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Thursday, December 13, 2007

Who was Chick Kerr?

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These two items belonged to my grandfather, Rosmer Kerr. On the carte-de-visite at left, someone has identified the girl pictured as Chick Kerr. I don't know whose handwriting that is, and except for these two items, I've never heard of anyone called Chick Kerr.

To the right, the picture side of this postcard was inscribed by two people. The first, presumably the sender of the card, wrote This is "Betty" in the back yard. Later someone added Chic Kerr's daughter. The card was mailed from Mercer, Pennsylvania on March 22, 1909 to brothers Milton and Rosmer Kerr in Slippery Rock. The message is:
Kids, We just heard that you have 9 weeks vacation. Come up and hear about the trip south and see the new Court House. Uncle R.
I believe the uncle who wrote this card was Ralph Kerr, brother of the boys' deceased father.

I'd like to find out how Chick Kerr and her daughter Betty were related to the descendants of Andrew Jackson Kerr. If you can help, please use the Comments feature to share information. You can also use the Comments feature to provide your email address and I will respond to you personally. Any Comment which includes an email address will not be published to this blog. Your email address will be kept private.


sl12ca21dj said...

Chick Kerr is my maternal grandmother, Alice Ester Kerr. She married Charles Lester Howe' They had three children. The first, a boy, birth 11/10/1899, died 11/13 1899; the second, my mother, Marion Flower Howe, born06/10/1903 died 1998; the third, "Betty" is the girl in the photograph. I have several photos of the same set. Her full name was Elizabeth Adelaide Howe. Born 11/15/1907, died 11/19/1910. Cause of death: Typhoid fever

T.K. said...

Wow, I wish all my genealogical questions were so easily answered! Thanks for the speedy assist! Do you happen to know how your grandmother acquired Chick as her nickname?

sl12ca21dj said...

Hi: My understanding is that the family was having truble deciding on a it was a temporary expedirnt. Eventually they settled on reversing the order of her mother's names.

T.K. said...

Interesting! It seems the nickname stuck right on through to adulthood, but my mom referred to her as Aunt Alice.

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Our Family in Books: A Bibliography

  • My Ancestors in Books (a library of resources and notes pertaining to Reverend Samuel Stone, Major General Robert Sedgwick, Elder John Crandall, and other early Americans in the forest where my family tree was grown)
  • The Zahnisers: A History of the Family in America by Kate M. Zahniser and Charles Reed Zahniser (Mercer, Pa. 1906)
  • History of St. James Lutheran Church [full title: A little of this and a little of that in the 141 year (1861-2002) History of St. James Lutheran Church, Reynolds Indiana] by Harold B. Dodge, published at Reynolds, Indiana, 2002; 170 pages.
  • Lisbon, North Dakota 1880-2005 Quasuicentennial, published at Lisbon, North Dakota in 2005; 391 pages.
  • The Paschen and Redd Families of Cass County, Indiana by Alfred Paschen, c. 2005 (Gateway Press, Inc., Baltimore, MD); 322 pages.
  • Sheldon Community History: Sheldon Centennial 1881-1981, published at Sheldon, North Dakota in 1981; 376 pages.
  • Sheldon, North Dakota 1881-2006 - 125th Anniversary: The Queen of the Prairie, published at Sheldon, North Dakota in 2006; 498 pages.
  • A Standard History of White County, Indiana, written under the supervision of W.H. Hamelle, c. 1915 (The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago and New York).
  • The Roots of Coventry, Connecticut by Betty Brook Messier and Janet Sutherland Aronson, c. 1987 (Coventry 275th Anniversary Committee, Coventry, CT); 206 pages.
  • "Elder John Crandall of Rhode Island and His Descendants" by John Cortland Crandall; New Woodstock, New York, 1949; 797 pages.
  • "The Descendants of Robert Burdick of Rhode Island." Nellie (Willard) Johnson, Pd.B.: H & L Creations, LLC.

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