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Monday, February 04, 2008

Andrew Jackson Kerr Family Portrait, 1908

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I was so excited to receive this family portrait from my Kerr cousin. I'd never before seen a picture of my great great grandparents, Andrew Jackson Kerr and his wife, Esther Alice Carroll.

Pictured with them were two of their three children: Ralph and his wife Adda Isenberg, and Alice with her husband Charles L. Howe and their two daughters.

Missing was my great grandfather Milton, who died in 1895. His first wife Bess Zahniser was also deceased, but their daughter Bessie was present with her husband Walter Marshall and their son.

Also missing from the photo were Milton's second wife, Kate Efner Pettis, and their sons Milton and Rosmer.


Jasia said...

Wow! What a treat!!! This is what I dream of... one day getting a picture of my great grandparents. You are so lucky!!!

Miriam said...

T.K., I share your excitement! I felt much the same way when I received a photo of my great-great-grandparents, as seen on my blog here!


Apple said...

Congrats on receiving such a treasure! I am certain that there must be a picture of my Kelly great-grandparents. You've given me hope that it will find it's way to me.

T.K. said...

Really, y'all have no idea how lucky I am to have been found by such a generous cousin! He's emailed me more than 50 photos, and shared a lot of family lore. I wish he didn't live so far away!

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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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