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Compton Co., Prov. Quebec, 1800's (2 Robert KERR's)
Posted by: Betty Fredericks (ID *****7001) Date: August 29, 2013 at 05:35:26
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I've been thinking about my KERR ancestors this morning and reviewing old postings about them. While looking at very old postings, I was remindeded of something I had not remembered at all.

I'd first like to say that my Robert KERR was born in 1827 in Argenteuil Co., Prov. of Quebec, Canada. He married his cousin, Elizabeth HENDERSON, b1827 Argenteuil Co. in 1851. After having 5 children there, probably 1860's they moved down to Compton Co., Prov. of Quebec.

My Robert was the son of Patrick KERR, born 1780's in Co. Sligo, Ireland. Patrick was one of 5 couples arriving in the Prov. of Quebec ~1823.* Elizabeth was the daughter of William HENDERSON.

When Robert and Elizabeth arrived in Compton Co., there was another Robert KERR in the same town or a neighboring town. This was Robert KERR, b1813 in Ireland, and his wife was Margaret HENDERSON. The 2 men were given nicknames: "Cootherdy Bob," b1813 IRE, and "Holy Sailor Bob," b1827 CAN. **

While looking on-line this morning, I discovered that a long-time KERR / HENDERSON researcher has "Cootherdy Bob" as a .brother. of Patrick KERR. So, that means that "Holy Sailor Bob" was his nephew !! So, that could have been a reason why my great-great-grandfather moved his family to Compton Co.

From memory, I don't remember ever finding anyone researching Robert and Margaret (HENDERSON) KERR. This is surprising as most of the families during the early to mid 1800's had .many. children. And, this couple had 6 that we know of.

So, I'm writing this morning to find out if anyone .is. researching that family.

I've been posting about my KERR families on many Lists for ~10 yrs., so there is information on them on-line.

Betty (near Lowell, MA)

One of the major, genealogy frustrations is that many researchers for many years have never found out who the parents were of these 5 couples. And, we also know nothing about their siblings, or how the 4 couples and one single lady were related:

William and Mary (KERR) HENDERSON
Samuel and Catherine (?) HENDERSON
Patrick and Elizabeth or Hannah (KERR?) KERR
Miss Elizabeth KERR (marr. Levi MILLER in Canada)

(FYI: A DNA test ~5 yrs. ago showed that another James KERR family in Compton Co. was .not. related to them.)

Several yrs. ago a researcher in Ireland offered the opinion that "cootherdy" was a slang word for a "plow man." And, Holy Sailor was a slang expression, and possibly meant someone who liked the sea.

(very active on Lists and Boards at for 12 yrs. )

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