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Austin Cnty Kerrs, 1830-60
Posted by: Ted Kerr Date: January 10, 2000 at 11:07:21
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I'm interested in any Kerrs (also spelled Karr in many census lists) who lived in Austin County during the Revolution, the Republic, through the advent of statehood.
My gggrandfather, Monroe Pierce Kerr, was born in Alabama June 10, 1836, and moved to Texas in 1837, according to his obit. However, I can not find any information on him or his family until he appears on the 1860 Washington County census in Gay Hill. My research on Kerr families in Washington County during that time does not disclose any indication that he was a family member, but he is in Washington Co. in 1860, then serves in the CSA (5th Calvary) in New Mexico, returns to Washington County, marries a local girl (Mary Jane Baine Crozier, widow of Arthur Crozier) in 1867, starts a family, is a miller, becomes an alderman, then mayor of Brenham in the 1870s-80s. Abruptly moves to Ft. Ewell in LaSalle County in 1883 with his family, then to Cotulla, where he is in the mercantile business, is deeply involved in founding the schools, and in local government. In 1892 he abruptly moves to Carlsbad, New Mexico with all members of the family save two, one of which was my ggrandfather, William Augustus (Wille Gus) Kerr. He is in the mercantile business, then mayor, then superintendent of county schools until his death in 1908. Mary Jane dies in 1912; both are buried in Carlsbad.
Additional information: my ggrandfather says in a newspaper article that John A. Kerr (whom I believe to be from Fayette County) is his cousin, and reference is made in another article to kin in Austin County, although no other information is given.
Unanswered questions are: where did he and his family live in Texas from 1837 until he surfaces in Gay Hill in 1860? Who were his parents and siblings? Without that information I can't go much further, so any help of any kind will be greatly appreciated.
Ted Kerr


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