Thursday, December 13, 2007

Obituary of Eliza Catherine Yancey Kerr (1844-1927)

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Mrs. Eliza Kerr, Prominent Woman of Caswell Dies
(Special to The Bee)
Yanceyville, N. C. Apr 22 (1927)

The death occurred yesterday afternoon at 3 o'clock of Mrs. Eliza Catherine Kerr, one of the most prominent and widely-known women of Caswell county, and the mother of Congressman J. H. Kerr, of the second North Carolina district. Mrs. Kerr was 83 years old and had been ill for some time. Her death was not unexpected.

The funeral will be held this afternoon at 4 o'clock from the Yanceyville Baptist church, the services to be conducted by Rev. W. C. Hood, assisted by Rev. W. C. Merritt and Rev. W. C. McMorris. Interment will be made in the family burial ground.

Besides Congressman Kerr, the deceased is survived by two other sons John H. Kerr, of Yanceyville, representative for the district in North Carolina, and B. Graves Kerr, of Lynchburg and three daughters, Mrs. W. O. Spencer of Winston-Salem, Mrs. S. A. Malloy of Yanceyville, Mrs. A. R. Motz, of Milton, N. C.. Twenty grandchildren also survive.

Mrs. Kerr was the daughter of the late Dr. H. C. Yancey and the widow of Judge John H. Kerr who died two years ago.

This obituary is confused. First, it confuses congressman Kerr with his brother John H. Kerr. They are the same person. The two surviving sons in addition to Congressman John H. Kerr were Albert Yancey Kerr and Barzillai Graves Kerr.

It does manage to sort out the daughters correctly:

Mary Graves Miles Kerr married William Oliver Spencer
Martha Frances Kerr married Alexander Hamilton Motz (not A. R. Motz)
Nannie Emma Kerr married Dr. Stephen Arnold Malloy, M. D.

However, the deceased was not the daughter of Dr. H. C. Yancey. Her father was Dr. Albert Gallatin Yancey, M. D. And, her husband was John Hosea McNeill Kerr.


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