Kerst, John, was born in Halseyville, August 1, 1843. He was educated in the public schools and has been a general
merchant since the age of nineteen. In March, 1864, he enlisted in Company I, 6th Heavy Artillery, N. Y. Volunteers,
and participated in the following battles: Wilderness, Laurel Hill and Spottslyvania Court House. He was honorably
discharged from the hospital at Philadelphia for disability at the close of the war. February 15, 1861, he married
Adeline Decker, formerly of Greene county, and they have three children: M. Loraine, Nettie P., and Mabel E. The
former married John Jehu of Ludlowville; Nettie P. married Olin Miller of Jacksonville and has one daughter, Elizabeth
A. Isaac, father of John Kerst, was born in Berks county, Pa., March 10, 1811, and came to Halseyville in 1835,
where he acted as miller for Judge Halsey for two years. He then went back to his former home, returning however,
after two and a half years, and worked the mill on shares. In 1840 he married Catharine Belknap of this town, and
they had eight children: Chauncey, William, John, Clinton, who died in infancy; Louisa J., Mary, George, and Frank.
Mrs. Kerst died February 6, 1885, Isaac Decker, father of Mrs. Kerst, was born in Greene county and married Clarissa
Thorpe of Greene county. Their seven children were: Justus, Daniel, Adeline, Frederick, Edwin, Emily L., and Thorpe.
Our subject is a member of Sidney Post No. 41, G. A. R. of Ithaca.
Landmarks of Tompkins County, New York
Including a History of Cornell University
Edited by: John H. Selkreg
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894
Tompkins County, NY
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