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Comment by John Carr on December 5, 2009 at 11:14am
I only know my Kerr ancestry back to my great grandfather John James Carr who emigrated to the US from Ireland in 1833. Based on records I have located, John James had a sister, Margaret Kerr who married James Watson in New York City circa 1850. Appreciate hearing from anyone who thinks they can connect to this family.

I am also doing Y chromosome DNA testing to see if DNA can establish a link where the paper records appear to have been lost. The Y chromosome passes from father to son, virtually unchanged, so every living male has the almost the exact same DNA signature as his direct paternal line ancestor several hundred years ago.

The Carr Family DNA Genealogy Project accepts YDNA haplotypes from any source and uses that information along with established family histories to establish the common ancestry among Carr, Kerr and Karr paternal lines. A phonetic variations of Carr are included because families often changed the spelling of the name over the generations.

You can see that many Carr family paternal line haplotypes have already been established on the project websites.
Comment by Pamela Lopez on December 4, 2009 at 12:41pm
I do have a question, if anyone has information please notify me at The Christmas house or Palmer home in Williamsburg, VA was owned by an Alexander Kerr in the 1730's. This home is directly adjacent to the Capitol. Is this Alexander Kerr the one that is on the line of Frank P. Kerr? I am running into a brick wall because some sources state that he is the one that came over on the ship to avoid execution from involvement in the Jacobite rebellion, while other sources state that this Alexander Kerr never married and had no children. Any insight would be welcomed and deeply appreciated.
Comment by Pamela Lopez on December 4, 2009 at 12:35pm
we are from the Frank P. Kerr & Elizabeth (Queen) Maddox line of Kerrs. Their son George Kerr married Lucy Hill, who had Dewey George Kerr who then married my grandmother Winnie Lansford from Americus, GA, they had 5 children 2 boys (both died at early ages) then 3 daughters, Dorothy Kerr, Elaine Kerr and my mother Betty Ann Kerr...
Comment by Kathy Kerr on October 16, 2009 at 5:14pm
My husband, Champ Rhymes Kerr, is descended from Jack Charles Kerr, son of Jack Bryan Kerr, son Charles Champ Kerr, son of Andrew Jackson Kerr. All of the above except Andrew Jackson were from Texas, Andrew Jackson may have ended up there, we're not sure of his birth place. Any help from there would be appreciated!
Comment by Barbara Roddin on October 13, 2009 at 7:22pm
My 2nd great grandmother was Mary Ann CARR born 1810 in (Edinburgh?), Scotland.

She immigrated to America about 1833-1834 and married James GRAY. born 1804 in (Glasgow?).

They had a son and daughter in Connecticut 1834, 1836, who were baptized at Seamen's church in New York. A daughter was born in 1838 in Iowa. Located in Hancock Co., Illinois by 1840 where they had 4 sons. They came to California in 1854. James Gray was a millwright /carpenter in the east and a farmer in Illinois & Calif.

A family tradition is that Mary Ann Carr's father in Scotland had a factory where paisley shawls were made.

James and Mary Ann (Carr) Gray's 1st daughter was named Jane Ann. Second son was named James Carr. Based on Scottish naming patterns, her parents MIGHT have been named James and Jane Ann Carr. I would like to find her siblings and parents and place of birth/ residence in Scotland.
Comment by Gary White on October 4, 2009 at 10:05am
I descend from Robert Kerr (b. 10 Dec 1726 in Lonmay, Aberdeenshire, Scotland) with the following grandfathers in that line: Daniel, Robert, Adam, William Bailey Kerr & my Grandmother Eliza Jane Kerr who married John Adam Scott.
Comment by Rosemary Miles on October 4, 2009 at 8:12am
My Kerr connection is my great great great grandmother, Christian Kerr born in Eckford, Roxburghshire in 1775 and married to Walter Blackbell in Longformacus, Berwickshire in 1794. Their descendants now live in Australia, New Zealand, England, Canada and USA that we know of.
Comment by mark m burton on August 6, 2009 at 5:50pm
my connection to the kerr family is Sarah "Sally" Kerr my 4th great grandmother who married William Gooch Jr. of caswell co., nc Sarah's father was Alexander Kerr/ mother Mary Elizabeth Rice, his father was Alexander Kerr (the immigrant)and his wife Martha Rice from the bahamas, his father Archibald Kerr of Scotland and his wife Helen(Helenor) Sinclair. my family much inter married with the kerr,s as they had a close relation and lived in the same area of north carolina for over 200 years
Comment by Denise Frederick on July 22, 2009 at 11:40am
My connection with the Kerr family is my ggggrandmother, Fatha Kerr who was born in the Knoxville, TN area around 1797. Her father was John Kerr; born in 1767 in VA; Alexander Kerr 1726-Williamsburg, VA m. Mary Elizabeth Rice
Alexander Kerr 1694 Roxburghshire, Scotland
Archibald Kerr 1667 Roxburghshire, Scotland
Comment by Renee Kerr on July 15, 2009 at 3:34pm
Brand - will see what I can find

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