] Papers Concerning Robertson's Colony in Texas, Malcolm D. McLean, editor, (Dallas, Texas: University of Texas Arlington Library, 1913.), IV: 27-30. (Reliability: 4).
      Tenoxititlan, Dream Capital of Texas

    45. [S288] Annual Report of the American Historical Association, Eugene Barker, ed, (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1924), 3 vols., Vol 1, Part 2, pp. 642-643 (Reliability: 4), 2 Feb 2018.
      Alexander Thomson to Stephen F Austin, 04-09-1831

    46. [S241] Kerr, Hugh and Lucy, Story, Althea Anne Lokey Kelly, (Dallas, Texas: Daughters of the Republic of Texas, 1993.), R929.20973., 6-7. (Reliability: 4).

    47. [S241] Kerr, Hugh and Lucy, Story, Althea Anne Lokey Kelly, (Dallas, Texas: Daughters of the Republic of Texas, 1993.), R929.20973., 3-4. (Reliability: 4).

    48. [S75] Hill Family of Fayetteville, Typical Texians, George A. Hill, Immigration details of Kerr family from Tennessee to Texas. (Reliability: 4), 28 Sep 2017.
      The Hill Family of Fayetteville, Typical Texians
      Hill Family Fayette County, Typical Texians
      George A. Hill, Jr. of Houston, Texas delivered the following address at Fayetteville on December 9, 1936, at the dedication of a Centennial monument erected by the State of Texas.


    49. [S96] Texas Almanac for 1872 and Emmigrant's Guide to Texas, (Galveston, Texas: Richardson & Company, 1872.), 164. (Reliability: 4), 2 Jan 2019.

    50. [S95] Sons Of DeWitt Colony Texas, (http://www.sonsofdewittcolony.org.), Wallace L. McKeehan, "Capt. "Black" Adam Zumwalt, the Comanche Attack on Linnville and the Battle of Plum Creek," ( 2010), online study (http://www.sonsofdewittcolony.org : accessed 10 Jan 2019), Attack and Looting of Linnville. (Reliability: 4), 10 Jan 2019.
      Capt. 'Black' Adam Zumwalt, the Comanche Attack on Linnville and the Battle of Plum Creek
      Capt. "Black" Adam Zumwalt, the Comanche Attack on Linnville and the Battle of Plum Creek
      Attack and Looting of Linnville.


    51. [S75] Hill Family of Fayetteville, Typical Texians, George A. Hill, Rutersville College. (Reliability: 4), 3 Oct 2017.
      ...a charter was obtained for Rutersville College from the Republic of Texas.

    52. [S113] Gonzales County History, Gonzales County Historical Commission, editor, (Dallas, Texas: Curtis Media Corporation, 1986.), 181-182. (Reliability: 4), 17 Oct 2017.
      Alford, James Posey, author, "The Thompson Community".
      The Thompsonville Community
      The Thompsonville Community
      From Gonzales County History.


    53. [S112] Kerr Hugh-Marriage-1806, Georgia. Warren., marriage bond (1806), Kerr-Thomson. (Reliability: 4), 15 Oct 2017.
      Marriage bond, Hugh Kerr and Lucy Thomson of Warren County, 19 Feb 1806, signed by Hugh Kerr and Asaph Waterman; raised-seal copy notorized by probate clerk 6 Sep 2012.
      Marriage Bond, Hugh Kerr and Lucy Thomson
      Marriage Bond, Hugh Kerr and Lucy Thomson


    54. [S112] Kerr Hugh-Marriage-1806, Georgia. Warren., marriage bond (1806), Kerr-Thomson. (Reliability: 4), 15 Oct 2017.
      Marriage license, Hugh Kerr and Lucy Thomson, 19 Feb 1806.
      Marriage Bond, Hugh Kerr and Lucy Thomson
      Marriage Bond, Hugh Kerr and Lucy Thomson


    55. [S86] Sligo Families Histories, Cairncross C. Downey, (New York: n.p., 1931.), 153-154. (Reliability: 4), 4 Oct 2017.
      Hugh Kerr was born in 29th Oct. 1777 & was married to Lucy Thomson 27th Feb. 1806 who was born March 24th 1783 -they have issue viz, Mary Anne Lewis Kerr who was born in Augusta 18th Nov. 1806.
      Sligo Family Geneologies, Page 154
      Sligo Family Geneologies, Page 154


    56. [S112] Kerr Hugh-Marriage-1806, Georgia. Warren., marriage certificate no. not numbered (1806), Kerr-Thomson. (Reliability: 4), 15 Oct 2017.
      Richmond County, Georgia Certificate of Matrimony between Hugh Kerr and Lucy Thomson of Warren County, Georgia.  Authorization 19 Feb 1806; ceremony 27 Feb 1906.  Copy certified 6 Sep 2012.
      Hugh Kerr-Lucy Thomson Marriage Certificate
      Hugh Kerr-Lucy Thomson Marriage Certificate


    57. [S241] Kerr, Hugh and Lucy, Story, Althea Anne Lokey Kelly, (Dallas, Texas: Daughters of the Republic of Texas, 1993.), R929.20973., 1. (Reliability: 4), 1 Jan 2018.

    58. [S90] Dallas Morning News, Texas. Dallas., "Another Pioneer Gone," 11 May 1893, p. 6, col. 3. (Reliability: 4), 7 Oct 2017.
      Another Pioneer Gone, Waelder, May 9 -- George A. Kerr, after a few days of intense suffering, died here at 12:06 o'clock to-day from old age and a complication of diseases and his remains will be laid to rest in the Waelder cemetery to-morroow at 3 o'clock p.m. after appropriate funeral services commencing at 2 o'clock p.m.  "Grandpa" Durr, as he was familliarly known, was born in Augusta, Ga, July 5, 1810.  He went from Georgia to Tennessee when a small boy and was reared in the latter state under the influence of Christian parents and became a member of the M. E. church at 18 years of age.  He subsequently came from Tennessee to Washington County, Texas, in 1830 and was happily married to Miss Serena P. Hill of said county in 1837.  He lived in Fayette county and moved from there to Gonzales county in 1856, locating at Thompsonville, and from there to Waelder in 1881.  The subject of this sketch was one of the pioneers of Texas, having served in may Indian campaigns during an early day.  He was in the Gonzales fight, also the "grass fight" at San Antanio.  He led a strictly moral and religious life and was the father of a happy family.  His wife and four children survive him.  The latter are Mrs. Mary J. Johnson of Fayette county, Mrs. Lucy Thompson of AUstin, Mrs. Virginia Hubert and J. L. Kerr of this (Gonzales) county.  The lamented Dr. G. W. Kerr and J. B. Kerr were his sons.  "Grandpa" Kerr was honored and loved by all who knew him.  He leaves a host of relatives and friends in sad bereavement.
      George Alexander Kerr Obituary
      George Alexander Kerr Obituary


    59. [S8] Texas, Marriage Index, 1824-2014, Texas Department of State Health Services, ((http:\\www.ancestry.com : 2005)), accessed 8 Oct 2017), Marriage of George A. Kerr and Serina R. Hill; citing Texas Department of State Health Services. Texas Marriage Index, 1966-2014. Texas Department of State Health Services, Texas. (Reliability: 4), 8 Oct 2017.
      Name: George A. Kerr, Marriage Date: 13 Dec 1837, Marriage Place: Washington, Texas, USA, Spouse: Serina R. Hill.
      Geo. A. Kerr and Serena P. Hill, Marriage Record
      Geo. A. Kerr and Serena P. Hill, Marriage Record



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