|Title:||John L. Kerr Papers|
|Creator:||Kerr, John L.|
|Repository:||ECU Manuscript Collection|
|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.|
June 27, 1972, 13 items, copies; Papers (1847-1929), including correspondence, legal papers, maps, etc. Loaned for copying by Ronald Moye, Greenville, N.C.
Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.
John L. Kerr Papers (#203), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
Processed by D. Lennon, July 1975
Encoded by Apex Data Services
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.
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.
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