John L. Kerr Papers, 1847-1929

Manuscript Collection #203

  • Descriptive Summary
    Title: John L. Kerr Papers
    Creator: Kerr, John L.
    Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
    Language: English
    Abstract: Papers (1847-1929) including correspondence, deeds, plats, family letters, bills, poems.
    Extent: 0.044 Cubic feet, 13 items , copies, consisting of correspondence, deeds, plats, and miscellaneous.
  • Description

    Correspondence in the collection includes a letter (1848) from Thomas Waugh in Scotland relating family news and describing life and events in that country after the departure of James Kerr for America. A second letter (1849) comments on life in Canada and compares conditions there with those in Scotland.

    Other items pertain to Wayne County, Pennsylvania, and consist of deeds, plats, and contracts for Kerr land in that county. These include a bill of sale for timber (1905) and the deed for a cemetery lot in nearby Carbondale. Also of interest are two printed poems written by John L. Kerr while residing in Columbia Falls, Montana.

  • Biographical / Historical Note

    James Kerr emigrated from Scotland prior to 1848 and settled in Carbondale, Pennsylvania. The family soon spread into nearby Wayne County, Pennsylvania, where they remained for several generations. A descendant, John L. Kerr, apparently moved to Columbia Falls, Montana.

  • Administrative Information
    Accessions Information

    June 27, 1972, 13 items, copies; Papers (1847-1929), including correspondence, legal papers, maps, etc. Loaned for copying by Ronald Moye, Greenville, N.C.

    Acquisition Information

    Loaned by Ronald Moye

    Access Restrictions

    No restrictions

    Copyright Notice

    Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

    Preferred Citation

    John L. Kerr Papers (#203), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

    Processing Information

    Processed by D. Lennon, July 1975

    Encoded by Apex Data Services

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