Biography of John M. Kerr
Columbiana County, OH Biographies

John McBane Kerr has had a successful career as an agriculturist and is a member of a family that has long been identified with the history of Columbiana County. He was born in Madison Township, this county, April 17, 1870, and is the son of Thomas Barr and Nancy (McBane) Kerr.

John McBane, maternal grandfather of the subject of this sketch, settled in this county 100 years ago, having come here from Scotland. He married Miss Jennie Orr of Genesee County, N. Y., and they were the parents of five daughters, all of whom are now deceased except Mrs. Thomas Kerr. The McBane homestead has always remained in the family and is now occupied by John McBane Kerr. His father, Thomas Barr Kerr, was born in Washington County, Pa., Aug. 14, 1841 and in 1856 settled in Columbiana County, where he engaged in general farming. He served one hundred days during the Civil War with the Forty Third Volunteer Regiment, Ohio National Guard and died Feb. 2, 1900. His widow lives in Yellow Creek Township, Columbiana County. To Mr. and Mrs. Kerr were born six children: Mary Alice, married Samuel J. Kerr, both deceased; Ella E., married George F. McCready, lives retired at Wellsville; John McBane, the subject of this sketch; Catherine, married William Frazier, lives in Pittsburgh; Jeanette and Christine, who live with their mother.

John McBane Kerr grew up on his father's farm, attended the public and high schools of Wellsville, and was also a student at Indiana State Normal School. He has always been interested in dairy farming and operates 250 acres of good farm land. Locust Farm, as it is known, is among Columbiana County's fine farms.

Mr. Kerr was married Jan. 12, 1910, to Miss Marietta Davidson, of Wellsville, who was born May 26, 1869, the daughter of Peter and Hannah (Fraser) Davidson. Mrs. Kerr has a brother, James A., who lives at WellsviIle. Her mother died Aug. 19, 1875, and her father Feb. 18, 1902. By a second marriage to Miss Nancy Morris, who died Dec. 1, 1904, he had a daughter, Anna, who married 0. H. Lowary, and they live at Painesyule, Ohio. Mr. Davidson served during the Civil War as a member of Company B, 46th Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers, and was a member of the Grand Army of the Republic. Mr. and Mrs. Kerr have no children.

Mr. Kerr is president of the Columbiana County Farm Bureau. He has served as township trustee for 14 years and was a candidate for county commissioner on the Republican ticket. He and his wife are members of the United Presbyterian Church and are highly esteemed citizens of the community.

History of Columbiana County, Ohio
By: Harold B. Barth
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1926

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