Thompson C Kerr

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THOMPSON C. KERR, a veteran of the Civil war, now residing at Apollo, was born April 24, 1843, at the old home place where his father was also born, and where he died, a farmer in Armstrong county, Pa.

The paternal grandfather came from the North of Ireland to America at an early day, and after spending a short time in Philadelphia located in Armstrong county, where he bought 500 acres of land. The maternal grandmother came from Scotland.

Mr. Kerr's father inherited 172 acres of his father's property, on which he resided until his death. During his earlier days the father was a blacksmith, but devoted all of his time to farming later on in life. Politically hi was a Democrat, the only on of this family to vote that ticket. His wife died firm in the Baptist faith, in 1881. She bore her husband ten children, all now dead but Thompson C.

Thompson C. Kerr attended public school until he was sixteen years old, and resided with his father until his enlistment in company E. 139th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, in which he served two years and ten months, receiving his honorable discharge June 27, 1865. Being a musician in the ranks, he did not participate actively in many of the engagements of his regiment. This company was recruited by Rev. I. A. Pierce, but lacking a sufficient quota was consolidated with another company, and mustered into the 139th regiment, which was placed in the 3d Brigade, 3d Division, 6th Army Corps.

Returning to Armstrong county, Mr. Kerr became a laborer in the oil fields. On June 30, 1872, he married in this county, Mary Elizabeth Coulter, a daughter of Alexander Coulter. Mrs. Kerr's paternal grandfather came from the North of Scotland. Eight children were born of this marriage, all of whom survive except one: Blanche A., Edsil A., Everett T., Roy C., Glenn M., Leah Ruth (died Aug. 4, 1890), Frank O., and Edna Irene. Mr. Kerr belongs to the G. A. R. He and his wife early joined the Lutheran Church in the faith of which she died Aug. 25, 1911. having been a true Christian Woman all her useful life. Politically Mr. Kerr is a Democrat.

Source: Page 751, Armstrong County, Pa., Her People, Past and Present, J.H. Beers & Co., 1914
Transcribed October 1998 by Doris Rizza for the Armstrong County Beers Project
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